Learning Languages Online

If you know people who want to learn a new language or Spanish or Polish speakers who want help learning English, check out Mango.
You must have Flash installed to use the lessons and register for a free account. At this time, there is no cost for unlimited use of all of the lessons.
When you begin a lesson, you hear a brief conversation, and then you proceed forward and backward through a series of slides at your own pace. Mango does an excellent job of combining audio clips and written text. If you want to hear a phrase again, you just click the sound icon. To skip ahead, you just click the slide advance button.
Billed as “the first Free enterprise language learning course available on the Internet,” the beta release of Mango currently offers 11 courses. Each course has 100 lessons available. The 11 languages are: Spanish, Russian, French, Talian, Mandarin Chinese, German, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, Greek, English for Spanish Speakers and English for Polish speakers.
Don’t forget that Infopeople offers a variety of Spanish language related resources.
Currently, for those of you who want help teaching Spanish-Speaking Patrons How to Use the Internet, Infopeople will be offering that onground course beginning in October for only $75.
Also Survival Spanish for Library Staff on CD is still available free.

Serving Diverse Communities

Whether you need a refresher or new skills in communicating, marketing or serving your diverse community, Infopeople has great courses for you.
Customer Service Skills for Culturally Diverse Communities provides the skills you need to offer excellent customer service to library users from many other cultures.
In Survival Spanish for Library Staff you’ll learn basic skills for communicating with Spanish-speaking patrons.
Survival Spanish II moves to the next step with intermediate level vocabulary and phrases needed to communicate more effectively with Spanish-speaking library users.
Our newest offering, Marketing to Latinos: An Action Plan, reminds you that “According to the Public Policy Institute of California, Latinos are projected to become the largest racial or ethnic group by 2011 and to constitute a majority by 2040.” In the course, you will develop an Action Plan to market library services to a culturally diverse Latino population.

Spanish Language Outreach Progress and Support Session, August, 25, 2006

September 15-October 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month, and that was the topic of the latest Spanish Language Outreach Progress & Support Session. This podcast is a recording of a teleconference that was held on August 25, 2006. The special "guest speaker" was community activist Mimi Lozano, who shared many exciting programming ideas.
Due to a technical glitch, approximately 7 minutes of the teleconference didn’t get recorded. You will hear a gap after the first four minutes, then the recording continues to the end. Our apologies for the error.

Spanish Language Outreach Progress Report

This is a podcast of the August 1, 2006 Progress and Support conference call for the Spanish Language Outreach particpants in California. The special "guest speaker" was Al Milo, Director of the Fullerton Public Library. Al provided strategies for responding to people who question or object to the library having materials in Spanish or providing special Spanish language programming. He also talked about current issues and activities of Reforma. There was an additional question and answer period as well. The SLO trainers and Holly Hinman also participated in the call.
This podcast is 51 minutes long.