Basic Spanish for Library Staff

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Online Course
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Program Description

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This course is now full.

Tuesday, May 9 - Monday, June 5, 2023.


This course is designed to help library workers learn basic Spanish vocabulary that can help with Spanish-speaking patrons' interactions in the library. Participants will receive resources for understanding the basic information needs of the Spanish-speaking community in order to address their needs in the library while being aware of cultural differences. These resources will include a glossary of the most commonly used terms, information about gender neutral language in Spanish, and practice scenarios that are likely to come up in a library interaction.

Participants will have the opportunity to practice phrases and pronunciation in different situations. The goal is to provide participants with tools to assist Spanish speaking library users in a limited capacity.

By the end of the course learners will:

  • Interact with Spanish speaking library users with limited basic Spanish
  • Learn the most commonly used library terms in Spanish
  • Identify the basic information needs of Spanish-speakers in the community
  • Have access to practice phrases and scenarios to help continue learning beyond the course
  • Understand the diversity among Spanish-speakers, including cultural differences and dialects within the Spanish language
  • Identify best practices for serving Spanish-speaking patrons at your library

Course Description: This 4-week course will include two 60-minute interactive online sessions:

  • Tuesday, May 16th @ 2 p.m. Pacific (3 p.m. Mountain, 4 p.m. Central, 5 p.m. Eastern)
  • Tuesday, May 30th @ 2 p.m. Pacific (3 p.m. Mountain, 4 p.m. Central, 5 p.m. Eastern)

Please make every effort to ensure that you are able to attend these two meetings before enrolling in the course. If this is not possible, archived recordings will be made available.

Instructors: Nicanor Diaz and Sylmarí Burgos-Ramírez


CALL Training Partner for this Event: Infopeople

Additional Information

Enrollment Statement

I understand that a space will be reserved for me in this learning opportunity at a cost to CALL, and if I am unable to attend this learning opportunity, I will cancel my enrollment as soon as possible and before the start date. 

Single Enrollment Disclaimer

I understand that I can register for only one course at a time (no concurrent courses). If I do not attend this course, I understand that I may forfeit the opportunity to enroll in additional CALL courses during this fiscal year.