Spanish-language speakers and readers can enjoy increased access to Spanish books and materials through the Jefferson County Public Library’s (JCPL) newly enhanced website, online catalog and library collection.
“We’re excited to offer our catalog in Spanish and open access to an increased collection of Spanish books, movies and materials,” says Donna Walker, JCPL’s executive director. “By doing this, we’ve removed potential barriers and are welcoming patrons in a manner that’s familiar and comfortable for them.”
Welcoming Spanish-speakers and readers to the Library is an intentional effort to create a more inclusive and authentic library-experience for all patrons. The new Spanish catalog and increased Spanish-materials collection offer something for anyone who prefers Spanish language books and materials, from translations of popular works to native-language materials and children’s items. JCPL’s specialized Spanish-speaking librarians continue to cultivate and grow the type and number of items in the collection as they participate in the annual Feria Internacional del Libro de Guadalajara International Book Fair. Participation connects librarians with access to items from vendors who specifically specialize in Spanish-language content to add native-language titles to JCPL’s collection.
JCPL’s Spanish language collection has also expanded its children’s materials by adding Spanish versions of the popular Stories to Go kits and movies on DVD. When checking out one of these items through jeffcolibrary.org, patrons can select an updated Spanish-language interface.
“By offering our patron account platform in Spanish and not relying upon Google translate, we’re making it easier for Spanish readers to manage their accounts and take full advantage of all the Library offers,” said Sarah Rudman, JCPL’s digital experience manager.
Visit the jeffcolibrary.org to experience the new platform.