|Volume 11 Number 3, Fall 2000|
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La Sala Hispanoamericana
Located on the first floor of the Main Library, La Sala Hispanoamericana contains the largest collection of Spanish-language materials found in any New Jersey public library. It also serves as a resource center for other libraries in the state.
Resources available to the public are an extensive collection of adult and childrens books, a reference materials section, a selection of popular magazines, video and audio book collections, the Internet, and Spanish-language electronic information. Patrons may also call the Spanish-language line, (973) 733-7772, for telephone reference or Library information.
Staffing La Sala, which is part of the Community Library Services Department, are Juan Enrique Cintrón, Ana María Méndez, Lucrecia Ortíz, Elizabeth Ramos, Ina Rimpau, and Yori Riveraall under the supervision of Ingrid Betancourt. Wilma Grey is the Assistant Director for the department.
Bilingual personnel assist with reference questions and provide readers advisory services. Sala staff also conduct group Library tours in Spanish by appointment. They give Spanish-language computer classes, and, during the fall months, they organize the cultural programs in celebration of Hispanic Heritage.
Allied with La Sala is MultiMAC. Funded by the New Jersey State Library, the Multilingual Materials Acquisition Center is a statewide service to New Jersey libraries, to assist in collection development and other services for patrons whose first languages are not English. Currently, MultiMAC provides collections in eleven languages: Arabic, Chinese, French, Gujarati, Haitian Creole, Hindi, Korean, Polish, Russian, Spanish and Vietnamese.
Related to expanding its range of services, the Library is enlisting the financial support of community organizations to create a comprehensive New Jersey Hispanic Research and Information Center of collections and services reflecting the diverse Hispanic heritage of New Jersey. It is seeking funds for a feasibility study to ascertain the need for and the scope of this project. Dr. Olga Jiménez de Wagenheim, the leading historian of the Puerto Rican experience, is chair of the projects organizing committee. Organizations wishing to support this study are invited to contact the Development Department at (973) 733-7793.
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