The Borderlands Encyclopedia

http://www.utep.edu/border/

The Borderlands Encyclopediais a project of the University of Texas at El Paso, and while it doesn’t directly speak on topics of Chicana/o literature, I think it is worthy of inclusion as a background resource for readers and information professionals new to Chicano/a literature and culture. This website contains both text and audio files on a wide range of topics related to the U.S./Mexico border. The site states:

The goal of The Borderlands Encyclopedia is the design, development and implementation of a multimedia instructional resource on contemporary issues of the U.S.-Mexico border for broad-based distribution to other educational agencies utilizing the WWW and CD-ROM technologies.

 Information in the Encyclopedia is divided up according to the following categories: Culture & Media, Economics & Business, Education & Training, Family Life & Population Groups, Government & Politics, and Health & Environment. There are also links to a Spanish language version of the site, an overview of the Borderlands Encyclopedia project, and a list of related Centers & Resources.

This resource is useful to information professionals serving Chicana/o populations wishing to gain a better understanding of the issues that arise around the US/Mexico border.

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Proyecto Sherezade

http://home.cc.umanitoba.ca/~fernand4/

Proyecto Sherezade is an online, Spanish-language literary magazine that describes itself as a publisher of “cuentos de autores de todo el mundo de habla hispana [stories by authors from the enire Spanish speaking world].” Proyecto Sherezade began in 1996 is an affiliate of the University of Manitoba.

The website features new stories monthly and old stories are available in the site’s archives. There is a special collection of stories for students learning Spanish and ten stories recorded in an mp3 format for visitors to download. The site also contains a page with links to teaching materials and information about submissions.

This site is an excellent resources for students of Spanish and librarians and teachers wishing to connect Spanish learners and speakers with new literature.

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Las Culturas: Literature

http://www.lasculturas.com/component/option,com_weblinks/catid,143/Itemid,36/

The link takes visitors to the Las Culturas website, an excellent and frequently updated web portal and index of all things Chicana/o or Latin American in the United States. The link above goes specifically to the Literature page on the Las Culturas site, which is an excellent collection of weblinks related to Latin American literary online resources, including publishers, Hispanic literary magazines, poets’ groups, online book sites, biblotecas virtual (virtual libraries) and sites for Latin American writers and readers.

This index page is a good resource for librarians helping patrons find information about various aspects of the Latin American literary scene on the Web. The page is also recommended for readers and fans of Latin American writing looking for new ideas about what to read!

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Barahona Center

http://www.csusm.edu/csb/

This is the website of the Barahona Center for the Study of Books in Spanish for Children and Adolescents. The Center is an affiliate of California State University San Marcos. The content of the site is available in both English and Spanish. Visitors are asked to choose the language they prefer on the home page of the site. The site is maintained by the faculty and staff at the Barahona Center, all of whom are clearly credited. The Center’s Director is Dr. Isabel Schon, who has published a number of books on Spanish language children’s literature and serving Spanish speaking children and adolescents in libraries and classrooms. The site is sponsored by a number of publishers and media outlets including Scholastic, Inc. and the San Diego Union-Tribune.

The focus of this resource is on materials for children and teenagers. There is a list of Recommended books in Spanish, a list of Recommended books in English about Latinos, links to professional resources for librarians, educators and researchers, information about conferences and events at the center, a page on the Center’s “Reading Partners” program, a page with lists on related topics and a links page.

This website is an excellent resource for librarians working with children and young adults wishing to better serve their Spanish speaking constituencies.

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