[Library Media] Collection Development - foreign language

Sarah Herron Sarah.Herron at slcschools.org
Wed May 17 11:39:17 MDT 2017


I found the same situation as Bill described. My students like to check out either just the popular books translated into Spanish or check out both the Spanish and the English popular title to read together at the same time. I have bought the titles in foreign languages that have not been translated and they do not circulate well.

It feels so “English-centric” to me, as though there are no other authors in the world writing books. Not True! It is also appalling to me how few foreign titles are translated into English, especially in comparison with the number of English titles that are translated into other languages. Something I ponder.

Sarah G. Herron
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From: library-media [mailto:library-media-bounces at lists.uen.org] On Behalf Of Bill Goodrich
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To: sharyl smith <sharylsmith at att.net>
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Subject: Re: [Library Media] Collection Development - foreign language

I speak Spanish and for my high school library I  worked really hard at choosing "authentic" Spanish titles and classics.  I found that the kids didn't want to read them.  While I still maintain some of the "authenic" Spanish titles, the students seem to care more about the popular translated titles especially if it is going to be a movie.

Elementary kids on the other hand are easier to get in to culturally appropriate titles that are not translations such as La Brujita Teresita.

On Wed, May 17, 2017 at 10:04 AM, <sharylsmith at att.net<mailto:sharylsmith at att.net>> wrote:
The International Youth Library (Munich, Germany) sponsors the annual White Raven Awards, honoring a selection of "best books" from all over the world. The award winners are compiled in an annual catalog and each title has an annotation written in English.

Search "white raven award winners."

Sharyl Smith
Former Utah State Specialist, Library Media
Univ. of Washington iSchool Faculty, retired

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On May 17, 2017, at 9:27 AM, Harris, Laurel <Laurel.Harris at canyonsdistrict.org<mailto:Laurel.Harris at canyonsdistrict.org>> wrote:
I have a large Spanish collection and a good sized Chinese section. I have worked on expanding them for years in conjunction with my language teachers.  When they traveled to a Spanish or Chinese speaking countries I would have them get some titles. I have found Amazon to be a fairly good source for specific titles.  I put the name of the book and add in “Spanish language”.  Browsing and collection development is more difficult this way.  Recently I have found the following site is good for native Spanish titles: http://cervantes.com/
And for Chinese titles, again our Chinese teacher would get books when she traveled to Taiwan but I have had very good success with
http://www.chinasprout.com/ .  I have purchased English titles translated into Chinese as opposed to native Chinese books.

I’ve had less success with the languages in my ELL classes.  I get them from Amazon but it is hit or miss and very few titles in Swahili, Persian, Arabic, Portuguese, etc.  I would love to know if anyone else has sources.

I have had good success with native French language titles on Amazon and have seen good collections that were purchased from bookstores in Canada.  I don’t have the sources though.  If anyone knows French sources I would appreciate them shareing.


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From: library-media <library-media-bounces at lists.uen.org<mailto:library-media-bounces at lists.uen.org>> on behalf of LynnDell Watson <lynndell.watson at millardk12.org<mailto:lynndell.watson at millardk12.org>>
Date: Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 8:37 AM
To: Mariah Gerlach <moverlock at providencehall.com<mailto:moverlock at providencehall.com>>
Cc: "library-media at lists.uen.org<mailto:library-media at lists.uen.org>" <library-media at lists.uen.org<mailto:library-media at lists.uen.org>>
Subject: Re: [Library Media] Collection Development - foreign language

I try to get popular titles for our multilingual patrons.  These students seem to enjoy what everyone is reading too.

Good luck!

On Wed, May 17, 2017 at 8:20 AM, Mariah Gerlach <moverlock at providencehall.com<mailto:moverlock at providencehall.com>> wrote:
How do you select titles to meet the needs of your multi-lingual patrons without actually being multi-lingual yourself?

Any tips or tricks to purchasing those books and ebooks?  (Specifically, I need to service Spanish and Chinese at my school right now).

Thanks for any advice!

Mariah Gerlach
High School Librarian
Providence Hall International Baccalaureate
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