The Seguimos Creando Enlaces (Continuing to Create Connections) conference committee is taking 2024 off as a planning year. Creando, for short, is a free, binational conference, sponsored by CALL, that fosters community connections and cultural diversity in public, academic, and special libraries, bringing together libraries from both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border to share best practices and build more inclusive library spaces.
Creando will continue to create connections in 2024, as we offer virtual learning events in partnership with CALL.
Here are the Creando winter/spring learning events, and stay tuned for more enriching virtual programming to support library staff in serving Spanish-speaking communities throughout 2024!
A Model for Spanish Language Services – January 24, 2024
La Hora Virtual: How to Develop a Virtual Program to Promote Spanish Resources – February 7, 2024 (With our own Ana Villalpando from the Creando committee!)
Circulation Desk Spanish – March 20, 2024
Basic Spanish for Library Staff March 26 – April 22, 2024 (Limited seats available for this CALL-exclusive, high-demand course.)
Also, you can view these on-demand recordings of trainings focused on providing to services to Spanish speakers, on CALL Academy, after creating a free account:
Do you have an idea? The Planning Committee is seeking to host ongoing virtual presentations that demonstrate how public, academic, and special libraries advocate for intellectual freedom and equitable programming and access. We are especially interested in highlighting innovative projects that include communities of color, immigrants, refugees, LGBTQIA+, Spanish speakers/ESL resources, digital equity or binational collaborations.
- Individual Presentation
- Panel Presentation:
Group of two-three library or community leaders answer questions from a moderator and share best practices related to the conference theme. Panelists will identify a moderator for their presentation.
- Library & Community Partner Presentation:
Group of two-three presenters share examples of projects co-created with library partners.
Flashback to 2023:
Our 11th Annual conference was back in person with 167 attendees at the San Diego Central Library on Friday, May 12th, 2023. The conference theme was “Open Minds, Open Doors – Mentes y Puertas Abiertas”, and opened with a keynote presentation from beloved children’s author and illustrator Yuyi Morales, as well as featuring 2Spirit storyteller Juan Reynoso and numerous engaging Workshop sessions. Due to technical difficulties with Yuyi Morales’ virtual keynote presentation, “Tres Bibliotecas”, she graciously re-recorded it for us. Please watch below.