XXXIII Coloquio Internacional de Bibliotecarios, - Servicios de información para grupos vulnerables - del 2 al 4 de diciembre -
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Cynthia Medrano Torres

Cynthia Medrano Torres, Estados Unidos

Cynthia Medrano Torres
Estudiante en University of Illinois At Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, Illinois, en la maestría de Bibliotecología y Ciencias de la Información, se graduará en mayo de 2020.
Su desempeño profesional ha sido en Circulación, Planificación estratégica, Referencia, Desarrollo de Colecciones, Asistente de Investigación, además de coadyuvar en el Proyecto de Jóvenes Investigadores. También es especialista en educación digital y tutora en escritura. Es voluntaria en la Biblioteca del Centro Comunitario Bilingüe de Rantoul, Illinois.
Como parte de su trabajo, asiste a los docentes en el diseño e incorporación de materiales multimedia como recursos didácticos, como contenidos interactivos, tutoriales.
Es miembro de la American Library Association, ALA; Illinois Library Association y Young Adult Library Services Association.

Let them make slime: why library programming is essential for children’s personal development 

This presentation will highlight work at a multicultural community center that provides childcare for migrant agricultural workers and their families, who are low income and often immigrants. The center works tirelessly to provide enriching activities for the children, whom I identify as vulnerable, because they spend nearly 10 hours every weekday in the same space away from their parents. They deserve opportunities to explore their creativity, build interpersonal skills, and increase their literacy, and libraries are spaces to do so.
While the center has a bilingual library, there is no designated staff member; therefore, weeks go by without maintenance of the collection, space, and computer lab. Furthermore, there is no librarian that can get to know the community and their needs. My presentation will address how essential library staff is for providing services to vulnerable populations, using my experience running summer programs for these children and touching on the following questions:
  • What does it take to serve migrant families, and what are the challenges?
  • How do you run a library program with a nonexistent budget?
  • What is the benefit of having a library space consistently open to the public?
  • How can we help administrators understand the importance of the library space?
  • How do we account for librarians with marginalized identities also being part of vulnerable populations?
  • How does children’s behavior differ when participating in programs in the library versus a classroom?
  • What types of programs can be replicated for adult patrons to decompress?