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Insider Article [April 2014] [04/01/14] (Seguimos Creando Enlaces Conference)
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Seguimos Creando Enlaces Conference

 La Rondalla musical group that performed at the Conference.
  Pictured from left to right are: Magaly Felix, president of ABIBAC (Baja California Library Association), Helen Ladron de Guevara from AMBAC (Mexican Library Association) and the University Cultural Center: University of Guadalajara, and Mtra. Maria Dolors Barrios Lopez and C.P. Laura Cervantes Sanchez from AMBI (Michoacan Library Association). 

Seguimos Creando Enlaces, now in its third year, is a two-day conference that brings together librarians from Southern California and Baja California, Mexico to further professional knowledge and exchange ideas. The conference brings together librarians with diverse experiences, from public and academic libraries, and from both sides of the border. The conference is fully bilingual and presentations are in both English and Spanish, with simultaneous translation services available. The conference is presented by San Diego Public Library and Serra Cooperative Library System, in collaboration with LIBROS Reforma, San Diego State University, San Diego County Library, AMBAC (Mexican Library Association) and ABIBAC (Baja California Library Association). Funding is supported by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.

The first year (2012) the conference was called Creando Enlaces. It took place in January at the Logan Heights Branch of the San Diego Public Library. It was attended by 108 people, 18 from California outside of San Diego County and 22 from Mexico. Presentation topics included building sister city partnerships and programming ideas for el Dia de los Ninos. Also discussed were collection development strategies for Spanish materials and mobile library services. There was a tour of San Diego area libraries and poster sessions.

In the second year, the name was changed to reflect the continued partnerships among librarians to Seguimos Creando Enlaces. Attendance stayed strong with 109 people attending, 23 of those from Baja and 17 from cities outside San Diego County. It was also included a video-conferencing component which expanded the reach of attendees and presenters to as far as New Mexico and Guadalajara, Mexico. The conference included a hands-on work shop which used demographic data to inform and enhance library programming and collection development. Formal presentations were given on topics such as Spanish language e-books, cross-border collaboration and Multi-media projects for teens.

This year, the vision was to continue to build alliances, create networks and share ideas. Our areas of focus for discussions were Technology and Early Learning; as they relate to Hispanic populations. Seguimos Creando Enlaces 2014 was held at the New Central Library in downtown San Diego on March 6th and 7th, 2014.  Presentations included a panel discussion on Library Associations Across Mexico, eBooks for Spanish Speakers, and many more.  The conference was also available virtually through Infopeople and Adobe Connect.  The approximately 200 attendees came from as far away as Mexico City, and one group of presenters came from El Paso, Texas.  Next year’s conference will be held in conjunction with the Reforma National Conference (RNC5) March 25-29th  2015 in San Diego, CA.   Find out more about this annual free conference at

Leslie McNabb
Librarian IV
Sciences, Tours, and Volunteers
San Diego Central Library @ Joan Λ Irwin Jacobs Common