Spanish language access to library materials

Prudence Cendoma Writes:


At the beginning of August,
I posted to several library listservs requesting data for
my research on
Spanish subject access to information. Unfortunately, I
have not been able to collect enough data from the 36
responses I received. However, the information I have
gathered so far is leading me
into some interesting territory, and I would like to
continue my research. I
thought perhaps if I posted some preliminary findings
and brief background
information it would generate more interest in my
research project.

You can read on for more
details, or go directly to the online survey at:
www
.pitt.edu/~pacst50/spansurvey2.htm
I am a graduate student enrolled full-time in the Library
and Information
Science Program at the University of Pittsburgh. At the
beginning of August,
I posted to several library listservs requesting data for
my research on
Spanish subject access to information. I asked folks to
take a few minutes
to fill out my online survey. I want to thank those
persons who have taken
the time to respond. I greatly appreciate your help!


Unfortunately, I have not been able to collect enough
data from the 36
responses I received. Although it is a beginning, not all
of the responses
are complete enough to use. I was hoping to have at
least 100 complete
responses. However, the information I have gathered
so far is leading me
into some interesting territory, and I would like to
continue my research. I
thought perhaps if I posted some preliminary findings
and brief background
information it would generate more interest in my
research project. As I
said in my original post, there is very little library
literature on the
topic of providing Spanish language access to library
materials, in
particular Spanish language materials.


Based on preliminary findings I have decided to
redesign my survey. Although
I am still gathering the exact same data, I thought that it
might be more
advantageous to divide the questions into general and
technical categories.
Both are of equal importance to my research. By doing
this, I hope to make
it more obvious that persons without knowledge of
subject heading assignment
may also voice their opinion about Spanish language
access. Because the data
could take me in any direction I\'m interested in hearing
from everyone in
the U.S. and out!


Brief anecdotal report - 2 opposing viewpoints (not my
own & paraphrased, of
course)


Since [we] are providing Spanish language materials it
isn\'t logical to
require someone to use English as a means to finding
these items.


[We] don\'t provide Spanish language access to these
materials because users
in [the U.S.] need to speak English.


Let your voice be heard! Please take a few minutes to
check out my
preliminary findings at:

www.pitt.edu/~pacst50/spanresults.htm


Or go directly to my online survey at:


www.pitt.edu/~pacst50/spansurvey2.htm


Please feel free to forward this URL on to others. If you
don\'t have access
to the WWW and would like to respond or if you have
additional information
that you would like to contribute to my research, then
e-mail me at


pcendoma@mail.sis.pitt.edu .


I apologize in advance for not having a Spanish version
of the survey (yet).
Too much work and too little time!


Thank you ~ Muchas Gracias
Prudence Cendoma
M.L.I.S. Candidate / Spanish Cataloger

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