Monday, September 17, 2018

National Hispanic Heritage Month - Mes de la Herencia Hispana

Spanish explorerSeptember 15 to October 15 is National Hispanic Heritage Month.

With roots going back to 1968 as "Hispanic Heritage Week" under President Lyndon Johnson, the commemoration was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15 (Public Law 100-402).

September 15 is significant because it is the  Independence Day  for Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua (1821). The month includes Mexico's Independence Day, Diez y Seis de Septiembre, September 16, Chile's, September 18, and Día de la Raza on October 12.

The National Council of Hispanic Employment Program Managers (NCHEPM), announced the 2018 Hispanic Heritage Month theme: “Hispanics: One Endless Voice to Enhance our Traditions.” 


Hispanic Texans: Journey from Empire to Democracy is a 51-page PDF guide from the Texas Historical Commission for heritage travelers. It features sites in ten heritage trail regions of the state. The guide can be downloaded to a smartphone for use on trips.

The Smithsonian American Art Museum presents ¡Del Corazon! Latino Voices in American Art in Spanish and English. 

10 facts for National Hispanic Heritage Month. Krogstad, J.M. (2016, September 15). Pew Research Center. This site provides a recent snapshot of the Hispanic/Latino population.

The Library of Congress provides Primary Source Sets for Teachers, Exhibits and Collections, Audio and Video, and Images. The Library of Congress also offers an Archive of Hispanic Literature on Tape.

Primary source sets for history of Latino Americans can also be found at the Digital Public Public Library.

Google launched Latino Cultures within Google Arts & Culture in 2017.  According to American Libraries, the "more than 2,500 Latino cultural artifacts online ... offer first-hand knowledge about the Latino experience in America."
Since 2004, the Friends of the National Museum of the American Latino have been advocating to create a Smithsonian American Latino Museum. Their site includes a "Find a Latino Museum" search.


The Latino Americans Collection.
This collection, accessed through Kanopy streaming media, “is the first major documentary series for television to chronicle the rich and varied history and experiences of Latinos, who have helped shape North America over the last 500-plus years and have become... the largest minority group in the U.S.”  (320 mins, 6 videos). 

Visiones: Latino Art & Culture Series.
This award winning PBS series "is a journey through the music, words, dance, painting and performance of rich Latino cultures made more complex and fascinating by their history in our country. From New York City's break-dancers to mural-painters in Los Angeles and Chicago to theater in Texas, the series offers a unique cross section of Latino artists working today." (162 mins, 6 videos).


Libguides are web pages librarians use to share information and relevant resources in a particular subject field, as well as to provide instruction in finding and using library resources. Please visit these guides related to National Hispanic Heritage Month:

Multicultural History: Hispanic/Latinx 

Dimensions of Diversity: Hispanic/Latinx


Wednesday, September 5, 2018

MedlinePlus - Trusted Health Information
MedlinePlus is the National Institutes of Health's Web site for patients and their families and friends. Produced by the National Library of Medicine, it brings you information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues in language you can understand. (See the Espanol button.) MedlinePlus offers reliable, up-to-date health information, anytime, anywhere, for free.

Explore MedlinePlus yourself by clicking on the options below:
  • Health TopicsFind information on health, wellness, disorders and conditions
  • Drugs & SupplementsLearn about prescription drugs, over-the-counter medicines, herbs, and supplements
  • Videos & ToolsDiscover tutorials, health and surgery videos, games, and quizzes
  • Lab Test InformationLearn why your doctor orders laboratory tests and what the results may mean
  • Medical EncyclopediaArticles and images for diseases, symptoms, tests, treatments
Or, take a Video Tour: