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Seguimos Creando Enlaces, now in its sixth year, is a free conference that brings together librarians from the US and Mexico to further their professional knowledge and exchange ideas. The conference is a meeting place for 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 has been made possible by San Diego Public Library and Serra Cooperative Library System, in collaboration with LIBROS Reforma, San Diego State University, Friends of the Logan Heights Library and ABIBAC Asociación de Bibliotecarios de Baja California (Baja California Librarian 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 Día de los Niños. 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 also included a videoconferencing component that expanded the reach of attendees and presenters to as far as New Mexico and Guadalajara, Mexico. The conference included a hands-on workshop that demonstrated how to demographic data to inform and enhance library programming and collection development. There were also formal presentations on topics such as Spanish language e-books, cross-border collaboration and Multi-media projects for teens.

In 2014, Seguimos Creando Enlaces moved to San Diego Public Library’s brand new Central Branch in downtown San Diego. The areas of focus for discussions were technology and Early Learning strategies for Hispanic populations. Presentations topics included toddlers and technology, bilingual ebook activities and computer literacy programs for Spanish speakers. 181 people participated in the conference, both in person and virtually and 20% of the total attendees came from Mexico.

In 2015, Seguimos Creando Enlaces functioned as a one day pre-conference for the REFORMA National Convention V. The 2015 theme was “Start Up Outreach at YOUR Library.” The full-day session helped participants identify underserved communities and create marketing and outreach plans. The conference will included short panel presentations with examples of successful outreach programs and a hands-on workshop led by Yolanda Cuesta, an experienced consultant who specializes in helping libraries serve culturally diverse communities.

In 2016, the Seguimos Creando Enlaces conference went cross-border. The first day of the conference was held in the San Diego Central Branch library and the second day was hosted by Universidad Iberoamericana Auditorio Loyola in Tijuana. The themes of the 2016 conference were collaboration and technology.

This year, the Seguimos Creando Enlaces conference will be held cross-border again. The first day will be held CETYS Universidad in Tijuana. The second day will be hosted by San Diego Central Library @ Joan Irwin Jacobs Common. The themes will be libraries as community information hubs as well as preservation centers.

Librarians, library staff and library school students are encouraged to attend. Please see the registration page for sign up information.

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