Guillermo Glendale Library, Arts & Culture
J. Guillermo Garcia
Board of Directors
City of Glendale Library, Arts and Culture
Guillermo was born and raised in Mexico City. He is a recently graduated student with a Masters’ Degree in Library Science from the University of North Texas. He got his bachelor’s degree in Library Science from Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), in Mexico City, Mexico. He moved to the United States in 2005. Guillermo currently oversees the literacy, ESL and Immigrant Services office at the Glendale Downtown Central Library. He is also the Spanish Outreach contact at the library.
As an immigrant of Hispanic origin and a regular user of the library, Guillermo recognizes the importance of diversity and social inclusion by providing library services for the Hispanic community.
Hispanics share a collective cultural identity, but at the same time, we have different cultural backgrounds. Therefore, cultural diversity is one of the things that is crucial to recognize when working with Spanish speakers. Providing library services for Hispanics is not an easy task. It requires true participation of the Hispanic community through outreach programs, as well as being creative in finding ways to engage the community to use the services of the library.