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Guadalajara, Jalisco, a 30 de junio de 2022

The FIL and ALA renew an agreement to guarantee the presence of U.S. librarians in Guadalajara

The Guadalajara International Book Fair and the American Library Association seek to promote the acquisition of content in Spanish —during the next three editions of FIL— for dissemination in libraries in the United States

 

In response to the needs of the library sector and the publishing industry in Spanish, the American Library Association (ALA) and the Guadalajara International Book Fair (FIL) renewed an agreement to promote cultural exchange, guarantee the presence of American librarians and strengthen the acquisition of content in Spanish during the next three editions of the FIL: 2022, 2023 and 2024. Tracie D. Hall, executive director of the ALA, and Marisol Schulz Manaut, general director of FIL Guadalajara, signed this 3-year agreement on Saturday, June 24, in Washington, DC.

            For Ms. Schulz, this renewal represents the strengthening of an indispensable collaboration. She stated that "ALA is an association founded in 1876 that has not only promoted the work of U.S. librarians, but also fomented international relations with other entities such as FIL Guadalajara.” In addition, she recognized that the signing of this agreement is of huge importance to FIL since ALA is "one of the most important library associations in the world and currently has more than 60,000 members in the United States."

            Since 1987, ALA has had a presence in FIL Guadalajara. Thanks to this agreement, approximately 160 American librarians have visited Guadalajara annually, mostly from states such as California, Illinois, Texas, Colorado, New York and New Jersey. These librarians attend FIL to purchase content in Spanish, for the benefit of the Mexican and Latin American publishing industry.

              “This agreement is essential because it allows many librarians to visit us year after year. During their stay, they visit stands together with their preferred distributors who are in charge of buying and selling books, so that during the rest of the year so that librarians can buy books from their catalogues,” reiterated the general director of FIL Guadalajara. She also declared that “it is a completely indispensable alliance for the work that is done for the professionalization and commercialization of books, and to support the 2,400 publishing houses that we have each year. The renewal of this agreement is a cause for celebration.”

              Nearly 150 years old, the American Library Association is a nonprofit organization based in the United States that promotes libraries internationally. Its mission is to develop, promote and improve library and information services and library professionals, in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all. This library association is the oldest and largest in the world.

 

Photographs of the signing of the agreement between the ALA and FIL Guadalajara, at this link

 

Para más información contacte a:

Mariño González, coordinador general de Prensa y Difusión, al teléfono (+52) 33 3810 0331, ext. 950