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Libros en Español

January 22, 2009

Today I encountered some challenges when creating and publishing our Libros en Español Book Talk newsletter.  Several of the titles I wanted to add didn’t have Spanish-language blurbs.  It’s not acceptable in my opinion to have an English-language blurb on a booklist created for native speakers of other languages.  These are the steps I took to correct the page.

  1. Edit newsletter.
  2. Copy and paste ISBN into “Add Reviews” box.
  3. Copy the English-language review from the review box.
  4. In a new tab or window, go to Google Translate.
  5. Paste the English language text into the box, select English to Spanish, click Translate.
  6. Copy and paste the Spanish-language translation into the Bookletters review box. Delete the English-language text if you do not want it to appear on the webpage, or paste the English text below the Spanish.
  7. Click Submit.
  8. Click Update in the newsletter editor.

I also found that Spanish-language titles can be difficult to point to in the catalog. To create correct links, I followed these steps.

  1. While editing the newsletter, click on List Editor.
  2. Choose ISBN or Title/Author search, whichever works for your catalog, then Update.
  3. Click Return to Toolkit.

There is a tricky situation that seems to arise with foreign-language titles. The book may be published in its native country and the ISBN is different than the ISBN for the book we own, which may have been published in the U.S. In this case, the ISBN might not work for the link. In most cases, it does; but if it doesn’t I had to link to it using the title and author. In this case, the Spanish text is different enough from the English to make it unique and make it findable in the catalog.

Now I will cross my fingers and hope that Google Translate works well and doesn’t produce broken Spanish!

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One Comment leave one →
  1. Sean Robinson permalink
    January 22, 2009 11:20 am

    Great job!

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