As a librarian in a rural community, you are faced with distinct challenges unlike those of your urban city counterparts. Many residents of rural communities remain unaware of their local library’s resources, meaning you have to go the extra mile to make residents understand what you can do for them.Read More
This year, approximately 550,000 students transferred from community colleges to four-year colleges and universities. In order to make sure these students have everything they need to navigate their transfer and complete their college career successfully at their new institution, it’s essential that they have the support they need from both their two-year community college and their four-year institution. What’s a big part of that? You guessed it: the academic library.Read More
Culture and language fluency — connecting in-common culture interests with language learning. Selecting an activity where we have in-common cultural fluency is helpful in our quest to understand what is ‘foreign’ to our ears, but familiar to our interests. Therefore, one of my priorities during my recent visit to Berlin was to check out the Games Science Center (GSC).
For many Americans, Thanksgiving means cozying up with family and feasting on turkey and pumpkin pie. But for many assignees, this Thanksgiving is the first they have spent away from their family traditions and home-cooked meals. The good news is that just because your assignees aren’t stateside doesn’t mean they can’t have the Turkey Day they crave.Read More
Want to take a walk on the wild side in Spanish? Join us in celebrating the latest addition to Mango Premiere’s catalogue of language-learning films: National Geographic’s Wild Chronicles 1. Got a thing for sharks? Fascinated by the science behind volcanoes? Think that polar bears are cute and fuzzy? Think again on that last one, but that’s what we’re here for. Our latest episode of Wild Chronicles is an adventure-packed 30 minutes, offering viewers a rare, up-close look at some of the most fascinating occurrences that the natural world has to offer — all while you learn and perfect your Spanish.Read More
One of Mango Languages' grove trotters, Amanda, is learning Icelandic. Hear from her directly!
I know, it probably sounds unreasonable or unnecessary, but I have a legitimate reason for doing so. And no, my rationale is not to impress friends when I say Icelandic’s longest word, Vaðlaheiðarvegavinnuverkfærageymsluskúraútidyralyklakippuhringur (translation: “key ring of the key chain of the outer door to the storage tool shed of the road workers on the Vaðlaheiði plateau;” pronunciation here).Read More
It’s not always easy being an academic librarian. You’re in charge of making sure the stacks are in order, students know how to find the right information and the library staff is happy and working well. Whether you’re a veteran library director who can develop a Tableau visualization of your entire stock of books faster than you can say “Melvil Louis Kossuth Dewey” or a newbie who wants to rip your hair out whenever a freshman asks how to do a Boolean search, a mentorship program may be right for you.Read More
Librarians are the keepers of knowledge. One day you might be pointing a local high school student to information on the lost tomb of Pharaoh Sobekhotep, the next, advising veterans on the resources your city has available to them—and the next, managing a career fair for your city’s unemployed. Your job is never quite the same, meaning you must be able to cater to wide variety of people, their questions and interests at a drop of a hat. With so many services that a library can offer, how do you meet the demands of all users, regardless of age, background, language or interest?Read More
Thanks for reading the third post in our Polyglot Workshops series. If you haven’t seen our last two posts, save time by checking them out here: building vocabulary and setting your language-learning goals. Speaking of saving time, Olly Richards led the next session about time management.
For many American sports fans, one of the most difficult parts about reassignment is the lack of opportunities to cheer on their favorite sports teams abroad. With the American football (not to be confused with European fútbol) season well underway and whispers of March Madness already in the air, many assignees wonder how they can possibly keep up with their favorite sports teams and cheer along with their fellow fans.Read More