Jillian Rodriguez

Jillian is a writer and editor out of Detroit, Michigan. She loves connecting people through new ideas, interesting stories, and good conversation. In her free time, Jillian loves to read, write, and listen to podcasts - in Spanish and in English!

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7 fresh strategies for promoting library e-resources that will motivate you today.

By Jillian Rodriguez |   Nov 2, 2016 5:51:00 AM

Step aside, Clark Kent. Put away the bat-signal, Bruce Wayne. Librarians are the real superheroes, fighting for literacy, community, and knowledge each and every day. But every superhero needs a sidekick, and that’s where Mango comes in. We know that librarians are tasked with a lot of responsibilities, chief among them promoting library events, offerings, and resources. 

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6 words from world languages that will haunt you this Halloween.

By Jillian Rodriguez |   Oct 31, 2016 6:03:00 AM

Do you find yourself at a loss for words around this time of year? There’s a chill in the air,  a shudder in your spine - and words like ghost and goblin just aren’t cutting it. We’re here for you. ‘Tis the season to add a little fright to your language learning, and there are plenty of spooky, hair-raising words from languages around the world that will make the local haunted house seem like a walk in the park. Throw on your Halloween costume, pour some hot apple cider, and get ready to be spooked.

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Everything you never knew about Halloween celebrations around the world.

By Jillian Rodriguez |   Oct 26, 2016 8:38:00 PM

The leaves are changing, the temperature is dropping, and jack-o’-lanterns and plastic skeletons are taking over the neighborhood. That can only mean one thing: Halloween is almost here! In the United States and Canada, Halloween is one of the most popular holidays of the year. With nearly 600 million pounds of Halloween candy purchased each year and $2.6 billion spent on Halloween costumes, celebrating Halloween is kind of a big deal here.

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How to promote multicultural resources at your academic library.

By Jillian Rodriguez |   Oct 25, 2016 2:28:00 PM

What does it mean to be an academic librarian in 2016? Today’s academic library shapes the future of learning by working with students, faculty, and staff to advance the mission of their institution. From collaborating with different departments to responding to unique student needs, academic libraries work hard to ensure their resources are as diverse as the campus they serve.  

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10 mouth-watering recipes from around the world.

By Jillian Rodriguez |   Oct 17, 2016 11:22:00 PM

There are so many reasons to love learning a new language. It opens the door to new cultures, new people, and exciting new places. And while we're certainly in it for the love of language, we're also in it for the love of food.

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Mango’s latest course: English for Somali speakers.

By Jillian Rodriguez |   Oct 12, 2016 6:03:00 PM

Mango’s catalogue of English course offerings is growing once again! This time, we’re adding Somali to our fleet of courses for non-English speakers. Designed to provide Somali speakers with all the tools they need to learn useful vocabulary, practice grammar, and perfect pronunciation, this new course is a must-have for native Somali speakers learning English.

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Mango's latest course: Classroom English for Hmong speakers.

By Jillian Rodriguez |   Oct 12, 2016 4:07:00 PM

Whenever one course closes, another one opens. When it comes to developing the latest in-demand course, that’s the Mango philosophy. What’s the newest course to come out of Mango? Classroom English for Hmong speakers.

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6 classics of Spanish literature to (literally) check out at your library.

By Jillian Rodriguez |   Sep 5, 2016 11:30:00 AM

Want to roam the Spanish countryside with Quixote? Break out of a prison tower in Poland? Search for true love with Fermina Daza? If you’re anything like us, your love for language and culture doesn’t stop at simply learning a new language. Your love affair with the world means that you seek out stories from all over the globe, and you see the library as a magical portal to some of the greatest literature in history.

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Integrating language training into corporate culture.

By Jillian Rodriguez |   Jul 5, 2016 11:30:00 AM


Can you say “I love my job” in over 70 languages? When you choose to integrate language training into your company culture, you and your employees will be well on your way. This past Wednesday, Mango’s own Business Development Manager Brian Rovito hosted a free webinar designed to deep-dive into exactly why language training is so important to corporate culture and best practices for bringing it to your company. We’ll give it to you straight — Brian is not your average Corporate Manager. Brian has called both Spain and Japan home, he speaks handfuls of languages from Spanish to Thai to Italian, and he’s the Mr. Miyagi of corporate language training. If you’ve got questions, he’s got answers.

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Meet the recipient of the 2016 Mango Languages / NMRT Professional Development Grant.

By Jillian Rodriguez |   Jun 23, 2016 1:48:06 PM

 “Anytime you get a group of like-minded individuals behind a cause, there’s an excitement to it. That’s what I love.” Those are the wise words of the recipient of the 2016 Mango Languages / NMRT Professional Development Grant, Denise Tabscott. In partnership with ALA’s New Member Round Table (NMRT), Mango wants to make sure that bright, committed new librarians have the opportunity to further their cause and their careers by attending ALA. The grant provides funding to assist with airfare, lodging, and conference registration fees, and ensures that awesome new librarians like Denise have the opportunity to shine bright at ALA. Let’s learn a little more about Denise and if you see her at ALAAC this week, strike up a conversation! With passion, purpose, and smarts to spare, you’ll be glad you did. 

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