Jillian Rodriguez

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This Week in Libraries: Meet the Creators of TWIL.

By Jillian Rodriguez |   Apr 14, 2015 10:12:49 AM

In the library world, the creators of This Week in Libraries (TWIL) are basically celebrities. Hosts and creators Jaap van de Geer and Erik Boekesteijn have created a unique space to highlight and discuss the latest and greatest happenings in libraries around the globe. Whether they’re chatting with the Smithsonian’s Michael Edson or local librarians who are revolutionizing the industry, this internet video show covers everything from digitization to library design and marketing. They even virtually sat down with our very own Robert Thayer, Mango’s Director of Public Libraries Division (check it out here!) to discuss the role of libraries in education and language learning. We decided to turn the tables on these global library gurus and shine the spotlight on them. We called up Jaap and Eric and chatted with them about TWIL, library advocacy, and the state of language learning on their side of the pond.

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Meet the Fixies, Mango Premiere's newest release.

By Jillian Rodriguez |   Apr 8, 2015 4:21:14 PM

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10 Ways to Spot a Language Learner in Your Library

By Jillian Rodriguez |   Apr 2, 2015 6:20:21 AM

They walk among us. Prone to slipping into a second language mid-sentence and nearly tipping over from their giant stack of dictionaries, DVDs, and foreign-language novels, the trained eye can detect a language learner from across a crowded library. Once you learn to spot a language learner, you can change their lives for the better by introducing them to your library’s Mango subscription and all of the (totally free!) resources the software has to offer. Whether you deck out the foreign-language film section with Mango shelf talkers or hand out flyers and freebies at the circulation desk, it’s time to zero in on your library’s language-learners and connect them to their new favorite library resource. We've put together a list of the most notorious habits of language-learners and how to spot them in your library.

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Learn Shakespearean English with Mango’s Latest Course.

By Jillian Rodriguez |   Mar 23, 2015 1:42:34 PM

“Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.” Dear Mangos, we’re siding with Shakespeare (or more specifically, we’re siding with Malvolio, reading Maria’s letter in Twelfth Night) on this one. We think you were all born great, will achieve greatness, and because we really love you, we’re here to thrust greatness upon you.

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Mango Premiere Goes Wild: National Geographic’s Wild Chronicles.

By Jillian Rodriguez |   Mar 6, 2015 11:44:06 AM


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Boosting Usage Campus-Wide: Four Secrets to Success.

By Jillian Rodriguez |   Feb 23, 2015 5:26:12 PM

Campus librarians, break out the binoculars: It’s time to tackle campus visibility. Here at Mango, we’re known to be our own greatest hype man, and we can’t wait to up the language-learning ante on your campus. When programs and departments across campus come together and collaborate to promote Mango, magic happens. Our goal is to harness that collaboration to generate buzz, increase usage, and make Mango your campus’ online Cool Kids Club.

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Mobile Apps Makeover: We're Ready for Our Close-up.

By Jillian Rodriguez |   Feb 17, 2015 12:12:00 PM


They say you shouldn’t change for others, but we just want to make you happy. We’ve been hard at work to become the best Mango we can be based on your feedback, needs, and wildest dreams. Our mobile apps are the vehicle through which half of Mango users get their language-learning groove on, so we figured it was time for a tune-up. The mad scientists on our tech team took on the task, and now our Android and Apple apps are totally redesigned and better than ever.

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Boosting Campus Usage with Website Visibility: A How To Guide

By Jillian Rodriguez |   Feb 9, 2015 2:56:58 PM

To know Mango is to love Mango, and those of you who know us well know that we never shy away from the spotlight. We love attention, and that’s because attention on us means a major boost in usage for your campus. College campuses are some of the busiest places on Earth, and your school’s Mango subscription could easily get lost in the everyday hustle and bustle of campus life. We want to make sure your students have the opportunity to slow down and smell the language and culture learning roses.

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Introducing...Mango's New Cherokee Language Course.

By Jillian Rodriguez |   Feb 2, 2015 11:18:18 AM

Alright, we have a confession to make: When it comes to our target audience, we’ll admit it, we have a type. We design our courses with language lovers in mind. You know who you are ― you seek out languages rich in culture and with deep historical roots, you geek out on history as much as language learning, and you actually enjoy the mental workout of learning a polysynthetic language. So with you in mind, you zany little language lovers, we’re proud, excited, and honored to unveil our latest course: the Cherokee language.

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In It to Win It: Mango’s Mobile Usage Challenge

By Jillian Rodriguez |   Jan 27, 2015 1:49:38 PM

Attention Mango libraries: Are you ready to rumble?

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