April 24, 2018

Speak Up: Supporting Online Language Learning with In-Person Programs

Presented by: EBSCO, Rosetta Stone and Library Journal 

Event Date & Time: Thursday, September 17th, 2015, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET / 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PT

With 311 languages spoken in the United States, few, if any, public libraries have the capacity to teach in person all the different languages their patrons want to learn. Enter software, to the rescue. But just offering patrons access to a language learning database is only the beginning. To maximize learning (and usage), in-person support is key, and doesn’t require a native speaker on staff.

Join Will Chan, program administrator for services to new immigrants with Denver Public Library; Sandy Irwin, library director at the Durango Public Library, CO; Jack Marmorstein, Director of Learning Solutions from sponsor Rosetta Stone, Eric Soriano, e-services librarian with the Jacksonville Public Library (JPL), FL; and moderator Erin Shea, ‎Supervisor, Harry Bennett and Weed Hollander Branches at The Ferguson Library, Stamford, CT, as they discuss strategies such as cultural programming, volunteer facilitators, and partnerships with community organizations that can take online language learning to the next (reading) level.


Will Chan – Program Administrator for Services to New Immigrants, Denver Public Library

Sandy Irwin – Library Director, Durango Public Library, CO

Jack Marmorstein – Director of Learning Solutions, Rosetta Stone

Eric Soriano – E-services Librarian, Jacksonville Public Library (JPL), FL


Erin Shea – ‎Supervisor, Harry Bennett and Weed Hollander Branches, The Ferguson Library, Stamford, CT
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