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Letter From the Editor
12/21/2011
Adriana McCleer
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
by: Adriana McCleer

Section: Letter From the Editor



Fall/Winter 2011

Adriana McCleer is a Ph.D. student at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee School Of Information Studies. She is a member of the Midwest Chapter of REFORMA.

As we celebrate the impact and progress REFORMA has made between 1971 and 2011, we are stirred by feelings of remembrance and feelings of inspiration.  We are moved to honoring the veteran estrellas of REFORMA and their commitment, for they have paved the way for the promotion of library and information services to Latino and Spanish-speaking communities.  We are also moved to feeling inspired and motivated as we approach this new beginning.  As much as this year has been a commemoration of the past, it is also served as a grand invitation for new or renewed commitment to REFORMA.  The next generation of Reformistas is called to contribute their energy and their diverse skills to their local chapters as well as the national association.     
 

The Newsletter Task Force, led by Sara Martínez and Jessica Hernández, met at RNC IV to discuss the future of the Newsletter.  The task force discussed the feedback received from Reformistas, through the online Newsletter survey, and responded to the call to more efficiently communicate news and updates.  Carlos Rodríguez provided training and access to the newsletter component of AMS to allow us to create an online version of the newsletter.  Francisco Vargas has worked diligently in assembling the first online issue of the REFORMA National Newsletter, to be launched at ALA Midwinter Conference 2012.

In this issue our President, Maria Kramer, presents the membership with a call to action in leading our association into the future.  Vice President/President Elect Denice Adkins, acknowledges and embraces the diversity of the REFORMA membership, and Albert Tovar supports this sentiment by challenging other Reformistas to lead from where they are.  In this same spirit, I would like to invite you to contribute your passion and your talents to the future developments of the REFORMA National Newsletter.  Review the open positions below and sign up today by contacting the current Co-Editors via email at newsletter@reforma.org
 
Wanted: Co-Editor. This position entails soliciting, selecting, editing and organizing text and graphic materials for publication in the REFORMA National Newsletter. This position requires collaboration with book review editors and REFORMA administrative leadership. Spanish/English language proficiency is preferred, although not required. Current Co-Editors will be available for training and guidance.

Wanted: Copy Editor. This position entails reviewing and editing text and graphic materials for publication in the REFORMA National Newsletter. This position requires regular communication with newsletter co-editors and may require collaboration with book review editors and REFORMA administrative leadership. Spanish/English language proficiency is preferred, although not required. Current Co-Editors will be available for training and guidance.
 
Wanted: Regular Columnists. Columnists will be required to make a 6- or 12-month commitment to submit bimonthly or monthly contributions of 750-1000 words on a specified subject. Columns may be written in Spanish, English or Spanglish. Just as article submissions, columns will be subject to editing and revision due to space, grammar, and clarity.

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