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Trejo Librarian of the Year


This announcement extends to April 27, 2015, the deadline for submitting nominations for the LOTY & LAA Awards.

2015 Dr. Arnulfo D. Trejo Librarian of the Year Award

The REFORMA 2015 Dr. Arnulfo D. Trejo Librarian of The Year (LOTY) Award & the Elizabeth Martinez Lifetime Achievement (LAA) Award Committee is seeking nominations for the 2015 Librarian of the Year award. The focus of the award has changed. The Committee will give highest priority to early or mid-careers candidates who have promoted and advocated services to the Spanish-speaking and Latino communities including the fulfillment of unmet needs during 2013-2014.

About the Arnulfo D. Trejo Librarian of the Year Award

The Arnulfo D. Trejo Librarian of the Year Award is presented annually by REFORMA to recognize a librarian who has distinguished himself or herself in the field of librarianship, promoted and advocated services to the Spanish-speaking and Latino communities, and made outstanding contributions to REFORMA.

The recipient will be honored at the 2015 American Library Association (ALA) annual conference in San Francisco at the 2015 REFORMA GALA on:

Friday, June 26, 2015
6:30 – 11:00 pm. 
San Francisco, CA
Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts
2868 Mission Street,
San Francisco, CA 94110

The extended deadline for submitting nominations is April 27, 2015.

Librarian of the Year FAQ (PDF)

Questions regarding the application process may be addressed to:
Committee Advisor, Jean Hatfield at or
Committee Chair, Roxana Benavides at
About Dr. Arnulfo D. Trejo

Dr. Arnulfo Trejo

Dr. Arnulfo  Duenes Trejo, 1922 - 2002
Founding President of REFORMA

Arnulfo Trejo was an internationally known librarian, educator, and author who helped lead the movement to increase collection of Hispanic literature in American libraries. Through his teaching and leadership positions, Dr. Trejo played an equally significant role in raising awareness of the value of Hispanic librarians, providing substantial growth and learning opportunities to ensure individual and collective successes.

Dr. Trejo was born in Villa Vicente Guerrero, Durango, México. He served in the U.S. Army Infantry in the South Pacific during World War II, receiving a purple Heart with oak leaf cluster, the Bronze Star Medal, and a Philippine Liberation Ribbon. After returning home to the U.S., he earned a B.A. from the University of Arizona, an M.A. in Spanish language and literature from the University of the Americas, an M.A. in library science from Kent State University, and a doctorate from the National University of México.

Dr. Trejo began his career in academic libraries at the National University of México, followed by UCLA, and California State University in Long Beach. In the 1960 he became a professor of Library Science at UCLA and later moved to Tucson to join the faculty ranks at the University of Arizona, where he was a professor of English and library Science until 1984. Highlights of Dr. Trejo’s contributions to Hispanics in the library profession and Spanish-speaking populations include:
• American Library Association Consultant to United States Agency for International Development, helping to establish academic libraries in South America: Peru and Venezuela National Universities, 1968-1970.

• Founding of REFORMA in 1971, serving as National President from 1971-1974.

• Professor Emeritus at the University of Arizona, establishing and directing the Graduate Library Institute for Spanish Speaking Americans (GLISA) within the School of Information Resources and Library Science.

• Founder and President of Hispanic Books Distributors, ensuring provision of high-quality Spanish language informational and educational materials to schools and libraries.

• Author and editor of several books aiding Hispanic librarians including: Bibliografía Comentada Sobre Administración de Negocios y Disciplinas Conexas, Con un Directorio de Algunas Instituciones Importantes en la Especialidad (1967); Bibliografía Chicana: A Guide to Information Sources (1975), Diccionario Etimológico del Léxico Latino Americano de la Delincuencia (1968); and Directory of Spanish-Speaking/Spanish Surnamed Librarians in the United States (1973, Rev. 1986). He was an editor and contributor of The Chicanos: AS We See Ourselves (1979), editor and publisher of Hispanic Books Bulletin Highways, Folklore Americas, and Wilson Library Bulletin.

• Recipient of many prestigious awards, including the Simon Bolivar Award; El Tiraditor Award; League of Mexican-American Women Annual Award, Arizona State Library Association; Distinguished Alumni Award from Kent State University School of Library Science; and Honorary ALA Membership.

• Through the Trejo Foster Foundation for Hispanic library Education and its biannual institutes, his work continued to provide forums that prepare librarians to overcome the challenges they face in their commitment to creating a more diverse profession. 

• In his retirement, he devoted time to establishing REFORMITA chapters and school clubs to inspire Hispanic youth, planting the seeds for the next generation of library and information science professionals.

“Dr. Trejo was a visionary who dreamed of a better future for our communities. He would be proud of all REFORMISTAS who are carrying on his legacy, understanding our challenges and predicaments, but above all our potential and commitment to change our own destiny with better education and caring for our future generations.” Ninfa Trejo, August 2008.

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