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Elizabeth Martinez Lifetime Achievement Award

The 2014 Elizabeth Martinez Lifetime Achievement Award Committee of REFORMA is seeking nominations for the 2014 Lifetime Achievement award.  This award was created in 2013 to recognize those who have achieved excellence in librarianship over an extended (over 20 years) period of service and who have made significant and lasting contributions to REFORMA, as well as to the Latino/a community. The deadline for submitting nominations is April 30, 2014.

Questions regarding the application process may be addressed to Jean Hatfield, jhatfield@wichita.gov, Chair of the LOTY Committee or Ron Rodriguez, rrodriguez@exchange.fullerton.edu, advisor to the committee.

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Elizabeth A. Martinez Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients:

2014 - Sandra Rios Balderrama


About Elizabeth Martinez

Throughout her illustrious career, Elizabeth Martinez has been known for her visionary leadership, innovative ideas and advocacy for cultural diversity. Elizabeth in collaboration with Dr. Amulfo Trejo founded and organized REFORMA, The National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking, and the Committee to Recruit Mexican American Librarians in California. She co-chaired the first ALA policy on diversity “Equity at Issue” in 1986 and as ALA executive director she developed the Spectrum Scholarship program. Since 1997, ALA has awarded more than 800 Spectrum Scholarships to library school students from diverse backgrounds.

Her commitment to communities of color and the poor has inspired generations of librarians of all backgrounds who have benefited from her leadership in the field.

Ms. Martinezhas been director of the Director of the Los Angeles Public Library and the Orange County Public Library systems. Currently, she is Library Director at the Salinas Public Library. She was instrumental in the implementation of Knowledge River, a national program for the recruitment of Hispanic and Native American librarians at the University of Arizona and has taught thousands of students at the University of Arizona, San Jose State University, Simmons College and UCLA. 

She has received numerous awards and recognitions, including the ALA Equality Award, the Elizabeth Martinez Doctoral Fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh PA, the Elizabeth Martinez Master's Scholarship, REFORMA LA Chapter, the Pen West Award, the MANA Award and many others.