FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Jessica Hernandez, Public Relations Committee Chair
Former REFORMA President Dr. Rhonda Rios Kravitz wins I Love My Librarian! 2011 Award
Rockville, MD – REFORMA, the national association to promote library and information services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking, is pleased to announce that Past-President Dr. Rhonda Rios Kravitz has received the I Love My Librarian! 2011 Award. This annual award is sponsored by The Carnegie Corporation of New York and New York Times, and bestowed upon outstanding public, school, and academic librarians. Dr. Rios Kravitz was selected among 10 honorees for her exceptional service to library users and the greater community. She is currently the Dean of the Learning Resources Division at Sacramento City College in Sacramento, CA, and was nominated for her strong record of leadership, diversity advocacy, and mentoring.
“How wonderful to see former REFORMA President Rhonda Rios Kravitz win the 2011 I LOVE MY LIBRARIAN AWARD. Rhonda was an energetic, inspirational, advocate for social justice during her REFORMA Presidency (1989-1990, and continues to donate to our scholarship, our conferences, and to be very proud of her REFORMA membership. She has been a mentor, teacher, inspiration, and passionate library leader to many of us,” said Past President Sandra Rios Balderrama. Current REFORMA President Maria Kramer went on to say: “I congratulate Dr. Rhonda Rios Kravitz on the winning of the 2011 I LOVE MY LIBRARIAN AWARD. It is a great honor and pleasure to see REFORMA leaders like Dr. Rios Kravitz being recognized for their passionate and inspirational work serving students and future leaders of our communities”.
As a recipient of this award, Dr. Rios Kravitz received a plaque, $5,000 prize, and travel stipend to attend an awards reception hosted by The New York Times. The nomination can be viewed online at: http://atyourlibrary.org/sites/default/files/kravitz.pdf and a video interview is available at: http://youtu.be/cyDJwsAkInA. Dr. Rios Kravitz joins 2009 honoree Sol Gomez as another REFORMA member who has received this prestigious national award. 2011 marks the 40th anniversary of REFORMA, and Dr. Rios Kravitz’s recognition serves as notable end to a triumphant year.