REFORMA Hosts Gala During ALA Annual
Thursday, June 28, 2012
by: David Lopez

Section: News Articles

June Issue

David Lopez is one of our young & up and coming Reformistas with the Orange County Chapter and graduate of the Seeds To Trees Program. He received his MLIS in 2012 from San Jose State University and his MFA in 2010 from the University of California, Riverside.

On Friday, June 22, 2012, during this year’s American Library Association (ALA) annual conference, REFORMA held a gala fundraiser at the Anaheim Plaza Hotel.  As The National Association to Promote Library & Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking, REFORMA is a group founded in 1971 as an affiliate of ALA.  Since its institution, REFORMA has actively promoted the Spanish-language in library collections, programming, and services.  The organization has also unwaveringly recruited bilingual library professionals in hopes of sustaining culture and language within the field. 

The fundraising is going to help REFORMA achieve goals that we have always been trying to reach but have been so hard because of lack of funds

“REFORMA always takes a stand for education, for those under served in their community.  REFORMA will always stand up when our history is under attack or when someone is prohibiting us from reading about our history and culture.  REFORMA contributes to society through all the work librarians such as organizing fundraising to provide scholarships for sending individuals to library school or sending individuals to conferences,” commented Maria F. Kramer, REFORMA National President.

During their 1st annual Denim and Diamonds gala fundraiser, REFORMA launched their REFORMA Educational Foundation (REF).  The foundation is mile stone for REFORMA since they have been working toward realizing the REF since 2008.  “The fundraising is going to help REFORMA achieve goals that we have always been trying to reach but have been so hard because of lack of funds,” said Maria F. Kramer.  The foundation aims to create scholarships, hold workshops, seminars and conferences, promote library education, and cooperate with universities to increase recruitment efforts and graduation rates of Latino students in their institutions.

Many ALA and REFORMA notable individuals were in attendance at the Denim and Diamonds gala including the current ALA president, past presidents of ALA and REFORMA, as well as members of various other library caucuses.  During the fundraiser program, REFORMA also awarded the Dr. Arnulfo Trejo “Librarian of the Year” (LOTY) award to Silvia Cisneros, a children’s librarian from the Santa Ana Public Library.  Silvia is the youngest librarian to ever receive this prestigious award.
This historic event symbolizes the beginning of a new stage in REFORMA’s efforts toward achieving their mission.  “An association of librarians serving the Latino community,” remarked Maria F. Kramer, “To serve the Latino community is our mission.”

For more information go to REFORMA's website.
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