Patricia L. Guardiola, graduate student in the School of Library and Information Science, University of Kentucky. Her research presentation is titled, "Serving an Exploding Population: Analyzing the Information Behavior of and Resources Available to Latino Patrons, Using the Louisville Free Public Library System as a Model."
Kaitlin J. Peterson, new MLIS graduate from the University of Maryland-College Park with a concentration on information sources for diverse populations. Her research presentation is titled, "Including the Culturally Excluded and Socially Forgotten: Information Services for Spanish Migrant Workers in the United States."
Jimena Sagás, Librarian/Assistant Professor at Morgan Libraries, Colorado State University. Her research presentation is titled, "Where I come from libraries are different: A comparative study of patron experience with libraries in Mexico and the United States."
Each winner will receive a $250 check and will present their research at the REFORMA President's Program, from 1:00-2:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 29, at the Spire Parlor in Palmer House Hilton, 17 E. Monroe Street, Chicago, IL. Topics for presentation were selected by a panel of 10 judges.
The REFORMA President's Program research competition was generously co-sponsored by the Library Research Round Table (LRRT). For more information on LRRT and its mission, please visit http://www.ala.org/lrrt/.
Established in 1971 as an affiliate of the American Library Association (ALA), REFORMA has actively sought to promote the development of library collections to include Spanish-language and Latino-oriented materials; the recruitment of more bilingual and bicultural library professionals and support staff; the development of library services and programs that meet the needs of the Latino community; the establishment of a national information and support network among individuals who share our goals; the education of the U.S. Latino population with regard to the availability and types of library services; and lobbying efforts to preserve existing library resource centers serving the interests of Latinos.