As the new fall 2020 semester began at San José State University (SJSU), students and alumni who were members of REFORMA National responded to the call for executive officers to form a new student group, the REFORMA SJSU iSchool Student and Alumni Group. This group serves as an opportunity for its members to develop, inform, and share best practices and knowledge on how to support Spanish-speaking communities as emerging library professionals.
Dr. Michele Villagran expressed a great deal of enthusiasm in supporting this new group, serving as the group’s faculty advisor and stating, “The new REFORMA group is an inclusive and welcoming environment offering our students the opportunity to become involved with REFORMA while they pursue their library degree so they can learn about the organization and begin to collaborate with their local REFORMA chapters prior to graduating. Students get to work with other SJSU students and alumni that are interested in supporting Latinx and Spanish-speaking communities, gain leadership skills, and partner with others that have similar interests within REFORMA and the community.”
Executive officers have reached out to their local chapters to inform them of the newly formed group and to seek out opportunities for future collaborations.
In the spirit of connecting the community of librarianship, the group has been leading a new initiative known as Cafecito con…, which is a series of monthly virtual events where students and professionals can engage and network with one another. The first virtual event of the series, Cafecito con the Executive Committee, was held this past September and introduced attendees to the group’s executive officers. The event welcomed attendees with fun and interactive activities, including virtual bingo and a scavenger hunt. The event was received positively among participants, proving to be a great success as demonstrated by a subsequent increase in membership.
The group is also hosting the second event of the series: Cafecito con Your Ancestors, in which attendees are invited to celebrate Día de los Muertos. The Cafecito con Your Ancestors event will be held on Thursday, October 29 from 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm PT. Attendees will have the opportunity to share a photo or an artifact of their loved ones as well as a memory of them during the event.
The group is planning for future Cafecito con… events, extending an invitation to librarians and library professionals to share their experiences in the profession with attendees and discuss the services, programs, and events offered to the Spanish-speaking communities they serve. REFORMA members and non-members are highly encouraged to contact the group to be a guest speaker at the next Cafecito con… event. Anyone interested in being a guest speaker for the Cafecito con… event series can email the group at firstname.lastname@example.org
The group is also currently seeking contributions for their new blog. Proposals from members of the REFORMA SJSU iSchool Student & Alumni Group, library and information science (LIS) professionals, and organizations related to the LIS field are invited to submit a blog proposal.
Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
- Trends and issues related to serving Latinos and Spanish-speaking communities within the LIS context
- Book or article reviews of materials by or about Latinos and Spanish-speaking communities including popular fiction, nonfiction, and LIS literature
- Learning experiences from conferences, webinars, and trainings
- Interviews or Q&As with LIS professionals and SJSU iSchool alumni
- Personal experiences working in different information environments
For information on how to submit, visit the submission guidelines
. Proposals can be submitted to https://bit.ly/RSISblogproposal. Blog post proposals will be accepted on an ongoing basis.
SJSU students and alumni who are members of REFORMA National can join the REFORMA SJSU iSchool Student and Alumni Group. Membership is free to our group. Students and alumni can complete a membership submission form at http://bit.ly/REFORMAiSchoolMembershipForm
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