Reforma Southeast Chapter Report
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
by: Katie Cunningham

Section: Chapter Updates

February 2013

Katie Cunningham is the current president of Reforma Southeast and a member of the 2013 Pura Belpre book award committee as well as the founder of Connected Communities.

  • Reforma Southeast has successfully migrated its website to a new server.  This is a major improvement because Reforma Southeast members did not have access to the website on its previous server to make updates, add content, etc.  Thus, the website was often out of date.  Now, the chapter president has the ability to make changes as needed.  Chapter members can also contribute their own content.  One of the more exciting developments is the addition of a Resource Sharing section.  Registered members can view and download resources (translations, program plans, handouts, etc.) created and shared by Reforma Southeast member.  Any Reforma member from any chapter can access this material by visiting our websiteand applying for an account.  Once they are verified as a Reforma member, they will be granted full access to the site and all its resources.  This section is currently small, but it is growing and will hopefully become a useful tool for Reforma members far and wide.

Two Reforma Southeast members recently served on the 2013 Pura Belpre committee, Nez Crosby (Reforma) and Katie Cunningham

  • Reforma Southeast is once again offering two Día de los Niños/Día de los Libros mini-grants.  These mini-grants are for $100 each.  School and public libraries are welcome to apply.  Winning libraries must either be located in one of the states served by Reforma Southeast (Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, Alabama, Mississippi or Georgia) or have a staff member who is a member of Reforma Southeast.  This year the application process has gone paperless.  The application form can be accessed at here.  The deadline for applications is March 1, 2013.
  • Reforma Southeast has traditionally consisted of a core group of active members in the Kentucky area.  However, our service area includes five other states.  We have begun to use video chat technology to allow members too far away to attend our chapter meetings in person to still participate in real time.  This has allowed librarians from Alabama and Indiana to participate in our chapter.  Our incoming president for 2013-14 is in Alabama, which will be the first time since the chapter was created that we will have an officer outside of Kentucky.  We are fully aware that the librarians working to provide quality service to Latinos and Spanish-speakers in the Southeast need the support and camaraderie of Reforma.  We are pleased to see we are expanding our reach and hope to continue to do so through our more robust website and use of freely available technology.


  • Two Reforma Southeast members recently served on the 2013 Pura Belpré committee, Nez Crosby (Reforma) and Katie Cunningham (ALSC).  Both members agree that this was an amazing experience, and are honored to have had the opportunity.
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