Dear REFORMA President and Board of Directors,
I am pleased to report the various activities that the Orange County Chapter of REFORMA coordinated and participated in 2011-2012.
Below are highlights from the Chapter for 2011-2012:
The Orange County Chapter of REFORMA initiated the new fiscal year with a very busy agenda. During the months of July and August, many of the OC Members were very busy taking part of the planning for RNCIV
• In September 2011, 18 OC REFORMA members attended RNCIV in Denver. Many of our members participated in various presentations and in registration tasks.
• In October 2011, Orange County Chapter had a holiday brunch including the Libros (San Diego) and Los Angeles Chapter.
• OC Chapter of REFORMA co-hosted a table at the Annual CLA in Pasadena. The booth provided local REFORMA chapter members a wonderful opportunity to volunteer. Chapter Members of REFORMA from all areas of California, Northern, Central, and Southern, provided information to librarians about library services for Latinos and the Spanish speaking.
• In January 2012, OC Members participated in the Creando Enlaces Bi-national Conference in San Diego California, where two of our members participated as presenters, Monica Lopez and John Ayala who was a guest speaker and where he promoted his new released book, titled, Pathways to Progress: Issues and Advances in Latino Librarianship (Latinos and Libraries Series)
• In March 30th and 31st, 2012, The Orange County Chapter presented a two day conference, Open Minds, Open Hearts Libraries Serving Latino Communities where Dr. Maria Guajardo (Director of Denver’s Office of Education and Children) and Jose Aponte (San Diego County Library Director) were our keynote speakers. Other presenters included, Jose Luis Orozco, Patty Wong, Yolanda Cuesta, and many other wonderful speakers.
• In April 2012, OC REFORMA awarded 5 Dia de los Niñosmini-grants to five local libraries. The recipients were Santa Ana Public Library, Placentia Public Library, Orange Public Library, and Huntington Beach Public Library and for the first time an elementary school library (Jefferson Elementary); each library received $250 to use towards Dia de los Niñosprograms. Chapter members hope to continue supporting libraries annually through this grant.
• On Saturday, May 5th, 2012, the Library Leadership for the 21st CenturyWorkshop took place at the Anaheim Plaza Hotel. The event was sponsored by the Orange County Chapter of REFORMA, San Jose State University SLIS program, and the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program Grant. Our guest speaker was Luis Herrera, San Francisco City Librarian. In addition, ten librarians from different libraries were invited for a poster session to talk about their own perspective libraries, there was a wonderful turnout. Approximately 85 attended and among the attendees were high school and library school students that are currently participating in the Seeds to Trees: Growing the Librarians of Tomorrow from High School Diploma to MLIS with the Santa Ana Public Library and Orange County Chapter of REFORMA.
• OC REFORMA continues to support the recruitment and retention of bilingual Spanish/English students to the profession of librarianship through local REFORMA chapter scholarship funds. This year, the Orange County Chapter of REFORMA awarded $4,500 in scholarships during our June meeting.
• Al Milo, our Chapter Treasurer, has been working closely with the AMS transition.
• Silvia Cisneros, recipient of the LOTY Award
• Chapter member, Milly Lugo, was selected for Movers & Shakers 2012.
Lastly, I wish to thank all of the Orange County REFORMA members for their leadership, dedication, and commitment to this organization. It has been truly a privilege to serve as Chapter President of the Orange County Chapter of REFORMA and it is my desire to continue providing the wonderful services that this organization has to offer.
2010-2012, Orange County Chapter of REFORMA President