Section: News Articles
REFORMA Newsletter - ALA Annual 2018 Edition
REFORMA Newsletter - Winter 2019 Edition
Reforma Executive Board at JCLC 2018
Chapter Representative Nominee Statement of Purpose

In 1996, Rene Bue graduated from UW-Madison with a BS double major in Psychology and Latin American Iberian Studies. She also received a certificate in Chicano Studies. At that time, she never imagined she would be working in a library.

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The Latino Literacy Roundtable's Newest Partnership with REFORMA National

The Latino Literacy Roundtable, which was initiated by the School of Information Resources and Library Science (SIRLS) at the University of Arizona is happy to announce a new partnership with REFORMA National. REFORMA National will join the UofA SIRLS, UofA Libraries, UofA Department of Mexican American Studies, Tucson Council Member Regina Romero, El Pueblo Library of the Pima Country Public Libraries, and numerous other community partners including the local chapter of REFORMA for the 2014 Latino Literacy Roundtable. Read Mas!

Congratulations to Sonia Bautista for being elected Chapter Represantative

Congratulations to Los Angeles Chapter Sonia Bautista for being elected Chapter Representative (Southwest Region) for REFORMA National! Sonia is the current treasurer. She is also the Library Employee of the Year at Commerce Public Library. Read Mas!

2013 ALA Annual Treasure's Report

In time for the ALA Anual Conference this is the financial report for the past 6 months. REFORMA members are encouraged to attend any and all Executive meetings to hear a full report. Read Mas!

Going to ALA don't miss 2 great presentations

Lisa Sanchez Gonzalez, Assoc Professor of English & Comp Lit at UCONN, Scholar, Researcher, Author and REFORMISTA! Her new book "The Stories I Read to the Children"(CUNY, Centro Press 2013) which documents the life and writing of Pura Belpre. Read Mas!

Congratulations to Silvia Cisneros Elected Vice-President/President of Reforma National

Silvia Cisneros was born in the United States and raised in Mexico for twelve years. She has a B.A in Spanish and completed her Masters of Library Science and Information (MLIS) from the San Jose State University program. Read Mas!

REFORMA Announces Winners of Research Competition!

REFORMA is pleased to announce the winners of the Research At Your Service! /Investigaciones para servirles! Latinos & their Information Needs on Center Stage research competition... Read Mas!

Library Leadership in a Digital Age

Being the library director of a university, in a community where over 90% of the population speaks Spanish as a first language, I am always looking for practical ways to improve our library's services. Consequently, earlier this year, in March, when I had the opportunity to attend the Library Leadership in a Digital Age institute... Read Mas!

REFORMA Educational Foundation (REF) Launches New Website

The REFORMA Educational Foundation (REF) has launched its new website, to have a web presence and to create awareness of its purpose and activities. The website also contains a list of its blue ribbon Board of Directors, Read Mas!

Digital Debut: Historic Mexican & Mexican American Press Collection

On Wednesday, April 24, from 6:30-8:00 p.m. in Special Collections, the public is invited to celebrate the debut of a new digital collection that makes accessible more than 150 years of news coverage documenting the voice of the Mexican and Mexican American community: the Historic Mexican and Mexican American Press Collection Read Mas!

Gringos at the Gate

Despite a robust youth soccer apparatus, futbol in the U.S. has always been relegated to an activity solely conducted by immigrants, derelicts, and contrarians. The U.S. sports pantheon doesn't have room on the mantle for another sport that's not basketball, baseball, or football (and sometimes hockey), especially one as flamboyant as soccer, which allows its players to writhe on the ground like injured seals... Read Mas!

REFORMA Financial Report

You may have seen the recent newsletter article from President Denice Adkins addressing the various developments that came out of REFORMA's meetings at ALA Midwinter. One of the things she mentioned was our financial situation, and I want to take this opportunity to expand on the information Read Mas!

Conscientious Bibliotecario

From day-one, REFORMA has been a motivator. The REFORMA-LA Chapter is like a family to me, and REFORMA-OC assisted me with scholarship money for graduate school. REFORMista colleagues, without hesitation, have helped guide, nurture my first thoughts into librarianship, while working at Echo Park Branch Library, part of Los Angeles Public Library. It was not easy... Read Mas!

Nominee Statement for National REFORMA

It is my pleasure to be running as the incoming Chapter Representative at this summer's REFORMA'S national elections. I have worked in libraries all my life. My first job was as a library page and I have not left the library world ever since. I enjoy it very much and I share my love for my profession with everyone I meet. Read Mas!

Nominee Statement for National REFORMA

Serving for the past two years as REFORMA's Treasurer has been a rewarding experience, and I hope that my contributions to the organization have helped further our mission of promoting information services to Latinos and Spanish-speakers. Like many organizations and individuals, Read Mas!

Nominee Statement for National REFORMA

I was introduced to REFORMA when I was a library school student. It was at that important stage of my life that I needed mentorship, support, and encouragement from already established librarians, and REFORMA offered me all that through both its Orange County Chapter Members and Nationally Read Mas!

6 Quetions With Sonia Bautista, Acting Senior Librarian City of Commerce

Being my first time going to FIL, I asked many colleagues who had attended to tell me about it. Many told me the same thing, "It is huge!", "bring comfortable shoes,"It is bigger than ALA,"you will never get to see it all","it gets crowded once they let the public in" and all of these turned out to be true. I had somewhat of an idea but I never realized how overwhelming it can be.
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The Board of Directors of Information New Wave is proud to announce the creation of this international charity seeking to enhance the education of communities, library users, students and information professionals from minority groups in the USA and in developing countries. As a multicultural organization, Information New Wave works with partners to identify needs and design solutions to enhance the quality of programs and services provided by libraries. Read Mas!

2nd Annual So Cal Chapters Gathering

On Saturday, December 8th, the members of the Los Angeles, Orange County, and LIBROS (San Diego) chapters of REFORMA gathered at the Oceanside Public Library for the 2nd Annual Southern California Chapters meeting. Last year, this event was hosted by Orange County at the Orange Public Library, but this year, as will be the ongoing tradition, a different chapter took on the planning
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Little Free Libraries Multiply in El Paso, TX!

As the official Little Free Library Ambassador of El Paso, TX, I have pledged to spread these free book exchanges across our border area. They have brought endless joy and bright smiles to our local communities. Exactly a year ago, the Little Free Library movement commenced in El Paso, Texas, when Zavala Elementary established the very first in the border region. They came at a time when Reading is Fundamental (RIF) got slashed from the Federal government budget. Read Mas!

Dispatch from the South:

For Chilean publishers this has been a hectic month with both the LIBER-Barcelona and Frankfurt book fairs in October, while preparing for the country's most important cultural event of the year: the 32nd annual Santiago Book Fair (FILSA). Read Mas!

2012-2013 Reforma Los Angeles Scholarship

The Los Angeles chapter of REFORMA invites current and admitted graduate students in Library and Information Science (MLIS) to apply for the 2012 - 2013 scholarship competition. This year, students can apply for two scholarships using one application. If students choose to apply for both the Elizabeth Martinez and Dr. Karin Duran scholarship, only one scholarship per student will be awarded. Read Mas!


42West, a movie publicity and promotions agency, is working with TWILIGHT: BREAKING DAWN, PT. 2 which opens in theatres on November 16, 2012. They hope to promote the film in Latino communities throughout the country and have recognized that REFORMA and its chapters can help them do this through our libraries. The REFORMA Executive Committee has voted to participate. Read mas!

Noche de Altares

On Saturday, November 3rd, the Orange County Chapter of REFORMA participated in the 10th Annual Noche de Altares event in Santa Ana, CA. This is the biggest and most attended event in the City of Santa Ana which was voted 2012 Best Festivales by OC Weekly. Noche de Altares is a free community event that celebrates the traditions of Dia de los Muertos and brings Southern California residents together through art and cultura. Read Mas!

Colombiana salerosa (in memory of tatiana de la tierra)

My first recollection of tatiana de la tierra (she always insisted on lower case) was at a Guadalajara Book Fair gathering. The rubenesque, gitana-attired colombiana, with funky bright colored glasses and red lipstick came straight at me, from the other side of the room, "I want to get to know you," she said almost in a seductive kind of way! Read More!

REFORMA Membership Demographic Report
REFORMA Membership Demographic Report

The attached report was compiled and distributed by Juan Carlos Rodriguez at the recent REFORMA BOD meeting during the ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim. See full report!

Just Service to Latinos and Spanish-Speakers

The Information Organization Research Group and Center for Information Policy Research of University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Information Studies collaborated with Milwaukee Public Library and UWM Libraries to present the 2nd Milwaukee Conference on the Ethics of Information Organization. This conference united practitioners, students, academics, and supporters to discuss... Read More

ALA Annual Takes Over Anaheim

June 21, 2012 marked the start of this year's ALA Annual Conference at the Anaheim Convention Center. A tradition that has occurred in the American Library Association (ALA) since its founding in 1876, ALA annual is an event that attracts thousands of library professionals and advocates. This year ALA Annual welcomed over 20,000 library lovers nationally and internationally. 2008 was the last time Anaheim received ALA visitors and it proved to be a popular location for the convention. Read More

REFORMA Hosts Gala During ALA Annual

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. Read More

LEA LA Book Festival
This event felt a lot like the FIL (Guadalajara International Book Fair), the vendor & publisher booths were amazing and since it was free to the public we had many thousands of Angelinos in attendance...

Entrevista con David Unger

No me gusta hacer pronunciaciones, especialmente porque he vivido afuera del pais por casi cinco decadas. Creo que dentro de las sociedades latinoamericanas, donde el machismo sigue jugando un papel bastante explicito e implicito, es siempre muy dificil para la mujer

La Cybernauta

Carlos Luna is a regular at the Echo Park Branch Library in Los Angeles, California. He's known by name by all the staff. Without hesitation he states, he's comfortable here. He looks to be in his mid-to-late 20s, he's fond of heavy metal, plays guitar, is looking for work, taking La Computer Happy Hour classes at the branch, recently started his own blog (which he learned in class at the Library), and is a member of the Library's chess club that meets every Tuesday.

2012 Latino Literacy Roundtable
On Friday, March 9, 2012, the University of Arizona School of Information Resources and Library Science (UofA-SIRLS), UofA Libraries, Department of Mexican American Studies (MAS), and REFORMA Tucson Chapter held an inaugural Latino Literacy Roundtable focused on children's and young adult literature. Three invited authors were Rene Colato Lainez, Sarah Cortez, and Sam Quinones.
El Proyecto del Arco Iris
Four years ago, the GLBT-RT (Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Transgender Round Table) launched The Rainbow Project with the mission to publish a recommended list of LGBTIQ books for youth, from birth to age 18. The Rainbow List was so well-received that GLBT-RT launched another committee last year, whose mission is to publish a recommended list of LGBTIQ books for adult readers
Orange County Chapter of REFORMA Dia Mini Grants
OC Chapter of REFORMA is pleased to announce its second annual Dia Mini Grants.
Dia de los Ninos, Dia de los Libros Mini Grant
REFORMA Los Angeles Chapter is pleased to announce the 2012 Dia de los Ninos, Dia de los Libros Mini Grant.
Denim & Diamonds Gala
Join us for the Denim & Diamonds Gala Dinner Dance launching the REFORMA Educational Foundation which will fund scholarships for Latino students to become librarians.
Resolucion de Reforma en apoyo de los estudiantes del programa prohibido de estudios Mexico Americanos en Arizona
REFORMA, Asociacion Nacional para Promover Servicios de Biblioteca e Informacion a Latinos e Hispanoparlantes, afiliada a la American Library Asociation, y sus 19 capitulos locales y regionales y miembros individuales de todas partes de Los Estados Unidos, considera la terminacion del Programa de Estudios Mexico Americanos como una violacion de los principios de acceso intelectuales de libertad y equidad, y una violacion a La Declaracion de los Derechos Bibliotecarios
Join REFORMA's Children's & Young Adult Services Committee (CAYASC)
On behalf of myself and Co-Chair Lucia Gonzalez of the Children's & Young Adult Services Committee (CAYASC), we would like to extend an invitation to join our committee.
2012-13 Orange County Scholarships Competition
The Orange County Chapter of REFORMA seeks to support the recruitment and retention of bilingual Spanish/English students to the profession of librarianship through local REFORMA chapter scholarship funds.
Strike A "Reading" Pose
we want to try something different. We're going to ask you to send us a pic of you reading. That's right. Send us a picture of your self out in public "Reading" with or without an actual book and if we like it, we'll post it on our blog.
Serving Latino Teens (Libraries Unlimited Professional Guides for Young Adult Librarians Series)
Author Salvador Avila, a noted expert and popular lecturer on providing library services to Latino and Spanish speaking-communities, offers ideas and strategies that can be easily duplicated. Grounded in empirical evidence, this book presents what research has indicated is important to teens
Author of The Hummingbird's Daughter tops Pima County Public Library Lineup at Tucsons Festival of Books
Nationally acclaimed author Luis Alberto Urrea will kick off Pima County Public Library's Nuestras Raices celebration of Mexican-American authors, arts and culture at the fourth annual Tucson Festival of Books on March 10-11.
2012 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Sunrise Celebration Call-to-Action Address
Today my call to action is simple: What will you do from this day forward to act on those values that matter most? It can be something small: Like the language that we use
El autor de The Hummingbird's Daughter encabeza la lista de autores de las bibliotecas del condado de Pima en el festival de libros de Tucson
El nacionalmente aclamado autor, Luis Alberto Urrea, dara inicio a la celebracion de Nuestras Raices de las Bibliotecas del Condado Pima, la cual celebrara a los autores Mexico-Americanos, las artes y la cultura en el cuarto Festival Anual de Libros de Tucson el proximo 10 y 11 de marzo.
Resolution Opposing Restriction of Access to Materials and Open Inquiry in Ethnic and Cultural Studies Programs in Arizona
During the 2012 ALA Midwinter Conference, REFORMA joined members of the American Indian Library Association (ALIA), ALA Intellectual Freedom Committee (IFC) and other ALA units in drafting a resolution condemning 'the suppression of open inquiry and free expression caused by closure of ethnic and cultural studies programs on the basis of partisan or doctrinal disapproval in Tucson, Arizona, the restriction of access to educational materials associated with ethnic and cultural studies programs, and urging the Arizona legislature to pass HB 2654,
REFORMA Scholarship 2012
Any current or newly entering graduate library school student [M.L.S. or Ph.D.] may apply for its scholarships
Zavala Elementary School Little Free Library
No more Reading is Fundamental (RIF). No Problem Solution found! Zavala Elementary School received a surprise at no cost from the Little Free Library's founders, Todd Bol and Rick Brooks, who co-founded the Little Free Library movement together, a nonprofit organization that is comprised of dedicated volunteers, avid readers, and library supporters.
Retired and Inspired: An Overview of RNC IV Conference
After the keynote address, I left the room feeling as if I had been reborn. Well, maybe re-energized is a better word.
How Do Arizona's Public Libraries Serve the Spanish-Speaking?
In late 2009 and early 2010, we surveyed Arizona public library directors to find out what services were being provided for Spanish-speakers in their libraries.
Volunteer-Based Adult Education Programs for Hispanics
During the REFORMA National Conference IV in Denver, Colorado, the Richardson Public Library presented a pre-conference on an adult education program for Hispanics known as Plaza Comunitaria.
Pura Belpre Medal Acceptance Speech
Ten years ago, in 2001, I received my first Pura Belpre Medal for Esperanza Rising.
So Loud a Silence
According to the latest information from the U.S. Census Bureau approximately 8% or 4 million Latinos have a cognitive or physical disability[i].
Knowledge River 10 Year Reunion
The KR program at the University of Arizona celebrated its 10-year anniversary at an event held in Tucson, AZ on November 4-5, 2011.
Survey on Library Services for Spanish Speakers Results Summary
Recently, the committee decided to assess the needs, successes and challenges experienced by librarians working with these populations around the country to help plan for future activities.
Desafios con consorcios en America Latina
Muchos de los articulos dedicados a la coleccion de consorcio hincapie en las actividades y la evolucion de los consorcios en varios paises del hemisferio norte como: EE.UU., Alemania, Canada, Espana, Israel, Reino Unido, etc. Se sabe mucho menos del hemisferio sur, el sur global, incluyendo: Sud Africa, Ghana, o America Latina.