It is my honor and my pleasure to serve as your president in a time when there is so much hope and excitement about REFORMA's future. I'm very fortunate to work alongside outstanding REFORMA members who are serving in the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors and who volunteer with committees, task forces, and local chapters. I'm inspired by their professionalism and their efforts to fulfill REFORMA's mission. Read more...
Serving REFORMA has been the highlight of my career. As many of you know, I came to librarianship as a second career after teaching English to Speakers of Other Language for more than 25 years. I started my job at New York City College of Technology, the City University of New York in June 2000. The following September, a colleague invited me to a REFORMA Northeast Chapter Meeting at the Brooklyn Public Library. Isabel Espinal was presiding as President and others sitting around the table included Roxana Benavidez, Haydee Hodis, Toni Bissessar, Judy Rivas, Mario Gonzalez, Janice Greenberg, Linda Goodman, Miguel Garcia Colon and a few other strong REFORMISTAS.
I know that not all of you could attend ALA Midwinter, and even if you could, you probably couldn't attend every REFORMA meeting, so I thought I would recap some of the more significant items. I apologize, because this is a long message! However, much of it is important, and I'd like to make sure that everyone has a chance to know what's going on with their association.
Over my year serving as REFORMA President, I've enjoyed learning more about our organization and furthering our mission. It has been my privilege to be president of this organization, and I have greatly appreciated the trust you placed in me.
September 2011 marked a new beginning for REFORMA. This year REFORMA celebrated its 40th anniversary and its 4th National Conference "Elevating Latino Services to a Higher Level" a tambor batiente(with flying colors triumphantly)! The conference was very successful and enlightened, exhilarated and inspired all REFORMistas that gathered in Denver.
Greetings of the season! As I write this, our Reformistas in the Northeast have already seen snow and we Midwestern Reformistas have been hit with jacket weather, while our California Reformistas are still enjoying the balmy weather.