Elizabeth Martinez Lifetime Achievement Award

2018 Elizabeth Martinez Lifetime Achievement (LAA) Award

Call for Nominations Announcement

The Elizabeth Martinez Lifetime Achievement (LAA) Award Committee is seeking nominations for the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award. This award was created in 2013 to recognize those who have achieved excellence in librarianship over an extended (over 20 years) period of service and who have made significant and lasting contributions to REFORMA, as well as to the Latino and the Spanish-speaking communities.

The Elizabeth Martinez Lifetime Achievement (LAA) Award consists of a $500 stipend funded by TOMO Books and a commemorative plaque.

The recipient will be honored at the 2018 REFORMA GALA at the 2018 American Library Association (ALA) annual conference in New Orleans, LA.

The deadline for submitting nominations is April 30, 2018.

Questions regarding the application process may be addressed to:

Haydee Hodis, Committee Chair, at haydeehodis@att.net.

2018 Application (MSWord)

FAQ's about award (MSWord)
About Elizabeth Martinez

Throughout her illustrious career, Elizabeth Martinez has been known for her visionary leadership, innovative ideas and advocacy for cultural diversity. Elizabeth in collaboration with Dr. Amulfo Trejo founded and organized REFORMA, The National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking, and the Committee to Recruit Mexican American Librarians in California. She co-chaired the first ALA policy on diversity “Equity at Issue” in 1986 and as ALA executive director she developed the Spectrum Scholarship program. Since 1997, ALA has awarded more than 800 Spectrum Scholarships to library school students from diverse backgrounds. Her commitment to communities of color and the poor has inspired generations of librarians of all backgrounds who have benefited from her leadership in the field.

Ms. Martinez has been director of the Director of the Los Angeles Public Library and the Orange County Public Library systems. Currently, she is Library Director at the Salinas Public Library. She was instrumental in the implementation of Knowledge River, a national program for the recruitment of Hispanic and Native American librarians at the University of Arizona and has taught thousands of students at the University of Arizona, San Jose State University, Simmons College and UCLA. 

She has received numerous awards and recognitions, including the ALA Equality Award, the Elizabeth Martinez Doctoral Fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh PA, the Elizabeth Martinez Master's Scholarship, REFORMA LA Chapter, the Pen West Award, the MANA Award and many others.
Elizabeth A. Martinez Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients:

2017 - 
2016 - Dr. Kathleen de la Peña McCook
2015 - Loida García-Febo
2014 - Sandra Rios Balderrama