Los Angeles, CA—REFORMA, the National Association to Promote Library & Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking, has selected Ana Elisa de Campos Salles for the A.L.A. 2013 Emerging Leaders program. As sponsor, REFORMA provides a stipend of $1,000 to support her attendance and participation in the Emerging Leaders program at the 2013 A.L.A. Midwinter Meeting and Annual Conference in Seattle, WA.
The Emerging Leaders program enables librarians and library staff from across the country to participate in project-planning workgroups; network with peers; gain an inside look into A.L.A. structure; and, have an opportunity to serve the profession in a leadership capacity early in their careers. Emerging Leaders receive up to $1,000 each to participate in the Midwinter Meeting and Annual Conference, and each participant is expected to provide a year of service to A.L.A. or one of its units. For the complete list of the 2012 class of Emerging Leaders, please visit,http://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/news/ala/american-library-association-announces-emerging-leader-participants-class-2013.
In August 2012, Ana Elisa graduated from Catholic University of America with a M.S.L.I.S. Currently, she is an Adult and Teen Librarian working at the District of Columbia Public Library in Washington, D.C. “The most challenging part of my job is making sure we have something for everyone, and that all the people that come into the library walk out satisfied and wanting to come back!,” she said. In addition, because of her background, Ana Elisa believes that “As a member of REFORMA…it's especially important to make sure recent immigrants know about the library, see it as a resource, and find it a welcoming place.”
Established in 1971 as an affiliate of the American Library Association (A.L.A.), REFORMA has actively sought to promote the development of library collections to include Spanish-language and Latino-oriented materials; the recruitment of more bilingual and bicultural library professionals and support staff; the development of library services and programs that meet the needs of the Latino community; the establishment of a national information and support network among individuals who share our goals; the education of the U.S. Latino population with regard to the availability and types of library services; and lobbying efforts to preserve existing library resource centers serving the interests of Latinos. Nationally, there are 26 REFORMA chapters. For more information on REFORMA, please visit www.reforma.org.