Patrick Sullivan

2021 Lifetime Achievement Award (LAA) Winner

The Elizabeth Martinez Lifetime Achievement Award (LAA) was created 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.

This year, the Awards Committee selected Patrick Sullivan as the LAA recipient.

Patrick Sullivan

Patrick Sullivan is an Emeritus Librarian with San Diego State University (SDSU). He previously worked at UC Berkeley and California Poly San Luis Obispo.  Patrick holds an MLIS from San Jose State University and studied abroad at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City.

He received a Fulbright Garcia-Robles Scholarship to research Baja California libraries and organize activities bringing Mexican librarians to U.S. library conferences. 

Patrick was Chair of ALA’s Sister Library Committee, Americas Committee and REFORMA’s International Relations Committee. He worked closely with the Mexican Library Association (AMBAC) and was a founding member of both the Baja California Library Association (ABIBAC) and the Creando Enlaces Binational Conference. 

Since 2014 Patrick has been Co-Chair of REFORMA’s Children in Crisis Project and coordinates with librarians and shelter managers in the U.S. and Mexican border towns to ensure that books are available for unaccompanied minors arriving from Central America.