REFORMA seeking nominations for the 2012 Librarian of the Year Award (L.O.T.Y.)

REFORMA, the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking, is currently seeking nominations for the 2012 L.O.T.Y. Award. The award recognizes candidates who have promoted and advocated services to Spanish-speaking and Latino communities including the fulfillment of unmet needs in 2010-2011.

The Librarian of the Year Award was established by Dr. Arnulfo D. Trejo. The award is presented annually to the most exemplary librarian or information professional who distinguishes himself or herself in the field of librarianship, promotes and advocates services to the Spanish-speaking and Latino communities, and makes outstanding contributions to REFORMA. The award is funded by the Trejo Foster Foundation for Hispanic Library Education.

The Trejo Foster Foundation was founded in 1992 by REFORMA founder Dr. Arnulfo D. Trejo to serve as a significant force in advocating quality library and information services for Hispanic/Latinos in the United States; to influence schools of library and information science to recruit, retain and graduate more Hispanic/Latino students and to incorporate more Hispanic/Latino perspectives into the curriculum; and, to provide a forum for the development, discussion and promotion of Hispanic/Latino library and information issues.

Established in 1971 as an affiliate of the American Library Association (ALA), 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

The deadline for the submitting nominations has been extended to Friday, May 4, 2012. The award will be announced in Anaheim, California at the 2012 ALA National Conference and presented at the REFORMA Banquet. The Trejo Award consists of a $1,000 stipend and a commemorative plaque. For additional information please contact the 2012 Trejo Award committee members Janice Greenberg,, and Ron Rodriguez,

Application guidelines are available on the REFORMA website

2012 Nomination Form