LOTY Award Winner 2012 Announced

Yago S. Cura
Public Relations Committee Chair

Silvia Cisneros wins 2010-2011 Dr. Arnulfo D. Trejo Librarian of the Year Award (L.O.T.Y.)

Los Angeles— REFORMA, the National Association to Promote Library & Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking, is pleased to announce that Silvia Cisneros is the recipient of The Dr. Arnulfo D. TrejoLibrarian of the Year Award. The award recognizes information professionals who have promoted and advocated services to Spanish-speaking and Latino communities in 2010-2011.
Silvia Cisneros is the President of the Orange County REFORMA Chapter, 2010-2012,and a Senior Librarian with the Santa Ana Public Library. In a short five years, Mrs. Cisneros has distinguished herself as a passionate library leader. Her program "Seeds to Trees” positively impacted 1,257 at-risk bilingual teens and college-age young adults from non U.S.-born families in southern California. Cisneros has not only impacted the lives of adolescents, she has proven an invaluable resource for burgeoning librarians as well.In 2011, Cisneros designed, coordinated and chaired a successful “21st Century Librarian Workshop” that was aimed at all Laura Bush Grant participants and library grad school students at San Jose State University. Recently, Pat Mora selected Cisneros to become a California Dia de los Ninos/Dia de los libros Ambassador, and the Eureka Leadership Institute awarded Cisneros a Fellowship to implement innovative programming.
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. 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 www.reforma.org.