REFORMA Announces Winners of Research Competition


Date: June 1, 2013
Contact: Denice Adkins, President

REFORMA is pleased to announce the winners of the Research At Your Service! ¡Investigaciones para servirles! Latinos & their Information Needs on Center Stageresearch competition.

Patricia L. Guardiola, graduate student in the School of Library and Information Science, University of Kentucky. Her research presentation is titled, "Serving an Exploding Population: Analyzing the Information Behavior of and Resources Available to Latino Patrons, Using the Louisville Free Public Library System as a Model."

Kaitlin J. Peterson, new MLIS graduate from the University of Maryland-College Park with a concentration on information sources for diverse populations. Her research presentation is titled, "Including the Culturally Excluded and Socially Forgotten: Information Services for Spanish Migrant Workers in the United States."

Jimena Sagás, Librarian/Assistant Professor at Morgan Libraries, Colorado State University. Her research presentation is titled, "Where I come from libraries are different: A comparative study of patron experience with libraries in Mexico and the United States."

Each winner will receive a $250 check and will present their research at the REFORMA President's Program, from 1:00-2:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 29, at the Spire Parlor in Palmer House Hilton, 17 E. Monroe Street, Chicago, IL. Topics for presentation were selected by a panel of 10 judges.
The REFORMA President's Program research competition was generously co-sponsored by the Library Research Round Table (LRRT). For more information on LRRT and its mission, please visit

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. For more information on REFORMA, please visit