Successful Joint REFORMA NE, AILA, APALA, BCALA and CALA Mini-Conference

For the third consecutive year, librarians and library students meet yesterday for a REFORMA Northeast joint mini-conference with ALA ethnic caucus. In 2005, REFORMA Northeast and BCALA presented its first joint event. In 2006 CALA joined them. This year, for the first time ever in the Northeast, all ALA ethnic caucus, AILA, APALA, BCALA, CALA and REFORMA successfully presented “Breaking Down Barriers to Serve our Diverse Communities.”

All programs received good comments and attendees found them useful and relevant to the work they do. A most interesting session was Diversity Counts: Where do we go from here? where attendees exchanged ideas and suggestions on how to best use results from the Report produced by ALA Office for Diversity and Office for Research and Statistics. A more complete report on the conference will be posted later! …Although I understand that the conference was blogged. (Note to blogger: send me the link to post it here!) Click righ here for more information on Diversity Counts.

 Kudos to our speakers:

   * Working with Teens on Detention by Vikki Terrile, Brooklyn PL

   * Serving Persons with Disabilities by Carrie Banks from Brooklyn PL and Barbara Klipper from Ferguson PL, Connecticut

   * Yoshio Kishi & Irene Yah Ling Sun Collection of Asian Americana: New collection at NYU (presented by APALA) by Dylan Yeats, Graduate Assistant at NYU 

   * NYPL/ Donnell Library (presented by CALA) by Hung-Yun Chang, NYPL, and Songqian Lu, NY City College of Technology
 
   * Arlington County Public Library, Mariela Aguilar, Arlington PL,Virginia

   * Black Heritage Collection at Langton Hughes Community Library and Cultural Center (Presented by BCALA) by Andrew Jackson and B. Johnson 

* Diversity Counts: Where do we go from here? by Mario Ascencio, George Mason University, and Loida Garcia-Febo, Queens Library

Big thanks to Mr. Ronald Chan, library manager of Chatham Square Library and its wonderful staff. They were very enthusiast and cooperative from day one. Thank you for receiving and holding packages for the conference, purchasing coffee supplies, setting technology equipment, setting meeting rooms, and much more!

Thanks to Michel Baildon from APALA, Andrew Jackson from BCALA, Maria Fuong from CALA, Kelly Webster from AILA, and Miguel Garcia-Colon and Libbhy Romero from REFORMA. And all the beautiful people who helped to set-up, clean, register, post notes on the walls, and trouble-shoot technology equipment. 

Thank you to Bilingual Publications and its President Linda Goodman for providing lunch.
Attendees came from 

Library Schools and Academic Libraries: Rutgers University in New Jersey, University of Illinois, Simmons College, Rhode Island University, New Jersey  City University, MIT Humanities Library in Mass., Palmer School of Long Island University in N.Y., New York City College of Technology, Union County College in New Jersey, Catholic University of America in Washington D.C., New York University and George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia

Public Libraries: New York PL, Brooklyn PL, and Queens Library in New York City; Ferguson PL, Hartford PL, West Hartford, and New Britain PL in Connecticut, Westchester Library System, Nassau Library System, Springfield PL in Massachusetts, St. Paul Public Library in Minnesota, Long Branch PL in New Jersey, Arlington PL in Virginia

Vendors/Publishers: Bilingual Publications, Lectorum, Random House, Greenwood Press

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