Loida’s 2014 – Recap

cropped-photo-23-e1421096391570.jpgNew year, new adventures. As I start 2015, I am reflecting on the the fantastic opportunities 2014 brought with it. As a Consultant, Speaker, and President of INW, I was very happy to keynote/coordinate events originated in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Puerto Rico and USA. All in all, I partnered with organizations in 10 countries in four continents, and many states within the USA. It was a great year and I collaborated with amazing partners!

Other highlights included the following: I started the year, attending the American Library Association’s Midwinter Conference in Philadelphia in January. The ALA has more than 55,000 member and I am proud to be a member of its governing body, the ALA Council.

From January to August, I was honored to advocate for access to information while representing the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) as a speaker at various U.N. events, and at the United Nations Open Working Group (OWG) meetings related to the Post-2015 development goals and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be established in January 2016. You can read news from the events, meetings, OWG’s final outcome document, and the Synthesis Report from the U.N. Secretary General, here.

In June, I attended the ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas where I spoke at the Asian Pacific American Librarians Associations/ President’s Program entitled, Immigration Reform, Asian Americans and Librarianship. I was also happy to Chair the Committee coordinating ALA’s International Reception and the ALA President’s Citation for Innovative International Library Projects. In June also, I spoke about privacy and data protection at an online event hosted by the IFLA Regional Office for Latin America & Caribbean.

In July, I was featured by the German Library Association as an International Library Leader on their BIX Magazine which is on its 15th edition and it is published once per year. I am still very humbled, honored and happy by this recognition.

In August, I spoke at various programs within the IFLA World Library and Information Congress in Lyon, France. These included a talk about information trends, another about advocacy and developing initiatives for strong library communities, and another entitled “MOOCs as access to information in developing countries: new ways to utilize ICTs to help meet challenges in the education sector.” As a member of the Governing Board of IFLA, it is great to attend these events and discuss strategies and progress made to provide access to information to everyone.  From September to December, I was fortunate to visit interesting countries to speak about advocacy, libraries, access to information, development, technology and other topics while keynoting in-person events such as the Evento GID in Colombia, and the Annual Conference of the Society of Librarians of Puerto Rico. It was great to keynote online events like Aprender3c based in Argentina. I closed the year attending the Winter meeting of the Governing Board (GB) of IFLA in The Hague in December. I attended both Spring and Winter meetings of the IFLA GB in 2014.

During this year, and as Co-Chair of the Fundraising Committee of the REFORMA National Conference V, I’ve been encouraging donations to this enriching conference. Please, visit the website to donate. I also support the Freedom to Read Foundation and the Leroy C.Merritt Humanitarian Fund.

2014 was a good year. Sincere thanks to friends, colleagues and partners that made it possible. Here’s to 2015!