Call for Proposals – Librarians to the Mission: Preserving Cultural Heritage & World Traditions throughout Generations

I would like to encourage you to submit a proposal to present at the 12 Annual Joint Mini Conference & World Language Book Fair hosted by the REFORMA Northeast Chapter.

12th Annual Joint Mini Conference


Mini-World Language Book Fair

Friday, June 3, 2016


Free Library of Philadelphia

Philadelphia, PA


Librarians to the Mission: Preserving Cultural Heritage &

World Traditions throughout Generations

The Joint Mini Conference brings together the ethnic caucuses of ALA: American Indian Library Association (AILA), Asian Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA), Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA), Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA), REFORMA, the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking (REFORMA), and the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT) and the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCALA) for a day of intellectual collaboration and networking opportunity for librarians. The event is free and is a meaningful day of professional development. The Joint-Mini Conference provides librarians with an opportunity to exchange information about library services, collections and projects that serve newcomers and underserved populations in our communities.


How librarians and leaders are responding to the need of preserving not only the language, but the cultural and the world traditions of minorities groups in the United States, and what they are doing to gain cultural competence and promote culture awareness needed to embrace diversity are topics that need to be addressed. Nowadays, the librarian’s mission of preserving cultural heritage and traditions from one generation to the next is most important. Multi-generational programs are a must in order to attract minority groups into the library. Learning and sharing knowledge will provide librarians the tools needed to open a conversation of innovated outreach resources to engage the multi-ethnic community.


Presenters are encouraged to consider the theme from diverse angles. Possible topics might include, but are not limited to:


●                     Collaboration with community organizations to bring in programs and services that serve minority groups

●                     Working with community partners to use technology in innovative ways to provide services to multi-ethnic users

●                     Sharing resources and skills with other libraries and partner organizations to support innovation or find solutions that address common issues and challenges.



Proposal, presentations and papers must be written and delivered in the English language.


Proposal should include:

1.     Title of the presentation

2.     Name, title, institution affiliation, and full contact information (including a valid email address) for each presenter

3.     Abstract of 300-500 words

4.     A short biographical profile of each presenter and a professional photograph for publication and PR in the JMC website


Proposal should be submitted electronically (as a single MSW document attachment) to the Joint-Mini Conference Chair, Mary Marques via email at with a copy to Tess Tobin and Alexandra Gomez Please include the subject heading: RNE 2016 Joint-Mini Conference.





Five official and three alternative proposals will be selected. Alternative proposals will be ranked and considered in place of the official ones in case substitutions are necessary. Proposers will be notified by March 18, 2016.



The RNE Joint-Mini Conference program is a 4.0 hours total. Presentations should run 20 minutes each, followed by 10 minutes question-and-answer session.

Presenters are encouraged to prepare a dynamic and interactive presentation. Also, presenters are encouraged to upload their PowerPoint presentations to Slide Share in order to be published on the RNE website.

We would like to invite you to view previous presentations listed on the RNE website, tab Mini-Conferences or visiting the following links:


Thank you,


RNE Joint Mini-Conference and Book Fair Planning Committees