2016 ALA Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida

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This week about 25,000 librarians will descend in Orlando, Florida to attend the 2016 Annual Conference of the American Library Association (ALA). Attendees wishing to support Orlando will be able to do so via various efforts setted up by ALA. There will be opportunities to volunteer coordinated by the ALA Task Force on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. There will be a Memorial for Pulse Shooting Victims. Additionally, librarians will be able to donate blood at the Orange County Convention Center.

ALA, the ALA Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Round Table, and the ALA Task Force on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion have expressed their support for the victims and injured. Here below I am sharing the bilingual English/Spanish statement from REFORMA, The National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking:

REFORMA Statement about the Orlando, Florida mass shooting

REFORMA, The National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking would like to express its solidarity with the family and friends of the fallen and injured during the mass shooting that occurred on June 12 at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida. This senseless act has taken the lives of 49 individuals, of which over 90% were Latinx.

Scheduled to attend and host programs at the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in less than two weeks, REFORMA will join the effort to help those affected through a blood drive. REFORMA leaders will be Presente at a Read Out event on Saturday, 6/25 and Sunday, 6/26. In addition, REFORMA will join ALA, the Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Round Table, and the Office of Intellectual Freedom in a memorial gathering on Saturday, June 25 8-8:30 a.m. in the OCCC Auditorium to pay tribute to the victims, family, friends, and Orlando GLBT community. REFORMA programs will include an introduction remembering and supporting our Latinx brothers and sisters.

If you would like to donate and support our GLBT hermanos/as in Orlando, please visit the following page: Equality Florida’s Pulse Victims Fund:https://www.gofundme.com/PulseVictimsFund

For more information about the ALA’s Support efforts in Orlando, we invite you to visit the following page: http://2016.alaannual.org/orlando-relief-activities.

REFORMA is the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking. 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, please visit http://www.reforma.org.

Special thanks to Loida Garcia Febo and Mario Ascencio for their assistance in representing REFORMA.

Beatriz Guevara REFORMA President 2015-2016

Statement in Spanish, here. El pronunciamiento esta disponible en Espanol.

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