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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:

For more information about the ALA’s Support efforts in Orlando, we invite you to visit the following page:

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

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.



ALALasVegasIf you are attending the Annual Conference of the American Library Association in Las Vegas from June 26-July 1, consider attending events by various associations and groups serving multicultural and multiethnic populations:

Friday, June 27

10:30am – 2:30pm APALA Tour Zappos and the Downtown Project

6:30-11:30pm  Third Annual Denim & Diamonds Gala by REFORMA Educational Foundation

Saturday, June 28

8:30-10:00am Get HIP: highly interactive programs for multicultural communities EMIERT

8:30-10:00am OLOS Outreach Panel 1: library services to the underserved & Panel 2 from 10:30-11:30am

10:00-11:30am Celebrating 35 Years of the American Indian Library Association

10:30am to 12:00pm Library Power to the People: facing up to the climate crisis with information and action — REFORMA President’s Program

3:00-5:30pm ALA Diversity and Outreach Fair and Parade of Bookmobiles

5:00-7:00pm Let Our Rejoicing Rise! 45 Years of the Coretta Scott King Book Award

5:00-9:00pm International Latino Book Awards Ceremony in Partnership with REFORMA

5:30-8:30pm APALA Literature Awards

Sunday, June 29

7:00-9:30am The Coretta Scott King Book Awards Breakfast EMIERT

10:30-11:30am Librarians of Color: the challenges of “movin’ on up” BCALA

10:30am-12:00pm Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Multicultural Exchange SRRT

12:30-2:00pm How do you Dia? An interactive showcase of culturally diverse children’s library programs

1:00-2:30pm Immigration Reform, Asian Americans and Librarianship APALA

Exploring the World: librarian leadership and global outreach CALA

1:00-3:00pm Pura Belpre Award Celebracion REFORMA, ALSC

3:00-4:00pm Dinamic Digital Dia: promoting cultural competence in digital storytimes

3:00-4:00 LITA President’s Program features Kimberly Bryant the founder of Black Girls CODE

4:30-6:30pm American Indian Youth Literature Awards AILA

6:30-10:00pm CALA Awards Banquet

8:00pm Noche de Cuentos @ Enterprise Library of Las Vegas Library District, REFORMA

Monday, June 30

8:30-10:00am Jean E. Coleman Memorial Outreach Lecture– Equality, Equity, Diversity: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Mission

10:30am Stonewall Book Awards Brunch GLBTRT

1:00-2:30pm Speaking about “The Speaker” LHRT

More: International Meetings and Programs


New Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced with Adversity

So glad about this new award. Thank you, Lemony Snicket!

From the American Library Association:

SnicketPrizeThe American Library Association (ALA) Council, at a Tuesday session during the ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits, approved the new Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced with Adversity.

The award, which ALA intends to present at its Annual Conference in Las Vegas, recognizes a librarian who “has faced adversity with integrity and dignity intact.” It will be given annually to a deserving librarian. If a suitable candidate is not found, the award will not be presented that year.

The $3,000 prize will be given from Snicket’s “disreputable gains, along with an odd, symbolic object from his private stash, as well as a certificate, which may or may not be suitable for framing.”

Lemony Snicket is the pen name of American novelist Daniel Handler, who has written several highly acclaimed children’s books. The books often feature the author appearing as a fictional character, a writer falsely accused of crimes and sought by his enemies as well as the police.

Snicket himself believes that, in much the same spirit, librarians have suffered enough. Therefore, he has established the annual prize honoring a librarian who has overcome adversity

According to Snicket, it is his hope that, “The Snicket Prize will remind readers everywhere of the joyous importance of librarians and the trouble that is all too frequently unleashed upon them.”

About his sponsorship of the award, Snicket said, “This seems like a better way to channel money to librarians than my previous strategy, which was incurring exorbitant late fees.”

Loida’s Recap of the 2014 Midwinter Conference of the American Library Association

ALA2014The 2014 Midwinter Meeting of the American Library Association was a very productive event. Here I have included brief summaries of my work during the conference per day.

Day One:  Attended meetings from my committees Public Libraries Advisory Comittee, Public Library Association Leadership Strategic group, ALA International Relations Committees, and REFORMA. Closed the day at an event with fab people and ALA President-Elect Courtney Young.

Day Two:  Met with the Executive Board and Chairs of the International Relations Round Table, continued planning the International Reception for ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas. Attended ALA President Candidates Forum and was happy to see my fellow Councilors.  REFORMA Fundraiser rocked! And closed the evening with Reformistas.

Day Three:  Attended my ALA Council meetings presided by ALA President Barbara Stripling, as member of the IFLA Governing Board met with representatives from all the library associations in the USA, discussed issues related to Intellectual Freedom, I was happy to meet with Chinese Americans librarians (CALA), and to see my peeps from ALA Think Tank. Note: too many awesome events to attend! Glad to stop by a number of them.

Day Four:  Attended the 2014 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Sunrise Celebration, the last meeting of the International Relations Committee, and the ALA Council meetings where I got to work with librarians from all types of libraries  and also members of all the ALA’s ethnic caucus AILA, APALA, BCALA, CALA, and REFORMA.  It was a fantastic conference and I was so glad to see friends and colleagues. Until the 2014 ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas!

*On the picture from left to right: ALA Councilors, Zora Sampson, Eileen K. Bosch, myself and Patty Wong.

Events by groups serving multicultural populations @ the 2014 American Library Association Midwinter Conference

alamw14If you are attending the Midwinter Conference of the American Library Association this week, consider attending events by various associations and groups serving multicultural and multiethnic populations:

APALA Asian Arts Initiative – Lunch, Talk and Tour
Friday, January 24 at 12:00pm – 3:00pm
Asian Arts Initiative 1219 Vine St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
YALSA Research Forum
Friday, January 24, 2014 – 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Pennsylvania Convention Center, Room: 103 A
EMIERT MidWinter Social
Friday, January 24, 2014, 5:00pm – ­7:00pm
Sky Lounge at Level 33, Loews Hotel, 1200 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107. Cash bar.
The United States Board on Books for Young People
Friday, January 24, 2014 – 8:00pm to 9:30pm
Loews Hotel, Room: Howe
APALA Social Dinner w/ special guests Ellen Oh, Soman Chainani and Phoebe Yeh
Saturday, January 26, 5:30pm – 8:00pm
Karma Restaurant and Bar, 114 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Get Lucky @ REFORMA’s Loteria!
Saturday, January 26, 7:00p.m. – ?
Loteria, Prizes, Salsa Dance Classes and more!
Art In Motion Dance Academy 231 N. 12th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
RUSA History/EMIERT German Society of Pennsylvania Tour
Sunday, January 26, 2014, 10:15am – 11:15am
611 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123
Diversity Research Update
Sunday, January 26, 2014 – 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Pennsylvania Convention Center, Room: 201 B
Sunday, January 26, 2014 – 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Mixto Restaurant 1141 Pine St, Philadelphia, PA 19107. $5.00 recommended donation accepted at the door.
Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Observance and Sunrise Celebration
Monday January 27, 2014,  6:30am – 7:30am
Pennsylvania Convention Center, Room: 113 AB
ALA Youth Media Awards
Monday, January 27, 2014, 8:00am – 9:00am
Pennsylvania Convention Center, Grand Ballroom A

Loida’s 2013 Recap

2013 was a wonderful year full of unforgettable partnerships, events, conversations and all around work promoting reading, access to information, continuing professional education, and services to multiethnic populations. The end of the year saw me teaching, guest speaking at conferences, and attending the midyear meeting of the IFLA Governing Board in The Hague. Here, below,  is a photo of the current Governing Board which is composed by a fantastic group of international librarians.

IFLA Governing Board 2013-2015

I am grateful for friends, colleagues and library lovers from around the world who made my 2013 an amazing year. First, huge thanks to colleagues members of IFLA in Asia, Africa, Australia, Europe, North, Central and South America for their confidence and for electing me to serve on the IFLA Governing Board. Also, big thanks to members of the American Library Association for electing me to serve on the ALA Council for another term.

Special thanks to many colleagues in countries visited during 2013 such as Dominican Republic, Mexico, Germany, Puerto Rico, Singapore, and Panama where I spoke and taught on behalf of Information New Wave. I am also grateful for amazing colleagues across the USA and specially those in Tennessee, New Jersey, New York, Florida, and Illinois for their unwavering library love. I treasured being part of Boards such as the Access to Learning Award Advisory Committee for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation\ Global Libraries, Library Advisory Board of Praeger an imprint of ABC-Clio, and the Public Libraries Advisory Board as well as working with colleagues on a number of committees, round tables and other groups.  It is a joy to work with such dedicated colleagues. Here’s to another year! On ward!

Do not miss registering for the ALA Virtual Membership Meeting on June 6!

From the ALA website:

The ALA Virtual Membership Meeting 2013 (VMM13)  takes place on Wednesday, June 6 from 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. (Central time). Registration is now open and and continues through the start of the meeting on June 6.  The interactive web platform used for the VMM is limited to 1,000 participants, so pre-registration is required.

Also see the ALA Connect Member Group for complete VMM13 information and to participate in pre-meeting discussions and  to exchange perspectives, ideas and opinions with both old and new colleagues and friends.

For information about technical requirements to participate, what is the VMM13, procedures and more, visit

I am very happy to Chair the ALA Committee on the Membership Meetings and work with fellow ALA members to contribute to the development of the virtual membership meetings.

Loida Garcia-Febo, re-elected to ALA Council

Thank You!! This blog entry is to thank all the members of the American Library Association who supported me and voted to re-elect me to a new term as a Councilor-at-Large. The results from the ALA elections are in. Congratulations to the newly elected officers! I also want to recognize all the amazing colleagues who put their name on the ballots.  You are wonderful library-passionate people. I am looking forward to serving and working with the newly elected officers.  Much #librarylove –> Read all the details here:

Save the Date — REFORMA and ALA Free Webinar for Library Services to Immigrants & Access to Information

REFORMA and ALA PresentFree Webinar for Library Services to Immigrants & Access to Information

Taking Action: Legal Barriers to Library Services to Immigrants & Access to Information

Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. EDT

REFORMA, ALA Washington Office, ALA Office for Library Advocacy and ALA Office for Diversity are partnering to present a webinar to support library workers facing various laws and regulations passed or being considered in various states and counties around the nation limiting library services to immigrants and access to information. The content of the webinar includes examples from REFORMA members who have dealt with these types of situations, action taken and recommendations based on their experience. REFORMA will share resources to help librarians to advocate for services for immigrants and multi-ethnic populations. The ALA Washington Office will share points about how to effectively communicate with elected officials and government agencies. The ALA Office for Diversity will present strategies and recommendations.

Speakers: Patricia Montiel Overall, Associate Professor at the School of Information Resources and Library Sciences and Affiliated Professor at the Mexican American Studies Department of the University of Arizona; Michelle Harell Washington, Director of the ALA Office for Diversity,  Emily Sheketoff, Executive Director of the Washington Office of the American Library Association and Loida Garcia-Febo, Chair, REFORMA Legislative Committee.

Save the date and join us on May 14. The link to access the virtual meeting room will be shared soon. Stay tuned!