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Ethics & Diversity, Services to Spanish Speakers @ 2016 ALA Annual Conference

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I would like to share information about a program where I will be speaking during the 2016 ALA Annual Conference which takes place in Orlando, Florida, this week:

No Room at the Library: The Ethics of Diversity

Sunday, June 26
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Orange County Convention Center, Room W105B
In support of ALA’s multiyear campaign of Libraries Transform, we want to foster dialog about inclusion and ethics in libraries. Key speaker, Loida Garcia-Febo, and a panel of thoughtful leaders, Anastasia Chiu, Jeffrey Souder and Sara Ahmed will facilitate audience discussion after the Ethics committee performs three different skits. In the tradition of “What Would You Do?”, we will strive to shed light on ethical dilemmas involving religious, cultural and LGBTQ issues. Reflecting on the recent resolution to ALA council, one skit will address potential Islamophobia and the ethical responsibilities of librarians to promote libraries transforming to a global and inclusive space.
Another program I would like to highlight:

Services to Spanish Speakers: Best Practices and Models from Latin America

Sunday, June 26
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Orange County Convention Center, Room W103B
Guest speakers from the popular online space Infotecarios, an online forum by and for Latino American librarians serving thousands of colleagues, will share innovative best practices and models to serve Spanish speakers in that region. Join us and learn how you can adapt these to serve your communities. Remarks by Miguel Garcia-Colón, Chair of the IRC Americas Subcommittee, and Loida Garcia-Febo, ALA Executive Board Member. Speakers: Myrna Lee Torres-Perez, Saul Martinez-Equihua and Santiago Villegas-Ceballos. 


I would like to encourage everyone to check the list of Diversity Related Events at ALA Annual 2016 in Orlando, here.




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.

Great Momentum for Latin America & the Caribbean // Gran impulso para Latinoamerica y el Caribe

This post is in English and in Spanish.

Este post esta en Ingles y en Espanol.

IMG_6792I am so happy I shared quality time with my Latino brothers and sisters this past week in Panama. We gathered in Panama for a great week with IFLA Latin America & Caribbean Section (IFLA LAC), IFLA Management of Library Associations Section (IFLA MLAS) and Building Strong Library Associations (BSLA) programme. IFLA President-Elect, Gloria Perez-Salmeron, and IFLA’s Secretary General Designate, Geral Leitner brought with them good IFLA energy.

Personally, it was an honor to share news about IFLA’s advocacy efforts and how libraries can become part of their country’s national development plans during my talk about “Libraries, Advocacy and the 2030 Agenda” as Chair of IFLA Action for Development through Libraries Programme (ALP). It was fantastic to present this two-part session to strengthen our LAC region with Fiona Bradley, IFLA Manager Development Programmes. I was very proud to present in my mother-tonge, Spanish. My presentation is available in English and Spanish on Slideshare.IMG_6697

Growing up as a Caribbean woman in Puerto Rico, I learned to love the Caribbean, my region. Caribbean countries share some fantastic music, food, unique friendly people and amazing weather. I was ecstatic to converse, exchange library news and collaborate side by side with my Latinoamericanos. I’ve been working with the LAC region for a long time and it was great to meet with colleagues and friends, and to meet newer and very active library leaders.

IMG_6793A Scientific Seminar entitled “Transforming the LAC region through libraries” including the following topics opened this special week: libraries as cultural centers, international advocacy with regional and national implementation, advocacy and the 2030 Agenda, coppyright reform, Marrakesh Treaty, library associations in Latin America and the Caribbean, mapping of public libraries, IFLA IAP, and the IFLA Trend Report. This week was all about connecting, unity, working together, and building common strategies!

The week included a Building Strong Library Associations (BSLA) Workshop where the attendees signed the powerful Panama Intention Letter IFLA LAC to work for the benefit of the LAC members  and society in general! There is strength in numbers! IFLA LAC and IFLA MLAS held their midterm meetings during the week as well.

It was a joyous occasion to meet with 76 participants from 30 library associations.

I would like to personally recognize and give huge thanks to the team that masterfully organized the event:

IFLA Committee

  • Sueli Mara S. P. Ferreira, IFLA LAC Chair
  • Fiona Bradley, IFLA Manager Development Programmes
  • Barbara Schleihagen, IFLA MLAS Chair
  • Alicia Ocaso, ABU, IFLA LAC
  • Ana Maria Talavera, CBP, IFLA LAC

PANAMA Committee

  • Micdonia Quirós, ABP President
  • Octavio Castillo, Universidad de Panama
  • Guadalupe G. de Rivera, Biblioteca Nacional de Panama


IMG_6792Estoy muy contenta de haber compartido tiempo de calidad con mis hermanos y hermanas latin@s esta pasada semana en Panamá. Nos reunimos en Panamá para una gran semana con el Comité Permanente de la Sección de América Latina y el Caribe (IFLA LAC), el Comité Permanente de la Sección de Gestión de Asociaciones de Bibliotecas (IFLA MLAS) y el Programa Construyendo Asociaciones de Bibliotecas Fuertes (IFLA BSLA). La Presidenta Electa de la IFLA, Gloria Pérez-Salmerón y el Secretario General Designado, Gerald Leitner brindaron con ellos mucha buena energía de la IFLA.

Personalmente, fue un honor el compartir noticias acerca de los esfuerzos de advocacy, denfensoría y promoción de la IFLA y cómo las bibliotecas pueden formar parte del plan nacional de desarrollo de sus paises, durante mi ponencia acerca de “Bibliotecas, Denfensoría, Promoción y la Agenda 2030.” La cual presenté como el Chair del Programa Acción para el Desarrollo por medio de las Bibliotecas (ALP) del cual BSLA es un componente. Fue fantástico el presentar esta sección en dos partes para fortalecer nuestra region de LAC con Fiona Bradley, Gerente para Programas de Desarrollo de la IFLA. Estoy muy orgullosa de haber presentado en mi lengua maternal, el español. Mi presentación está disponible en inglés y español en Slideshare.

Al crecer como una mujer caribeña en Puerto Rico, aprendí a amar el Caribe y a Latinoamérica. Particularmente en mi caso, los paises caribeños comparten una música y comida fantástica, gente muy amigable y un clima espectacular. Estuve super emocionada de conversar, intercambiar noticias bibliotecarias y colaborar lado a lado con mis Latinoamericanos. He estado trabajando con la region de LAC por largo tiempo y fué grandioso el reunirme con amigos y colegas, y el conocer líderes muy activos.

El Seminario Científico “Transformando la región de LAC a traves de las bibliotecas” abrió la semana de trabajos e incluyó los siguientes tópicos: bibliotecas como centros culturales, defensoria y promoción internacional con implementación regional y nacional, defensoria y promoción y la Agenda 2030, la reforma de derecho de autor, el Tratado Marrakesh, asociaciones de bibliotecas en América Latina y el Caribe, mapeo de bibliotecas públicas, IFLA Advocacy Internacional (IAP), y el Reporte de Tendencias de la IFLA. Esta semana fue toda acerca de conectarse, unidad, trabajar juntos y construir estrategias comunes.

La semana incluyó un Taller de Fortalecimiento de las Asociaciones Bibliotecarias (BSLA) y como resultado los participantes firmaron una poderosa Carta de Intención de Panama IFLA LAC, para trabajar en beneficio de los miembros de la region y la sociedad en general! En la union está la fuerza! IFLA LAC y IFLA MLAS tuvieron su reunion de mitad de término durante esta semana igualmente.

El encuentro de 76 participantes provenientes de 30 asociaciones de bibliotecas fue una ocasion de gran regocijo.

Me gustaría personalmente reconocer y darle muchas gracias al equipo de trabajo que magistralmente organizó el evento:

Comité de la IFLA

  • Sueli Mara S. P. Ferreira, IFLA LAC Chair
  • Fiona Bradley, IFLA Manager Development Programmes
  • Barbara Schleihagen, IFLA MLAS Chair
  • Alicia Ocaso, ABU, IFLA LAC
  • Ana María Talavera, CBP, IFLA LAC

Comité de PANAMA

  • Micdonia Quirós, ABP Presidente
  • Octavio Castillo, Universidad de Panamá
  • Guadalupe G. de Rivera, Biblioteca Nacional de Panamá

Saving Lives: library services to diverse populations, immigrants & refugees- presentation

I would like to thank the German Library Association for the opportunity to speak about library services to immigrants and refugees at the 6th Library Congresss Leipzig 2016 in March. My presentation is available on Slideshare. Here’s an excerpt of the presentation:

GermanLib2016_screenshotLibraries are vital centers for diverse populations including immigrants, refugees and multi-lingual people. There are 232 million of migrants worldwide with USA and Germany in the top countries receiving migrants. As per the UnitedNations, in 2014 there were 59.5 million people forcibly displaced with 19.5 million of those being refugees which might have doubled in 2015.

My presentation covered topics such as core principals and guidelines to serve these populations as recently published on IFLA/UNESCO Multicultural Library Manifesto and Accompanying Toolkit, and best practices and models from academic, public, school libraries meeting the needs of immigrants, migrants, refugees and multi-lingual people in communities in the U.S. and in other regions of the globe. These libraries partnered with government, public and private agencies to develop collections, programs and services to meet needs related to education, digital innovation, health, housing, jobs, literacy and women empowerment among others.

I also shared early findings and initial recommendations based on early research results of my study about public libraries serving immigrants and refugees in the USA. The presentation sought to engage librarians and decision makers by starting a conversation about the what, why, when and how of building a library that welcomes and serves diverse populations and in the process saves lives.

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

2016 ALA Annual Conference: Call for International Papers and Projects Program-Deadline: Dec 19

AC16_LOGO_RGB300x300-e1447615851132The American Library Association, International Papers and Projects Committee invites proposals for presentations to be made at the next ALA Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida, USA.  Presentations will be delivered at the International Papers Session scheduled for June 2016.  The International Papers and Projects Program provides librarians with an opportunity to exchange information about library services, collections and projects throughout the world.  The program also serves to stimulate the interest of U.S. librarians in international library matters. Through its International Papers Committee, ALA’s International Relations Round Table (IRRT) invites librarians to submit a presentation proposal.

The 2016 International Papers and Projects Program theme is:

Borderless Libraries: Pushing Boundaries for Innovation and Leadership

Learning and research today are increasingly global and interdisciplinary. To meet the challenges and needs of our interconnected world, libraries are reaching outside of their institutional and geographical borders to cooperate with institutions and agencies of all types. With increased awareness of shared missions and common challenges, libraries are forming learning networks to gain insights and achieve solutions to respond to community needs.

This program will feature presentations on projects and collaborations that cross traditional boundaries, both geographical and institutional, in order to innovate and lead. Presenters are encouraged to consider the theme from diverse angles. Possible topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Collaborating with libraries or other organizations, especially to bring in new global perspectives
  • Working with cross-border partners to use technology in innovative ways to provide services to users
  • Sharing resources and skills with libraries across institutional or geographical borders to support innovation or find solutions that address common issues and challenges

Proposals, presentations, and papers must be written and delivered in English, which is the working language of the program.

Proposals should include:
1.    Title of the presentation
2.    Name, title, institutional affiliation, and full contact information (including a valid e-mail address) for each  presenter
3.    Abstract (300-500 words)
4.    A short biographical profile of each presenter

Proposals should be submitted electronically (as a single Microsoft Word or PDF attachment) to the International Relations Office via email at with a copy to and

Deadline for submitting proposals is December 19, 2015.

Three official and three alternate proposals will be selected. Alternate proposals will be ranked and considered in place of official ones in case substitutions are necessary. Proponents will be notified of the selection results by January 15, 2016.

The International Papers and Projects Program is 1.5 hours total.  Presentations should run about 20 minutes each, followed by a question-and-answer session.  Presenters are encouraged to prepare a dynamic and interactive presentation, incorporating visual prompts, technologies, games, questions for the audience, etc. PowerPoints are common, but speakers who want to read a paper or refer to it are welcome to do so.  Optionally, presenters may submit a formal paper (5,000-10,000 words), to be published on the International Papers Committee website.

We would like to invite you to view previous presentations listed on IRRT’s International Papers and Projects Session Committee website,

Libraries @ United Nations Sustainable Development Summit during the U.N. General Assembly

post-2015-summitEvents related to the Sustainable Development Summit, a high-level plenary meeting of the United Nations General Assembly, have started in New York City.

I am thrilled to be attending events during this week at the United Nations to continue advocating for access to information and libraries.

UNGA_guardianeventYesterday I went to an excellent event hosted by The Guardian at the UNESCO HQ. The Guardian Global Development Leaders Forum, “How to create the world we need post-2015,” was keynoted by Amina J. Mohammed, Special Advisor of the Secretary General on Post-2015 Development Planning, United Nations and David Miliband, President and CEO, International Rescue Committee. You can see my tweets about it at @loidagarciafebo and you can follow everyone’s tweets using the hashtag #SDGLeaders @GuardianGDP

The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions will be present during the Summit and the General Assembly.

More than 150 world leaders are expected to attend the UN Sustainable Development Summit from September 25-27 at UN headquarters in New York to formally adopt an ambitious new sustainable development agenda. This momentous agenda will serve as the launch pad for action by the international community and by national governments to promote shared prosperity and well-being for all over the next 15 years.

The opening ceremony, statements from each country, adoption of the sustainable development goals and more will be broadcast live on the UN Web TV Channel.

Follow the summit on twitter: #action2015 and #globalgoals.

Additionally, I am looking forward to seeing you on Tuesday, September 29

IFLA, the International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX), and the New York Public Library are hosting an evening reception to discuss why inclusive access to information and technology is imperative to meet the new development agenda, and how community spaces like libraries are already implementing this vision. IFLA President Donna Scheeder will be keynoting the event. More information:  Twitter hashtag: #Next4Billion

Libraries as a Safe Heaven in Times of Conflict, October 9, 2014 @ 1:00 p.m. EST

Join us on October 9 at 1:00 p.m. EST for the following program part of Library 2.014 Worldwide Virtual Conference:

Libraries as a Safe Heaven in Times of Conflict

Moderator: Loida Garcia-Febo, Chair ALA International Relations Committee

President, Information New Wave


 Session Description:

Libraries are helping people in cities experiencing conflict around the globe by providing shelter, basic needs and books. They are liaising with organizations to bring services into their communities. In times of armed conflicts, crises and natural disasters, libraries are playing a key role in the recovery process helping to keep families together and rebuild communities. Libraries are saving lives and providing hope in uncertain times.

Join us for a program featuring librarians from regions experiencing crisis who will share insightful strategies that may help you to 1) help others in your region, 2) equip yourself to take action if needed, 3) learn ways in which you can help libraries in cities currently in conflict.

For information on how to attend this online event and how to check your computer for it, visit the following page: 

SJSU_SLIS_Lib2.014_AdvisoryBoard_210x210Background articles:

Bustamante, Cesar Jr. “Ferguson libraries step up to serve community in turmoil.” Library Journal, 26 Aug. 2014.  Web.  4 Sept. 2014.

Celedón, A., Pequeño, A., Garrido, M., & Patin, B. (2012). Disaster response in Chile: The critical role of libraries and telecenters. Research Brief. Seattle: Technology & Social Change Group, University of Washington Information School.

“IFLA Principles of Engagement in library-related activities in times of conflict, crisis or disaster.” IFLA, 5 Aug. 2013. Web. 4 Sept. 2014.

A bibliography will be provided during the event.

Loida Garcia-Febo

Chair, ALA International Relations Committee

ALA Councilor  /// International Advisory Board Member, Library 2.014

IFLA Governing Board Member


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


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.