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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: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.

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.

Don’t miss an opportunity to apply or submit a nomination for international awards & travel grants.

Dear colleagues: I am sharing a note sent by our ALA International Relations Office.

Don’t miss an opportunity to apply or submit a nomination for these awards and travel grants!



  • Bogle Pratt International Travel Fund– ALA is accepting applications for the 2016 Bogle Pratt International Library Travel Fund sponsored by the Bogle Memorial Fund and the Pratt Institute School of Information and Library Science. An award of $1,000 is given to an ALA personal member to attend their first international conference. DEADLINE: January 1


  • Humphry/OCLC/Forest Press Award for International Librarianship– The award consists of a prize of $1,000 and a certificate. All nominations should include, as appropriate, personal history or curriculum vitae, with emphasis on achievements related to international librarianship; bibliography, critical reviews, articles, etc.; and letters seconding the nomination or other letters of commendation or appreciation. DEADLINE: January 1


Events by groups serving multicultural populations at the 2015 American Library Association Annual Conference

AC15_SanFran_logo_RGB_300If you are attending the Annual Conference of the American Library Association in San Francisco June 25-June30, consider attending events by various associations and groups serving multicultural and multiethnic populations:

Friday, June 26

6:30-10:30 p.m. REFORMA 4th Annual Denim & Diamond Gala and Awards

Location: Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, 2868 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

Saturday, June 27

1:00-2:30 p.m. Developing and Strengthening Culturally Relevant Materials in African Libraries by ALA IRC/ Africa Subcommittee http://alaac15.ala.org/node/28981

1:00-2:30 p.m. Librarians of Color: The Challenges of “Movin’ On Up” by EMIERT, APALA, BCALA, GLBT RT, and REFORMA

1:00-2:30 p.m. Connecting Communities: Documenting and Sharing Asian American Heritage by APALA and the History Section of RUSA

1:00-2:30 p.m. REFORMA President’s Program—Books for Unaccompanied Minors: REFORMA Response to the Humanitarian Crisis at the Border

1:00-2:30 p.m. Alcatraz Occupation: Self-Determination and Tribal Information Needs by AILA

1:00-2:30 p.m. Librarians Without Borders: International Outreach by ALCTS

3:00-4:00 p.m. IRC’s Chair Program—Libraries Creating Positive Change: championing access to information globally. Speakers: Deborah Jacobs, Director of Global Libraries, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Tina Sciabica, Executive Director of READ Global.

3:00-4:00 p.m. APALA Program— Create Possibilities for Refugee, Immigrant and Low Income Students

3:00-4:00 p.m.  Honoring our Elders: AILA Distinguished Service Awards Ceremony

3:00-5:00 p.m. ALA Diversity and Outreach Fair 

4:30-5:30 p.m. Access to Government Information: the case of US and China

4:30-5:30 p.m. Global Roots, Local Identities: Asian International Adoption and Advocacy (APALA President’s Program co-sponsored by VTR)

6:00-8:30 p.m. The 17th Annual Latino Book Awards

6:30-9:30 p.m. APALA Literature Awards

8:00-10:00 p.m. Noche de Cuentos – REFORMA

Sunday, June 28

7:00-9:30 a.m. The Coretta Scott King Book Awards Breakfast

10:30-11:30 a.m. An Opportunity to Serve: American Librarians in Eurasia

10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. International Poster Session. Exhibit Floor.

1:00-2:00 p.m. Learning International Recipes from the Field by the IRRT

1:00-3:00 p.m. 2015 Pura Belpre Award Celebration – REFORMA and ALSC

1:00-2:30 p.m. Librarians at the Forefront of Grassroots Community Endeavors by BCALA

1:00-2:30 p.m. CALA Annual Program— Partnerships Beyond CALA: Training Leaders of Color

2:30-4:00 p.m. An Open Conversation with the ALA Task Force on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion: Planning for Orlando and Beyond

3:00-4:00 p.m. Current Practices and Trends in East/Southeast/Pacific Asian Libraries by IRC/EAP Subcommittee

4:30-5:30 p.m. Strategic Collaborations: Sister Libraries in Sister Cities by the IRRT

7:00-10:00 p.m. BCALA 45th Anniversary and Literary Awards

Monday, June 29

8:30-10:00 a.m. Building Sustainable Libraries in Asia: Success Stories, by the IRRT and ISLD Program

8:30-10:00 a.m. Jean Coleman Memorial Outreach Lecture

10:30-11:30 a.m. Culture under siege and our response: scholars and librarians in action by the IRC/ Near East and South Asia Subcommittee

1:00-2:30 p.m. IRRT Chair’s Program—Library Leadership Initiatives: Stories from a Global Perspective

1:00-2:30 p.m. The E-Book Landscape in Europe by the IRC/ Europe Subcommittee

1:00-2:30 p.m. Diverse Books Need Us by IFC

7:00-9:00 p.m. International Librarians Reception

More international meetings and programs.

Making the Leap to Library Leadership – Free IFLA/ALA webinar

Join us on April 15 at 2:00 p.m. CDT:

Making the Leap to Library Leadership – Free IFLA/ALA webinar.

From the NPSIG website:

New Librarians Global Connection: Best Practices, Models and Recommendations
Title: Making the Leap to Library Leadership

April 16, 2015
2:00 p.m. CDT
3:00 p.m. EDT
9:00 p.m. CET
World Clock http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/

Link to access the virtual meeting room – http://ala.adobeconnect.com/r6ljsyd50e1/


  • Eva Dahlbäck; Acting Head of Customer Service, University of Stockholm
  • Kimberly Sweetman, Library Consultant (Based in Amsterdam)


This webinar is designed both for people who have been called upon to serve a leadership role and those who wish to take on more leadership responsibility.  The session will outline essential skills for twenty-first century library leaders and help participants to gain a deeper understanding of their own role, as well as that of their department and library, within the larger picture of their umbrella organization. Topics such as emotional intelligence, professional comportment, understanding organizational culture, change management and intellectual agility will be covered in a practical, non-theoretical way.  This webinar is designed to be a small taste of what is offered at such institutes so that participants can begin to chart a course for personal leadership development.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Participants will develop an understanding of essential skills for library leaders.
  • Participants will become familiar with the tools for understanding the larger picture of higher education administration.
  • Participants will learn how to better know their organization to be a more successful leader.

Successful new professional development series for Latin America and the Caribbean

I am pleased to share an article I published on the website of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) with Sueli Mara Ferreira, a colleague from the University of Brazil and IFLA LAC, about our teamwork to present a free professional development online series for Latin America and the Caribbean in Portuguese and Spanish. Below, I have included an excerpt. Read the entire article here.

More than 1,700 librarians and information professionals participated of anew series of free webinars presented in November 2014, in Portuguese and Spanish for Latin America and the Caribbean by IFLA’s Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning Section (CPDWL) and the New Professionals Special Interest Group (NPSIG) in partnership with the Latin American and Caribbean Section (LAC) and the School of Information, Documentation and Library Sciences of the Faculty of Philosophy, Sciences and Literature of the University of São Paulo, Ribeirão Preto Campus (USP) in Brazil.

The webinars represent an expansion of the successful series “New Professionals Global Connection: best practices, models and recommendations” held since 2012 in English by CPDWL and NPSIG in partnership with the American Library Association.

ALA International Mentoring Pilot Program

The International Relations Committee (IRC) and the International Relations Round Table (IRRT) of the American Library Association are sponsoring a pilot program to provide librarians with resources to help them understand international librarianship;  provide mentoring related for career development in international librarianship, library services in different regions of the  world, and sister libraries among many others.

Read more about it, here.

As Chair of the ALA International Relations Committee, I am proud to announce this initiative. I am glad to work with the Chair of the ALA IRRT, Robin Kear, and members of the IRC Committees to make this happen.


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.”

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 http://www.ala.org/membership/vmm

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.