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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.

Thank you! for the 2015 Elizabeth Martinez Lifetime Achievement Award

I am honored to have received the 2015 Elizabeth Martinez Lifetime Achievement Award from REFORMA. I would like to share my acceptance speech which I delivered on June 26, 2015 during the REFORMA Gala at the 2015 American Library Conference Annual Conference in San Francisco.

Buenas noches. Thank you. Gracias to the REFORMA Awards Committee, the nominators, and to Salvador Avila- thank you so much! John Ayala, Ninfa Trejo, Jose Aponte. Much love and appreciation.

Tonight, I stand on the shoulders of trailblazers like Elizabeth Martinez, our first Latina ALA Executive Director. Camila Alire, our first Latina ALA President. I am grateful to many others who paved the way for me to be able to accomplish everything mentioned on the award citation. Thank you. I recognize you tonight.  There are many names but I will mention,

Ben Ocon, a REFORMA Past President, he gave me my first leadership opportunity in REFORMA. Sandra Rios Balderrama was an immense joy to work with during my Presidency. My Northeast Chapter which supported my concept of a mini conference with all the ethnic caucus and we just had our eleventh annual conference! I truly value working in partnerships and as a team member.

I’ve been blessed with a prolific career. I started as a school librarian while in library school and went to be the chief of a library at the University of Puerto Rico after I received my degree. I have worked at great school, public and academic libraries and treasure my experiences.

My international community, I love you so much. I truly enjoy developing new opportunities for new professionals globally as I have done by co-founding IFLA’s New Profesionals in 2004!, and advocating at the United Nations for access to information. Coordinating global online continuing education in English, Spanish and Portuguese. It is an honor to be trusted enough to have been elected to a second term on the Governing Board of IFLA. Big appreciation to my mentor, Barbara Ford.

I must recognize my mother, Doña Febo, a librarian, who taught me the importance of intellectual freedom and the right of everyone to access information. She would let me read anything I wanted. My father, Don Garcia, showed me to be fearless, daring, atrevida, and shared his passion for communities with me.

Tonight, I also stand on the shoulders of my ancestors. My Greek family, my Taina Grandmother, my Spaniard great grandfathers, My AfroCaribbean great grandmother. I AM THEM. I am so proud of my heritage!

I am Loida, Global, Advocate, Passionate, Love mi Gente, Hija del Caribe, Del Sol Febo, de Atrevidos Garcia.

Thank you. Gracias. 

2015 Pura Belpre Award Winners

I am happy to share the list of the 2015 Pura Belpre Award Winners!

The award is named after Pura Belpré, the first Latina librarian at the New York Public Library. The Pura Belpré Award, established in 1996, is presented annually to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth. It is co-sponsored by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), and REFORMA, the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking, an ALA affiliate.


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


Librarians Reach Out To Spanish Speakers @ NPR

Sharing a link to an interview I did with NPR about library services to multi-ethnic, Latino and Spanish-speaking populations.

Libraries Reach Out to Spanish Speakers

September 26, 2012

Librarians are facing a need to adapt to the rapidly changing makeup of America. Guest host Celeste Headlee speaks with international librarian consultant Loida Garcia-Febo about what it’s going to take to make libraries more accessible to Spanish speakers, and the significance of serving a multicultural landscape.

Joint Conference of Librarians of Color 2012

I am really looking forward to the Joint Conference of Librarians of Color 2012  (JCLC2012), a conference for library workers serving diverse, multi-lingual and multi-ethnic populations. That makes JCLC a conference for everyone! JCLC is sponsored by five associations of ethnic librarians:

JCLC 2012: September 19-23, 2012. See you soon in Kansas City, Missouri!

I am delighted to have the opportunity to speak at the following two sessions:

  • Serving Latino Communities: Best Practices and Advice

September 21, 2012 at 3:00 p.m.

A fast-paced and interactive session! Eight REFORMA librarians representing a variety of different library types and locations will talk about their best practices for involving the Latino community in library services. Using the Lightning Talk format, each presenter will have 20 slides and 15 seconds per slide to talk about their best practices and innovations in serving the Latino community. After the talks, we’ll have a Q&A session in which audience members will direct the conversation and ask the questions that will help them implement effective practices in their own libraries.

  • Online Tools for Spanish Speakers: Innovation from Academic and Public Libraries

September 22, 2012 at 4:00 p.m.

This session features examples from academic and public libraries building communities for Latinos and Spanish speakers. It also presents best practices, tips and information about emerging technologies used by libraries to establish a presence in Spanish-speaking communities. The session is recommended for everyone including outreach librarians at academic and public libraries, library senior staff and library decision-makers.

  • Note that there will be a 50 for Freedom of Speech event at JCLC 2012 organized by Adriana McCleer. I will be reading at the event:

50 for Freedom of Speech, September 21 at 7:00 p.m.  Stay updated by visiting  http://reforma.org/

Library Services in Latin America – New Book!

Sharing good news, below. The book was born from a joint REFORMA and IFLA\ Latin America & Caribbean Section program titled “Successful Stories: Library Services in Latin America,” presented at the American Library Association 2010 Annual Conference. It is available in print and as an e-book.  I am very proud to have worked on this publication with my colleague Filiberto Felipe Martinez Arellano.

Library Services in Latin America

REFORMA and UNAM’s Collaboration Results in the Publication of an E-Book titled
Library Services in Latin America

Los Angeles—U.N.A.M. (National Autonomous University of Mexico), and REFORMA have collaborated on a new book regarding library services in Latin America. The e-book, Servicios Bibliotecarios en América Latina: tres casos prominentes / Library Services in Latin America: three outstanding cases, was published by the U.N.A.M.’s Center for Bibliographic Research in December 2011.

This collaboration between two energetic institutions resulted from the efforts of two innovative librarians, Loida Garcia-Febo, (REFORMA President 2009-2010 and Coordinator of the New Americans Program at Queens Library), and Dr. Filiberto Felipe Martinez Arellano (U.N.A.M.’s L.I.S. Research Center researcher, and 2008-2011 Section Chair of the International Federation of Library Associations /Latin American & the Caribbean section).

The e-book was born from a joint REFORMA and IFLA Latin America and Caribbean Section program titled “Successful Stories: Library Services in Latin America”, presented at the A.L.A. 2010 Annual Conference. Panelists and presentations were:

• Ana Lupe Cristán, Library of Congress, U.S.A.: Library of Congress reaches out to the Latin America library community/ alliance de los programas de cooperación de la Biblioteca del Congreso en América Latina;

• Marcia Rosetto, Universidad de São Paulo, Brasil, and Aparecida Da Graça Guimarães: Fundaçao Memorial da America Latina, Brasil: Virtual Library of Latin America, BV@L / Biblioteca Virtual deAmérica Latina, BV@L.

• Nítida Carranza, Universidad Pedagógica Nacional, Honduras, and Denice Adkins, University of Missouri, U.S.A.: Promoting Reading in Tegucigalpa Public Schools with Bookmobiles/ Fomentando la lectura en las escuelas públicas de Tegucigalpa a través de la Biblioteca Móvil.
Dr. Martínez Arellano notes that the 2010 A.L.A. Annual Conference presented an “opportunity for Latin American librarians to highlight to their American colleagues serving Latino and Spanish speaking communities representative and innovative cases of library services developed in Latin American countries.” Likewise, Loida Garcia-Febo says, “The cases featured in the book are examples of initiatives to promote libraries, community engagement, and partnerships to Latinos and Spanish-speakers.

The decision to produce a bilingual e-book came rather organically. Dr. Martínez Arellano believes the book will serve to “spur other librarians to research and publish similar cases.” Ms. Garcia-Febo notes this as “an example of library associations partnering to further professional development for members.”

The book was published in December 2011 in Mexico, D.F. and is accessible at

Link to REFORMA http://reforma.membershipsoftware.org/index.asp

Link to IFLA LAC http://www.ifla.org/en/lac

REFORMA National Conference IV

This year REFORMA National Conference IV takes place in Denver from September 15-18, 2011.  I am looking forward to meeting many national and international librarians serving Latinos and the Spanish-speaking. The conference program was just published on the conference website http://www.reforma.org/rnciv. It looks spectacular. There are excellent sessions for archive\ library\museum workers in general. The program committee did a terrific job and I can’t single out any session!! However, I hope you understand that I must mention my program:  “Successful Partnerships to Serve Immigrant Communities Today” on Friday, September 16 at 3:45 p.m. at the Westin Denver Downtown, Lawrence B Room.

I would also like to encourage attendance to the following events:

Thursday, September 15 

6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m

Bienvenidos/ Welcome Reception @ Westin Denver Downtown – Augusta Room

 8:15 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Noche de Cuentos: A Magical Evening of Tales @ Westin Denver Downtown – Tabor Auditorium


Friday, September 16

Nuestras Familias: Revolucionarios y Vidas Extraordinarias/ Our Families: Revolutionaries and Extraordinary Lives

Denver Public Library, Western History & Genealogy, 10 West 14th Avenue Parkway

Take free mall shuttle to Broadway & walk to entrance between 13th &14th Avenue; entrance to reception is on Broadway.


Saturday, September 17

7:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

40 Years of REFORMA:Commemorative Banquet & Dance

Westin Denver Downtown, Continental Ballroom • Ticketed event


** The official Twitter hashtag for the Reforma National Conference is #reforma2011, don’t forget to use it every time you tweet about the Conference.


American Library Association’s Resolution: Chronicle

On January 11, 2011, the ALA Council passed a “Resolution in Support of Requesting Congress to Reintroduce and Vote on the Dream Act.” This resolution was the result of an extraordinary team effort involving REFORMA members, ALA Councilors, various ALA units, the ALA Resolutions Committee and ALA Committee on Legislation.

Here is the link to “Chronicle of the process to the successful passing of a Resolution in Support of Requesting Congress to Reintroduce and Vote on the Dream Act,” describing the entire process.

Many colleagues asked me ‘How do you develop a resolution? How do you have a resolution passed by ALA Council?’ I’d say that there might not be a formula to have a Resolution passed, but I hope you find some pointers on my post @ REFORMA wiki, here.