REFORMA National Conference

I received the following in an email from REFORMA, The National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking.

Are you doing research on the Latino community and its library needs? If so, please consider submitting a proposal to the Fifth REFORMA National Conference. The Call for Proposals is here:!proposals/c4dl

Program Track A: Collections & Resources would be a great place for studies of YA literature for Latinos.

Program Track F: Technology & Innovation would be great for discussing Latino teens and their use of ICTs and media.

If, on the other hand, you want to learn more about serving the Latino community (53 million strong and counting!), consider attending the conference. You can find general information on attending — including information about our FREE preconference — here:

call for proposals: REFORMA

The Call for Proposals to present at the Fifth REFORMA National Conference (RNC5) taking place in San Diego, CA, April 1-4, 2015, is now open! REFORMA: The National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking

Please visit the website below to get the information and send your proposals for leading presentations, facilitating breakout sessions, or exhibiting posters. The conference’s theme is “Libraries Without Borders: Creating Our Future”. The 2014 REFORMA National Conference Program Committee will evaluate proposals for relevance to the conference theme, as well as clarity, originality, and timeliness.


Deadline is September 1, 2014.

Cured and Gathered

Win a copy on YA Book Queen. Register now through 21 Apr

First, I’m so excited to tell you that Julie Kagawa’s Immortal Rules trilogy (yes! the entire trilogy!) has been purchased by Palomar Pictures. Her response to the news?

Julie Kagawa ‏ @Jkagawa Guys, if you could see me…my feet are about 6 inches off the ground. Thank you all. #Giddy#theimmortalrulesmovie 🙂


The State Farm Youth Advisory Board, a philanthropic program of State Farm, is accepting applications for youth service-learning projects designed to create sustainable local change in communities across the United States and Canada. Projects must be designed to address the root cause of the following issues: access to higher education/closing the achievement gap, financial literacy, community safety and natural disaster preparedness, social health and wellness, and environmental responsibility.

Applicant organizations must be a K-12 public or charter school, or institution of higher education. Nonprofit organizations also are eligible if they are able to demonstrate how they plan to impact student achievement within the public K-12 curriculum. Grants will range from $25,000 to $100,000. Deadline: 4 May

The White House recently responded to the School Librarian petition. Using the “We the People” portion of the White House website, the response concluded by saying

The Obama Administration remains committed to supporting school libraries and the critical role they play in providing resources and support for all students in their learning, to ensure that all students — regardless of their circumstances — are able to graduate from school ready for success in college and career. Check out this response on We the People

It seems that while some areas are continuing to eliminate school librarians, the state of Texas is struggling to find more people qualified for these positions. In reading about the shortage, it’s interesting to learn how they’re  transitioning from book based librarians to being librarians who working with accessing, organizing and working with information, not just books.

Do you know REFORMA? REFORMA is  The National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking and they are busy these days!!REFORMA is

YALSA is currently accepting applications for its Teens Top Ten. Let your teens have a voice in selecting top books for teens for the next two years! The Teens’ Top Ten is a “teen choice” list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year! Nominators are members of teen book groups in sixteen school and public libraries around the country. Find out more and apply!

The Hub has a nice re-cap of this year’s Virginia Hamilton Conference. I usually attend the conference, but for health and professional reasons, couldn’t this year. I’m sometimes disappointed at the lack of diversity at this conference which meets for that very purpose but have always enjoyed the intimate atmosphere and opportunity to network that is provided.

Today, Paula Yoo’s blog says this is her last post. Well for now that is!  From today until 7 May, she’s posting daily blogs at the official NaPiBoWriWee site, the site she began for an event called “National Picture Book Writing Week.”  Need to get your write on? This may be your perfect opportunity!

Are you participating in World Book Night and if so, where will you be distributing your books? I’ve seen so many interesting places people have chose to distribute books! I have to thank my friend, Maria, for picking up my books from Kids Ink Bookstore. I’ll be be giving copies of The immortal life of Henrietta Lacks at the Julian Center, a shelter for women here in Indy.

In all this news about libraries, books, and the many ways we access information in this rapidly changing world, sometimes we need to slow down and be reminded of the critical need for continued free and open access for all citizens. Knowledge is power!


Librarians of Color

If you’re anywhere near Denver, CO you won’t want to miss the largest gathering of Reformistas to celebrate REFORMA’s 40th Anniversary and participate in our fourth annual conference. This four day event (September 15 – 18, 2011) is expected to draw over 500 participants and promises to be the best REFORMA National Conference ever.

The theme for this  conference is “Elevating Latino Services to a Higher Level: Juntos in the Mile High City!” RNCIV will offer a multitude of opportunities, including timely and informative pre-conference seminars, author readings, continuing education workshops, enlightening panel discussions, vendor exhibits and fun pachangas!

The Joint Conference for Librarians of Color has extended their call for proposals.

Call for Proposals – Deadline extended to October 1, 2011

The deadline has been extended by an additional 2½ weeks!

The 2012 Joint Conference of Librarians of Color, JCLC 2012: Gathering at the Waters: Celebrating Stories and Embracing Communities will take place from September 19-23, 2012 in Kansas City, Missouri.   The mission of JCLC is to advance the issues affecting librarians of color within the profession and to also explore how best to serve the incredibly diverse and changing communities that use our libraries.

The Joint Conference of Librarians of Color is a conference for everyone and brings together a diverse group of librarians, library staff, supporters, trustees and community participants to explore issues of diversity inclusion in libraries and how they affect the ethnic communities who use our services.  JCLC deepens connections across constituencies, creates spaces for dialogue, promotes the telling and celebrating of one’s stories, and encourages the transformation of libraries into more democratic and diverse organizations.  This groundbreaking event is sponsored by the five ethnic caucuses: the American Indian Library Association (AILA), Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA), Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA), Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA), and the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking (REFORMA).  JCLC 2012 follows the first gathering in 2006 in Dallas, Texas.

The 2012 JCLC Steering Committee invites you to submit a proposal for a presentation at the conference.  Proposal submission deadlines are listed below.

JCLC Tracks and Topics
JCLC 2012 seeks conference session presentations in all areas of diversity, including, but not limited to, the topics below.  Ideal sessions will either provide insights, skills, tools and strategies that stress solutions, implementation and practical applications; highlight exemplary programs, approaches and models; facilitate constructive dialogue, interaction, and understanding around significant issues affecting conference constituencies; or discuss efforts to create more inclusive environments, programs and curriculum.

 •   Advocacy, Outreach and Collaboration
Marketing; outreach to diverse populations; community collaborations; user spaces; public policy; health education; using census data and other government information; cultural programming; services to and rebuilding of communities hit with disaster; research; undocumented, urban, rural and low-income communities; etc.

•   Collections, Programs and Services
Ethnic and multicultural collections; film and music; information literacy; children’s, youth and adult programming; programs for diverse populations; reference; instruction; grant funded programs; technical services; archives; preservation; documenting traditional knowledge; research; cataloging/subject headings/controlled vocabulary; etc.

•   Deep Diversity and Cultural Exchange (understanding and valuing differences)
Increasing awareness and tolerance of “minorities”; disabilities; gender; celebrating elders; religion; sexual orientation/LGBT populations; nationality; sharing traditional knowledge; serving the incarcerated; immigrant and refugees; cross cultural issues; transnational communities; multiculturalism; best practices and model programs; etc. 

•   Leadership, Management and Organizational Development
Administration; staff development/training; recruitment and retention; leadership; organizational culture; management; cultural competencies; mentoring; assessment; mid-career strategies; staff and paraprofessional issues; conflict resolution and mediation; re-organization and re-structuring; leading during tight economic times; institutional change; research; fundraising; etc.  

•   Technology and Innovation
Teaching and learning; emerging technologies; e-repositories; social networking applications; digitization; equal access for users; library tools; e-books; mobile devices; widgets; mashups; online learning and collaboration; open access movements; social aspects of technology and implications for use; videos; etc.

Session Formats
All sessions are 75 minutes long and may take one of the following formats:

•   Panel
•   Individual Paper/Presentation
•   Roundtable
•   Workshop
•   Poster Session

**JCLC will also accept proposals in different formats (other than those listed above) that will excite, engage and create a new learning environment for conference attendees**

Submission Guidelines
All proposals must be submitted to the Joint Conference of Librarians of Color website at:

All proposals must be received by midnight PST on October 1, 2011.  No late submissions will be accepted.  Notifications of proposal selection will be made on a rolling basis beginning on November 1, 2011 and ending on December 15, 2011.

Selection Criteria
All proposals will be blind reviewed (without author identification) by the JCLC Program Committee.  Proposals are evaluated on quality and clarity of content, uniqueness of topic, relevance to conference attendees, ability to engage the audience, and the relationship of the proposal to the mission of the conference.

Many questions can be answered on the JCLC website at: Questions may also be sent to Alanna Aiko Moore, JCLC Program Committee Chair, at


Estela and Raul Mora Award

REFORMA, the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-speaking, announces the competition for the 2011 Mora Award. The Award is presented annually to the most exemplary program celebrating El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day), also known as Día.

Libraries and schools that plan and implement Día programs in 2011 are eligible to submit an application by August 15, 2011.

The Estela and Raúl Mora Award was established by author and poet Pat Mora and her siblings in honor of their parents and to promote El día de los niños/El día de los libros. The Mora Award consists of a $1,000 stipend and a plaque to be displayed by the winning library or school.

REFORMA is Día’s founding partner and its members serve as judges for the Award. Pat Mora and REFORMA believe Día is a daily commitment to link all children to books, languages and cultures. Annual, culminating celebrations are held across the country on or near April 30. Día is now housed at theAssociation for Library Service to Children (ALSC),a division of the American Library Association (ALA).

Bridging the Gap:Juntos @ the bOrder

Have you registered for REFORMA’s upcoming conference?  [I haven’t.  I just got back home.  Maybe next time??]

The REFORMA 3rd National Conference will continue to reflect the spirit of inclusiveness of our previous national conferences while allowing us to share our collective knowledge, expertise and commitment to excellence in serving the need of the Latino and Spanish-speaking.

YALSA memberswill be presenting a session titled “Reaching Spanish Speaking Teens through Alternative Media.”

Go!  Report back!  Let us know what you learn!  Information wants to be shared!!