Saturday, January 15, 2011


The organization that is leading the movement toward library outreach to Hispanic-Americans is called REFORMA. It was created in 1971 by Dr. Arnulfo Trejo and it was created as an affiliate of the American Library Association. The full name of this organization is the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking, but the organization chose to use the title REFORMA as a "verbalization of a concept" (Oder).

One of REFORMA's most noteworthy activities is the annual scholarship drive. The association awards a number of scholarships to library school students that express interest in working with Latinos (REFORMA).

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There are five primary goals of REFORMA: “development of Spanish-language and Latino-oriented library collections; recruitment of bilingual, multicultural library personnel; promotion of public awareness of libraries and librarianship among Latinos; advocacy on behalf of the information needs of the Latino community; and liaison to other professional organizations” (REFORMA).

Works Cited:

Oder, Norman. “REFORMA Forges Forward.” Library Journal. 125.16 (2000): 46-48. Web. 5 Oct 2010.
“REFORMA – Who We Are” REFORMA. 2005. Web. 6 Oct 2010.

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