As part of our celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month in the USA, here is an item about REFORMA, the National Association to Promote Library & Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking. It’s an interesting post from the ALA Archives about the history of REFORMA”s newsletter:
Hello Blog Readers,
We wanted to encourage everyone to check out the wonderful library history work being carried out by Dr. Kathleen de la Peña McCook and her students. For the past several years, they have created a number of wikipedia pages on key people and events from the annals of librarianship. Examples include Helen Marot and Henrietta M. Smith. Find an overview of their work, as well as more wikipedia pages, in Dr. McCook’s article for the Progressive Librarian, “Librarians as Wikipedians: From Library History to Librarianship and Human Rights”.
In commemorating National Hispanic Heritage Month, we’re probing the web for articles about Latin American library heritage…check out this piece by Gerald A. Padilla:
LHRT News and Notes continues its celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month:
This video is a special treat–it covers the first half century of REFORMA (the National Association to Promote Library & Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking). Let’s be inspired by its history today!:
“The Legacy of REFORMA: the First 50 Years,” a documentary produced by Mario A. Ascencio and Carlos Rodriguez for REFORMA’s 50th Anniversary includes interviews with REFORMA’s founders and leaders including Elizabeth Martinez, John Ayala, Roberto Trujillo, Cesar Caballero, Luis Herrera, Albert J. Milo, Sandra Rios Balderrama, Roxana Benavides, Lucia M. Gonzalez, Tess Tobin, Romelia Salinas and Nicanor Diaz.
As part of our coverage of the history of libraries for National Hispanic Heritage Month in the USA, please enjoy a recent article from ChalkBeat about NYPL’s first Latina librarian: https://ny.chalkbeat.org/2022/8/24/23312915/pura-belpre-new-york-public-library-bilingual-storytime-history
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Amanda Belantara & Michele Fenton
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The USA holds National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15–October 15 each year. At the blog we’ll plan to cover articles about the history of libraries and Latinx during this time.
Here are several sources to start us off. Many thanks to Kathleen de la Peña McCook for helping us compile these links!:
Long, Alicia K., and Lucia M. Gonzalez. “Changing the Face of Librarianship: REFORMA and Library Services to Latino Communities.” USF School of Information Alice G. Smith Lecture. (December 16, 2021). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QaHu70VoAVo
Long, Alicia. “Library Services to Latino Communities in the U.S.: REFORMA’S Legacy as an Agent of Change.” Florida Libraries 65, no. 2 (Fall-Winter 2022-2023): 26-30. https://journals.flvc.org/flalib/article/view/134417
“The Legacy of REFORMA: the First 50 Years,” a documentary produced by Mario A. Ascencio and Carlos Rodriguez for REFORMA’s 50th Anniversary includes interviews with REFORMA’s founders and leaders including Elizabeth Martinez, John Ayala, Roberto Trujillo, Cesar Caballero, Luis Herrera, Albert J. Milo, Sandra Rios Balderrama, Roxana Benavides, Lucia M. Gonzalez, Tess Tobin, Romelia Salinas and Nicanor Diaz. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kevlI8pMliI
Guerena, Salvador, and Edward Erazo. “Latinos and librarianship.” Library Trends 49, no. 1 (2000): 138-181. https://core.ac.uk/download/pdf/4817666.pdf#page=145
Watch for more posts about Latinx library history over the next month!
Former students, colleagues, and friends will gather to celebrate Professor Emerita Linda C. Smith’s contributions to the field of LIS at a virtual symposium on Thursday, September 28, at 12:00 p.m. Central Time. The event will feature a discussion with the authors of “Library and Information Science, Interdisciplinary Perspectives: A Festschrift in Honor of Linda C. Smith,” which comprises Volume 71, Issue 1, of Library Trends.
“Linda Smith modeled and trained her students in interdisciplinary scholarship, blending computer and library sciences among other disciplines, to do good. Using the tricolon of research, teaching, and service, the webinar brings together different generations of Linda’s former doctoral students and colleagues from her four decades as a professor. It is a rare chance to listen, learn, and celebrate lovely stories of success,” said Anita S. Coleman (PhD ’96), who coedited the Festschrift and organized the symposium with Martha Kyrillidou (PhD ’09).
The symposium will highlight Smith’s teaching, research, and service. Panel moderators (and topics) include Colin Rhinesmith (PhD ’14), founder and director of the Digital Equity Research Center (teaching); Jian Qin (PhD ’96), professor in the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University (research); and Bharat Mehra (PhD ’04), professor and EBSCO Endowed Chair in Social Justice in the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Alabama (service).
Library Trends is a quarterly peer-reviewed journal published for the School of Information Sciences by The Johns Hopkins University Press. The journal explores critical trends in professional librarianship through practical applications, thorough analyses, and literature reviews.
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