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 in regards to the availability and types of library services; and lobbying efforts to preserve existing library resource centers serving the interests of Latinos.
Congratulations to REFORMA de Florida!
We are now an Official REFORMA Chapter!
The re-activation of the REFORMA de Florida started on Wednesday May 4th, during the 2011 Florida Library Association Conference, where a group of Florida Reformistas met in the capacity of a Formation Committee in order to re-establish a REFORMA Chapter in the State of Florida, REFORMA de Florida.
Representatives of the REFORMA de Florida Chapter submitted an official request to the REFORMA National’s Board of Directors to reactivate the chapter during the American Library Association Annual Conference on Sunday, June 26th, 2011, in New Orleans. The vote was unanimous!
Our first objective is to facilitate communication among members in order to promote the vision of REFORMA de Florida. Venues for this objective include the subscription to the Latino Library Services listserv; online meeting platforms, the updating of the REFORMA de Florida webpage; and the updating and promotion of the chapter’s existing Facebook page. In addition, we will work to promote REFORMA de Florida’s mission to recruit new members and promote the library and information services to the Latino and Spanish speaking communities in the State of Florida.
As we move forward, the REFORMA de Florida Board of Officers and its members will develop new objectives aligned to the mission and vision of National REFORMA. The chapter was represented at the REFORMA National Conference IV in Denver, Colorado, to align its membership and profile with the National REFORMA. This was posible by the Public Library Association Fellowship to attend the conference. REFORMA de Florida President, Loanis Menendez-Cuesta, was awarded the PLA Fellowship to attend.
On behalf of the new Board of Officers of REFORMA de Florida, we would like to take this opportunity to thank and congratulate all members of the Formation Committee and REFORMA National Board of Directors for their shared vision in making REFORMA de Florida possible!
If you are a Floridian, and would like more information, please visit and “Like” our Facebook Page, where we post information updates at:
If you are new to REFORMA de Florida, join us on the Latinos Library Services listserv at:
To become a member of REFORMA de Florida, you may contact Isabel Castro at email@example.com, or go to http://www.reforma.org and join us online. You may choose REFORMA de Florida as your Chapter affiliation at the time of checkout!
We are on the verge of greatness! Florida Reformistas are here!
REFORMA de Florida
Strategic Plan 2013-2017
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