The National Association to Promote Library and Information Services
to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking
REFORMA is committed to the improvement of the full spectrum of library and information services for the approximately 56.2* million Spanish-speaking and Latino people in the United States. 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.
Nationally there are twenty REFORMA chapters. These function autonomously, working through their local library systems, state library associations, and local organizations to achieve local objectives.
The goals of REFORMA include:
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 Liaison to other professional organizations
Conference Dates and Sites
* Officers change June/July (the last day of the Annual Conference each summer)