Collaborating with Reforma Librarians to Study Emerging Latin@ Readership: A Participatory Action Research Approach

to Isabel Espinal, librarian for Afro American Studies, Anthropology, & Native American Indian Studies, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries


The major objective of this study is to gather and document the knowledge that Reforma librarians have about Latinos as readers. The rationale for this study derives from a discourse regarding Latinos and reading in which Latinos are stereotypically seen as not being readers or being interested in reading. The project was submitted under this year's Research Topic 2 – Diversity and Emerging Literacies in the 21st Century.

Resulting publications & presentations:

  • Espinal, Isabel (2007). "A Bridge to Brown: The Politics of Latin@ Reading," in Technofuturos: Critical Interventions in Latina/O Studies. Eds. Nancy Raquel Mirabal and Agustín Laó-Montes. Lanham: Lexington Books. 359-380

Awards Won

Title Year
Diversity Research Grant

The ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services sponsors this grant program which began in 2002 to address critical gaps in the knowledge of equity, diversity, and inclusion issues within library and information science.

2005 - Winner(s)