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Isabel Espinal Elected

Date: August 28, 2012





Amherst, Massachusetts - Isabel Espinal, Librarian for Afro American Studies, Native American Indian Studies, and Information Literacy at UMass Amherst, has been elected REFORMA vice-president/president-elect. Espinal's commitment is for 3 years.  She becomes president-elect at the 2012 ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim; then she becomes president 2013-2014, and immediately thereafter past-president 2014-2015.  REFORMA is a national association to promote library and information services to Latinos and the Spanish speaking.

Espinal was inspired to run by a fortuitous reencounter with a REFORMA lapel pin. After several years of demurring to run because of time and family commitments, Isabel says, “this year felt different despite my current obligations.” She explains, “on the very day that I got the email asking me if I would run this year, I found a REFORMA pin that I had not seen in years. The pin said “REFORMA: Leer es Poder.” I took that as a sign that the time had come for me to say "yes.”"

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 their goals; the education of the U.S. Latino population with regard 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 26 REFORMA chapters. For more information on REFORMA, visit

For more information, contact Carol Connare, 413-545-0995, or




Last Edited: 23 October 2012