2016 REFORMA Northeast Annual Joint Mini Conference

 Librarians and leaders are responding to the need of preserving not only the language but the cultural and the world traditions of minorities groups in the United States, and what they are doing to gain cultural competence and promote culture awareness needed to embrace diversity are topics that need to be addressed. Nowadays, the librarian’s mission of preserving cultural heritage and traditions from one generation to the next is most important. Multi-generational programs are a must in order to attract minority groups into the library. Learning and sharing knowledge will provide librarians the tools needed to open a conversation of innovated outreach resources to engage the multi-ethnic community.

      The Joint Mini Conference brings together the ethnic caucuses of ALA: 

American Indian Library Association (AILA), Asian Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA), Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA), Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA), REFORMA, the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking (REFORMA), and the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT) and the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCALA) for a day of intellectual collaboration and networking opportunity for librarians. 

The event is free and is a meaningful day of professional development. The Joint-Mini Conference provides librarians with an opportunity to exchange information about library services, collections and projects that serve newcomers and underserved populations in our communities.


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