from Camila Alire, former ALA President
I appreciate REFORMA Colorado because it allows me to keep current on events/issues affecting Colorado libraries that serving Latino residents. I especially like the collegiality of my fellow Reformistas and getting together with them at meetings and events.
from Robert Ayala, Loveland Public Library
Before I arrived at the Loveland Public Library, some of the librarians on the Adult Services Staff at Loveland knew the library needed to improve the Spanish Collection Development philosophy, policies, and message, as well as develop a plan for outreach, programming, and retention to Latinos. When I arrived they asked me to join a small committee dedicated to addressing this need. I found out very quickly that we needed a complete reset. It’s something were are just beginning to do. In my opinion, we can’t do this without the work of Reforma.
from Simone Groene-Nieto, Jefferson County Public Library
REFORMA Colorado has definitely helped me grow as a leader in libraryland. By being an officer I’ve gained invaluable experience facilitating meetings, collaborating virtually, and working as part of a diverse and knowledgeable team to actually make positive things happen for Latinos and Spanish speaking library customers in our state. I’ve also used the Reforma network countless times to locate like-minded individuals for projects. If you are looking for an “in” into the Colorado library network, Reforma is amazing; I can’t recommend it highly enough.
from Viviana Casillas, Denver Public Library
I had heard about REFORMA CO since I was an after-school assistant at DPL back in 1996! I always heard my mentors talk about REFORMA CO and the many good things the group were responsible for. By 2006 I became more interested about it and during RNC IV in Denver, I became a member. So bad I did not do it before. I have learned so much from Pilar, Lisa, Ghada, Lando, and Camila los 5 pilares de Reforma (to me). I see the passion they have and how it makes me want to continue to be a Reformista. I have felt the support and the Love from my fellow Reformistas in time of pain and I am in debt for ever. Once I am done with school I will come back to become an officer but till then I will enjoy the learning from all who are members!.
from Heidi Becker, Denver Public Library
Being part of Colorado-REFORMA has afforded me the opportunity to connect with colleagues across the state who are interested in promoting and providing services for Spanish speakers of all ages. This network has been a valuable resource for me as I continue to work at gaining and retaining more Spanish speaking patrons while learning what services they need and want.
from Lisa Murillo at Denver Public Library
from Katherine Kerber at Douglas County Libraries
from Deborah Dauenheimer, Jefferson County Public Library
REFORMA has been a wonderful resource for our library system in assisting us with services to Latino patrons. It is a wonderful group full of knowledgeable and resourceful individuals. I am thankful that REFORMA is available.