Saturday, June 25, 2016

Elizabeth Martinez Lifetime Achievement Award-2016


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Elizabeth  Martinez

The REFORMA  Elizabeth Martinez Lifetime Achievement (LAA) Award Committee recognizes those who have achieved excellence in librarianship over an extended (over 20 years) period of service and who have made significant and lasting contributions to REFORMA, as well as to the Latino and the Spanish-speaking communities.
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On receiving the 2016 Elizabeth Martinez Lifetime Achievement (LAA) Award.



Elizabeth Martínez influenced librarianship in so many ways. She was a cofounder of REFORMA; she established the Mexican American Library Training Institute at California State University, Fullerton. She was City Librarian in Los Angeles; county librarian of Orange County, Executive Director of the American Library Association, and director of the Salinas Public Library where she revitalized the Cesar Chavez Library. She created the SPECTRUM Scholarship Program, a national program administered by ALA to recruit American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino and Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander students to librarianship.
On her retirement from the Salinas Public Library Stanford University collected her papers for its archives. Roberto Trujillo, curator and head of Stanford's Special Collection, stated that Elizabeth Martínez’ role in the Chicano movement, its history as it relates to schools, libraries and other cultural centers is worthy of documentation. Her professional activity is a record of involvement and engagement that was strong, focused, and very much a part of a communal sense of responsibility for a greater public good for the Mexican communities in Los Angeles.
Elizabeth Martínez changed librarianship in the United States forever. REFORMA honors her remarkable achievements with this award which inspires us to follow her good work. I am grateful to have been nominated for this honor and dedicate the honorarium to the REFORMA scholarship fund.

With gratitude, Kathleen

Kathleen de la Peña McCook
Distinguished University Professor of Librarianship

School of Information, University of South Florida


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