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Dr. Sonia Wohlmuth, former USF LIS Instructor, Publishes “From Dialect to World Language: The Trajectory of Castillian”

USF World Languages Instructor, Dr. Sonia Wohlmuth has published an article titled, “From Dialect to World Language: The Trajectory of Castillian” in the 2010 issue of Cultural Perspectives on Film, Literature, and Language: Selected Proceedings of the 19th Southeast Conference on Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Film. You can download the article here.

Dr. Wohlmuth was member of the IS faculty from 1993-2010 and an active member of REFORMA..

~JV

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REFORMA’s new president is a distinguished SLIS alumna

The 2010-2011 president of REFORMA is Lucia Martínez Gonzalez, an award winning alumna of the USF School of Library and Information Science.

Lucia Martínez Gonzalez

Ms. Gonzalez made her way to libraries after making her way to the United States from the small town in Cuba where she was born. In addition to a successful library career and service as a storyteller and puppeteer, Ms. Gonzalez is a Pura Belpré Award winning author. She was honored at USF in 1998 with the Jean Key Gates Distinguished Alumni Award. [http://slis.usf.edu/data/USF-SLIS-1998-Alumni-Award.pdf]

Ms. Gonzalez shared a moving message with her REFORMA colleagues to begin her Presidency:

“ Dear Compañeros and Colleagues:

I dedicate my presidency to my father, JoséMartínez, whose vision to immigrate to the United States in 1970 is directly linked to my profession as a librarian. Mi padre, who could not read or write, had the foresight and intelligence to sacrifice the comforts of home for the opportunities that were possible for my sister and me. To him I owe a debt of gratitude and respect as an immigrant and as a person who loved this country like his own.

“As I look at my personal past, I am also at that juncture professionally as I embark upon a year of leadership and vision for REFORMA. As I thank my father, I thank those members of our organization who have taken the initiative to found, develop, plan, organize, volunteer, and sacrifice for the good and growth of our mission. This is a very exciting time for our organization, a time to honor and celebrate our past, examine our present, and work on a vision for the future.

“This year marks significant milestones for the association as we celebrate its 40th anniversary, the Quinces of the Pura BelpréAward, and the Quinces of Dia de los niños/Dia de los libros. We will celebrate these events in New Orleans during the 2011 ALA Annual Conference. And we will continue celebrating in Denver, Colorado, with our National Conference (RNC IV), “Elevating Latino Services to a Higher Level: Juntos in the Mile High City,” September 15-18.

“It has been one of the great joys of my career to have the opportunity to play an active role in the fulfillment of our organization´s mission. I have been a REFORMA member since 1991 and have been privileged to serve on the Board of Directors since 2006 in many capacities: as Chair of the Fundraising Committee (2006-07), Chair of the Children and Young Adult Services Committee (2007-09), Chair of the Pura Belpré Celebraciòn Organizing Committee (2007-10), and Chair of the 2010 Pura Belpré Award Selection Committee.

“It is my hope to bring to my presidency my years of experience by focusing on mentoring new leaders, developing new partnerships and expanding on existing ones. Please join us as we continue to grow, to reach, and to connect. Communication between our national organizations, ethnic caucuses, community groups, our committees, chapters, and individual members is as important as the connection to our past, present, and our future. The initiatives of REFORMA this year and beyond depend on the efforts, talent, and dedication of all of the organization’s stakeholders. Let us strengthen our work by reaching out to new members, engaging the current membership in innovative ways, and continuing the important work that was begun by our predecessors.

“I am truly honored and humbled to serve as your new President.
Lucia Martinez Gonzalez
President
REFORMA”

As a reminder, REFORMA, an affiliate of the American Library Association, is “the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking”

REFORMA: http://www.reforma.org/

In 2009, examiner.com published an interview with Ms. Gonzalez:

http://www.examiner.com/examiner/x-6309-Latino-Books-Examiner~y2009m11d15-Interview-with-awardwinning-childrens-author-Lucia-Gonzalez

You may also learn more about Lucia Martínez Gonzalez by visiting her web site in other words:

www.luciagonzalezbooks.com

[AB, 8/2/2010]