Graduate Assistant Kaitlin J. Peterson’s presentation selected as winner for REFORMA President’s Program.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Kaitlin J. Peterson’s paper, “Including the Culturally Excluded and Socially Forgotten: Information Services for Spanish Migrant Workers in the United States” will be presented at Chicago ALA, Saturday, June 29 3:00 PM at Palmer House Spire Parlor.  Her work explores the information needs of migrant workers, the barriers they face, and how one can create inclusive services despite these seemingly insurmountable obstacles.  It also offers a survey of current library and information agency efforts to bridge information barriers and provide migrant workers with the information they need.  The use of the theory “information worlds” to examine migrant worker information seeking also has not been conducted before. This examination will give a fresh perspective on information seeking behavior of migrant workers, as well as an understanding of how to best provide information services to this population.

About REFORMA President’s Program Presentation

The growth of the Latino population means we need more research. REFORMA President Denice Adkins, University of Missouri, Columbia, conducted a research competition focusing on the Latino population, their library and/or information needs, and/or the responses of the LIS community to those needs. Three winners will present their research. Come hear the best exemplars of research, new developments and why research and library service are inseparable, i.e. how to link research results to making our libraries more useful, and how to design service-level research that tells us what we need to know about Latino library users. Everyone is welcome!


 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 our goals; the education of the U.S. Latino population in regards to the availability and types of library services; and lobbying efforts to preserve existing library resource centers serving the interests of Latinos.