I was going to post a comment on the Good Doctor McCooks < a href="http://www.lisnews.com/print.pl?sid=05/08/06/2040206"> post, but it really is more about me than about her post so I'll put it here. (I'm trying to be more directly on topic when replying to the discussions.)
You have to be a Librarian of Color to belong to REFORMA? I wonder if anyone will notice that my color is 24 pound bond bright white?
I did create from scratch a Spanish language collection at my library (in a county where the Hispanic population has increased 700% since the last census). I did get funding from local businesses with Spanish speaking workers to include materials in the collection (which has outgrown its initial home and now has to be moved to a different set of shelves).
I do provide ask a librarian service in more than one language, I provide library service in more than one language, I did attend the Feria Internacional del Libro de Guadalajara (and covered most of the cost myself as I had not been at my library long enough to have earned paid time off). I wonder if any of that is enough to get REFORMA to OK my membership. Well actually I don't wonder because I have tried 3 times to join the listserv each time being rejected because I am not a member of REFORMA. I thought the jpg of my cancelled check for my REFORMA dues I sent the last two times would be good enough but the admin of the listserv apparently does not think so.
I guess I'm too bright white for the Librarians of Color, I guess I'm not OK with REFORMA, but that is OK because the patrons who know me think I'm OK.
The patrons who know the Spanish Language Collection, and who needed help getting a shot record from Venezuela translated for their child's school, or who didn't know you could get tax forms in Spanish, and those who didn't know there was a telephone book in Spanish when they needed to find basic services, and the patrons that are coming to my Hispanic Heritage Festival (really an excuse to eat good food from many countries and socialize) on a Saturday in September they think I am just fine.
To paraphrase one of my idols, < a href="http://www.niehs.nih.gov/kids/lyrics/green.htm"> Kermit the Frog Its not easy being white...It seems you blend in with so many ord'nary things...
Being white, its what I am, not what I do.
So REFORMA, and Librarians of Color, besa me mucho, and you know where. I am a librarian for everyone, not just the people who look like me.
If you want to meet somewhere, and discuss that over cocktails thats fine with me, but everyone is welcome not just the pretty colored people.