Name: Edwin Rodarte
Title: Senior Librarian, Emerging Technologies & Collections
MLIS program: San Jose State University
Primary service roles: I am the current Reforma Los Angeles Chapter president as well as the Technology Chair for National Reforma. Overall, my role is to support the local chapter in leading Reforma's efforts to engage our community, diversify our library profession, and create opportunities for networking/support among current librarians.
How does your work align with service to Latinos and Spanish-speaking communities?: Part of my job requires piloting new projects and technologies at libraries. As such, I ensure that all documentation and marketing for the use of the devices/programs are bilingual and can reach a new audience. I also serve in our library's Spanish Language Committee which is in charge of translating all web content, flyers, and other Spanish Language communication in our library system in order to standardize and market under one message. Lastly, I participate in CLA's Latino Services Interest Group as a co-chair to bring programming to help librarians serve their Latino and Spanish-speaking populations.
Gratifying aspects of your work: Working with colleagues that are passionate about services to Latinos and ensuring that our communication efforts are bilingual. Leveraging partnerships and projects to ensure that services or technology is available to communities that may not otherwise have access to them.
Some words of advice to other librarians and/or present and future MLIS students: Don't be afraid to take risks - you have to be willing to try new things, disrupt and innovate. Librarianship is a moldable career and you can make of it what you want, immerse your energy and passion into what you already love doing, and chances are you will end with a job you love.
Previous programs that I have done: Hotspot lending program, veteran stand down (fairs), Spanish language computer classes, children's citizenship ceremonies, and immigrant integration efforts.