REFORMA LA Officer Nominations
VICE-president / president elect
Patricia Valdovinos was born and raised in Riverside, CA. She received her B.A. in Chicana/o Studies in 2014 and her MLIS in 2016 from UCLA. She currently is an Adult Librarian in Multilingual Collections at the Los Angeles Public Library (LAPL), where she helps with translations, collection development in Spanish, and creating Spanish blog posts. Prior to that, she was the YA Bilingual Outreach Librarian for Youth Services at LAPL. Her past work includes being the Programming and Outreach Librarian at the Yolo County Library, where she primarily focused on developing programming for the local Migrant Center in Davis, CA. As a librarian, her focus is on programming and outreach to Spanish speaking and underrepresented communities. She is a recipient of the Spectrum Scholarship Program. As REFORMA LA's Vice President/President-Elect, Patty will continue to support the increase in membership for new librarians and library students, as well as continue to build a connection libraries and community organizations.
Amalia Castañeda currently works as the Special Collections and Archives Coordinator at Cal State LA and serves on the Board of Directors of the Museum of Social Justice. She holds a BA from UCLA, an MA in History from Cal State LA, and will obtain her MLIS (with a concentration in Archives and Rare Books) from UCLA in June 2019. As an aspiring special collections librarian and public historian, she works to connect first-generation students and communities to archival sources and rare book materials. She looks forward to the prospecting of extending her time with the REFORMA board as she enjoys working alongside librarians committed to services and programming for the Latinx community.
Senior Librarian for the City of Commerce Public Library. Sonia has also served as REFORMA LA Chapter President and Treasurer, as the REFORMA National Chapter Representative (Southwest Region) and is currently the recipient of the 2018 Arnulfo Trejo Librarian of the Year (LOTY) award. She also serves on the Advisory Board for KCET television station and is professional mentor for students in the Master of Management in Library and Science program at USC.
I am excited to accept the nomination to run for Treasurer for REFORMA Los Angeles Chapter. I have been an active member since 2007 when I received a scholarship from the chapter. I have been impressed with the numerous accomplishments from the dedicated chapter members that make what the LA Chapter is today. I can ensure that as a treasurer, I would be transparent and fiscally responsible with the chapter’s monies.
Public information officer
Ziba Perez Zehdar has been an active member of the Los Angeles & Orange County Reforma Chapters since 2013 having previously worked in the OC (2013-2015) Long Beach (2015-2017) and now LA (2017-present.) Ziba is passionate about promoting library resources, programming & information through social media. Ziba has helped with the Instagram, Twitter & Facebook for https://www.instagram.com/lbcitylibrary/, https://www.instagram.com/baldwinhillslibrary/ & most recently https://www.instagram.com/brentwoodlapl/. Thank you for considering Ziba for https://www.instagram.com/reformala/ PIO (Social Media)
public information officer
I work for the Los Angeles Public Library as the Senior Librarian at the Junipero Serra Branch Library and co-chair the system's LGBTQIA Services Committee. I have been a Reforma member since 2012 and have severed as LA Chapter PIO, fundraising chair, and President. I also serve on ALA Council and am a program co-chair for CLA's Latino Interest Group. I'm running for PIO again to help the Chapter continue to promote it's events and celebrate it's members through our monthly newsletter. I look forward to working with the incoming President on expanding our reach.
Throughout my time as a library student and library assistant, I have steadfastly worked to make library services better for Latino and Spanish-speaking communities. To that end, I have volunteered with REFORMA at both local and national levels. Last year, for example, I served as REFORMA LA’s Webmaster and an Editor of REFORMA’s national newsletter. This year, I would appreciate the opportunity to continue using my energy and passion to highlight the efforts of REFORMA LA as the chapter’s Webmaster.