Webinar Series

30-minute webinars that seek to teach REFORMA members and librarians in general new skills and uncover best practices. These webinars are designed to present an opportunity for the LA chapter to highlight the myriad areas of expertise that our members and our allies represent.

The webinars are scripted training sessions for information professionals in which protocols, best practices, and introductory objectives are negotiated and discussed. Facilitators tailor webinars to suit their needs, and are encouraged to present their topic creatively but cogently so that it might provide guidance.

To learn more about specific webinars and to register for them, please look at the schedule below.

Nov. 13, 2019

10:00 AM


Cultural Intelligence: Increasing your Cultural Quotient

Our libraries are very diverse. Whether you work across international borders or interact with diversity closer to home, we deal with uniqueness and differences. Culture matters in how we market ourselves, how we market to our patrons, and ultimately can make the difference between whether you thrive or flounder when faced with an intercultural situation. Cultural intelligence is a form of intelligence that draws upon the ability to reformulate one's concept of self and others. It can be integrated with other forms of intelligence and applies to any cultural context (i.e., diversity initiatives, organizational culture, generational culture, gender culture, etc.). In this session learn what cultural intelligence is and how we can use cultural intelligence in order to ensure our biases and interactions do not influence judgments about others, as this directly affects a library’s inclusive work environment and the strength of the organizational culture.

Presenter: Dr. Michele A.L. Villagran, Assistant Professor, San José State University School of Information

Registration: https://www.reforma.org/ev_calendar_day.asp?date=11%2F13%2F19&eventid=18

Cost: FREE for REFORMA members, $15 for non-members.

Oct. 9, 2019

9:00 - 10:00 AM

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Creating a Translations Team at your Organization

Learn how you can create a translations team to provide high quality, consistent, and accurate information in a language other than English at your organization. Benefits include standardization and accuracy of language as well as outreach and marketing to a different audience. Learn about how to manage requests, translate, collaborate, review, and disseminate translations from librarians at the Los Angeles Public Library.

Presenters: Anna Avalos, Senior Librarian, Multilingual Collections
Ana Campos, Senior Librarian, International Languages
Lupie Leyva, Senior Librarian, R.L. Stevenson
Madeline Peña, Senior Librarian, Digital Content Team
Dinorah Pinelo, Senior Librarian, Catalog Manager
Edwin Rodarte, Senior Librarian, Emerging Technologies
Patty Valdovinos, Librarian, Multilingual Collections

Cost: FREE for REFORMA members, $15 for non-members


Sept. 30, 2019

9:00 - 10:00 AM


Urban Outreach: Guidelines, hard lessons, and best practices providing outreach in urban environments.

Outreach programs are an essential component of serving our community as they help to establish trusting relationships between them and our organizations. Learn about how to engage people “where they are,” and listen to lessons learned by a bilingual outreach librarian.

Presenter: Angelina Garcia, Bilingual Outreach Librarian, Los Angeles Public Library

Cost: FREE for REFORMA members, $15 for non-members



Aug. 26, 2019

9:30-10:00 AM

Bilingual Zines: How to infuse foreign language acquisition into your D.I.Y. zine process.

Learn how to make 6-fold zines and incorporate bilingual aspects into your zine-making practice. Engage participants by providing a zine template and generating new templates. Webinar will showcase zine samples created by participants.

Presenter: Yago Cura, Bilingual Outreach Librarian, Los Angeles Public Library.

Cost: FREE for REFORMA members, $15 for non-members.