New TSLAC Program: REFORMA Scholarship Opportunity!

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) is pleased to announce a new opportunity for bilingual library staff at public libraries to virtually attend the REFORMA National Conference scheduled for November 4-7, 2021. The scholarship will fund REFORMA National conference registration and include participation in the REFORMA pre-conference Leadership Institute. TSLAC’s REFORMA Scholarship will fund 15 time-sensitive scholarships of up to $400 to bilingual library staff at public libraries providing services to Spanish-speaking communities to attend the 2021 REFORMA National Conference. Applications open on Friday, July 9, 2021, and will close on Sunday, August 1, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.

REFORMA National Conference VII. 50th Anniversary Celebration, November 4-7, 2021 - Virtual.
Visit the REFORMA National Conference VII webpage to learn more about the conference.

REFORMA is the premier national association dedicated to library service to Spanish Speakers. Spanish is the second-most common language in Texas and is only estimated to continue to grow. As a result, TSLAC has developed the REFORMA Scholarship program to provide more effective library services that meet the cultural and linguistic needs of the communities we serve. This scholarship is for Texas bilingual library workers who speak English and Spanish. Scholarship recipients should be committed to providing library services for their Spanish-speaking community. Applicants will be asked to self-identify their Spanish proficiency level in writing, reading, and speaking as either beginner, intermediate, or advanced. The program is also designed to better support Texas’ Spanish Speaking library workers and community members.

Expectations: If chosen to participate, the applicant will virtually attend the REFORMA National Conference with the option to participate in the pre-conference Leadership Institute. Following the virtual conference, scholarship recipients will be expected to participate in a post-conference meetup to discuss their conference experience and will be required to submit a 1-2 page conference summary within 6 weeks of attendance.

The Notice of Funding Opportunity can be found in full here:
REFORMA 2021 Conference Scholarship Notice of Funding Opportunity

Contact Information: For more information, including requirements and eligibility, please refer to the REFORMA Scholarships webpage. Office Hours for the REFORMA Scholarship will be held at the following times:

  • Tuesday, July 13 at 2:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, July 22 at 10:00 a.m.

To request a Zoom link, email Laura Tadena at ltadena@tsl.texas.gov.

If you need assistance with the application process or have further questions, please contact Laura Tadena, Equity and Inclusion Consultant, Program Coordinator at ltadena@tsl.texas.gov, or the Grants Administrator at grants@tsl.texas.gov. This project is made possible by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to TSLAC under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act.

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