Friday, June 19, 2015

Library Staff Member Awarded Prestigious Reforma Scholarship

Araceli Acosta is one of two proud recipients of a 2015 REFORMA Scholarship, awarded annually by the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking. Araceli was awarded the Rose Treviño Memorial Scholarship for her dedication to serving Hispanic communities at the library and beyond. In addition to working at Beaverton City Library and North Plains Public Library, she is excited to begin her first semester of school at San Jose State University in the Fall.

"Araceli’s greatest motivation and fulfillment comes from assisting Spanish-speaking library patrons, particularly parents, to obtain the information and tools needed to help their children succeed in school and in life,” says Debra Brodie, Library Director at North Plains Public Library.  “It is most fitting that she has been selected to receive the memorial scholarship honoring Rose Treviño.  In her spirit, Araceli is also a passionate and dedicated advocate for youth and a superior role-model, particularly for Spanish-speakers."

Victoria Campbell, Youth Services Manager at Beaverton City Library, adds “Araceli has worked or volunteered in libraries for over ten years.  She has served our Youth Services division since May 2014.  She brings creativity, enthusiasm, and eagerness to her work with teens.  After one month in her new position as Reference Assistant, she started asking about library school.  We are so excited to see her choose the librarian career path!”

Established in 1971 as an affiliate of the American Library Association (ALA), REFORMA actively seeks to promote the recruitment of more bilingual and bicultural library professionals and support staff. To learn more about REFORMA services and lobbying efforts, please visit www.reforma.org.