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Meeting Minutes for November 19, 2002

Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection, Austin, TX

4:05 pm - 5:20 pm


In attendance: (10)

Sarah Bradley-Leighton (GSLIS, UT Benson, LBJ), Patricia Clark (McLennan County/Waco Public Library), Irma Flores-Manges (Austin Public Library), Elva Garza (Austin Public Library), Jill Goldman (UT GSLIS, UT Benson), Tom Moran (APL), Steve Reich (APL), Paola Ferate-Soto (APL), Gustavo Soto (APL), Sean Sutcliffe (MC/WPL)


1. Bienvenidos/Introductions – Elva Garza

·         Sign-in sheet will be passed around

2. Ron Pollock, Director of Career Services at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science

·         Mentoring opportunities between REFORMA and GSLIS students

3. Approval of Meeting Minutes from September 2002 Meeting – Sarah Bradley-Leighton

4. Chapter Membership and Financial Report – Gustavo Soto

Old Business

5. Report on the Central Texas Library Services Regional Meeting – Elva

·         Friday, September 27, 2002 in Giddings

6. Report on Chapter participation in the Rudolfo Anaya’s discussion – Elva

·         Fiesta Gardens, Wednesday, October 23 at 7:00 p.m.

New Business

7. Holiday Tamales Fundraiser – Elva

8. Rudulfo Anaya Book Raffle – Elva/Paola Ferate Soto

9. Evening of Words and Music postponed until February 2003 – Gustavo/Elva/Paola

10. “Basque in Knowledge @ Your Library” - Tri-Conference

·         Lake Tahoe, Nevada: November 4-7, 2003 - Sarah/Jennifer Thomas

11. “From Papyrus to the Virtual Library” - Library Conference

·         Havana, Cuba: March 24-28, 2003 – Sarah

12. Chapter Representation/Booth at TLA in the Spring - ?

13. Reading List Progress - ?

14. El Corazón Website Photo Gallery Added - Sarah

15. Additional Announcements


1. Elva welcomed the group. Everyone present introduced himself or herself.

2. Ron Pollock, Director of Career Services at GSLIS, introduced the mentoring program they host with General Libraries. The General Libraries/GSLIS mentoring program requires six hours of contact time through lunches, informal meetings, site tours, etc. He shared a handout that outlines the program and invited our chapter to adjust our mentoring program to our preferences. There is an application process so students can be appropriately matched with professionals. Ron Pollock will forward the application forms to us so we can tailor the forms for our chapter needs. We will then make the forms available online.

3. The group approved the minutes from the September 24 meeting except for a spelling change to Patricia Clark’s last name. There is no “e” at the end of Clark. (Sorry, about that same mistake again!) 

4. Gustavo reported on chapter funds and distributed a balance sheet. There is currently $576.65 in the chapter account. We have two new members, Irma Shook and Li-Fei Chen. Gustavo distributed a current membership list with 38 active members for 2002. The members present approved a motion to encumber the current chapter balance for Dia de los Niños/ Dia de los Libros.

5. Elva reported that the Central Texas Library Services Regional Meeting, on Friday, September 27, 2002 in Giddings has generated some interest form librarians in Wimberly, San Marcos, and Taylor. Elva has received phone calls from librarians in those towns.

6. Tom Moran reported that the Friends of the Library will be sending us a $70.00 check for our share of the profits earned from the sale of Rudolfo Anaya’s books during the city discussion at Fiesta Gardens, Wednesday, October 23 at 7:00 p.m. The discussion was a great success with about 250 people attending.

7. The chapter will run a holiday tamale fundraiser starting today through December 5, 2002. We will sell homemade tamales of chicken, beef, and pork. Please take orders by the dozen and report your orders to Elva Garza by December 5, 2002. Collect the money at the time of the order. The orders will be frozen by the dozen and available for pick-up at St. John’s Library and Community Center. We will charge $6.50 per dozen. Checks can be made out to “El Corazón de Tejas.”

8. The chapter will also be hosting a fundraising book drawing. We will be drawing for an autographed copy of “Heart of Aztlan” and a copy of "Elegy on the Death of Cesar Chavez.” Chances cost $2.00 each. There are printed drawings available from Elva. Please have the donors circle the book they would like a chance to win and bring the chances and the money to Elva on 12/14. The two drawings will occur on December 14, 2002, at the chapter holiday gathering at Elva’s house. The books will be mailed to the winners in time for Christmas. Contact Elva for printed chances.

9.The Evening of Words and Music has been postponed until February 8, 2003. The venue has been set for St. Stephen’s in exchange for about 30 free invitations for their Spanish students. The committees determined at the September 24, 2002, meeting are:

Food – Margo (We will have a “potluck” theme like last year.)

Venue – Irma (She is checking on St. Stephen’s.)

Publicity – Sarah (We will contact the Hispanic Network and use the guest book from last year to start the invitation list. Everyone is encouraged to send suggestions.)

Talent Recruitment – Gustavo (Will notify last year’s participants and recruit new talent.)

Julissa and Anita also volunteered to help where needed. Anyone interested in this planning committee will meet on their own to execute the event. 

If any members not present are interested in helping, they can contact Sarah or Paola. (If you are interested in helping with the event, there will be an “Evening of Words and Music” committee meeting on Monday, December 16, 2002, at 6:00 p.m. probably at Terrazas Library.)

10. Sarah reported that she and Jennifer Thomas will submit an abstract for the conference call for papers for the “Basque in Knowledge @ Your Library” - Tri-Conference in Lake Tahoe, Nevada on November 4-7, 2003.  

11. Sarah announced that she and Maribel Garza are organizing a Texas delegation to the “From Papyrus to the Virtual Library” - Library Conference in Havana, Cuba on March 24-28, 2003. The conference will cost $100 USD for a week program. The group will try to fly together and stay in very affordable university housing. They are working with the University of Texas to arrange the paperwork for travel to Cuba. If you are interested in joining the trip, please contact Sarah at sabradley18@hotmail.com

12. Elva reported that Loriene Roy had mentioned a diversity fair at the TLA Spring 2003 conference. The chapter may want to present at this fair. REFORMA National may also need volunteers at their booth during the TLA conference.

13. There was no report on the progress of the proposed reading lists. Sarah reported that she did not have time to draft a grant application for reading list funding. The chapter can apply next year.

14. Sarah announced that she has added a Photo Gallery to the El Corazón Website. Please send photos and any other website suggestions to her.

15. Paola mentioned her concern that the Texas Book Festival had very few books in Spanish. She suggested we draft a letter of concern to the organizers voicing this concern and encouraging a more diverse showcase of books.

The next meeting is in Austin at Benson Latin American Collection on January 21, 2003, from 4:00-5:30pm. 

Minutes were respectfully submitted by Sarah Bradley-Leighton on November 19, 2002.


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