REFORMA, the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking, recently announced that the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District’s Enterprise Library Branch Manager, Salvador Avila, is the recipient of The Dr. Arnulfo D. Trejo Librarian of the Year award. The award recognizes early to mid-career library professionals who have promoted and advocated services to the Spanish-speaking and Latino communities.
Mr. Avila has taken on leadership roles in local, state and national organizations. He is a cofounder of the Nevada Chapter of REFORMA and has served on numerous committees for REFORMA, including the Pura Belpré Award Selection Committee. As a member of the American Library Association Council, he was instrumental in passing a resolution in support of the rights of immigrants to use libraries regardless of their nationality or status. He has given numerous presentations at library conferences on serving the Spanish-speaking, concentrating primarily on serving families and teens.
Mr. Avila received his Master’s degree in Library Science from the University of Arizona and was selected for the Executive Leadership Institute sponsored by the Urban Library Council. He is the author of Crash Course in Serving Spanish-Speakers (Libraries Unlimited, 2008) and Serving Latino Teens (Libraries Unlimited, 2012.) Previous honors include being named as a Library Journal “Mover and Shaker” in 2006 and as the Criticas Librarian of the Year in 2003.