Established in 1975, Bibliotecas Para La Gente (BPLG) advocates for and provides library services to the Spanish speaking and Latino communities of Northern California. BPLG has established a $2000 scholarship for a new or a continuing SLIS student who has demonstrated an interest in furthering the goals of BPLG in providing library service to the Spanish-speaking and Latino communities.
Scholarship Deadline: September 30th, 2017
Send completed application materials to (scanned recommendation letters are fine): Janice Garcia
by email at firstname.lastname@example.org OR by mail at 2070 Radio Avenue #13, San Jose, CA 95125
If mailing, please send only via US mail. Do not send requesting signature at delivery.
First disbursement of $1,000 will be in 2017; second disbursement of $1,000 will be disbursed after receiving Spring 2018 grades (unless person is graduating in Fall 2017, whereby we'll disburse full amount in 2017).
About Rita Torres
Rita Torres was employed in 1976 as the first bilingual/bicultural librarian to head the Biblioteca Latinoamericana, a federally funded project that provided a full spectrum of Spanish language library service to the greater San Jose community. Spanish language library services were Rita’s passion and she worked with her staff and colleagues to provide Reference services, reader’s advisory, and children’s services for Spanish speaking library customers. Leaving the Biblioteca Latinoamericana, Rita moved on to the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library as head of the newly created Foreign Languages Department and became the lead for the Collection Development team that grew collections to represent 80+languages. Throughout her career Rita has been a friend and mentor to the members of the community, and to the library assistants and librarians who learned and worked along side of her providing services to the Spanish speaking community. As a young professional Rita Torres joined Bibliotecas Para La Gente and volunteered with BPLG throughout her career. It is in honor of her commitment and work that the BPLG scholarship is named in her honor.
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