The papers of Mexican-American librarian Elizabeth Martinez consist of correspondence, writing, memos, publications, photographs,
and other material. Collection has been minimally processed; folders have been listed but no rearrangement was conducted.
Elizabeth Martinez (born 1943 in Pomona, CA) is a librarian whose career has focused on bringing diversity, multiculturalism
and equality to public libraries and information policy. In 1966 she was the first Mexican American librarian to serve in
the state of California when she took a position in the Los Angeles Public Library. Martinez has served as a library administrator,
professor, and Executive Director of the American Library Association (ALA). In 1965 Martinez obtained a B.A. in Latin American
Studies from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. The following year she received her Library Science degree
from the University of California. She later continued her education by receiving a certificate of management from USC in
1978 and an executive management program certificate from the University of California, Irvine in 1986. In 1971 Martinez co-founded
REFORMA, The National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking, which is
an affiliate organization of the ALA. Along with Binnie Tate Wilkin, she co-chaired the first ALA policy on diversity “Equity
at Issue” in 1986. She was County Librarian of Orange County from 1979 to 1990, and was later the city librarian of Los Angeles
(1990-1994). Martinez has also been credited with reviving the Salinas Public Library system while serving as Library Director
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Collection has been minimally processed but is open for research. Note that material must be requested at least 36 hours in
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