It is heart-felt cogitation of a sincere Latina library administrator
who dedicated her professional life to providing services to the Hispanic
population, wherever she served. On her quest, she encounters the very profound, individual, and structural face of discrimination and the debasing effects of denial of information and library
services to Latinos and minorities—let them pay taxes, but don’t let them in the library! On June 26, 2020, about 144 years after its founding, The American Library Association (ALA), very likely forced by the unprecedented racial demonstrations in the streets of America, has issued a declaration of responsibility: "ALA takes responsibility for past racism, pledges a more equitable association."
It is a riveting personal and intimate story of the professional
trajectory of Elizabeth Martinez. She
took the librarians’ publicly articulated commitment to serve and provide
information and library services to all, very seriously. She risked many times her
career and high-level administrative positions to expand those services to
Latinos, and minorities, the underserved populations. She experienced the anguishes
and the blisses, the obstructions and visions, the raw insults and inspiring
moments, and, most of all, her hard work fueled by her profound professional commitment to serving
the minority populations. This book is an inspirational as well as a didactic tale
of what happens to a capable minority female administrator when she means
business and becomes a change agent refusing to accept the discriminatory
pattern of public and library services.