Orlando "Lando" Archibeque, of the Auraria Library, was recognized by the Joint Conference of Librarians of Color at the group's national conference last week in Kansas City, Mo. The group announced Archibeque as this year's recipient of the Distinguished Service Award.
Archibeque received the award for his years of service, contributions to and support of REFORMA The National Association to Promote Library & Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking.
"It's a special honor to be recognized by my colleagues from around the country, " Archibeque said. "Awards like this are always a recognition of the work and support of many people. I've been fortunate to work with so many wonderful friends and colleagues at the libraries in which I have worked (UCCS, Pikes Peak Library District, Auraria); and I have always received support (moral and financial) for my REFORMA activities from my colleagues, supervisors and administrators. It takes a village."
Colleagues offering congratulations include this from Elizabeth Cooper, "This is a great honor for Lando as well as for the Library. We are fortunate to have such a distinguished member of the library community."
Archibeque was not able to attend the conference so plans are being made to present it at the group's next meeting in Colorado.