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Sarah Buck Kachaluba (Florida State University), Jessica Evans Brady, and Jessica Critten have a forthcoming article entitled “Developing Humanities Collections in the Digital Age: Exploring Humanities Faculty Engagement with Electronic and Print Resources” to be published in College & Research Libraries, November 2013 73 (6).

David S. Nolen (Mississippi State University) will also be publishing an article, entitled “Publication and Language Trends of References in Spanish and Latin American Literature,” in College & Research Libraries, November 2013 73 (6).

Congratulations to Tony Harvell (University of California, San Diego) for building the Latin American Political Campaign Ephemera Collection database, which includes 800 digitized pamphlets; posters; flyers; and political party and elections commission documents with full meta data. The items are mostly from national elections from the mid-1980’s through about 2009 and primarily from Mexico and Central America. The collection was built up by Karen Lindvall-Larson (University of California, San Diego) over a number of years, much of it coming through the efforts of Vientos Tropicales, some of it a gift from a UCSD alumnus who worked as a monitor in the 1984 Nicaraguan national elections.    We are no longer adding to the collection here (since 2011), but the originals are in Mandeville Special Collections Library here at UCSD.

Tony Harvell also created the Mexican Presidential Election Campaign 2012, an archive of twelve months of web information archived from seven Mexican political parties in advance of the presidential election held on July 1, 2012.   The focus is on political platforms and candidates being put forth by the following parties:  Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI), Partido Acción Nacional (PAN), Partido de la Revolución Democrática (PRD), Partido del Trabajo (PT), Partido Verde Ecologista de México  (PVEM), Convergencia, and Nueva Alianza.  There is a six month embargo on the release of content.

UCSD is also archiving similar content for the Venezuelan Presidential Election held October 7, 2012.  The crawl of web content began in July 2012 and will capture the web sites of the Partido Socialista Unido de Venezuela (PSUV) of Hugo Chávez and the Movimiento Primero Justicia (PJ) party of Henrique Capriles as well as the national election return statistics.   Because of embargoes, no content will not be released until December 2012.  Once released it will appear on the California Digital Library’s Web Archiving Service Portal.

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