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Meet the Spring 2013 SALALM Scholarship Winners!

 

D. Ryan Lynch, M.S.I.S. in Library and Information Services at the SUNY Albany

D. Ryan Lynch has an A.B. in Latin American History and Hispanic Literature and Culture from Brown University, an M.A. in Latin American History from Emory University, and is currently completing an M.S.I.S. in Library and Information Services at the University at Albany, State University of New York.  Ryan has a professional background in academic museums and archives.

As a historian and scholar, Ryan has a strong background in colonial Iberoamerican history and literature but specializes in 20th century Brazilian cultural history with a particular focus on the formation of a middle class defined by consumption in the 1950s.  She has presented widely on race, ethnicity, and class in Brazilian history including at the Conference on Latin American History of the American Historical Association and as an invited lecturer at the Museu Histórico da Imigração Japonesa no Brasil in São Paulo.  Ryan has taught courses on race, class, and popular culture in Latin American history at Skidmore College and Emory University.

 

As an archivist, Ryan worked with the New York State Archives on Ventana al Pasado, a project whose goal was to document the Latino presence in 11 archival repositories throughout New York State.  In particular, Ryan arranged several collections, created or enhanced finding aids and descriptions for around 60 multidisciplinary collections, translated into Spanish or edited translations of all finding aids and metadata for over 3000 images, and created bilingual web content.  More recently, Ryan worked as the Mellon-funded assistant registrar at the Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College, facilitating class use of the museum’s permanent collection by documenting the collection, conducting faculty outreach, helping faculty develop museum-based activities and assignments, and working with students using museum objects for class assignments.  Based on this experience, Ryan and Visiting Assistant Professor of English Alison Barnes recently published an article in Museum Management and Curatorship that is the first systematic examination of college teaching in museums.

Since August 2012, Ryan has worked as a graduate assistant in the Reference Department at the University at Albany Libraries, spearheading a roving reference project, developing graduate and professional school prep sections of the Undergraduate LibGuide, engaging in collection evaluation projects, and working on the reference desk in the science and main libraries.  In the spring semester of 2013, Ryan completed an internship with Sean Knowlton, Latin American and Iberian Studies Librarian for Columbia and Cornell Universities.  As part of this internship, Ryan helped to create new vendor profiles for the joint Columbia and Cornell collections; made recommendations for book, primary source, and database purchases or subscriptions; and created a Primary Sources LibGuide for Cornell University.

As a Latin American or humanities librarian, Ryan is eager to help future generations of students discover Latin American, Caribbean, and Iberian cultures while exploring new strategies for partnerships with faculty.  Ryan’s research interests include applying ideas of embedded librarianship in the academic museum setting, the implications for special collections and libraries of her findings on college teaching in museums, and Brazilian Modernist art.

Betsaida Reyes, M.S.I.S. in Library and Information Services at the SUNY Albany

Betsaida M. Reyes is a graduating Masters student at University at Albany who found her passion while working as an assistant bibliographer for Latin American Studies.  That is when she discovered a perfect balance to her work in Spanish and her enthusiasm for the libraries.  Betsaida has an honorary dual BA in English and Spanish and a MA in Spanish Literature and Linguistics from University at Albany.  She started working at the University Library in her junior year as a student assistant in the acquisitions department.

Fueled by a productive tenure at University at Albany, Betsaida is inspired by any project involving Latin American studies.  Recent activities include volunteering at the Special Collections Department to digitize a collection of photographs taken in Mexico in 1950’s by the Jewish émigré Fritz Neugass. Betsaida is also an active participant of the “Librarian with a Latte” outreach program at the student center’s café. Initially the project was open mainly for Latin American studies students, but this semester it was expanded to the general student community.

In the past year, her work has focused on becoming a bibliographer for Latin American studies.  Given that information literacy instruction is a major part in the duties of a subject librarian, Betsaida spent many hours last semester observing information literacy classes.  This semester she has had the chance to teach several subject-based classes. Betsaida’s highlight of last year was the opportunity to attend the Feria Internacional del Libro (FIL) in Guadalajara, Mexico.  During her trip, she learned in great detail the art of collection development and current research trends.  Attending the FIL was also a great chance network with vendors and other bibliographers.

Betsaida is completing her MA in Information Science this Spring and looks forward to working with SALALM’s Communication Committee.  She has recently accepted a position at the University of Kansas as the Iberoamerican Librarian.

 

 

 

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