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The Policy, Research & Investigation Committee (PRI) held its annual meeting on Friday, May 17, 2013, 10-11 am. Attending the meeting were PRI members Cecilia Sercán, John B. Wright, Gayle Williams and Ellen Jaramillo (chair). Member Mark Grover arrived the following day and checked in with the Committee. We were delighted to have 12 additional conference attendees join the meeting, and explained to them the purpose of PRI, to serve as a “committee on committees,” advising the Executive Board with respect to the structure and formation of committees and assignment of committee responsibilities appropriate to SALALM goals, and encouraged them to join PRI.

PRI members wondered whether ISiS (Iberian Studies in SALALM) and ALZAR (Academic Latina/o Zone of Activism & Research) might find it better serves their needs if their groups would move from the status of “affiliated” or topical group to become Subcommittees. ISiS member Miguel Valladares was in attendance and said he would ask their membership. The idea was also introduced at the first Executive Board meeting on Saturday afternoon. There was no further action.

The Committee agreed that the deadline for receiving resolutions from the membership would be Monday, May 20, 2013, at 5:45 pm (before the Host Institutions’ Reception), and resolutions could be given to any PRI member. [This was announced at the Opening Session on Sunday morning, and members identified themselves.] The meeting was adjourned.

PRI met again on Tuesday, May 21, 2013, and discussed a resolution received from Peter T. Johnson, who proposed that the SALALM Scholarship Taskforce become the Subcommittee for the SALALM Scholarship, within the Membership Committee. Documentation on the purpose and activities of this proposed subcommittee has been crafted and will be sent to PRI. The documentation will be incorporated into the ongoing updating of the Operations Handbook. This resolution was presented at the Town Hall meeting on Wednesday, was seconded, and approved by the SALALM membership. PRI also drafted the following resolutions, which were presented at the resolutions at the Town Hall meeting on Wednesday; they were seconded, and approved by the SALALM membership.


At the 58th Seminar on the Acquisition of Latin American Library Materials, meeting in Coral Gables, Florida, May 17-22, 2013, be it resolved that SALALM thank:

our Academic Sponsors:

Florida International University Libraries, University of Miami Libraries, University of Pittsburgh University Library System, Center for Latin American Studies, University of Miami, and the Latin American and Caribbean Center at Florida International University.

our Coffee Break Sponsors:

Casalini Libri, e-Libro, Gale Cengage Learning, Libros Andinos, Retta Libros, and Susan Bach Books.

our Libreros’ Reception Sponsors:

Books & Books, Books from Mexico, Casalini Libri, E. Iturriaga & Cia., Esteva Servicios Bibliotecarios, Gale Cengage Learning,

Gavilanes Books from Indoamerica, Grupo Editorial Nacional, HBbooks Chile, Howard Karno Books, Inc.,

Iberoamericana Editorial Vervuert, The Latin American Book Store, Librería García Cambeiro, Librería Linardi y Risso,

Libros Andinos, Libros Argentinos para Todo el Mundo, Libros Centroamericanos Inc., Libros de Barlovento,

Libros Latinos, Libros Peruanos S.A., Literatura de Vientos Tropicales, MJSE: Libros de Todo México,

Puvill Libros Spain, México & Portugal, Retta Libros, and Sonia Silva Comércio de Livros.

SALALM extends special thanks to the Local Arrangements Team: Meiyolet Méndez and Gayle Williams.

The following individuals generously contributed to the organization of this conference:

Carol Ávila, SALALM Secretariat, the staff and volunteers from the University of Miami and Florida International University, Laurie Cohen from the University of Pittsburgh, Manomano Mukungurutse from Duquesne University, and the many Local Arrangements Volunteers from University of Miami Libraries and from Florida International University Libraries (including SALALM’s own Lesbia Varona and Tim Thompson).

Friday, May 17, 2013, 2:00-3:00pm
Miami, Florida
Chair: Sarah Buck Kachaluba (Florida State University)
Minutes taken by: Emma Marschall (Tulane University)

In Attendance: Sarah A. Buck Kachaluba (Florida State University), Cecilia Sercan (Cornell University), Michael Scott (Georgetown University), Philip MacLeod (Emory University), Emma Marschall (Tulane University), Laura Shedenhelm (University of Georgia), Lisa Gardinier (University of Iowa), Hortensia Calvo (Tulane University), David Woken (University of Oregon), Chris Hernandez (Tulane University), Socrates Silva (University of California Santa Barbara), Gayle Wiliams (Florida International University), Melissa Guy (Arizona State University), Margarita Vanini (IHNCA/UCA, Nicaragua), Antonio Sotomayor (University of Illinois), Peter Altekrueger (IAI Berlin), and Christoph Müller (IAI Berlin) [17 people]

1. Sarah Buck Kachaluba asked for volunteers to replace her as chair of the committee. No one came forward so she asked those present to think about it and please contact her.

3. Sarah Buck Kachaluba gave a very brief report on collection statistics gathering for the past year. Eighteen people/institutions reported. The statistics are done but have not been submitted. Sarah will get them on the website ASAP.

4. General Introductions

5. Melissa Guy, Gayle Williams, and Sarah Buck Kachaluba facilitated a discussion and brainstorming session on how to approach and organize a book on Collecting Latin America. Some key questions discussed were:

  • What would make this publication unique and worthwhile to an academic or other publisher?
  • How could it be structured? Focus on the relevance of Latin American collections today and divide by subjects, or by institutions/collections? One approach is to have sections with thematic/theoretical overviews followed by case studies of individual examples. Possible sections include an Introduction to Latin American Collections and the Field of Latin American Studies, Collecting and Collection Development for Latin Americana, Access to Latin American materials in libraries, and Special Latin American Collections.
  • Who is the intended audience? Possible answers include library administrators, Latin Americanist librarians, Latin Americanist faculty members, and prospective Latin Americanist librarians.

All SALALMistas are encouraged to send ideas to Sarah Buck Kachaluba, Melissa Guy, Gayle Williams, and Daisy Domínguez by July 10th.

Sarah, Melissa, Gayle, and Daisy will synthesize this information and resend to the committee and anyone else who participates for approval.