Saturday February 6th 2016

José Toribio Medina Award

Established by the SALALM Executive Board at SALALM XXVI, 1981 (New Orleans, LA)

1982-1992 compiled by Rebeka Martin under the direction of Jane Garner

1993 – compiled by Jane Garner

At SALALM XXVI, the SALALM Executive Board established the José Toribio Medina Award, to be made annually, if merited, in recognition of outstanding contributions by SALALM members to Latin American Studies. An award may be given for a monographic publication in each of the areas of bibliography and reference. The purpose of the program is to encourage and acknowledge truly superior accomplishments in research and scholarship . An awards panel, comprised of the previous three winners, reviews nominations and submissions, and recommends a recipient to the Editorial Board. Nominations and applications are solicited via the December Newsletter, and lala-l, and are due two months prior to the upcoming annual meeting.

The award may be granted to a distinguished monograph, published, or accepted for publication, within the three years immediately preceding the closing date for nominations. The awards panel looks for outstanding bibliographies, reference works, and sources which facilitate access to research or contribute to the understanding, use, or development of Latin American collections. Reprints, translations, or re-editions are not eligible. Selection is based on scholarship, style, and the importance of the contribution. The award, in the form of a certificate and honorarium of $250, is presented at SALALM’s annual meeting. Nominations and applications are submitted to Chair of the Jose Toribio Medina Award Panel. To be eligible for the award, an author must be a member in good standing of SALALM, and also have been a member in the previous membership year.

If requested to do so by the awards panel, authors are responsible for providing one copy of the work to the review committee. Such copies will be returned when the selection process has been completed.


Criteria for Nomination

José Toribio Medina Award Criteria for Nomination

formulated, January 1988

(updated, October 1994)

One prize may be offered each year for a noteworthy publication.

All types of research will be considered as long as the work adds to the body of knowledge about or provides access to Latin American library materials, Latin American libraries and librarianship, or the Latin American book trade. Format is not a criterion: online databases, electronically published works, films, and other non-print materials will be considered as well as published books and journal articles.

The Award is given only to SALALM members. In order to be eligible, the nominated individual must have been a member of SALALM for three consecutive years, including the year of publication of his/her work. Thus, an individual who joined SALALM in 1994 would not be eligible to receive an award until 1997. A note will be sent to all nominees informing them of this rule.

Nominated entries will be eligible for consideration for three years following their date of publication. A book published in 1992, for instance, would be eligible for an award through 1995. Publications that do not receive the Award the first year they are nominated will be reentered automatically into the competition the next year until the three-year limit expires. A form letter to this effect will be sent to the author(s)/editor(s) of all nominated works.

Translations and republications are not eligible. Second editions will be judged on the amount of new material incorporated.

The following criteria will be used by the Committee to select the award-winning work:

  • Aid to scholars/researchers (How helpful will this be to the scholar or researcher? What type of need does it fulfill?)
  • Authority (Authorship, auspices, antecedents)
  • Scope (Purpose, coverage, recency)
  • Arrangement (Sequence, indexing, ease of consultation)
  • Format (Physical make-up, illustrations)
  • Special features (Distinction)
  • Originality of effort (How original is the work? Is this covering the same ground of other publications? If not, what makes it different?)
  • Comprehension of topic (Does the author/compiler demonstrate that he/she understands the subject? Is there an introductory essay that establishes the field so that a novice could grasp the scope and importance of the topic being treated?)
  • Balance (The proportions of the work reflect the proportions of the field; for example, a biographical dictionary of Mexico would devote more space to Porfirio Díaz than to Enrique Gómez Gil.)
  • Annotations are critical rather than merely descriptive.
  • Audience (How widely will this book be used?)

It is the panelists’ obligation to seek out worthy, eligible titles, not to rely exclusively on outside nominations. It is also the responsibility of the panel chair to publicize the award-winning work and to pass on to his/her successor all eligible nominated entries that were not awarded the prize.

Past Winners of the José Toribio Medina Award

1982, XXVII, Washington, D.C.
Barbara Valk
HAPI, Hispanic American Periodical Index (Los Angeles: UCLA Latin American Center Publications, University of California, 1976- )

1983, XXVIII, Costa Rica
Dolores Moyano Martin
Handbook of Latin American Studies (Gainesville: University of Florida Press, 1935- )
Sara de Mundo Lo
Index to Spanish American Collective Biography (Boston: G.K. Hall, 1981- )

1984, XXIX, Chapel Hill
Robin M. Price
An Annotated Catalogue of Medical Americana in the Library of the Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine: Books and Printed Documents, 1557-1821, from Latin America and the Caribbean Islands and Manuscripts from the Americas, 1575-1927 (London: The Institute, 1983)

1985, XXX, Princeton
Werner Guttentag
Bio-bibliografía boliviana (Cochabamba: Los Amigos del Libro, 1975- )
Paula Covington
Indexed Journals: a Guide to Latin American Serials (Madison, WI: Seminar on the Acquisition of Latin American Library Materials, Memorial Library, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1983.

1986, XXXI, Berlin
Alma Jordan and Barbara Comissiong
The English-speaking Caribbean: A Bibliography of Bibliographies Boston: G.K. Hall, 1984)

1987, XXXII, Miami
Nelly González and Margaret E. Fau
Bibliographic Guide to Gabriel García Márquez, 1979-1985 (Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1986)

1988, XXXIII, Berkeley
George F. Elmendorf
Nicaraguan National Bibliography, 1800-1978 (Redlands: Latin American Bibliographic Foundation, 1987)

1989, XXXIV, Charlottesville
Barbara Valk
Borderline: A Bibliography of the United States-Mexico Borderlands (Los Angeles: UCLA Latin American Center Publications, 1988)

1990, XXXV, Rio de Janeiro
Martha Davidson
Picture Collections, Mexico: A Guide to Picture Sources in the United Mexican States (Metuchen: Scarecrow Press, 1988)
Lionel V. Loroña
A Bibliography of Latin American Bibliographies, 1980-1984: Social Sciences and Humanities (Metuchen: Scarecrow Press, 1987)

1991, XXXVI, San Diego
Carole Travis
A Guide to Latin American and Caribbean Census Material: A Bibliography and Union List (London: British Library, 1990)

1992, XXXVII, Austin
Robert A. McNeil and Barbara G. Valk
Latin American Studies: A Basic Guide to Sources (2d ed., revised and enlarged; Metuchen, New Jersey and London: Scarecrow Press, 1990)

1993, XXXVIII, Guadalajara
Paula A. Covington
Latin America and the Caribbean: A Critical Guide to Research Sources (New York: Greenwood Press, 1992)

1994, XXXIX, Salt Lake City
C. Jared Loewenstein
A Descriptive Catalogue of the Jorge Luis Borges Collection in the University of Virginia Library (Charlottesville, VA: University Press of Virginia, 1993)

1995, XL, Athens, GA
Nelly S. González
Bibliographic Guide to Gabriel García Márquez, 1986-1992 (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1994).

1996, XLI, New York
Library of Congress, Hispanic Division
Handbook of Latin American Studies Compact Disk (Austin: University of Texas Press, 1995).

1997, XLII, Rockville, MD
Barbara Tennenbaum
Encyclopedia of Latin American History and Culture (New York: C Scribner’s Sons, 1996).

1998, XLIII, San Juan, PR
Peter A. Stern
Sendero Luminoso:an annotated bibliography of the Shining Path guerrilla movement, 1980-1993 (Albuquerque, NM: SALALM, 1995)

1999 XLIV, Nashville, TN
Cecilia Puerto
Latin American Women Artists, Kahlo and Look Who Else: a selective, annotated bibliography (Westport, CN: Greenwood Press, 1996).

2000 XLV, Long Beach, CA
Eileen Oliver
Afro-Brazilian Religions: A Selective Bibliography 1990-1997 (Austin, TX.: SALALM Secretariat, Benson Latin American Collection. The University of Texas at Austin, 1998).

2001 XLVI, Tempe, AZ
Iliana Sonntag Blay
Twentieth Century Poetry from Spanish America: An Index to Spanish Language and Bilingual Anthologies (Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press, 1998).

2002 XLVII, Ithaca, NY
Gayle Williams
Index Guide to Latin American Journals (Austin, TX: SALALM Secretariat, Benson Latin American Collection. The University of Texas at Austin, 1999).

2003 XLVIII, Cartagena, Colombia
Victor Torres
Narradores puertorriqueños del ’70: guía biobibliográfica (San Juan, PR: Editorial Plaza Mayor, 2001)

2004 XLIX, Ann Arbor, MI
Tony A. Harvell
Latin American Dramatists since 1945: a bio-bibliographical guide (Westport, CN: Praeger, 2003)

2005 L, Gainesville, FL
Ana María Cobos
Latin American Studies: an annotated bibliography of core works (Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2002)

2006 LI, Santo Domingo, DR
Richard D. Woods
Autobiographical Writings on Mexico: an annotated bibliography of primary sources (Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2005)

2007 LII, Albuquerque, NM
Víctor Julián Cid Carmona
Repertorio de impresos mexicanos en la Biblioteca Nacional de España, siglos XVI-XVII (Mexico, D.F.: El Colegio de México, 2004)

2009 LIV, Berlin, Germany
Víctor Federico Torres
Diccionario de Autores puertorriqueños contemporáneos (San Juan, P.R.: Editorial Plaza Mayor, 2009)

2012 LVII Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
Molly Molloy
Frontera List for Mexico and Border News.  (2009-current)

2014 LIX, Salt Lake City, Utah
Sarah Aponte
Autores dominicanos de la diáspora: apuntes bio-bibliográficos (1902-2012) co-authored with Franklin Gutiérrez. (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic: Biblioteca Nacional Pedro Henríquez Ureña, 2013)

2015 LX, Princeton, NJ
Suzanne Schadl
Schadl, Suzanne M., and Marina Todeschini. “Cite Globally, Analyze Locally: Citation Analysis from a Local Latin American Studies Perspective.” College & Research Libraries (2014): crl13-442.