Tuesday April 25th 2017




‘Messages’ Archives

Congratulations to Roberto Delgadillo, Vice-President/President-Elect!

Message from the President                                                          

 Congratulations to Roberto Delgadillo, Vice-President/President-Elect!

Roberto makes all of us proud because of his ability and dedication to being a first-rate librarian.

Those of us who know him were not at all surprised by the description of his professionalism, dedication, and commitment to excellence, which was included in Roberto’s nomination to the I Love My Librarian Award.

His passion and love for knowledge, combined with his infectious sense of humor are not only motivational but also inspirational to his students, staff and colleagues at the University Library, UC Davis, where he works as the Social Sciences and Government Information Services Resources Manager.

He is able to make an otherwise difficult job relatively easier as he navigates and employs the logistics of the larger academic world through research, publishing and information seeking.

Roberto’s winning the I Love My Librarian Award is a testimony to his hard work, professional care and, above all, his remarkable approach to life.  His emphasis on the significance of mentorship, especially but not exclusively to the younger generations, is particularly meaningful to the human aspect of our profession as twenty-first century librarians.  As technology rapidly advances, there is an increasing tendency in library systems to undervalue the human factor.  Librarians like Roberto are viable reminders of the relevance of the human element in the current library world in which the rapid change in technology often overshadows the warmth of the personal face-to-face approach.

The SALALM organization congratulates you, Roberto, for your well-deserved award given by The Carnegie Corporation of New York / New York Times in recognition of your exceptional accomplishments as a university librarian.


We are proud of having such a remarkable friend and colleague in our midst.


Martha Mantilla
University of Pittsburgh

From the President: Key Issues Affecting our Profession

As the time for submitting proposals for SALALM 58 gets closer, I am getting excited about organizing the conference. I have received questions about proposals from colleagues in the United States and from some countries in Latin America such as Ecuador, Chile and Colombia. The messages that I have received make me think that we will have a nice variety of presentations related to the conference theme and also concerning key issues affecting our profession.

Reflecting on the latter issue, I read again David Block’s paper entitled: “Where We Are, Where May We Be Going, and What Can We Do There” published in the SALALM LIII proceedings. In this article written in 2008, David says “I am asking readers to consider the real possibility that in another five years neither librarians nor booksellers will be doing the work as it is now done.” Five years have passed and David’s article on the future of libraries in general and Latin American collections in particular reminds me of the great novel by García Marquez, Chronicle of a Death Foretold. As in García Marquez’s tale, the death of librarianship as we knew it is imminent and the whole community knows it.

Some of the key issues addressed in his thought-provoking article include “access vs. ownership.” On this issue David writes, “…I must reluctantly predict that the days of librarians at multiple libraries selecting copies of the same items and of booksellers selling the same item to multiple clients are numbered.” Indeed! As a matter of fact, the patron-driven acquisition and purchase-on-demand models are being tested and/or adopted in most of our library systems and consortia. On the issue of electronic vs. paper-based collections, David says, “Libraries will not be able to maintain their current hybrid existence. Simultaneous development of digital and paper-based collections and services will soon become unsustainable.”

Certainly! Most library administrators are strong supporters of e-collections for practical and financial reasons. For example, with electronic collections there is no processing, shelving, damage, loss, or physical handling of e-materials. E-book usage statistics can be measured in detail to assist in collection management decisions. E-books may be rented, loaned, owned, or accessible via subscription packages. Referring to the critical issue of the e- book in Latin America, David writes that the “…electronic book has proved something of an oxymoron, as readers have not accepted them and publishers are reluctant to produce them.” I wonder how much longer Latin American publishers will wait to embrace large productions of e-books.

As I start thinking of the organization of SALALM 58 I am reminded of David’s concluding remarks: “I hope that this session will catalyze a conversation and perhaps spawn a working group to examine the issues raised at this panel.” As David observes, “We really should not wait.”

I attended the panel entitled “What Do Libraries Want Now?: Identifying Book Dealer Services to Support New Workflows and Staffing Models.” The room was full of people and, at the end of the session, some of us – librarians and book vendors – looked perplexed, shocked and somewhat uncomfortable as if we had received an unwelcome wake-up call. Five years have passed and David’s assertions are as relevant and thought-provoking as ever before. Our meeting in Miami will allow us to devote time and energy to re-visit these and other important issues affecting our profession.

In addition to the theme of the conference, I am encouraging proposals for papers, panels and/or roundtables addressing the technological changes that are challenging how we work and provide services. SALALM 58 will also include screenings of movies and documentaries coordinated by Teresa Chapa. The committee meetings and affiliated groups will be given time to meet. We will also set aside time to approve the new SALALM Bylaws which are being revised by the Constitution and Bylaws Committee.

My intention is to schedule key meetings without the interference of other simultaneous events in order to facilitate the attendance of all participants. The SALALM conference in Miami will be a great opportunity for all of us to exchange experiences and ideas as well as to revisit and reinforce our common goals. Essentially, the events and activities planned for SALALM 58 will remind us that the statement that Dan C. Hazen wrote about SALALM (published in the World Encyclopedia of Library and Information Services) remains at the core of our organization.

Dan writes, “SALALM’s primary concern remains that which inspired its formation: to make necessary resources available to Latin American students and scholars throughout the world. Many of the materials essential for current scholarship remain elusive. The balance of forces in North American libraries and academic institutions likewise continues to change, as a result of both new technologies and political and intellectual dynamics. These shifting contexts will continue to challenge and stimulate SALALM.”

Warm regards to all,

Martha Mantilla
University of Pittsburgh


From the President

SALALM: A Big Extended Family

One of the reasons that SALALM is so unique is that we are like a big extended family.  When someone joins SALALM, she/he becomes a member of an extended family whose relatives are scattered all over Latin America, Europe, Canada and the United States.

When one of our members is ill or passes away, the whole family mourns.  Recently, two members of the SALALM family passed way: Howard Karno and tatiana de la tierra.  My personal connection with Howard Karno was somewhat sporadic and brief, mostly at SALALM receptions.  However, his warm and friendly presence together with his contagious laughter was always comforting and reassuring.   Our deep sentiments for this big loss are well expressed in David Block’s “Howard Karno – In Memoriam” post.

tatiana de la tierra.  Who will not remember her down-to-earth name and her affirming presence?  If you ever met tatiana once, you will never have forgetten her.  I met tatiana for the first time at the Buenos Aires book fair, where I learned that she was a compatriota bibliotecaria. However, she was much more than that.  She was an ingenious bi-cultural writer and activist, full of life. In her blog she described her own life as “a novel still being written.”   Adan Griego’s “Colombiana Salerosa – In memory of tatiana de la tierra” post, plus  her blog and this video on YouTube  gives tribute to the life of this remarkable multifaceted colombiana.

Another great loss for the SALALM family is Alan Moss.  Upon hearing of his passing, SALALM colleagues spoke of his camaraderie and described him as “a first-rate bibliographer with in-depth knowledge of publishing in the English-speaking Caribbean.”  These words were included in the “Alan Moss – In Memoriam” post written by Elizabeth F. Watson.

Ties Between Junior and Senior SALALM Members

Thinking about these losses made me reflect on the importance of the connection between junior and senior SALALM members.   Although we have always been proud of the strong ties between newer and older members of SALALM, I strongly believe that these ties need to be constantly nourished and strengthened.   Thus, I would like to make an explicit invitation to those members that have recently joined the organization to be active participants in SALALM.   Throughout the year, we might look for innovative ways of joining the talent and skills that new members are bringing to the organization with the experience and wisdom of senior members. At SALALM’s 58th conference we will include venues to strengthen junior-senior mentoring relationships.

The Theme for SALALM’s 58th Conference

Briefly, the general theme of the conference deals with the intersection of indigenism, pan-indigenism, and cosmovisionism within the context of indigenous studies in the Americas. We are interested in the exploration of indigenous peoples’ thought and action prior to, during, and after colonization.  We will attempt to approach this from indigenous peoples’ perspective.   The title of the conference, the description of the theme and the deadline for submissions can be found on the SALALM conference website.

The Venue

We are very fortunate to have been invited by the University of Miami Libraries and Florida International University Libraries to have the 2013 conference in Coral Gables.  I traveled to Miami in August, visited The Westin Colonnade Hotel, and met some members of the host institutions. I was amazed to learn about the rich history of this beautiful multicultural city. I also had the opportunity to see some of the unique collections held in the host institutions.  We will find ways to highlight some of these collections at the 58th SALALM conference in Miami.

New SALALM Officers

Congratulations to the newly elected SLALAM Officers, President-Elect Roberto Delgadillo and the Members at Large Paloma Celis-Carvajal and Daisy Dominguez.  I would like to thank Roberto Delgadillo for his invaluable six-year service as the Rapporteur General.  We welcome Suzanne Schadl  and  Craig Schroer who agreed to share the responsibilities of Rapporteur General.

Saludos para tod@s y mis deseos por un exitoso año académico,

Martha E. Mantilla
University of Pittsburgh

From the Secretariat

It was great to see everyone in Trinidad and, once again, many thanks to our hosts for a wonderful conference.  Below is a summary of the Secretariat report presented at the meeting, as well as some recent updates.

1.  Membership numbers:  A few more new members have been added since last month bringing the total to 309 members.  Below is the breakdown.

208 total personal members:  18 New Personal Members; 2 Emeritus; 16 Students; 14 Honorary.  101 institutional members, including 23 sponsoring members.  Membership numbers have remained roughly the same since the close of fiscal year 2011.

2.  Publication sales:  We sold 23 publications for a total of $1,015.

3.  In the past few months, all the working Secretariat electronic files have been migrated to Active Directory, a file sharing and management software implemented at Tulane that allows for greater security by saving files to an offsite server.  Carol and I have access to all files.  We can also work on them remotely.  The organization’s documents are safe in case of any emergency, but let’s hope those hurricanes stay far away.  Please note that the SALALM archives are not at Tulane but at Texas.  The only documents we have are those generated in New Orleans since 2006.

4.  Promotional:

  • The Latin American Library’s Open House was held on September 16, 2011.  We had a SALALM table and sold 1 publication.
  • I traveled to the Buenos Aires Book Fair April 12-21 invited by the Book Fair to discuss their wish to host SALALM in 2015.  I met with Alberto Hughetti, María Teresa Carbano, President and Vice-President, respecitvely of the Comisión de Profesionales de la Fundación El Libro.  I also met with Gabriela Adamo, Executive Director of the Book Fair. I presented their preliminary expression of interest to host SALALM in Buenos Aires in 2015 at Executive Board in Trinidad.  Their idea is that the SALALM conference take place BEFORE the beginning of the Book Fair so there is no competition for our book dealers.  SALALM would meet as we normally do in the days BEFORE the Book Fair opens, with the idea that some or most would stay for the Fair immediately following the conference.  Executive Board and other colleagues were pleased with the idea and it was decided that I continue to pursue the invitation with Buenos Aires.
  • On May 13, I spoke and promoted SALALM at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Orchestra Librarians.  For further details, see my email to LALA-L from June 8th.

7.  Memorial contributions:  We are working with the family of Alan Moss to send a donation in his memory to the Barbados Cancer Society.  We are also in touch with the Karno family to send a donation in memory of Howard.  How sad that we have lost two cherished book dealers and colleagues within the space of a few months.

8.  Carol and I revised and updated all of our contacts for institutional membership to finally move away from most paper-based communications and avoid lapsed memberships.

9.  Adapting to new workflows:  There has been a learning curve on Carol’s part as we have added online payment of membership, conference & webinar registration via Paypal.   But on the whole she feels the positives outweigh the negatives.

10.  Last but by no means least:  We now have two conference venues locked up through 2014.

MIAMI in 2013  The University of Miami and Florida International University host SALALM LVIII in Miami May 17-May 22, 2013 at the Hotel Westin Colonnade Coral Gables (webpage for SALALM registration: https://www.starwoodmeeting.com/StarGroupsWeb/booking/reservation?id=1206201794&key=2B297)  Local Arrangements:  Meiyolet Méndez and Gayle Williams.
SALT LAKE CITY in 2014.  Brigham Young University is the host for SALALM LIX, dates to be announced.  The Hotel is the Radisson Salt Lake City Hotel Downtown  http://www.radisson.com/salt-lake-city-hotel-ut-84101/utsaltlkLocal Arrangements:  John Wright

Hortensia Calvo

Executive Secretary


From the President: Trinidad & Tobago Visit

I just returned from a quick visit to Port of Spain. The hotel is wonderful, with views of the mountains and city on all sides. Best of all, the Trinidadians (“Trinis”) are great hosts. It promises to be another great conference, and we are in very good hands.

I visited NALIS (the National Library), in downtown Port of Spain, where the Host Reception will be held on Monday, June 17th. The University of the West Indies campus and library are located in St. Augustine, a few miles outside of the city, and tours of the Alma Jordan Library will be offered. I visited the West Indiana collection and the Eric Williams special collection, and it’s worth a trip!

Weather: rain, clouds, sun, hot– fairly unpredictable! So come prepared. You won’t be cold!


Lynn Shirey
Harvard University


From the President: Conference Schedule News

Some of you know that I had planned to visit Trinidad last week, and hoped to report back with fresh conference news. Unfortunately, my flight (Boston-New York) was cancelled and I never made it! I hope to reschedule very soon.

Meanwhile, preparations for our conference are well advanced, and I’d like to share the following scheduling information with you. Almost all committee meetings will take place on Saturday, June 16, with the exception of the second meetings of the Executive Board and Finance. Panels will run from Sunday through midday on Tuesday, and E-SALALM, Town Hall, Business and Executive Board 2 will take place in the afternoon. We don’t expect to end until about 5:30 on Tuesday, so please plan on attending the entire day if you are on the Board.

As you know, SALALM will take place over 4 days this year, instead of the traditional 5. This change was made to address concerns about the cost of attending SALALM in recent years, and as an experiment in a (somewhat) new format. In order to accommodate this shorter timeframe I have asked the following groups and committees to meet either virtually or off-schedule (at meals, for example): LANE, MOLLAS, LASER and CALAFIA; Nominating, Medina and Cuban Bibliography. Official Publications is not meeting this year due to lack of membership in recent years; and Gifts and Exchange is being considered for permanent cancellation due to lack of activity.

In addition, I have eliminated the following Substantive Committee meetings this year: Acquisitions, Access and Bibliography, and Library Operations and Services. These meetings have (in recent years at least) served only to collect reports from their respective subcommittees. Those reports can be submitted privately to the Chairs, who then report to the Executive Board. So please note: chairs of Library/Bookdealer/Publisher Relations, Serials, and Marginalized Peoples should submit reports to the Chair of Acquisitions before the end of the meeting; Chairs of Cuban Bibliography and Electronic Resources should report to the Chair of Access and Bibliography; and Chairs of Audio-Visual, Bibliographic Instruction, Cataloging, and Reference should report to the Chair of Library Operations and Services.

The Libreros’ Reception will be held on Sunday evening; and the Host Reception at UWI on Monday evening.

Changes have been made on our website (thanks Melissa and Daisy!) so that the conference website is now linked to from the photograph of the UWI Trinidad on the main page. I hope that this will improve visibility. Please check the page for schedule updates, which will be posted regularly.

Lynn Shirey

Harvard University

From the Secretariat

                November and December is usually downtime at the Secretariat, the calm before the storm, as preparations for the conference begin in full swing after the New Year.   And now, as we approach mid-February and head into Carnival season here in New Orleans, we are about to begin the registration process for the conference in Trinidad.  This year, for the first time, online registration is made possible via Paypal on the conference web site, in addition to traditional forms of payment.  Many thanks to Carol Avila and Melissa Gasparotto for setting this up.  Elmelinda and Lynn have been very busy planning a great event, and we are all looking forward to June in Trinidad.   

Personal and institutional membership renewals for the current year continue to trickle in.  Carol and I have continued to examine the issue of lapsed memberships, especially for institutional members, and we will have a report in a couple of weeks.

                Aside from collecting dues and gearing up for the June conference, the Secretariat mailed out posters to various library schools in the U.S. and Canada on behalf of the Scholarship Committee chaired by Peter Johnson.   The program has been highly successful.  The committee already selected two awardees in the fall.  The new information we mailed out announced another round of fellowships in the spring, and applications have been arriving steadily.

                I’m also very happy to report that some of our backlogged publications are finally out and in the mail.  The SALALM 53 Papers, Encounter, Engagement and Exchange:  How Native Populations of the Americas Transformed the World, from the meeting held in New Orleans in the spring of 2003, came out last week.  Also, in December we sent out volume 57 of the Bibliography Series, Bibliography of Latin American and Caribbean Bibliographies. Annual Report, 2004/2005-2005/2006 by Gayle Williams.  Congratulations to John Wright and Gayle for their publications, but also to our Chair of Editorial Committee, Orchid Mazurkiewicz, for shepherding these projects through.

Hortensia Calvo

Executive Secretary

Presidental Message

December 1, 2011

SALALMistas have been active travelers in the past few months: the LIBER book fair in Madrid was attended by several of our members, and even more attended (FIL) in Guadalajara. Our colleagues Michaela Chavez Villa (Colegio de México) and Adán Griego (Stanford) were among 25 librarians from Mexico and the United States honored for their contributions to FIL over the past 25 years.

LANE (Latin America North East) met recently at NYU’s Bobst Library for a productive meeting. Of special interest was a presentation given by Bobray Bordelon of Princeton on Latin American and Caribbean Data Resources. A few intrepid lanistas visited the Occupy Wall Street library after hours, and narrowly missed being caught up in the eviction later that night!

Plans are also underway for electronic elections for SALALM officers, thanks to Ana María Cobos, Stephanie Miles and Jesús Alonso-Rodríguez of the Nominating Committee.

Conference News:

Many thanks to those of you who have proposed papers for our upcoming SALALM Conference dedicated to Popular Culture: Arts and Social Change in Latin America and the Caribbean. Please continue to send me your ideas and to spread the word to interested colleagues, especially those in Latin America.

Planning for SALALM LXVII in Trinidad & Tobago is underway, and the Conference website will be available very soon. In the meantime, and since I have received several requests for information about costs and transportation from members who need to make their travel funding requests early, I will give you a sneak preview:

Hilton Trinidad and Conference Centre (June 16-19)

Rooms have been reserved for participants at a special rate of US$129.00 (single) and US$139.00 (double occupancy) plus 10% service charge and 11.50% tax. Room rates are inclusive of breakfast and internet access.


Travel arrangements should be made as soon a possible to take advantage of lower fares. June 19 is Labour Day, a public holiday in Trinidad and Tobago which may be a busy travel period. Trinidad and Tobago’s, main airport, Piarco International Airport is served by a number of airlines, from destinations in the Caribbean, Canada, Central America, South America, Europe and The United States.

Please consider organizing a panel or a single paper for the Conference!

Felices fiestas,

Lynn Shirey
Harvard University

From the Secretariat

There are so many initiatives and new projects happening within the organization, it’s hard to keep track!  For one, we have this brand new enhanced website, thanks to the Communications Committee: Alison, Orchid, Daisy and Melissa.  It looks & feels great, and it is a much more accurate reflection of the dynamism, varied interests, and engagement of our members.   Kudos to all who continue to work so hard on the site.  It is also exciting that the call for applications to the new SALALM library student fellowship is underway and applications are beginning to arrive.

At the Secretariat, we are in the midst of a campaign to update our membership payment records, especially for institutional memberships.   Messages to personal members seeking their help to update contacts and other information at their institutions were sent out three weeks ago, and we have already begun to identify some problem areas.  Thanks to all who have responded promptly.  I suspect we’ll be able to increase the number of sponsoring memberships as a direct result of this process.   We will report back on the results.  Membership renewals (personal and institutional) have started to trickle in, but it is still too early to report any figures.  As of August 31, the end of fiscal year 2011, we had 213 personal members and 92 institutional members, including 17 sponsoring members, for a total of 305 members.  These figures are significantly down from 2009-2010 when we closed with 347 members (241 personal; 106 institutional, including 17 sponsoring).  This year, for the first time, we are handling online payments through Paypal, along with check and credit card payments.  It’s now much easier and quicker to renew, so don’t delay your renewal!

Hortensia Calvo

Executive Secretary

Presidential Message October 2011

Dear SALALM members:

I would like to thank Daisy Dominguez and Melissa Gasparotto for all their work on the new SALALM website! As you know, the SALALM Newsletter has been incorporated into the site, and will no longer be published in print form. Several questions remain about content, advertising and updating of the site; these will be addressed throughout the year and at our next meeting. Please contact Daisy or Melissa if you notice any errors or omissions.

Planning is underway for the 57th annual meeting in Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago. As I hope all you know by now, we will meet June 16-19, 2012, and our theme will be Popular Culture: Arts and Social Change. Please see the complete description on the Conference section of this website. I look forward to your proposed papers, panels and presentations. I am also counting on your assistance in advertising the conference with colleagues at your institutions in the U.S. and elsewhere.

I am happy to report that the University of Miami and Florida International University have issued a joint invitation to SALALM for the 58th annual SALALM meeting in 2013. The Executive Committee has accepted this invitation on a provisional basis, pending the vote of the full Executive Board next June. We are very grateful to be able to rely on this early offer, which will aid considerably with future planning!

Please note that a new SALALM Scholarship has been established “to encourage professional and leadership development in Latin American and Caribbean Studies librarianship.” It is intended for master’s candidates in information or archival studies programs in the US. $1000 will be awarded annually, commencing in December 2011. The award will include a one-year SALALM membership. Please see the application on this website, and share it widely with colleagues in your area.

Lynn Shirey
Harvard University

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