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Meet the 2016 SALALM Conference Scholarship Winners: Emma Whittington

Portrait of Emma Whittington

Emma Whittington is a dual-degree master’s candidate at the University of Texas, where she studies at both the School of Information and the Lozano Long Institute for Latin American Studies. She is in her second semester of the program and plans to concentrate in Archival Studies. She also works as a Circulation Student Assistant at the Benson Latin American Collection.

Emma received her bachelor’s degree in Comparative Literature from the University of Virginia, where she completed an honor’s thesis about the publication history of Borges’s Ficciones. After graduating in 2012, she worked for the Rare Book School at UVa before spending a year living and working in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Her research interests include postcustodial archives, collection development, and the bibliotecas obreras of Argentina.

Welcome, new members!

Taylor_LaurieLaurie Taylor is the Digital Scholarship Librarian at the University of Florida. Her work focuses on socio-technical (people, policies, technologies, communities) supports for scholarly cyberinfrastructure. She serves as the co-convenor of the UF campus-wide Digital Humanities Working Group, on the board for the UF DH Graduate Certificate, and Digital Scholarship Director for the international collaborative Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC). Click here to visit her website.

Jennifer Gibson is an Assistant Librarian at State University of New York at Cortland, mostly doing reference and instruction.  She also tutors young people in ESL through the Migrant Education program out of the same college.  Her background is in fine arts, and in addition to being a librarian and tutor she loves to illustrate stories. You can view her work here.

SALALMistas in print

SovereignColony_BookCoverAntonio Sotomayor, PhD. Assistant Professor, Historian, and Librarian of Latin American and Caribbean Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign recently published The Sovereign Colony: Olympic Sport, National Identity, and International Politics in Puerto Rico in the University of Nebraska Press.





Sarah A. Buck Kachaluba, PhD. Latin American Studies and Iberian Languages and Literatures Librarian at the University of California, San Diego, and Aaron Dziubinskyj  edited and translated Eugenia A Fictional Sketch of Future Customs A Critical Edition in the University of Wisconsin Press.

In Memoriam: Dan C. Hazen

Dan was a leader in SALALM and worked tirelessly in many of our activities, but he chose library cooperation as his particular focus. He was a member of the original Committee on National Level Cooperation, prepared the Latin American Conspectus, and helped lay the groundwork for what became the Latin American Research Resources Project. His interest in collaboration extended beyond national boundaries: he administered the Lampadia Foundation’s efforts in support of Latin American research institutions. Dan also labored mightily with the Program for Latin American Libraries and Archives (PLALA) which supported (through a Mellon grant) many Latin American institutions dedicated to preservation and access for cultural heritage materials.

Dan published widely. He spun articles on Peruvian education out of his PhD dissertation, wrote the “SALALM” entry in the World Encyclopedia of Library and Information Science and “HLAS@Fifty,” which recognized that resource’s many contributions to scholarship. He served as co-editor of Latin America and the Caribbean: A Critical Guide to Research Sources, an initiative promoted by SALALM and co-edited Building Area Studies Collections. More recently, his publications have studied the implications of digital technology on research collections.

Dan was a vigorous advocate for Latin American collections and collaborations throughout his careers at UC Berkeley, Cornell and Harvard. He served on SALALM’s Executive Board and as President in 1984-1985. He hosted SALALM at UC Berkeley, and organized and participated in many of its programs and panels over the years. In 2005 Dan gave up the day-to-day management of Latin American collections to become Harvard’s Associate Librarian for Collections. Even as he turned his attention to administration, Dan could never quite wash SALALM out of his hair.

We, therefore, find ourselves deeply indebted to Dan Hazen for his efforts to build and maintain libraries and archival collections both in the United States and in Latin America, his tireless support of collaboration among institutions, his unflagging energy, and the optimism and upbeat attitude he brought to his work. Finally, we value the person he was: a true colleague, and a warm and supportive friend.

A fellowship has been established in his honor, the Dan C. Hazen SALALM Fellowship, to support original scholarly research or professional development pertaining to Latin America, the Caribbean and Iberia.

Welcome, new members!

Matthew_Hill_BYUMatthew JK Hill has recently been appointed as the Latin American and Iberian Area Studies librarian at the Harold B. Lee Library at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. He completed both his BA and MA at BYU, the former in Spanish Translation and Latin American Studies and the latter in Spanish American Literature with a thesis on indigenismo in Mexican Golden Age Cinema.  He graduated in 2015 with his PhD in Hispanic American Literature from the University of Texas at Austin with the dissertation, “Intercolonial Currents: Printing Press and Book Circulation in the Spanish Philippines, 1571-1821.”  Professionally, he specializes in Colonial Latin American literature, history, and culture and enjoys working in archives and reading/researching/writing about the Spanish Colonial period in Mexico and the Philippines, as well as Colonial Brazil.

William L. Robboy has been a librarian at the Library of Congress since 2003.  Since 2009 he has worked in the Mexico, Central America and Caribbean Section of the Acquisitions and Bibliographic Access Directorate.  His current duties include cataloging of printed monographs and acquisition of Caribbean materials.  He has an MILS from the University of Michigan School of Information and an MA in linguistics from the University of California, San Diego.

Lisa Cruces Awarded IMLS-RBS Fellowship

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Lisa Cruces, Hispanic Collections archivist at the University of Houston Libraries Special Collections, has been awarded an Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Rare Book School (RBS) Fellowship for Early-Career Librarians. Read the full story here.

SALALM Member Micaela Chávez Villa Receives Award

El Consejo Nacional para Asuntos Bibliotecarios de las Instituciones de Educación Superior, A.C. (Conpab) entregará el día de mañana, jueves 3 de diciembre, la Medalla al Mérito Bibliotecario “Roberto Gordillo” 2015 a la Mtra. Micaela Chávez Villa, directora de nuestra Biblioteca. El evento se llevará a cabo en el marco de la Feria Internacional del Libro de Guadalajara. La Biblioteca Daniel Cosío Villegas se congratula por esta distinción que recibirá la Mtra. Chávez.

2016 Conference Theme Announced



“Nuestro norte es el sur”: Mapping Resistance and Resilience in Latin American, Caribbean, and Iberian studies


May 9-13, 2016

University of Virginia

Charlottesville, Virginia


The Latin American, Caribbean, and Iberian regions have long been witness to great acts of resistance and resilience: from colonial heritage to democratization of the regions, the historical record is replete with widespread protests of abuses inflicted by the state and non-state actors, yet their open veins have not bled out. Many of the issues at stake in the resiliency of the regions are particularly visible in the context of globalization: from overlapping matters of ethnic and national identities in the cultural or political sphere, to neocolonialism in the economic sphere and gross imbalances of political power in the social sphere. SALALM 61’s theme will focus on the many ways in which individuals, organizations, institutions are facing globalizing trends in social, political, environmental and academic realms. Latin American, Caribbean, and Iberian Studies have proven resilient as a multi- and inter-disciplinary field, resisting direct assaults on its integrity by adapting and innovating. At stake in the resiliency of this field of area studies are matters of hegemony in North-South power dynamics, the rise of global and interdisciplinary studies, as well as the impact of the digital age on scholarship. In this framework, and borrowing from Joaquín Torres García, the title of the conference “Nuestro norte es el sur” is an invitation to consider and question the privileged position of the Global North in the academic discourse of the area, especially as that discourse engages with other disciplines against the background of global studies.

An examination of these topics can be framed in more specific terms by our recent professional endeavors as Latin American Studies librarians. Discussion at the Future of Area Studies Librarianship Workshop held at Indiana University in October 2013 addressed the fact that the focus on globalization in higher education requires a deep and broad understanding of all cultures and societies, which translates in a greater demand for international resources. What is the impact on globalized campuses and how will this fact influence the support for area and international collections and services?

This five-day conference will include three days of panel presentations, preceded by two days of round tables alongside our traditional business meetings. The round tables will provide a forum to continue the dialog of the workshop aforementioned and the round table “The Impact of Campus Internationalization on the Research Library” at SALALM 60 (2015). Because we want this conversation to permeate into discussions outside the realm of librarianship, the conference organizers will invite other stakeholders, e.g., area studies program administrators, faculty, doctoral students, and publishers to participate in SALALM 61. Special attention will be given to the foreseeable consequences of these trends in scholarly research, teaching, and librarianship, along with the strategies that librarians may develop in collaboration with other participants in the field to meet these challenges.

Each round table will consist of five invited individuals, each one representing one of the aforementioned stakeholders. Each table will focus on a given topic established by a set of questions prepared by the conference organizers. The dialogue will also embrace audience participation.

We are seeking for proposals for panels or panel presentations. Panels will include scholarly presentations related to the conference theme and will also include papers on practical issues of librarianship and archival management related to the topic.

Topics of discussion for panels and individual presentations may include, all within the context of Latin American, Caribbean, and Iberian Studies:

  • Overlapping matters of ethnic, racial and/or national identities in the cultural sphere.
  • Neocolonialism in the economic sphere and the consequences for research libraries and archives.
  • Hegemony in North-South dynamics and their effect in the publishing and library worlds.
  • The influence of the digital age on scholarship in this area.
  • The evolution of Global and International Studies.
  • The resilience of Latin American, Caribbean, and Iberian Studies within the context of globalization, its changes and innovations.


Interested presenters and panel organizers should contact Paloma Celis Carbajal, SALALM President, with proposals. Please include your name, institution, contact information, proposed title and abstract. The deadline to submit paper proposals is January 30, 2016.

Paloma Celis Carbajal, MA, MLS

Ibero-American Studies Bibliographer

212A Memorial Library

University of Wisconsin-Madison

728 State Street

Madison, WI 53703

Email: paloma.celiscarbajal[at]


For queries on local arrangements and book exhibits, please contact Miguel Valladares Llata, Chair of the Local Arrangements Committee.

Miguel Valladares Llata, MLS

Romance Languages Librarian

Room 408A Alderman Library

University of Virginia

Charlottesville, VA 22904

Email: mav4n[at]

Call for Applications: Dan C. Hazen SALALM Fellowship

We are excited to announce a call for applications for the Dan C. Hazen SALALM Fellowship with a submission deadline of December 15, 2015. Eligible applicants must be full-dues paying SALALM members for at least four years at time of submission, as verified by the SALALM Secretariat, with a documented engagement with activities in the organization through active participation.

 The goal of this fellowship opportunity is to strengthen our junior, mid and senior status members through the award of partial financial support for either scholarly research or professional development. The Fellowship Review Committee will evaluate each submission and awards will be announced February 1, 2016.

We believe this new initiative in SALALM reflects accurately the spirit and vision that Dan brought to the profession during the four decades that he enriched, as well as enlivened, our discussions and proceedings. For more information regarding eligibility, criteria, and how to submit an application please visit:

Any questions about the application process can be directed to:; questions regarding membership to SALALM can be directed to:

– Dan C. Hazen SALALM Fellowship Task Force

(Angela Carreño, Fernando Acosta Rodríguez, Alison Hicks, Daniel Schoorl, Mary Jo Zeter, Peter T. Johnson , ex officio: Paloma Celis Carbajal, Hortensia Calvo, Daisy Domínguez, Jesús Alonso Regalado)

SALALM Membership/Committee Preference Forms 2015-16; Formularios renovación de membresía y comités 2015-2016

Dear all/Estimados/Prezados todos:

Membership renewal time is once again upon us.  As you may recall, at the Miami meeting in 2013 it was decided that members will have until October 31 to renew for this year (2015-2016) and keep their membership current.  After that date, a penalty of US$12 will be charged for late renewals.  As we did last year, the Secretariat will send out weekly reminders on LALA-L during this two-month period.

Thanks in advance to everyone for renewing as soon as possible.

Special notice:  Even if you have pre-paid your membership for three years, you must fill in and return the attached Committee Preference Form in order to be included as a committee member for 2015-2016.

Here is some additional information on the many ways you can renew your membership:

2.  Go to the SALALM webpage at to obtain the forms.  Print, fill them out, and send with payment to the address below.  You may mail these forms to the address provided, or you can fax them to the number provided.

Thank you,

 Hortensia Calvo

Executive Director/Directora Ejecutiva



 Les escribo para recordarles que el período para renovar su membresía para el año en curso 2015-16 ha empezado a partir del 1 de septiembre.

Les recuerdo que en la reunión de Miami en 2013 se tomó la decisión de poner una fecha límite de dos meses para recibir su renovación, o sea, hasta el 31 de octubre.  Después de esa fecha se cobrará una multa de US$12.

Al igual que el año pasado, desde el Secretariado les enviaremos recordatorios cada semana durante estos dos meses. 

De antemano, agradecemos a todos por renovar su membresía cuanto antes.

 Nota especial:  Si Ud. ha prepagado su membresía  por tres años es necesario diligenciar el formulario de Selección de Comité adjunto y devolverlo al Secretariado para ser incluido en las listas de comité del presente año.

 Esta es información adicional sobre las diferentes maneras en que puede renovar su membresía:

1.-En línea siguiendo las instrucciones en este link

2. Ir a la Página Web de SALALM en para obtener estos formularios. Imprimirlos, llenarlos y enviarlos con el pago correspondiente a la siguiente dirección. Puede enviar estos formularios a la dirección facilitada, o enviarlos por  fax al número proporcionado.

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