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Spring 2014 newsmakers

Meagan Lacy, an assistant librarian and liaison to World Languages and Philosophy at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, was named the Association of College & Research Libraries member of the week. You can read the news piece here.

Welcome, new member!

Wendy Griffin is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she also completed her Master’s in Education in International Development Education, emphasizing Latin America and Bilingual Intercultural Education, at the University of Pittsburgh in 1989.  She got a Foreign Languages and in History at Western Washington University in Bellingham, in 1977.  She learned Spanish while in the Air Force in California,  later worked as a Spanish translator in Key West, Florida, and has also worked with as a bilingual paralegal with Latino Immigrants in New Jersey. In Honduras she worked as an English as a Foreign Language and French Professor at the Escuela Superior del Profesorado (now UPN) and then at the UNAH in Tegucigalpa and finally at the UPN’s La Ceiba campus she was an Anthropology professor until 2000. She joined SALALM in 2013, and spoke at SALALM in Miami in 2013 about Garifunas as the Overlap of the Indian and Afro-Descent Human Rights Movements and about Special Issues of Researching Indians particularly in Latin American libraries.

Welcome, new member!

Jorge Matos Valldejuli is a substitute faculty librarian at Hostos Community College at the City University of New York (CUNY). He is a reference librarian with a background in Latin American/Latino & Africana Studies. Currently, his main work is focused on  instruction for immigrant and ESL students at Hostos. He received his MLIS from Queens College, CUNY and recently finished an MA in History from The Graduate Center, CUNY.

Meet the Spring 2014 SALALM Scholarship Winners!

Kathryn DarnallKathryn Darnall is a second year dual degree student at University of Texas at Austin, pursuing an MS in Information Studies at the School of Information and an MA in Latin American Studies at the Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies, where she specializes in archives and human rights issues.  In addition to her studies, Kathryn is a Graduate Research Assistant at the Human Rights Documentation Initiative at the Benson Latin American Collection, where she works collaboratively with partner organizations in El Salvador, Rwanda, Burma, Guatemala and the United States to preserve human rights archival materials.  She is also an active participant in the newly formed Human Rights and Archives Working Group at UT Austin, a collaborative endeavor to provide resources to faculty interested in incorporating primary source materials into their courses.

This summer, Kathryn will be travelling to Guatemala as part of Librarians Without Borders to aid in cataloging and youth programming for community and school libraries in Chajul and Quetzaltenango.  In addition, she will be spending time in Guatemala City, conducting research at the Guatemalan National Police Archive on the topic of archival access policies.

After graduation, Kathryn hopes to use her varied work experience to assist non-profit and non-governmental organizations in their management of records documenting human rights abuses, in order to preserve these documents for future use.


Bulger, EmilyEmily Bulger will graduate in May 2014 from The University of Texas at Austin with a Master of Science in Information Studies and a portfolio in Museum Studies. Her graduate work brings together collections and database management with questions of access and visitor inclusion. She is especially excited about the growing attention paid to data sharing across institutions and the knowledge management and social justice potential of this trend.

Since January 2013, she has worked as a graduate research assistant at the Benson Latin American Collection, where she answers bilingual reference requests from people around the world, conducts research using the library’s holdings, and consults with the curator on exhibitions.

While in graduate school, she has worked as a curatorial intern at the Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum in Austin and as a web production intern at the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage in Washington, D.C. She also spent a semester teaching writing to engineers.

In addition to the SALALM Scholarship, she is the recipient of a Leadership Summit stipend from the Special Libraries Association Texas chapter, the Sam G. Whitten Endowed Presidential Scholarship from the School of Information, and the AAUW of Cascade County Scholarship. A native of Great Falls, Montana, she holds a Bachelor of Arts in English with high honors from The University of Montana, where she was a Presidential Leadership Scholar.

Prior to attending graduate school, Emily worked for the Spanish Ministry of Education teaching bilingual elementary school in Córdoba, Spain, an experience that cemented her love of the Spanish culture and language. The Andalucían accent is a habit she just can’t kick.


New Member: David Wiseman

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David P. Wiseman is currently an Assistant Professor of Spanish in the Humanities Division at Lewis-Clark State College. He will start as the Latin American and Iberian Studies Librarian at Brigham Young University in July 2014. He received a BA in English/Spanish, BYU; an MA in Spanish, BYU; and a PhD in Hispanic Literature, Vanderbilt University. From 2010–13, he served as the Managing Editor of Hispania, and he currently serves as the Director of Communications for the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese.

Diamela Eltit Papers, 1943-2012, at Princeton University Library

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Diamela Eltit Papers, 1943-2012, Box 5

It is a pleasure to announce that the Manuscripts Division of the Princeton University Library has recently added the papers of Diamela Eltit to its extensive collection of archives of Latin American writers and intellectuals.

Eltit, a highly regarded experimental writer who wrote her first two novels, Lumpérica (1983) and Por la patria (1986), during the years of the Pinochet dictatorship in her native Chile, also gained notoriety through her participation in the Colectivo de Acciones de Arte (CADA), a group of artists who staged art actions to challenge the dictatorship.  Since then she published several others highly acclaimed literary works including El cuarto mundo (1988), El padre mío (1989), Vaca sagrada (1991), El infarto del alma (1994), Los vigilantes (1994), Los trabajadores de la muerte (1998), Mano de obra (2002), Puño y letra (2005), Jamás el fuego nunca (2007), Impuesto a la carne (2010), and Fuerzas especiales (2013).  Eltit served as a cultural attaché during Patricio Aylwin’s government at the Chilean Embassy in Mexico City, and has also held positions as writer-in-residence at Brown University, Washington University in St. Louis, Columbia University, UC/Berkeley the University of Virginia, Stanford University and Johns Hopkins University. She is currently a Distinguished Global Professor of Creative Writing in Spanish at New York University.

Her papers consist of manuscripts, typescript drafts and notebooks related to both published and unpublished works.  In addition, there is a sizeable amount of correspondence from writers, colleagues, family and friends (access to the correspondence is temporarily restricted), as well numerous photographs of Eltit with family, friends, and various literary and political figures.

A still in process finding aid is available here.  Feel free to contact me or the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections for additional information.

Welcome, new members!

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Frank Smith holds a BA from Grinnell College and an MA from the University of Cambridge.  From 1978 to 2011 he worked at Cambridge University Press, where he was editor for history; Editorial Director for North America; and Global Director of Digital Publishing.  He joined JSTOR in 2011 as Director of Books.






Jose Montelongo

Before joining the Benson Latin American Collection (University of Texas, Austin) as Mexican Materials Bibliographer, Jose Montelongo worked for Tulane University, Bard College and Gettysburg College, where he taught courses on Spanish Language, Mexican History and Culture, and Latin American Literature. He has a Ph.D. in Latin American Literature from Washington University in St. Louis, where he wrote a dissertation on the subject of humor in contemporary Mexican Literature. He has published essays in peer-reviewed journals and literary magazines both in Mexico and the United States. He has written a novel, books for children and a photo-biography titled “Mi abuelo fue agente secreto”.

Winter 2014 Newsmakers

Molly Molloy, a research librarian and professor at New Mexico State University was featured in an article in The Texas Observer. The piece is a Q&A sessions regarding the violence against women in the USA-Mexico border. “Molly Molloy is the force behind the Frontera List, an invaluable and long-running repository of raw information and discussion about border issues.” You can read the full story here.

David S. Nolen (Mississippi State University) published an article titled “Publication and Language Trends of References in Spanish and Latin American Literature” in the January 2014 issue of College and Research Libraries (vol 75 no. 1 34-50). Congratulations David!

Sarah Buck Kachaluba (Florida State University) also published an article in the January 2014 issue of College and Research Libraries. The article is titled “Developing Humanities Collections in the Digital Age: Exploring Humanities Faculty Engagement with Electronic and Print Resources” (vol. 75 no.1 91-108). Congratulations Sarah!

Meet the FALL 2013 SALALM Scholarship Winners!

Theresa E. PolkTheresa E. Polk is a second-year MLS student at the University of Maryland’s iSchool, specializing in archives. Alongside her studies, she is a student assistant to the Humanities and Social Science Librarians at Maryland, and serves on the executive board of ALA@UMD, the student chapter of the American Library Association at the iSchool. She has also completed internships at the National Anthropological Archive, the Hispanic Division of the Library of Congress, and in the Repatriation Office of the National Museum of the American Indian. Theresa holds a BA in Latin American Studies from Carleton College, and an MPhil (Distinction) from Trinity College Dublin in International Peace Studies. Her Master’s thesis on gender based violence and impunity in post-conflict Guatemala received the school’s James Haire Memorial Prize for excellence in scholarship.

Prior to pursuing her MLS, Theresa worked in the public policy sector in Washington DC, analyzing the human rights and development implications of climate change, among other social justice issues. However, her interest in archives and access to information was awakened during her time as a human rights observer in Guatemala, supporting conflict-affected communities, families of the disappeared, and human rights defenders. This experience, as well as the 2005 discovery of Guatemala’s Archivo Histórico de la Policía Nacional, helped her to recognize the vital importance of public records for families who were seeking to discover what had happened to their loved ones, and to rebuild shattered lives in the wake of violence.

Ultimately, Theresa hopes to integrate her field experience in Guatemala and commitment to human rights with the technical skills provided by an MLS degree in order to contribute to the preservation of historic memory and construction of human-rights focused archives. She looks forward to collaborating with and learning from colleagues in SALALM as she takes her next steps forward in the profession.



Santana-NelsonNelson Santana is Assistant Librarian at the City University of New York Dominican Studies Institute (CUNY DSI) at City College, where he works closely with Chief Librarian Sarah Aponte in the administration of the Dominican Library. Alongside Chief Librarian Aponte, Nelson regularly teaches workshops on the history of the Dominican Republic, culture, and society, as well as the history of Dominican migration in the United States. He also provides research and reference consultation to library users; plans and conducts research in historical, social, and cultural themes related to the Dominican Republic and Dominican migration; and prepares bibliographies to serve as resource tools; among many other tasks. Nelson supervises and trains college assistants, work-study students, interns and volunteers, working in the Archives and Library.

At the moment, Nelson is pursuing a Master of Science in Library and Information Science with a concentration in Archival Studies at Drexel University. Nelson holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Baruch College and a Master in the Study of the Americas from the Center for Worker Education at the City College of New York’s Division of Interdisciplinary Studies.

Nelson’s research interests include the intellectual history of Dominican migration in the United States, the cultural and political history of the Dominican Republic, and the cultural production that looks at the link between social movements and music in the Spanish-speaking Caribbean.  In his MA thesis, “The Political Theology of Juan Paulino’s Club Cívico y Cultural Juan Pablo Duarte” (2012), Nelson argues how Roman Catholicism served as one of the principal driving forces that fueled the founding of one of the earliest Dominican organizations. He used the archival collection of Juan Antonio Paulino, which is housed at the Dominican Archives.

Nelson has presented his research at conferences including “Shifting Tides, Anxious Borders Conference 2013: ‘Reimagining the New World(s)”  at SUNY Binghamton, and “Commodities, Capitalism, and Culture: Latin America and Global Links” at SUNY Stony Brook.

Nelson is the recipient of several awards. At present time he is a Diversity Scholar (2013-2015) for the Association of Research Libraries (ARL).

Among his goals as an information professional, Nelson is interested in improving information literacy among users as well as working alongside his mentor, Chief Librarian Sarah Aponte to continue to disseminate knowledge pertinent to Dominican Studies. As an aspiring academic librarian, Nelson is interested in compiling and providing access to all bibliographical resources relating to Dominican Studies. As an aspiring archivist, Nelson expects to preserve the legacy and document the history of Dominican migrants in the United States.

Princeton’s Latin American Ephemera Project among recipients of CLIR’s 2013 Hidden Collections Awards

Princeton University Library’s Latin American Ephemera Project has received one of CLIR’s 2013 Hidden Collections Awards.  The announcement with a complete list of recipients can be read here.

The award will allow the Princeton library to implement a 3-year project where item-level metadata will be efficiently created for a vast and hidden collection of ephemeral materials from Latin America which will start to be digitized in early 2014 thanks to the financial support offered by the Latin Americanist Research Resources Project (LARRP).  The digitally reformatted and cataloged ephemera will then be available freely and globally on the web through a discovery interface which will include faceted searching and browsing.


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