Monday November 20th 2017




‘News’ Archives

Fall 2014 Newsmakers

Meagan Lacy, Information Literacy Librarian at Guttman Community College at The City University of New York, is the author and editor of The Slow Book Revolution: Creating a New Culture of Reading on College Campuses and Beyond (ABC-CLIO, 2014). Go here to read the full press release.

Melissa Gasparotto, Latin American, African, Latino, Spanish and Portuguese Studies Liaison at Rutgers University, recently published a paper title “A ten year analysis of dissertation bibliographies from the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Rutgers University”. You can access the paper through the repository at Rutgers University.

The City College of New York reference librarian, Daisy Dominguez also published an article in the journal Collection Building titled “American Indians in feature films: beyond the big Screen”. You access the article here.

The article “Deciding on Databases: Strategies for Selecting in Latin American and Spanish Language Studies ” was published by Holly Ackerman, Librarian for Latin American, Iberian, & Latino Studies at Duke University in The Charleston Advisor. Click here to access the publication.

Book artist, Luis Delgado recently published on Malulu editions a book of photography and verse Le canto por un pan/ I sing for bread. You can ready more about the publication of this book as well as information on his other works here.

American Reads Spanish interviewed Adan Griego, the curator for Iberoamerican & Mexican American Collections at Stanford University about publishers in the US library market. To read the full interview click here.

Welcome, new members!

Julienne Grant


Julienne Grant is Reference Librarian/Foreign & International Research Specialist at the Loyola University Chicago Law Library.  She is also adjunct faculty at Loyola where she teaches an advanced course on foreign, comparative, and international legal research.  She is currently the Chair of the American Association of Law Libraries’ Latin American Law Interest Group.  Julienne received a B.A. in Spanish from Middlebury College, an M.A. in Ibero-American Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, an M.A.L.S. from Rosary College, and a J.D. from DePaul University.




Ana Ramirez Luhrs is a Research & Instruction Librarian at Lafayette College in Easton, PA. She is subject liaison to the Government and Law, International Affairs and Spanish departments, and a member of the Latin American and Caribbean Studies (LACS) program committee. As the collection developer for LACS, she works closely with faculty to build the library’s Latin American collection across all fields of study. She also serves as the faculty adviser to the student group, Hispanic Society of Lafayette.

Ashley LarsonAshley Larson is an MLIS student at UCLA specializing in library studies. She recently earned her MA in Latin American Studies from Vanderbilt University and holds a BA from Cal State Fullerton. Ashley is also vice-president of the UCLA Special Libraries
Association student chapter and plans to work at the Hispanic American Periodicals Index (HAPI) during the 2014 – 2015 academic year. She has research interests in early twentieth-century Brazilian identity, with a focus on gastronomic nationalism.

David Block Retires

David Block in guatemala

David has been a friend and colleague for most all of our respective careers.  His active involvement with Latin America started when he volunteered to serve in the Peace Corps in Bolivia. I recently read several of Vanderbilt’s Peace Corps papers belonging to a psychologist who was then the director of Peace Corps selection.  He characterizes the early Peace Corps volunteers in these terms: “they are learners, are reaching-out type people, intellectually adventuresome, have a desire to serve tempered with a love of fun and adventure, idealistic but with a realistic appraisal of what they will be up against, and an appropriate modesty; they want to make a contribution to their fellow-man… and they get substantial satisfactions from association with new friends in other lands.”   Those traits, along with his PhD and scholarship on Bolivia, seem a match made in heaven for David’s future career in Latin American librarianship and for his SALALM colleagues who have benefitted from all these talents.

He has been a mentor to countless “SALALMis.”   He has gently, quietly guided all of us in many ways: introducing us to his wide network of contacts and colleagues in Latin America, especially in the Andean region; sharing his expertise on book buying trips and leading LAMP preservation efforts—and who else has brought Pisco sours to those long meetings? And, all along the way, he has prodded us to try to think and act in a more cooperative and sharing way.  Besides serving as president of SALALM, and several terms on the Executive Board, he hosted the annual conference at Cornell.  More importantly, he has helped reframe the vision of his member colleagues and encouraged our organization to move in new directions.  Since we can no longer “have it all”, even at the Library of Congress or the Benson, he has led us toward increasingly collaborative collections efforts in the US, and has aided Latin American libraries in the preservation and digitization of their own archives.  A more recent personal goal involved helping the national library of Peru replace their stolen rare materials.  David is a giver, charitable, kind and smart, with a wry sense of humor and great curiosity.  He seems equally at home with (and actively seeks the opinions of) taxi drivers, rural indigenous, and urban academics.  The development of the Andean collections at Cornell and Latin American collection at the Benson reflect his wide network beyond the standard publishing world to incorporate ephemera, NGO output, organizations small and large, uncommon materials in  a wide range of resources that mirror that time and place in Latin America.  In his travels he has made many friends and colleagues both in Latin America and the US.  We will miss his leadership and expertise but hope our friendships long continue.

Paula Covington


Summer 2014 newsmaker

Peter Altekrüger, library director and deputy director of the Ibero-American Institute just published an edited monograph on Argentinian theater journals and short novels,  De amor, crimen y cotidianidad. Las revistas teatrales y colecciones de novelas cortas argentinas del Instituto Ibero-Americano.  More details on the publication here.

Welcome, new members!

Luisa Escobar is the new Library Coordinator at the Centro de Investigaciones Regionales de Mesoamérica (CIRMA) in Antigua, Guatemala. Before coming to CIRMA, she worked as the director of the Colección Virginia B. Shook at the Unviersidad del Valle in Guatemala City.  From 2000 to 2013, she inventoried, digitized and worked in conserving the Edwin M. Shook archive.  She also worked with the Marion Popenoe de Hatch and Juan Pedro Laporte archives.

Luisa is an archaeologist (MA from university of Miami) and has directed different projects in South Coast, Petén and Altiplano of Guatemala.

Sara Stigberg is the Art Collection Public Services Librarian at Northwestern University Library. She received her MLIS from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and her MA in Art History from Tulane University, where she focused on Latin American colonial art. A particular interest is mural painting in Mexico, especially from the 16th and 17th centuries. Current projects include expanding the holdings in Latin American art and art history at Northwestern University Library.

Welcome, new members!

Pilar Maria Moreno



Pilar María Moreno is a Spanish national and the current Director of Library Services at the University of the Claustro of Sor Juana in Mexico City.

She holds a degree in Pedagogical Studies from the Complutense University in Madrid as well as a Master in Library Science from the National Autonomous University of Mexico.

Pilar María has experience in teaching at university level and developing information literacy programs. She also loves Portuguese and Brazilian literature and culture.




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.

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