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Summer 2012 Newsmakers

Sócrates Silva has been appointed to the position of Latin American and Iberian Studies Librarian at the University of California at Santa Barbara as of July 16th. Sócrates has been with HAPI now for almost 6 years and will be sorely missed. Nevertheless, we wish him much happiness and success as he moves on to this exciting challenge and look forward to his continued involvement in SALALM. Please join me in wishing Sócrates well and congratulating him on his new beach-side office!

Orchid Mazurkiewicz
HAPI

 

I am delighted to announce that, effective July 20th, Emma Marschall will be the new Research and Instruction Librarian at The Latin American Library, Tulane University.

Emma comes to us from Gettysburg College where she was most recently employed as a cataloger in the Musselman Library.  Prior to that position she was an Academic Library Fellow at the University of Missouri-St. Louis and Digital Archives Intern at the Missouri History Museum Library and Archives.  From 2006 through 2008 she was Lecturer in Spanish at Washington University in St. Louis.

Emma earned her MLS at the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2010.  She has a M.A. in Spanish from Middlebury College (2006) and a B.A. in Latin American and Iberian Studies from Bard College (2001).  She also earned a Certificate in French Language from the Sorbonne (2005).

In addition to her specialization in reference and instruction, Emma also has a strong background in processing digital collections.

In the words of our Dean, Lance Query, “those of us who met with Emma were impressed with her knowledge, experience, energy, and strong inter-personal skills.”  I can add that Emma is sure to be a great colleague and contributor to SALALM.  I know you will all get a chance to meet her in Miami next year, if not before.

Hortensia Calvo
Tulane University

 
 

Our good friend, colleague, activist, and former SALALM president, Molly Molloy (New Mexico State University), is in the news again.  She will receive the New Mexico Library Leadership Award from the New Mexico Library Association at their annual conference this month.  Kudos, Moll!!!

René Grullón
Libros de Barlovento

New Curator of Special Collections at Tulane

Dear Colleagues:

I am delighted to announce that, effective today, Christine Hernandez is the new Curator of Special Collections in the Latin American Library (LAL), Tulane University.

Chris received her A.B. in Spanish and Anthropology from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana where she was Phi Beta Kappa. She earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in Anthropology from Tulane in 2000.

As an independent scholar, Chris has published widely on the prehistory of the El Bajío, Lerma River Valley, and northeastern Michoacán.  She has also studied the pre-Columbian painted manuscripts (“codices”) from the Maya area and highland Mexico which involves calendrical study, cultural astronomy, iconographic study, and epigraphy in both centers of civilization.  She recently completed a book manuscript on the Mesoamerican codices co-authored with Gabrielle Vail and developed an online database that contains all four Maya codices (http://www.mayacodices.org);

As a Research Associate at Tulane’s Middle American Research Institute (MARI), Chris wrote grants to fund a digitization project for joint MARI and LAL materials; developed a four-year collections management and conservation plan for the MARI archive; managed their publication sales; and helped to organize the annual Tulane Maya Symposium and Workshop event.  At the Latin American Library, Chris inventoried and developed a collection guide to the Merle Greene Robertson Collection in 2008-2009 and in 2012.  She has also served at LAL in a grant-writing capacity as well as co-curator, with LAL staff, of the exhibitions “Maya Time Reckoning and the Language of Creation: Views from the Merle Green Robertson Collection” (2009) and “Sacred Cenotes, Hidden Caverns: Fifty Years of Research in the Maya Area” (2008).

 

Hortensia Calvo
Tulane University

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