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Enlace Fellows share their experiences at SALALM 58

Asistir a SALALM 2013 es un encuentro bibliotecario interesante porque es un lugar en dónde se reúnen los bibliotecario de las diferentes bibliotecas para tratar archivos y documentación sobre Latino América.

Para la Red de Bibliotecas Comunitarias Riecken ha sido un privilegio por compartir en estas conferencias lo que hacemos para facilitar información en comunidades rurales, la promoción de la lectura y fortalecimiento de la cultura e identidad de pueblos originarios. Pero al mismo tiempo conocer el esfuerzo que hace para preservar y compartir información latinoamericana entre universidades.

Es un evento importante para poder compartir información sobre publicaciones de la región; se puede generar acercamientos a universidades para generar intercambio latinoamericano; la diversidad de los contenidos de las conferencias están organizadas de tal manera que los bibliotecarios pueden llegar a las conferencias que más le interesa. Hay intercambio y se proponen pasos a seguir para mejorar el trabajo de las secciones latinoamericanas.

Cuando tengas oportunidad de llegar a este evento, no dudes en ir te va a encantar, no olvides llevarte una maleta para cargar nuevas ideas e información para tu trabajo bibliotecario.

Marco Israel Quic Cholotío, Bibliotecas Comunitarias Riecken, Guatemala

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“Enseñar no es una función vital, porque no tienen el fin en sí misma;
la función vital es aprender.”
Aristóteles

Tener la oportunidad de presentar la ponencia titulada “Aproximación al tesauro del huipil tradicional triqui de San Andrés Chicahuaxtla” y haber sido seleccionada para recibir la beca de Enlace fue muy importante debido a diversos aspectos.

El primero es que esta fue desarrollada a partir de un trabajo que elaboré como tesis de maestría que no había sido presentado en ningún otro lugar, fue mi primer participación en un congreso y mi primer ponencia de manera  formal, además pude contar con los recursos necesarios para realizar el viaje y tuve  la posibilidad de dar a conocer, aunque sea de manera muy general, el pueblo indígena triqui y un poco de todo el trabajo que las tejedoras triquis me compartieron para poder llevar a cabo el proyecto.

Durante seis días pude conocer procesos y proyectos de información y documentación que se están llevando a cabo o que ya se realizaron en o desde diferentes unidades de información (Bibliotecas, museos, centros de investigación, etc.), muchos de ellos desde la iniciativa de bibliotecarios,  en y desde diferentes países y que para mí en lo personal y para mi trabajo profesional son de mucha utilidad, trascendencia e importancia debido principalmente a la temática, y que de otro modo difícilmente habría identificado.

Pero lo más importante de todo, es que pude comprobar algo… siempre he creído que la bibliotecología en la actualidad requiere de profesionistas dispuestos a trabajar a partir de la interdisciplinariedad, con apertura hacia el uso y manejo de tecnologías, con amplio conocimiento de la profesión, con iniciativa, con visión y amplia creatividad y con conciencia de que ser bibliotecario tiene como uno de sus principios el bien común, y esto lo pude vivir muy de cerca en el seminario.

Gracias por la oportunidad.

Patricia Alejandra Méndez Zapata, Biblioteca Fray Juan de Córdova, Centro Académico y Cultural San Pablo, Fundación Alfredo Harp Helú, Oaxaca, México.

Doing a HAPI Internship Remotely

In the digital age one can obtain a college degree, work, and yes even do an internship from home. Many professional, economic, and lifestyle options exist today that were unimaginable a decade ago. Indeed, long distance collaboration, both synchronous and asynchronous, is becoming an increasingly commonplace feature of work and learning.

A HAPI internship can be completed remotely and designed with considerable flexibility. I chose to do mine over the Fall 2012 semester so that I could obtain 3 credit hours toward my MSLS degree at the University of Kentucky. The professional knowledge I gained was invaluable, and the compensation I earned paid for the college credit and then some.

The purpose of my internship was to help HAPI director, Orchid Mazurkiewicz, evaluate the quality of the journals indexed by HAPI and help her devise more objective criteria for selecting and deselecting titles. A bibliometric analysis was undertaken to explore how HAPI’s content “measured up” in the universe of Latin American serials, its content representing about 3% of known Latin American titles. This task was a tall order. It involved considerable fact finding that taught us about the strengths and weaknesses of various Latin American databases (Latindex, BIBLAT, SciELO, Redalyc, and SCImago). We also discovered the strengths and weaknesses, uses and misuses, of different bibliometric measures (impact factors, use measures, etc.). In addition, we got a good sense of the challenges involved in soliciting qualitative information from the SALALM membership. In the end, we learned important things about HAPI, about the global imbalance of scholarly literature, and about judging the worth of journals. In essence, we laid the groundwork for developing a systematic approach to improving and ensuring the intellectual caliber of HAPI’s indexed content.

Elements that contributed to the success of the project were: (1) weekly Skype meetings with Orchid, (2) coordination of all project tasks using a project management software, BaseCamp, that was accessed online with a password, (3) open source software for designing surveys, (4) my past experience with database design, data analysis, and statistics, and (5) free online access to the bibliometric data of Latin American databases. Abilities to work independently, communicate effectively in writing, as well as set and meet deadlines were also important.

Factors that affect the success of an online internship are similar to those that would impact an in-person one. Clarifying expectations at the outset along with the nature/content of deliverables is of paramount importance. Integrity, that is, following through on what you say you are going to do is also critical. Flexibility and understanding on the part of both mentor and mentee are also necessary to accommodate life’s inevitable unexpected events. Dedication to a quality outcome, as exhibited through hard work and creativity, is also a big plus.

The most rewarding aspects of my internship may be yet to come. There’s no telling where the new friendships and professional associations will lead. Orchid and I plan to share the results of our bibliometric project at SALALM Miami as a prelude to publishing them in an academic journal. No matter who you are or where you reside, a HAPI internship could be a valuable step in your professional development.

From the President

The year 2012 ended with the energizing news of Roberto Delgadillo’s winning the “I Love My Librarian Award.” We were also happy with the comforting fact that the world did not end on Friday, Dec. 21st, 2012, after all.  What a wonderful irony! This  eschatological belief of the Mayas has preceded the occurrence of this conference as we are engaged in our pursuit of the nature and role of the indigenous peoples thought and action towards the improvement of the global human condition in the postmodern world.

As the year 2013 started, I have been pleased by the wonderful reception of the 58th Conference among both members and non-members of SALALM. I have received interesting proposals for presentations, panels, workshops and roundtables. Thus, I feel confident that we will have a vibrant and exciting conference.

In the meantime, the challenges of organizing the conference are becoming more evident. One of them is finding resources to facilitate the attendance of diverse groups of participants from Latin American countries. The cost of traveling to Miami to participate in SALALM is often beyond the personal and/or institutional means for many of our Latin American colleagues. As such, we are exploring ways to encourage individual and institutional donations to support the conference.

This year we are going to re-institute the No-Host Thematic/Topical Meals: A SALALM initiative for collegial community-building.  This great idea, suggested by Peter Johnson, will not only allow us to reach new participants but, more importantly, will enable us to share knowledge. This is also a good idea for networking. The abundance of  restaurants near the beautiful Westin Colonnade Hotel at Coral Gables will contribute to making this meal-related initiative very appetizing.

Peter Johnson kindly agreed to write the rationale behind this initiative plus the guidelines for its implementation.  I am cordially inviting all of you to read the information below and seriously consider submitting a proposal to lead a discussion table in a No-Host Meal.

Warm regards to all,

Martha Mantilla
University of Pittsburgh

 

Guidelines for Topical Meals – A SALALM Community-building Initiative

 

One of the most important functions that SALALM provides is that of building personal and institutional networks that form a strong community to meet the challenges involved with assisting scholars and students conducting research on Latin America. SALALM consists of many different types of communities as demonstrated by the work of its various committees, the content of its annual conferences, the hosting of affiliated groups, and the queries posted and resolved on LALA-L. Since its founding in 1956, SALALM has responded to the many changes occurring in Latin America and influencing research, and throughout all these years a critical factor has been the strength of the individual and collective networks formed by individual SALALM members.

SALALM LVIII expects many members to participate, and anticipates welcoming a good number of new members and student members. We hope to facilitate the community building between these two groups by re-instituting the program option of small group discussions around a focused topic during a meal. The centrality of food to community is well known, and so too is discussion and learning; SALALM LVIII proposes to combine both aspects for our conference attendees.

The no-host meal consists of a speaker along with five individuals (who have signed up in advance). The leader selects the restaurant and makes the reservation; those participating meet at the indicated time and place to go together to the restaurant. Each participant is responsible for his/her meal costs, including taxes and tip. Often restaurants automatically add the tip for groups of six or more; the menu will indicate that, as will the final bill. Because many restaurants will not issue individual bills for groups, participants should come prepared with cash.

By limiting the discussion to six people, a more focused and rewarding time is feasible. Participation by Libreros, bibliographers, publishers, catalogers, reference specialists, and scholars in the past made these meals an important additional learning experience, and opportunity to meet new people. Topics included publishing under dictatorships, acquisition of non-traditional publications, buying trips, cataloging rule changes, teaching research skills, new trends in archives, and disaster planning.

If you would like to participate as a leader, please send a title and three – five line description of the topic to President Martha Mantilla martham@pitt.edu.

Discussions may be in English, Portuguese, Spanish or any combination thereof.

  1. Proposals to lead a discussion table should include the following points:
  • Brief title that clearly identifies the subject matter
  • Descriptive text of what the substance is, in 3 – 5 sentences
  • Brief biographical statement referencing qualifications to speak about the topic, in 1 – 3 sentences

2. Proposals can be on any topic germane to the interests of SALALM

3.  Proposals should be sent by e-mail to the President by 1 March for consideration to include in the conference program

4.   Proposals accepted, and discussion leaders notified on or before 15 April

5.   Confirmation of acceptance by the discussion leader sent to the President within 1 week of receiving the notification

6.   President provides the SALALAM Host Institutions with all relevant information to be included in the conference program

Discussion leader’s responsibilities

1.  Prepare a single paragraph descriptive synthesis of the key points

2.  Submit this text to the President and LALA-L, subject line: No-host Meal Discussion: your topic’s title

3.  Check the conference program for your assigned day and time

4.  Select a restaurant from the Host’s list and make a reservation for 6

5.  On the posted sign-up sheets and/or the conference website, note the restaurant name and address

6.  Meet at the sign-up sheet board 15 minutes before the assigned time

7.  Evaluation:  send the President a short e-mail with your assessment

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

 

SALALM 58 Theme Announced

SALALM LVIII
May 17-May 22, 2013
Indigenism, Pan-Indigenism and Cosmovisionism: The Confluence of Indigenous Thought in the Americas

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The study of the social and political thought of the indigenous peoples of the Americas in the 21st century is witnessing a renaissance. The 58th Annual Meeting of the Seminar on the  Acquisition of Latin American Library Materials (SALALM) will explore the variety of ways of thinking, imagining and acting within these communities, including concepts and insights on nature, art, ecology, time, space, ethics, ethnicity and the cosmos/universe. We are interested in exploring the array of verbal, visual, discursive and dialogical narratives, as well as their  collective agency at the local, communal, transcommunal and global levels.

Learning about indigenous cultures will enhance our duties as librarians. The exploration of these ideas, concepts and insights will help us in developing the depth and breadth of our collections.   It will also guide us in designing the logistics of collecting, documenting and preserving primary as well as secondary sources of information, data and knowledge related to indigenous peoples.

Throughout the Americas, indigenous movements, activists and intellectuals have, over the centuries, used sophisticated strategies and tactics in the production, distribution and application of knowledge to address problems at various levels of their experiences. These levels and units of analysis range from the local to the regional and transregional spheres of activity.

Indigenous thought in the Americas will be examined at the micro, meso and macro levels. At the micro-level, indigenism concerns the issues and problems of historiography, ideology, epistemology and, at the communal level, hyphenation (dual ethnic identity such as native-American). At the meso-level, pan-indigenism relates to the comparative ideological, historiographical and epistemological issues and problems of indigenism transcommunally. Cosmovisionism deals with the interpretation of nature and life itself vis-à-vis shared topics of concern such as religion, politics, ethics, and moral principles.

SALALM 58 will serve as a forum to examine, debate and share views about the nature, value and relevance of indigenous thought and action in the postmodern world.

Key topics for discussion will include but are not limited to:

- Issues, problems, levels, prospects and contexts of indigenous thought and action in the Americas

- The oral, visual, and written traditions of indigenous thought

- The works of classical Andean thinkers such as Guaman Poma de Ayala, El Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, the Mayan activist Pedro Balcúmez and the Navajo leader Manuelito

- The variety of conceptions of time and space among indigenous peoples throughout the continent

- The nature, function and relevance of indigenous epistemic communities in the Americas

- How pan-indigenous networks engage in the exchange of ideas and strategies via internet and other forms of modern communication

- The roles that indigenous and non-indigenous peoples play in the reshaping of today’s world

- The logistics of collecting, preserving and processing the wealth of knowledge embedded in various indigenous epistemic communities throughout the Americas

 

The SALALM 58 conference is co-hosted by the University of Miami Libraries and Florida International University Libraries. The meeting will be held at the Westin Coral Gables Hotel on May 17-May 22, 2013. Registration for the conference will begin in January 2013.

Interested participants, presenters and panel organizers should contact Martha E. Mantilla, SALALM President (2012-2013) with proposals. Please include your name, institution, contact information, proposed title and abstract.  The deadline for receipt of proposals is February 1, 2013.

Martha E. Mantilla – E-mail: martham@pitt.edu

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Voice:  (412) 648-7734 Fax: (412) 648-7713

For local arrangements and exhibits queries contact:

Meiyolet Mendez – E-mail:  meimendez@miami.edu
Education & Outreach Librarian (History, Latin American & Caribbean Studies, Modern Languages & Literatures) Education & Outreach Coordinator for the Cuban Heritage Collection University of Miami – Otto G. Richter Library   -  Coral Gables, FL 33146
Voice: (305) 284-2040 Fax: (305) 284-9848

SALALM Secretariat: Tulane University; The Latin American Library; 422 Howard Tilton Memorial Library; 7001 Freret Street; New Orleans, LA 70118-5549; Phone:  504-247-1366; Fax:  504-247-1367; Email: salalm@tulane.edu

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

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