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Fall 2012 Newsmakers

Sarah Buck Kachaluba (Florida State University), Jessica Evans Brady, and Jessica Critten have a forthcoming article entitled “Developing Humanities Collections in the Digital Age: Exploring Humanities Faculty Engagement with Electronic and Print Resources” to be published in College & Research Libraries, November 2013 73 (6).

David S. Nolen (Mississippi State University) will also be publishing an article, entitled “Publication and Language Trends of References in Spanish and Latin American Literature,” in College & Research Libraries, November 2013 73 (6).

Congratulations to Tony Harvell (University of California, San Diego) for building the Latin American Political Campaign Ephemera Collection database, which includes 800 digitized pamphlets; posters; flyers; and political party and elections commission documents with full meta data. The items are mostly from national elections from the mid-1980’s through about 2009 and primarily from Mexico and Central America. The collection was built up by Karen Lindvall-Larson (University of California, San Diego) over a number of years, much of it coming through the efforts of Vientos Tropicales, some of it a gift from a UCSD alumnus who worked as a monitor in the 1984 Nicaraguan national elections.    We are no longer adding to the collection here (since 2011), but the originals are in Mandeville Special Collections Library here at UCSD.

Tony Harvell also created the Mexican Presidential Election Campaign 2012, an archive of twelve months of web information archived from seven Mexican political parties in advance of the presidential election held on July 1, 2012.   The focus is on political platforms and candidates being put forth by the following parties:  Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI), Partido Acción Nacional (PAN), Partido de la Revolución Democrática (PRD), Partido del Trabajo (PT), Partido Verde Ecologista de México  (PVEM), Convergencia, and Nueva Alianza.  There is a six month embargo on the release of content.

UCSD is also archiving similar content for the Venezuelan Presidential Election held October 7, 2012.  The crawl of web content began in July 2012 and will capture the web sites of the Partido Socialista Unido de Venezuela (PSUV) of Hugo Chávez and the Movimiento Primero Justicia (PJ) party of Henrique Capriles as well as the national election return statistics.   Because of embargoes, no content will not be released until December 2012.  Once released it will appear on the California Digital Library’s Web Archiving Service Portal.

SALALMistas at ALA-New Orleans 2011

A dozen SALALM members attended ALA’s annual conference in New Orleans this past June. The group’s presence was felt at an ideally located booth, which had a definite local flair with beads and other colorful adornments. The stand was ready for visitors on Friday (6/24) and closed on Monday (6/27).

The day before (6/23) SALALM and other library groups/associations participated in the 2011 Spectrum Institute Professional Options Fair organized by ALA’s Diversity Office and sponsored by OCLC Inclusion Initiative. The event hosted more than 100 current MLS students from Library Schools all over the country. Hortensia Calvo and I talked to about 20 of these Spectrum Scholars who saw the words “Latin America” at our table.

Our collective presence at the exhibit hall made possible a visit to the aisle hosting several library schools. Hortensia and I met several of the representatives and gave them informational handouts about SALALM, ALZAR and ISIS. Some knew we existed, and for others we were a new group on their radar screen. SALALM members at institutions with MLIS program are encouraged to ensure not only that our informational materials are visible to students but to “insinuate” ourselves as Latin American Studies Librarianship ambassadors to any job fair events for information professionals.

The conference also provided opportunities to learn about new products. Hortensia, Sean Knwolton and I were at a presentation where Oxford Bibliographies Online showcased their upcoming Latin American Studies file. I asked about pricing models and noted that the traditional formula of all campus FTE was not applicable for a product that would have a much more reduced number of users. A few days earlier I had expressed that same concern to another vendor of Spanish language ebooks. This issue was also raised at an ebook panel at Philadelphia’s SALALM conference. Vendors appear to understand that a different pricing model is needed and it’s really up to us to come up with a well documented alternative.

Thanks to all those who volunteered: Myra Appel, Roberto Delgadillo, Tony Harvell, Deb Raftus, John Wright, Sean Knowlton, Denise Stuempfle, Cecilia Sercán, and Michael Scott. Very special thanks to Hortensia Calvo and Carol Avila from SALALM’s Executive Secretariat who covered much of the three days of the exhibit.

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