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Natalie Baur

Natalie Baur joined the University of Miami Libraries as the Archivist for the Cuban Heritage Collection in 2012. In her role as archivist, Natalie processes the manuscript collections held at the Cuban Heritage Collection. She also maintains physical and intellectual control over the collections, providing access to students, researchers and visitors. Natalie has an undergraduate degree in History from Wilkes University, a graduate degree in History and Museum Studies from the University of Delaware, and a Master of Library Science with a concentration in Archives, Records, and Information Management from the University of Maryland. Her interests include description and preservation of cultural heritage materials; cataloging of archival and rare materials; and issues in digital preservation and the Digital Humanities. Before becoming a librarian, Natalie previously taught English as a Foreign Language to university students in Quito, Ecuador and enjoys traveling there frequently to visit her Ecuadorian friends and family.

 

 

 

Giso Broman is a second year Master’s student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW) School of Library and Information Studies (SLIS). Before starting his program at SLIS in the fall of 2011, Giso received his B.A. from the UW with a double major in Portuguese and Geography. Although his library school research interests and future career aspirations are mainly focused on metadata, cataloging, and other aspects of library technical services, he incorporates a Brazilianist perspective whenever possible, and has not ruled out a career as a subject specialist librarian. Currently, Giso is working with Paloma Celis Carbajal to catalog, digitize, and publicize the UW’s growing collection of approximately 700 cartonera books by dozens of publishers from all around Latin America.

 

Antonio Sotomayor

Antonio Sotomayor received his Ph.D. in History of Latin America and the Caribbean at the University of Chicago in June 2012 with a dissertation entitled “Playing the Nation in a Colonial Island: Sport, Culture, and Politics in Puerto Rico.”  He has a book chapter on Olympic sport and Cold War politics in the Spanish Caribbean currently under submission; an article manuscript on sport and Pro-American populism in Puerto Rico also under submission; and is working on a book manuscript on Puerto Rican Olympism and national identity. He has taught Latin American and Caribbean Studies at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, the University of Chicago, and at Knox College. As of December 2012, he will be the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Librarian and Assistant Professor of Library Administration at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

 

 

 

 

Michelle Elneil

Michelle Elneil was born in Medellín, Colombia and raised in the U.S. She earned her B.A. in Economics at Rutgers University and her M.A. in Education at the University of Florida. Michelle has ten years of experience in New York City working on significant assignments at Wall Street investments houses. She also served for seven years as chair of diversity committees at both Credit Suisse First Boston and Merrill Lynch, where she co-developed Human Resources recruitment and retention programs for Latinos, and worked to increase cultural awareness within these corporations through heritage event planning. Her research on graphic novels of Latin America has yielded an outreach program, as well as papers and annotated bibliographies containing both published and unpublished works centering on revolution and politics. She is also working to develop an online repository about The Disappeared, including declassified documents from sources such as the National Security Archives. Michelle is currently enrolled in the M.L.S. and Archives Management program at Simmons College, and she works at the University of Florida Libraries as manager of its Gifts & Exchange Program. She is also joining the SALALM Finance Committee.

Christine L. Hernandez received her A.B. in Spanish and Anthropology from the  University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she was Phi Beta  Kappa. She earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in Anthropology from Tulane in 2000.  As an independent scholar and Mesoamerican archaeologist, Christine 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 Mesoamerican civilization.  She recently completed a  book manuscript co-authored with Dr. Gabrielle Vail on creation mythology in the Maya codices due to come out in the Spring of 2013, and is co-developer of an online database for the four extant Maya codices.

As a Research Associate at Tulane’s Middle American Research Institute (MARI), Christine wrote grants to fund a digitization project for joint MARI and Latin American Library (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 between 2004 and 2009.  Prior to being hired as Curator of Special Collections, Christine worked at the Latin American Library to create an inventory and assist with writing the collection guide to the Merle Greene Robertson Collection in 2008-2009 and in 2012.  She has also served at the 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).

 

Emma Marschall

Emma Marschall comes to the Latin American Library at Tulane University from Gettysburg College where she was a cataloger in the Musselman Library.  Prior to that position, she was an Academic Library Fellow at the University of Missouri-St. Louis and the 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 M.L.S. at the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2010.  She has an M.A. in Spanish from Middlebury College (2006) and a B.A. in Latin American and Iberian Studies from Bard College (2001).  In addition, Emma has earned the Certificate in French Language from the Sorbonne (2005).  As Research and Instruction Librarian at The Latin American Library, Emma provides reference and instruction and contributes to collection development.

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

Research and Instruction Librarian, Tulane University

THIS POSITION HAS BEEN FILLED.

Howard-Tilton Memorial Library invites applications for the position of Research and Instruction Librarian at The Latin American Library (LAL). The library seeks to build its professional staff by recruiting talented, energetic librarians interested in shaping the future of Tulane University and New Orleans. The LAL Research and Instruction Librarian will combine a strong service orientation with an interest in collection development, outreach, and reference to ensure that the Latin American Library maintains and builds upon the high level of collections and user services for which it is renowned.

POSITION SUMMARY

The Latin American Research and Instruction Librarian develops reference services and instructional programs for the Latin American Library in consultation with the Director. S/he combines research expertise, information fluency, instruction and outreach with collection development in Latin American Studies. With LAL bibliographers, s/he serves as liaison to relevant campus faculty, departments and programs, seeking ways to engage students and faculty with library collections, and coordinates activities with other library instruction programs on campus. The LAL Research and Instruction Librarian also shares collection development duties including management of the book budget for Latin American Studies. S/he serves on library committees and actively participates in national and international professional and scholarly associations.

QUALIFICATIONS

Required: ALA-accredited MLS/MLIS/MA or its equivalent and a degree in a relevant subject area; or advanced degree in a relevant subject area and professional experience in an academic library; excellent command of Spanish and/or Portuguese, spoken and written; knowledge of the history, politics, economics, literatures and cultures of Latin America; familiarity with electronic resources and reference tools for Latin American and Iberian Studies; excellent interpersonal and communications skills and a proven record of working well in a team and with the public.

Salary/Benefits: Rank and salary commensurate with experience, minimum Librarian I; benefits including a choice of health plans, tuition waiver for self, and undergraduate tuition waiver for dependents.

Environment

Tulane University is an AAU/Carnegie Research Institution and ranked by U.S. News and World Report among the top fifty national universities in the United States. The university is located in beautiful uptown New Orleans where it borders the St. Charles Avenue streetcar line and Audubon Park. Howard-Tilton Memorial Library is the university’s main library with an ARL research collection of more than four million titles. Founded in 1924, Tulane’s Latin American Library is one of the foremost collections of Latin American research materials in the world and one of only three stand-alone Latin American research collections in United States universities. The Library houses more than 460,000 volumes, including over 500 current periodical subscriptions, a growing number of electronic resources, and an impressive collection of over 14,000 rare printed materials, over 4,000 linear feet of manuscripts, including 18 post-contact Mesoamerican painted manuscripts, 2,000 rubbings of Maya relief sculpture, an archive with over 54,000 images, maps and other special collections. While the Library continues to emphasize its traditional strengths in Mesoamerican history, anthropology and archaeology, it has major holdings relevant to all other social science and humanities disciplines and the entire region, particularly the circum-Caribbean. Throughout the academic year the LAL has a lively schedule of exhibits, invited speakers and other special events that highlight the library’s collections. For more on the Library’s collections, services and programs visit http://lal.tulane.edu/

To Apply

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until a suitable candidate is selected. To ensure full consideration, applicants must supply a letter of application, resumé, and names with full contact information of at least three professional references via email to Andrea Bacino (abacino@tulane.edu) or mail to

Tulane University
Howard-Tilton Memorial Library
Attn: Andrea Bacino
7001 Freret St. 2nd floor
New Orleans LA 70118

Tulane University is an AA/EO Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

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The Spratling-Taxco Collection at Tulane University

The Latin American Library at Tulane University is pleased to announce the publication of the collection guide for the Spratling-Taxco Collection: http://lal.tulane.edu/collections/manuscripts/spratling

The Spratling-Taxco Collection consists of original silver design drawings for jewelry, sketches for book illustrations, photographs, taped and videotaped interviews of silver designers and silversmiths, prints portfolios, two watercolor paintings, and other material documenting the work of William Spratling and other major figures in Mexico’s modern silver and crafts industry, including Chato, Coco, Miguel, and Antonio Castillo (Los Castillo), Margot van Voorhies Carr (d. 1985), Frederick W. Davis (1880-1961), and Sigfrido Pineda (b. 1929), from the 1930s to the present. For access, contact the Director of the Latin American Library at hcalvo@tulane.edu.

For descriptions of other special collections holdings at the Latin American Library, visit:  http://lal.tulane.edu/collections

 

 

Hortensia Calvo
Tulane University

Message from the Executive Secretary April 2011

Things are starting to gear up for the final stretch before the Philadelphia meeting in late May. From what I have seen from working with Nerea, Joe and David, I have no doubt it will be a memorable one. Conference packets were e-mailed out on February 1, and registrationsare pouring in.

I am delighted to report that our new SALALM Treasurer, Peter Johnson, spent a few days here in New Orleans last week working with Carol and me as he takes the reins of the position before the May meeting. We spent some time going over financial reports and other regular communication that takes place between the Secretariat and the Treasurer, but we also took the opportunity to streamline some processes and think through some new ways of conducting business for the organization, all with an eye towards cost savings. Peter plans to present a list of recommendations for discussion in Philadelphia. We should all be grateful to Peter for taking on this important position, as he brings a keen mind and financial savvy to the organization.
In other news, the José Toribio Medina Award nominations were e-mailed on March 23. Please be sure to print out your form and return via snail mail to Víctor F. Torres at the address provided. And election ballots were mailed out on February 8. The Nominating Committee composed of Jesús Alonso-Regalado, Kaydee McCann and Ana María Cobos, has done a great job of reminding everyone to vote, vote, vote, so at this point I hope everyone has done so.

Looking forward to seeing everyone in Philadelphia.

Hortensia Calvo
Executive Secretary

Curator of Special Collections – Tulane University

THIS POSITION HAS BEEN FILLED.

Curator of Special Collections. The Latin American Library, Howard-Tilton Memorial Library,
Tulane University

Howard-Tilton Memorial Library invites applications for the position of Curator of Special Collections at The Latin American Library (LAL). The library seeks to build its professional staff by recruiting talented, energetic librarians interested in shaping the future of Tulane University and New Orleans. The LAL Curator of Special Collections will combine a strong service orientation with collection development, outreach, and reference to ensure that the Latin American Library builds upon the high level of collections and user services for which it is renowned.

POSITION SUMMARY

The Curator of Special Collections at the Latin American Library is a service-oriented professional with a strong background in the languages, socioeconomic conditions, history and cultures of Latin America and the Caribbean.  The curator has primary responsibility for the organization, cataloging, preservation and access to the LAL rare books, manuscripts, visual and ephemeral materials, in consultation with the Director. S/he coordinates LAL digitization projects in collaboration with the LAL Director and web staff.  The curator shares with LAL bibliographers collection development and reference duties for all LAL collections, and participates in long-term planning for preservation and access of the collections. S/he also serves on library committees and actively participates in national and international professional and scholarly associations.

QUALIFICATIONS

Required:  Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited institution or its equivalent and a degree in a relevant subject area, or advanced degree in a relevant subject area and professional experience in an academic library or archive; excellent command of Spanish and/or Portuguese, spoken and written; knowledge of the history, politics, economics, literatures and cultures of Latin America; familiarity with archival procedures and practices; excellent interpersonal and communications skills, and a proven record of working well in a team and with the public.

Salary/Benefits:  Rank and salary commensurate with experience, minimum Librarian I; benefits including a choice of health plans, immediate tuition waiver for self, and undergraduate tuition waiver for dependents.

Environment

Tulane University is an AAU/Carnegie Research Institution and ranked by U.S. News and World Report among the top fifty national universities in the United States. The university is located in beautiful uptown New Orleans where it borders the St. Charles Avenue streetcar line and Audubon Park. Howard-Tilton Memorial Library is the university’s main library with an ARL research collection of more than four million titles.  Founded in 1924, Tulane’s Latin American Library is one of the foremost collections of Latin American research materials in the world and one of only three stand-alone Latin American research collections in United States universities.  The Library houses more than 460,000 volumes, including over 500 current periodical subscriptions, a growing number of electronic resources, and an impressive collection of over 14,000 rare printed materials, over 4,000 linear feet of manuscripts, including 18 post-contact Mesoamerican painted manuscripts, 2,000 rubbings of Maya relief sculpture, an archive with over 54,000 images, maps and other special collections.  While the Library continues to emphasize its traditional strengths in Mesoamerican history, anthropology and archaeology, it has major holdings relevant to all other social science and humanities disciplines and the entire region, particularly the circum-Caribbean.  Throughout the academic year the LAL has a lively schedule of exhibits, invited speakers and other special events that highlight the library’s collections.  For more on the Library’s collections, services and programs visit http://lal.tulane.edu/

To Apply

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until a suitable candidate is selected. To ensure full consideration, applicants must supply a letter of application, resumé, and names with full contact information of at least three professional references via email to Andrea Bacino (abacino@tulane.edu) or mail to

Tulane University
Howard-Tilton Memorial Library
Attn: Andrea Bacino
7001 Freret St. 2nd floor
New Orleans LA 70118

Tulane University is an AA/EO Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Merle Greene Robertson Collection at Tulane

The Latin American Library is very pleased to announce a new collection guide and web site for the Merle Greene Robertson Collection, Latin American Library Manuscripts, Collection 133.  The guide was prepared by Christine Hernández and David Dressing with assistance from Victoria Lyall and Lori Dowell.

Spanning the period from the 1920s to 2010, the papers of this art historian, archaeologist, artist, teacher, and writer consists of material related to the study of the ancient Maya gathered and produced over a lifetime of activity in the field. The collection includes correspondence, publications, photographic material, rubbings and line drawings of Maya relief sculpture, art work, and information on exhibits and conferences.

To access the guide and other information on the collection and on Merle Greene Robertson, see http://lal.tulane.edu/collections/manuscripts/robertson_merle


Hortensia Calvo
Tulane University

 

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