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Inter-American Studies Data and Outreach Librarian, UNM

Working in a team-oriented environment, the Inter-American Studies Data and Outreach Librarian will work with the coordinator of Inter-American Studies as a liaison between the University Libraries and scholars in diverse academic fields at UNM. The successful candidate will collaborate with UNM’s McNair program, the Raza Graduate Student Association’s Research Showcase, the Southwest Hispanic Research Institute, Chicano/a, Hispano/a, Mexican/a Studies, and El Centro de la Raza to promote UNM’s LoboVault as a repository for the scholarly works of participants in these programs and organizations. The successful candidate will employ emerging information technologies, especially as related to scholarly communications, while working with the UL’s Data Librarianship Faculty. Working some evenings and weekends is required. This is a one year term appointment with the possibility for renewal after December 2012, pending additional funding.

Primary Duties:
- Maintain regular communication with the McNair program, the Raza Graduate Student Association’s Research Showcase, the Southwest Hispanic Research Institute, UNM’s Chicano/a, Hispano/a, and Mexican/a Studies, El Centro de la Raza and UL Data Librarians.
- Procure new data acquisitions for the UL Research Data Repository.
- Create metadata records and work with Data curation Librarian to manage online storage resources.
- Organize a symposium and exhibit to showcase new data acquisitions.
- If applicable, provide effective and timely supervision of assigned employees including required training, career development and performance reviews.
- Assist with other projects as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications
- Earned Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited Library/Information Science program or earned Doctorate in any field by appointment start date.
- Spanish Fluency.
- One semester library or classroom instruction experience or six months outreach experience with Chicano/a, Hispano/a, or Latino/a communities.

Preferred Qualifications
- Experience using an Institutional Repository system, such as DSpace for content submission, organization, or community management.
- Knowledge of open source data management theory or practice.
- Experience in database and collection evaluation and development.
- Knowledge of academic trends in Chicano/a, Hispano/a, Latino/a, American or Language Literacy and Sociocultural Studies.
- Experience participating in projects, events and activities.
- Problem-solving and analytical skills.
- Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills in Spanish and English.

Please check the UNM JOBS page for more info: https://unmjobs.unm.edu/applicants/jsp/shared/frameset/Frameset.jsp?time=1319659773554. Feel free to contact me with any questions or nominations.

 

Suzanne Michele Schadl, PhD
University of New Mexico
schadl@unm.edu

La Energaia Launches Unified Search

La Energaia a project that brings UNM’s Latin American and Iberian Institute (LAII) and Ibero- American Science and Technology Education Consortium (ISTEC) together with the University Libraries (UL) in the development of a user-friendly knowledge base on energy policy and dialogue in Latin America.

Made possible by a grant from the United States Department of Education’s TICFIA program, this project seeks to connect internet researchers in the United States with the vibrant flow of information on alternative and renewable energy in Latin America, especially in those areas where indigenous peoples are heavily impacted. La Energaia illuminates the advancements that many Latin American countries and organizations have pioneered to English speakers who would miss out on Spanish, Portuguese or Quechua discourse.

La Energaia’s challenge is to select, organize, manage and make discoverable — in English – documents and discussions from multiple sources. NotiEn, a digest written in English by our project journalists, analyzes energy issues and topics from the target languages. We match this more traditional form of producing secondary material with internet crawls and captures designed to save publications posted on Latin American social networking sites and blogs, and policy documents reprinted on electronic government pages.     Such a project requires diverse skills, including — in addition to grant organization and management — the ability to systematically research, crawl, capture, describe, archive and disseminate stories compiled within the LADB as well as in internet accessible policy documents, twitter posts (http://twitter.com/laenergaia) and blog entries, preferably within a seamless structure.

La Energaia’s  team, including Principal Investigators Susan Taino and Johan Van Reenen, Project Directors Nelmy Jerez  and Vickie Madrid Nelson, Technical Guru Renzo Sanchez-Silva,  Web Master George Lloyd Scott, NotiEn coordinator Carlos Navarro, Collections Manager Suzanne Schadl, and student researchers Hilda Paucar, Kira Luna  Aurora Cruz, Ana Berberana and Tanya Sewers, is currently on the brink of launching a unified search feature on the webpage at http://laenergaia.unm.edu/.

This search tool will enable visitors to search data selected and described over the past year from the above mentioned internet and social networking spaces. Team members have created English language metadata for these items, which we are currently merging with DRUPAL taxonomies to facilitate seamless retrieval from La Energaia collections in UNM’s institutional repository, Archive-It and the project’s customized Twitter API in Drupal.

Each of these collections has been available separately through links on the La Energaia page. The problem with this kind of organization is proverbial: It works only for those who know what they’re looking for. When the goal is to put information in the hands of people not even aware of the data’s existence, it is essential to create something better organized and more searchable through standard internet search engines.

Searchable subject specific databases that link users to multiple sources via metadata are nothing new. What is new is creating a discoverable database that can serve the purpose of alerting United States scientists to Latin American advancements within a freely accessible content management system. This system also enables La Energaia to retrieve free, but perhaps less accessible, tweets, posts and pages.  Not unlike the vertical file of the past, this project pulls data on Latin American energy into one space for interested researchers. But unlike the vertical file it does not limit access to those searching a singular topic.

Drupal’s Taxonomy helps to organize websites by attaching descriptive terms to pieces of content. La Energaia’s metadata leads people to find Latin America – Argentina – Buenos Aires, for example in simple search engine queries for “renewable energy” or “wind farms and their impact on indigenous peoples.” By separating countries as vocabulary fields and energy topics as terms and tags, La Energaia ensures that Latin American country names will not get tied up in broad searches for solar cells but that Latin America will become visible as a result of their search.

One need not know anything about La Energaia to find the data this project has compiled, but for librarians working with Latin Americanists, http://laenergaia.unm.edu/ should prove a useful tool and an ideal link for subject guides.

 

Suzanne M. Schadl
University of New Mexico

Northeast Meets Southwest to Celebrate the Latino/a Imaginary


University of New Mexico’s Illustrated Identities exhibit with Codex Delilah on the wall and Crickets in my Mind in display cases. Photo courtesy of Suzanne M. Schadl.

 

On March 5, 2011 the Inter-American Studies Program in University Libraries at the University of New Mexico (UNM) proudly opened Illustrated Identities: The Book in the Latino Imaginary. This exhibit, on display in Zimmerman Library’s Herzstein Latin American Gallery through May 30, contributes to an Albuquerque wide celebration entitled Latino/a Imaginary which will ultimately culminate in a bi-regional (Northeast/Southwest) conference entitled Latino Literary Imagination: East Coast/South West Dialog on Narrative Voices and the Spoken Word. llustrated Identities: The Book in the Latino Imaginary examines Latino/a or Chicano/a imaginations as expressed in books that traverse time and space, crossing and doubling back on boundaries that are both physically and culturally inscribed, and also tightly bound within one another. It features creative and critical texts in two distinct spaces.

The first area, just inside the door of the gallery, is designed to appear and serve as a living space. It harkens back to the earliest manifestation of the Nuyorican Poet’s Café, which first embraced and promoted Latino/a, Chicano/a talent in poet Miguel Algarín’s living room. The rasquache inspired space in this exhibit welcomes that same spirit of openness and appreciation for Latino/a Chicano/a and Hispano/a works. The book case, end table, treasure chest and chairs welcome the UNM community into the space to read, chat and, more importantly, to share their work and ideas. The space contains pieces from the University Libraries’ circulating collections as well as personal items from the homes of Inter-American Studies employees.

The second space, lining the corridor into the Latin American Reading Room, features items from the Center for Southwest Research (CSWR) and Special Collections. These pieces highlight pivotal mentors of Chicano/a and Hispano/a talent in New Mexico, including Rudolfo Anaya, Cecilio García-Camarillo and Delilah Montoya, a photographer and printmaker whose increasingly well-recognized Codex Delilah, Six Deer: A Journey From Mechica to Chicana, on display in this exhibit, follows the Chicana protagonist from Southern Mexico to Aztlán, which she situates within Albuquerque’s Sandia Mountains.

The broad success of Rudolfo Anaya’s novel Bless Me Ultima, published twenty years earlier than Delilah’s Codex, propelled Anaya to the forefront of the Latino/Chicano literary movement. Anaya encouraged New Mexican writers and introduced his students and his community to Chicano/a literature and criticism.  In 1997, he and his wife Patricia inaugurated the annual presentation of the Crítica Nueva Award, established to recognize the foremost scholars in Chicano/a literary criticism. The most recent recipient, Nicolás Kanellos, worked with the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage Recovery Project, which is now partially available in the Arte Público database.

Anaya was not alone in his generous support for Chicano/a literature and criticism in New Mexico. Cecilio García-Camarillo, a noted Chicano activist and publisher of Chicano/a works, also worked within New Mexico to draw attention to Chicano/a literature and performing arts. Garcia-Camarillo’s radio program Espejos de Aztlán (Mirrors of Aztlán), and his work with La Compañía de Teatro de Albuquerque invigorated the Chicano/a arts movement in New Mexico. García-Camarillo’s work also addressed the complexities he recognized in Chicano/a communities throughout New Mexico and the United States.

His and Delilah Montoya’s artist book Crickets in My Mind, also on display in this exhibit, celebrates complexity and community in varied ways. This manifestation of literary and artistic Rasquachismo, a Chicano/a appropriated form that uses whatever materials the artists have on hand, defies simplistic classifications of text. The book itself is bound with horsetail donated by the Navajo Reservation and the Abeyta Ranch in Las Vegas, New Mexico. The paper too is derived from human hair, including that of the artist and several friends.

The text also reflects a collage of “odds and ends,” as the author notes. It includes a condensed interview, two previously published works, a previous conversation, a letter never mailed, and a recorded counseling session. These pieces introduce two diverging characters in the Chicano movement: Ramon the philosopher on the university campus and Reies Lopez Tijerina, the armed defender of Hispano lands. The narrator recounts his personal struggle to find himself in either of these divergent arms of the “movement.”

At times compulsory and at others elective, labels and identities, whether imposed or adopted, ultimately define communities. While the “movimiento” never really reflected one community of Chicano/as or Latino/as or Hispano/as, the marginalization of diverse individuals associated with each of these different groupings created conditions ripe for collaborations and/ or support across philosophies, spaces and identities. While “tweety bird” students, as Garcia- Camarillo calls them in Crickets in My Mind, may never have taken up arms to defend the homeland, they yearned to connect with Reies Lopez Tijerina by inviting him to campus.

It is fitting that Illustrated Identities: The Book in the Latino Imaginary embodies only one piece of a broad scale collaboration in which several Albuquerque institutions, including National Hispanic Cultural Center, the Tamarind Institute,  516 Arts and the Outpost Performance Space, address Latino/a, Chicano/a and Hispano/a creativities. Together these exhibits highlight the works of multiple artists and writers, including Pepón Osorio, Amalia Mesa-Bains, Elena Baca, Yreina Cervantez, Santos Contreras, Ramirez de Arellano, José Montoya, Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz, Viva Paredes, Spain Rodriguez,  José  Bedia, Enrique Chagoya, Juan Sánchez  and the writings of Maria L. Leyba, Georgia Santa-Maria, Cathy Arellano, Jessica Helen Lopez and Andrea Serrano, as well as several formats like serigraphs, lithographs, photographs, drawings, paintings, installations, papel picado, corridos, poems, personal narratives and short stories.

In addition to its collaboration with several Albuquerque arts spaces, this exhibit is part of the Latino Literary Imagination: East Coast/South West Dialog on Narrative Voices and the Spoken Word, a bi-regional conference hosted at Rutgers University from April 7-8, 2011 and at UNM from April 14-15. This conference brings leading and emerging scholars, writers and poets together with critics to reflect on four decades of creativity, activism and scholarship. Its dialog across the imagined borders of Latino/a Northeast and Chicano/a Southwest celebrate difference and collaboration while also addressing multi-dimensional issues like marginalization, identities, convergences, divergences, subjectivities, and perhaps, most importantly, negotiated or contested boundaries – both physical and cultural.

For additional information on these events, please see http://516arts.org/flyers_brochures/2011/516ARTS.Latino-a.VisualImaginary.Guide.pdf and

http://latinocenter.rutgers.edu/news-and-events/events-calendar/latino-literary-imagination

Suzanne M. Schadl
University of New Mexico

 

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