The SALALM Travel Attendance Scholarship Subcommittee is pleased to announce the 2018 awardees, who will attend SALALM 62 in Mexico City. We received a record number of applications for this year’s award, with many highly-qualified applicants. We are delighted to invite this strong group of awardees:
María Daniela Thurber, Catholic University of America
Vanessa Arce, University at Buffalo, State University of New York
Priscila Hernández, University of Texas at Austin
Jeffrey Delgado, CUNY Queens College
Rocío López, Texas Woman’s University
Katherine Villa, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Perri Pyle, University of Maryland
Elizabeth Fedden, University of Washington
María Daniela Thurber is currently a Library and Information Science graduate student at the Catholic University of America. She is the recipient of the Howard and Mathilde Rovelstad Scholarship and is currently an ALA Spectrum and Gates Millennium Scholar. Originally from St. Petersburg, Fl, María spent many summers growing up with her maternal family in Ecuador. Presently, María works as a library technician in the South America Section of the Library of Congress where she supports librarians in processing incoming materials for the collection. María aspires to pursue a PhD program in Information Studies and work in Latin American cultural heritage preservation.
Vanessa Arce is pursuing a Master’s in Library and Information Studies at University at Buffalo, State University of New York (SUNY), where she received the Dean’s Scholarship Award for Educational Diversity and Excellence for the 2017-2018 academic year. Vanessa has a Master’s in French from Middlebury College in Vermont, where she focused on the literature of the French-speaking Caribbean, and a BA in Psychology from the University of Puerto Rico. In the fall of 2018, she will be assisting Reference Librarian, Jorge Matos, in assessing the collection of monographs in Spanish and French across all subjects at the Hostos Community College Library.
Priscila Hernández is a graduate student at the University of Texas iSchool pursuing a Master’s in Information Science degree. She has an MA in Latin American Studies from the University of New Mexico (2016). Her areas of focus include the intersection between Chicana literature and representations of nationalism in public spaces. Currently she works as the post-custodial/digital initiatives graduate research assistant at the Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection, particularly focusing on the digital preservation of human rights records worldwide.
Jeffrey Delgado is a graduate student at the Graduate School of Library and Information Sciences at CUNY Queens College and will complete his degree in May 2018. As a first-generation Colombian-Ecuadorian, he takes special interest in Latin American representation both in the academic field and in librarianship. He has assisted with translating oral histories of many Latin American families for the Queens Library Oral history initiative, Queens Memory.
Rocío López is currently working on her MLS at Texas Woman’s University’s School of Information Science and resides in Houston, TX. Previously, she attended the University of Houston-Victoria where she received her Bachelor of Business Administration in 2016. An amateur musician, a lover of languages, an aspirant historian and writer and a lay scientist, Rocío’s interests are varied. She has a passion for the indigenous peoples of North and South America and hopes to pursue a PhD in Chicano Studies at UCLA in the future.
Katherine Villa is a graduate student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and will graduate with her Master’s in Library and Information Science in May 2018. Of Cuban descent, Katherine became interested in the subversive and non-institutional information seeking and distribution methods she learned of and used while living in Cuba on and off for the past several years. Katherine currently resides in Santiago de Cuba, continuing her LIS research before starting her Ph.D. in Philosophy at the University of Miami in the Fall of 2018.
Perri Pyle is an MA/MLIS student at the University of Maryland, pursuing dual degrees in History (Global Interaction and Exchange) and Library Science (Archives) with a focus on U.S.-Latin American relations. Prior to grad school, Perri graduated cum laude with a BA in History from Southwestern University in Texas. After spending a semester studying abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina, she returned to live and work there for three years, cementing a love for the region that carries through to her current studies. As part of her master’s thesis, Perri is developing a project about the Washington Committee for Human Rights in Argentina, a local activist group founded by Argentines living in D.C. during the Dirty War. She is creating a digital archive that will house both the digitized records donated by former group members, as well as the oral interviews she has conducted with them.
Elizabeth Fedden is an MLIS candidate at the University of Washington and will graduate in June 2018. In the summer of 2017 she designed a knowledge exchange with Capeltic, an Indigenous coffee co-op in Chilón, Mexico to study their coffee production and the information needs of Indigenous farmers. Her work resulted in a publication in Barista Magazine called “Decolonizing Coffee in Chiapas, Mexico.” While obtaining her undergraduate degree at St. John’s College in Santa Fe, Ms. Fedden earned an Ariel Internship Award to fund her studies at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture Laboratory of Anthropology Library where she worked for two years. There she worked with many Spanish-language and Indigenous materials.