Presidential Message

December 1, 2011...
SALALMistas have been active travelers in the past few months: the LIBER book fair in Madrid was attended by several of our members, and even more attended (FIL) in Guadalajara. Our colleagues Michaela Chavez Villa (Colegio de México) and Adán Griego (Stanford) were among 25 librarians from Mexico and the United States honored for their contributions to FIL over the past 25 years.

LANE (Latin America North East) met recently at NYU's Bobst Library for a productive meeting. Of special interest was a presentation given by Bobray Bordelon of Princeton on Latin American and Caribbean Data Resources. A few intrepid Kansas visited the Occupy Wall Street library after hours, and narrowly missed being caught up in the eviction later that night!

Plans are also underway for electronic elections for SALALM officers, thanks to Ana María Cobos, Stephanie Miles and Jesús Alonso-Rodríguez of the Nominating Committee.

Conference News:
Many thanks to those of you who have proposed papers for our upcoming SALALM Conference dedicated to Popular Culture: Arts and Social Change in Latin America and the Caribbean. Please continue to send me your ideas and to spread the word to interested colleagues, especially those in Latin America.

Planning for SALALM LXVII in Trinidad & Tobago is underway, and the Conference website will be available very soon. In the meantime, and since I have received several requests for information about costs and transportation from members who need to make their travel funding requests early, I will give you a sneak preview:
Hilton Trinidad and Conference Centre (June 16-19)
Rooms have been reserved for participants at a special rate of US$129.00 (single) and US$139.00 (double occupancy) plus 10% service charge and 11.50% tax. Room rates are inclusive of breakfast and internet access.

Travel arrangements should be made as soon a possible to take advantage of lower fares. June 19 is Labour Day, a public holiday in Trinidad and Tobago which may be a busy travel period. Trinidad and Tobago's, main airport, Piarco International Airport is served by a number of airlines, from destinations in the Caribbean, Canada, Central America, South America, Europe and The United States.

Please consider organizing a panel or a single paper for the Conference!

Felices fiestas,

Lynn Shirey
Harvard University