Reissue of “Para las duras/For the Hard Ones”

tatiana de la tierra was a SALALM and REFORMA member. Her 2002 book is being reissued by the journal Sinister Wisdom.

“Sinister Wisdom 108 / For the Hard Ones: A Lesbian Phenomenology” by tatiana de la tierra

Para las duras: Una fenomonologia lesbiana / For the Hard Ones: A Lesbian Phenomenology, originally published in 2002, is a collection of poetry existing from and beyond the boundaries of language, sexuality, and genre.

For those who did not know tatiana, here’s a link to SALALM’s In Memoriam article about her death in 2012.

-Adan Griego

Conference Registration, Scholarships, and Awards–Apply Now!


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SALALM Award for Institutional Collaborative Initiatives
For outstanding collaborative or partnership initiatives for projects involving institutions in Latin America, the Caribbean, or the Iberian Peninsula.
Para iniciativas sobresalientes de colaboración o asociación para proyectos que involucren instituciones en América Latina, el Caribe, o la Península Ibérica.
Para iniciativas de colaborações ou parcerias pendentes para projetos envolvendo instituições da América Latina, do Caribe, ou da Península Ibérica.

Dan C. Hazen SALALM Fellowship
For original scholarly research or professional development pertaining to Latin America, the Caribbean, or Iberia.
Para investigación académica original o desarrollo profesional perteneciente a América Latina, el Caribe, o Iberia.
Para pesquisa acadêmica original ou desenvolvimento profissional pertencente à América Latina, Caribe, ou Iberia.

José Toribio Medina Award
For outstanding contributions by SALALM members to Latin American Studies.
Para contribuciones sobresalientes de miembros de SALALM a Estudios Latinoamericanos.
Para contribuições extraordinárias dos membros da SALALM para estudos latino-americanos.


Statement on Racism and Recent Events

Candlelight vigil for victims in Charlottesville, on the University of Virginia campus. Photo courtesy of Miguel Valladares-Llata, UVa.

The Seminar on the Acquisition of Latin American Library Materials (SALALM) condemns the worldwide propagation of fear, hatred, and terror and stands in solidarity with all who protest hate, inequity, exclusion, and racism. A cornerstone of our mission is to promote cooperative efforts that achieve equitable exchanges of information across our communities and across borders. The viewpoints espoused by U.S. white nationalist terrorists acting domestically in Charlottesville and multi-national terrorists acting in Barcelona recently are equally uninformed and odious. Neither ignorance nor hatred has any place in our organization.

As information professionals, we are dedicated to providing access to information for all people, regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, or national origin, as well as encouraging collaborative scholarly work across international borders. Any policy measure or terrorist act that hinders the exchange of resources across communities and borders, including the fear of bodily harm or discriminatory travel restrictions or bans, undermines our mission and our commitment to the promotion of intellectual growth. Let us be clear: this commitment does not obligate us to provide platforms for views that perpetuate racism, bigotry, hatred, or misinformation.

Contrary to the long-standing belief that library professionals must be neutral, we are obligated to engage diverse perspectives in environments free of violence and hate. The right to free speech is constitutionally protected in the United States, but our first obligation is to the safety and dignity of our patrons. We support intellectual discovery and creative pursuits, which sometimes include the acquisition and study of published and archival materials professing extremist ideas. However, our mission is always the promotion of understanding and our purpose is to educate and to help to avert the tragedies that can result from racism, hatred, and ignorance.

As part of the larger community of librarians and archivists, we share the concerns of the American Library Association and the Association of Research Libraries. We recognize the bold actions of institutions like The Loyola Marymount University Libraries, who have openly condemned the white supremacist and neo-Nazi groups in Charlottesville while distancing their organizational cultures from racist actions and messages. We stand in solidarity with them, with the families who have suffered losses in both Charlottesville and Barcelona, and with anyone who acts to secure diversity, equity, and inclusion.

The Seminar on the Acquisition of Latin American Library Materials (SALALM)

2017 Presidential Travel Fellows

Christina Bleyer is Head of Special Collections and Senior Archivist at the Benson Latin American Collection at the University of Texas at Austin. In her role at The Benson, she manages the collecting, processing, preservation, and accessibility of the Benson Special Collections (both analog and digital) as well as the staff that make this possible. She is currently a member of the steering committee for the Society of American Archivists Latin American and Caribbean Cultural Heritage Archives Roundtable. Dr. Bleyer previously was the Manuscript Archivist at Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Special Collections Research Center and joined the Benson in February of 2016.

Jhensen Ortiz is Assistant Librarian at the CUNY Dominican Studies Institute. His interests include best practices for digital projects and the history of material culture among Dominicans in the U.S. He holds a B.A. in History from the City College of New York. He is pursuing a dual master’s degree in History and Library and Information Science with a concentration in Archival Studies at Queens College.




Kai Alexis Smith earned a Masters in Information and Library Science from Pratt Institute and is currently a subject librarian at Cal Poly Pomona in Pomona, California. She was a 2013 Association of Research Libraries Career Enhancement Program Fellow at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and a 2014 ALA Emerging Leader.