Monday December 11th 2017




‘Messages’ Archives

First Presidential Message – SALALM 63

Greetings from New Mexico on this Day of Indigenous Resistance. I hope this message finds you well, but I know many are struggling with natural and human disasters that challenge your resolve. I send my very best wishes for strength and recovery. If your mind’s eye can muster the image, visualize me sending a friendly smile and leaning in with attentive ears.

In the next few days, we will post the theme and instructions for reserving hotel rooms for SALALM 63 in Mexico City from July 1-4, 2018. We will be staying at the Barceló Mexico Reforma  thanks to our excellent hosts at the Biblioteca Daniel Cosío Villegas at El Colegio de México.  The hotel is offering incredibly low rates, but you must reserve before the deadlines announced in the mailing.  Please prepare to reserve your hotel rooms in the next month. This will help secure excellent rates and sufficient space. Arriving a little early will enable you to take advantage of Digital Humanities 2018 which is co-hosted by El Colegio de México.  While hotel reservations for Mexico will be open beginning next week, SALALM 63 Conference registration will not be available until January, as is our norm.

Our Secretariat is busy with our membership drive at the moment. If you have not already, please send your dues by October 31. You might also invite a friend to join SALALM and accompany you in Mexico City. Our Treasurer, Executive Director and Members at Large are working to recruit new personal members and they could use our help. As you prepare membership documents, please consider making a small donation to scholarships and fellowships. We have a new award for Institutional Collaborative Initiatives. This award is designed to highlight outstanding collaborative or partnership initiatives across national boundaries. I am excited to support it and I hope many of you will join me.

As SALALM enters sixty-three years in operation, I am compelled to acknowledge the balance our organization has achieved from conference to conference. The collective efforts of members who are committed to our mission of “supporting research and teaching on Latin America and the Caribbean and Iberia, as well as increased awareness of the regions by identifying and collecting information resources, developing discovery tools and providing research services” help secure SALALM’s stability. Our Executive Board, especially Executive Director, Hortensia Calvo and Treasurer, Peter T. Johnson, as well as Senior Program Coordinator, Carol Avila, and all of our Executive Committee Chairs, keep us in balance by administering operations and finances. Thanks to all who serve!

Reading and understanding SALALM’s Bylaws/Articles of Incorporation with reference to the Operational Handbook is an essential step toward comprehending our responsibilities as members. Please remember that SALALM is a 501C3 nonprofit organization. This formal tax designation comes with advantages and challenges, especially in the frenetic noise of current affairs. It is important to remember that all organizational correspondence or statements on our webpage or social media must to stick to our mission. Please set aside time to re-read SALALM’s organizational documents and send your answers to this anonymous survey.

As our esteemed Past-President and DJ Extraordinaire Daisy Dominguez observed, SALALM is stronger because our membership enables continuity year-round. In addition to thanking her, Barbara Alvarez, and Ann Arbor Local Arrangements for a stimulating conference last May, I want to thank you all for your membership and deep commitment to SALALM’s success year after year. The following list is taste of what is happening now thanks to our membership!

SALALM web page: Our new Webmaster, Lara Aase, with outgoing Webmaster, Melissa Gasparotto, Content Editor, Betsaida Reyes, and Tulane’s in-house technical staff, have been working to redesign and migrate our website. This interim solution will sustain and simplify communications while we identify external assistance in redesigning the website permanently. Melissa Gasparotto deserves extra special mention for many years of vision and hard work, which has sustained our growing web presence. Thank you Melissa! On related notes: Many thanks to Lara Aase, Melissa Gasparotto, Betsaida Reyes, Ryan Lynch, Beverly Karno, Manuel Ostos and Hanni Nabahe for agreeing to serve the SALALM Website Working Group. Join me also in welcoming as our new Social Media Coordinator, Beth Davis Brown, from the Library of Congress.

SALALM Archives: Many thanks to Christina Bleyer (Chair) Hortensia Calvo, Paloma Celis-Carbajal, Paula Covington, Orchid Mazurkiewicz and Lara Aase, who have agreed to serve the SALALM Archives Working Group. They will be developing a description of the duties of the SALALM archivist position as well as a retention schedule. Thanks to all!

SALALM Institutional Collaborative Initiatives Award: Many thanks to Peter T. Johnson (Chair), Talia Guzmán-Gónzalez, Micaela Chávez Villa, Paloma Celis Carbajal, Sarah Aponte, Irene Munster and Janete Estevão, who have agreed to serve as reviewers for the SALALM Institutional Collaborative Initiatives Award. This award will recognize outstanding collaborative or partnership initiatives for new or ongoing projects involving several (two or more) institutions with at least one being in Latin America, the Caribbean or the Iberian Peninsula. We will make our first call for proposals this year.

New Committee Chairs: We have several newly appointed Committee and Sub-Committee Chairs or Co-Chairs this year. Thanks to the following: Jade Madrid, Co-Chair, SALALM Scholarship; Antonio Sotomayor, Chair, Toribio Medina Award; Lisa Gardinier, Chair, Nominations; Wendy Pedersen, Chair, Acquisitions; Lara Aase, Chair, Marginalized Peoples and Ideas; Rafael Tarrago, Chair, Access and Bibliography; Jessica English, Chair, Cuban Bibliography; Christine Hernandez, Chair, Digital Primary Resources; Daisy Dominguez, Chair, Audio-Visual Media Subcommittee and Pamela Espinosa, Co-Chair, Research and Instruction Services.

SALALM’s statement on Racism and Recent Events was drafted in the wake of events in Charlottesville and Barcelona (seems like ages ago). It reflects the inextricable link between our collective mission and current events. In light of even more recent announcements on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) in the United States, it seems prudent to insert the word “deportation” between “bodily harm” and “or discriminatory travel restrictions.” That “simple” edit requires time, organization and consensus from our Executive Committee.

Stay tuned for that additional wording and for SALALM 63: S/Cites, Texts, and Voices in Critical Librarianship: Decolonizing Libraries and Archives. For now, suffice it to say that if SALALM 63 could be encapsulated in a geometric shape, it would be a triangle within which we would triangulate (too much?) analyses of how our tools and processes shape research and teaching on Latin America, Iberia and the Caribbean.

Message from the Secretariat August 8, 2017

Message from the Secretariat
August 8, 2017

Hello to all from the sweltering heat of New Orleans. Thank goodness for mint juleps!
Following the annual meeting in Ann Arbor, I’m writing with some updates on all things Secretariat-related.

  1. SALALM 62. First and foremost, a huge round of applause to our local arrangements team chaired by Barbara Alvarez, as well as to our Presidenta Daisy Domínguez for a job well done! Everything went very well, including the surprise tribute to Peter. Another highlight for me was Ken Mills’ keynote address. A truly inspired meditation on New World missionary narratives, how worldly experience is couched in these writings as a spiritual journey and how a reader who is centuries removed from that experience teases out its meaning. The topic and the delivery were masterful. Thanks to everyone who ensured things went off without a hitch, and to our host institution, the University of Michigan.
  2. Membership News. We have added a few new members since I last reported at the conference in May.
    Current tallies as of today are 327 total members:
    249 Total Personal Members (includes new members, emeritus, students, and honorary)
    78 Total Institutional Members (includes 25 sponsoring members)
    In 2016 we ended the fiscal year (August 31) with 335 members:
    251 Total Personal Members (includes new members, emeritus, students, and honorary)
    84 Total Institutional Members (includes 22 sponsoring members)
    Thank you to all the institutions who support us year in and year out as sponsoring members. Once again, I want to especially thank three very generous libreros for stepping up to the plate and becoming sponsoring members: Books from Mexico, E. Iturriaga y Cía., and Digitalia.
    Parabens to Sonia Silva who joins the ranks of our honorary members as the most recent inductee. Honorary membership is conferred to members who have retired from the profession and who have made significant contributions to the organization. Well done, Sonia! Thank you for all your years of service to SALALM.
    I also want to report that we are getting ready to launch a new initiative to recruit new personal members among college librarians. Stay tuned for more on this…
  3. Parliamentarian/Rapporteurs/Archivist. At Ann Arbor, the Executive Board voted in Roberto Delgadillo as our Parliamentarian. This is not an easy job, as it requires not just knowledge of parliamentary procedures but the ability to translate them, on the spot and in real time, to the way we conduct our meetings at SALALM, our “corporate culture,” if you will. This position had not been filled since Jane Garner’s retirement from SALALM many years ago. A former archivist at UT-Austin, Jane served as both Archivist and Parliamentarian, and although she continued to assist the organization for a while, it was important that we find another member willing to serve. Thank you to Roberto for agreeing to do this.
    I also want to report that Craig Schroer and Nelson Santana will remain on as co-rapporteurs. This is also a job that requires a lot of work—recruiting and scheduling rapporteurs for sessions, gathering everything together, taking the minutes at the two Executive Board meetings, and then ensuring that the text is flawless and accurate, since so many decisions are based on those reports. Thank you so much for all your hard work.
    Also, the newly appointed SALALM Archives Working Group will be gearing up soon to develop a retention schedule for all the documentation we produce as an organization, whether as officers, in committees, task forces, local arrangements and conference activities and more, and to also develop a job description for the position of SALALM Archivist so that one may be appointed. Christina Bleyer is chairing the group; members are Paula Covington, Paloma Celis Carbajal, Melissa Gasparotto, and me. This is something we have been wanting to do for years, since Jane Garner retired (see above), and I’m glad it’s finally getting off the ground.
  4. A huge thank you to Melissa Gasparotto, who has served as SALALM Web Master since 2010 and as Chair of Communications since 2013. Melissa deserves special recognition because she really took on some hands-on endeavors for the organization. She was head troubleshooter and communicator with the IT crew at Tulane for seven years (not a small task), even working through the current redesign and migration, ensuring that the transition to the new webmaster, Lara Aase, is a smooth one. As Chair of Communications, she has demonstrated initiative and the ability to think ahead. Thank you so much, Melissa, for all you have done, and congratulations on your new position at NYPL.
  5. Code of Executive Board Decisions. The summary for 2016-2017, including the Ann Arbor meetings, is attached to this message. As always, the entire set of Executive Board decisions from time immemorial can be consulted here by category and by a keyword search as well: This is an enormously helpful document for referring back to all kinds of matters
    voted on by the Executive Board as we build on past work and move forward with new ideas and initiatives.
  6. Future Conferences. Preparations are already well underway for SALALM 63 in Mexico City, 1-4 July 2018. This year will be a bit different than most. Hotel reservations will take place beginning in mid-September to take advantage of very low room rates for attendees. Conference registration will take place, as always, in the spring. We are working with President Suzanne Schadl and our Mexico City hosts from El Colegio de México, Micaela Chávez and Víctor Cid Carmona, and further details are forthcoming soon. Stay tuned.
    SALALM 64. Thanks to the Benson Collection at the University of Texas-Austin for stepping up to the plate to host us for 2019. One thing’s for sure, we won’t have to worry about jet lag or travel costs for the 2018-2019 president Melissa Guy who will be working in tandem with her colleague AJ Johnson at the Benson, serving as local arrangements. I am sure they have a special program planned.
  7. Secretariat at Tulane. At the Ann Arbor meeting, Tulane presented its proposal to continue serving as headquarters for the Secretariat. EB voted to accept. It is our pleasure to continue doing so for another three years, through FY2020. We are all lucky to count on Carol Avila who has agreed to remain on board for these next three years. If you haven’t already, you will be able to meet Carol in person next year in Mexico City as she joins us at the conference.
  8. This past spring marked the passing of two towering figures in the Latin American book world. Lee Williams, longtime bibliographer at Yale (1967-1986), passed away in May. Though not active in the organization for decades, he was among that generation of bibliographers who built one of the foremost collections of Latin American research material in this country, as attested by the many tributes posted on LALA-L. And we all missed Klaus Vervuert from Iberoamericana/Vervuert Ediciones in Ann Arbor. Klaus’ untimely death just days before the conference was a surprise to all of us, but surely most especially so for his family and staff. As the founder of one of the most prestigious editorial firms in the world devoted to Latin American scholarship, Klaus was a true leader, disseminating the work of scholars from the region, ensuring their reception in the U.S., Europe and beyond. He knew more than most about the Spanish language book trade, and I learned a great deal from him in that regard. At the Secretariat we are working with his family to honor his memory by donating the equivalent of a one-year membership to a charity or cause of their choice. I will let everyone know once we have that information.

Sometime before the Ann Arbor conference, many of us shared on LALA-L the number of years we had been members of SALALM and what it was like to attend our first conference. I, for one, was touched reading so many heartfelt stories of expectations, first encounters, and welcoming colleagues. And so in a couple of
weeks we begin another cycle, another year at SALALM, shepherding projects, devising new ones, debating the upheavals and directions of our profession, always planning towards the future. Along the way, we never really say goodbye to old friends, as they remain with us. But every year we are all enriched with the prospect of new faces, new ideas, and the promise of new friendships. I’m already looking forward to this brand new year.
Hortensia Calvo
Executive Director

SALALM 62 – Presidential Message 4

Dear members,

I’m pleased to share that an almost final version of the SALALM 2017 program is available on the conference website. You’ll notice a few novelties in this year’s format:

  • Workshops: This year, we will have 9 hands-on workshops. Except for the New Member workshop, which will be held on Saturday, May 20th, the other 8 workshops will be run parallel with panels. The program includes links to the EventBrite registration pages and seating is limited, so please remember to sign up early.
  • Relaxation: On the morning of the Opening Reception, Sarah Aponte, who has 26 years of experience as a practitioner of mantra yoga meditation, will lead a guided relaxation exercise. The midway point of the conference between business meetings and panels seems like a good time to exhale away any pre-presentation tensions and re-charge for the full program ahead.
  • Committee Reports: Right after that exercise, we’ve scheduled time for “Substantive Committee Briefings,” where subcommittee chairs can report to substantive committee chairs, who will in turn need to report those findings at Executive Board 2 (on Wednesday, May 24th at 2pm). While some substantive and subcommittee chairs may coordinate to meet at other times, this time is worked in because it is sometimes difficult to track folks down during the conference.
  • Fiesta: Due to venue logistics, the libreros’ reception will be held on the opening day of the conference, Monday, May 22nd. This will be a great way to festively welcome all new attendees to the SALALM family and “break the ice” sooner. Don’t forget to support your faithful DJ by filling out the song request form!
  • Detroit Day Trip: We still have a few spots for a post-conference day trip to Detroit. Please fill out this form if you would like to participate.

It’s almost April and the conference is fast approaching! Please do not leave registration and hotel booking to the last minute. The conference lodging venues are filling up quickly. The Inn at the Michigan League is already full.

As always, please contact me or Barbara Alvarez (Chair of Local Arrangements) if you have any questions.



SALALM 62 – Mensaje presidencial 3

Queridos SALALMer@s,

El tiempo parece que vuela más rápido en diciembre por ser mes de celebraciones, regalos y reuniones con nuestros compañeros y seres queridos. Ojalá estén gozando las celebraciones plenamente y que tengan un momentito para leer este mensaje donde les anticipo un poco lo que será SALALM 2017. En el 2017, el formato del congreso de SALALM será un poco variado. Mantendremos los dos días de reuniones de trabajo, pero en el programa formal, vamos a agregar talleres simultaneamente con presentaciones de panel. Esperamos que este formato compartido les plazca tanto a los que nos gustan los paneles tradicionales como a los que nos gusta aprender de forma más activa y en grupo. Estos son los títulos de los talleres y las personas que los conducirán para que vayan animándose a inscribirse:

  • “Building Open Source Webmaps Using Historic Maps” – Justin Joque, University of Michigan
  • “From Presentation to Article: A Hands-on Academic Writing Workshop” – Alison Hicks, University of Colorado, Boulder
  • “Inspired and Creative Collaborative Teaching with Primary Sources: From identification to Utilization” – Fernando Acosta-Rodríguez, Princeton University; Paula A. Covington, Vanderbilt University; Christine Hernández, Tulane University; Jennifer Osorio, University of California, Los Angeles. Peter T. Johnson, SALALM Treasurer
  • “Integrating the Visual: Tools for Teaching with Images, Objects, and Museums” – Ryan Lynch, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • “Latin American Studies: Collection Development for Beginners” [New Member Workshop] – Adán Griego, Stanford University
  • “Preserving Sound Recordings in Your Collections: From Format Identification to Digital Preservation” – Maya Lerman & Julia Kim, Library of Congress
  • “RDA Workshop RDA Cataloging: Describing Moving Images, Audio Recordings, and Print Music” (two-part workshop) – John B. Wright, Brigham Young University
  • “Translating the ACRL Framework into Your Library Instruction” – Jo Angela Oehrli & Barbara Alvarez, University of Michigan Library

Compartiremos la inscripción para los talleres cuando el programa haya sido finalizado en la primavera.

Por otra parte, la inscripción para participar en SALALM 2017 se abrirá el 30 de enero del 2017. Si es posible, por favor inscríbanse lo más pronto posible ya que el saber el número de asistentes sería de gran ayuda para Barbara Alvarez, nuestra Coordinadora de logística del congreso, y su equipo.

Los que me conocen saben que me gusta un poco la informalidad, así que ¡prepárense! … porque es probable que su humilde presidenta será el DJ en la recepción de los libreros. Hay varios motivos por esta novedad, pero el más importante es el hecho que queremos que el baile sea tan diverso como es SALALM – o sea que se representen todos los géneros desde salsa hasta soca hasta samba. Así que ayúdenos a que ésto se haga una realidad y si tienen pedidos especiales, vayan enviándoles desde ya, pues hasta para eso tenemos formulario: ¡El Jotform no es solo para inscribirse en el congreso, señores y señoras!

Por último, siendo éste mi último mensaje del 2016, en una época cuando no solamente estamos gozando de las fiestas pero también reflexionando sobre el año pasado y el futuro, quiero reconocer que este año ha sido difícil para algunos de nosotros como individuos y/o como nación(es). Esto ha sido debido a pérdidas, tragedias, y cambios trancendentales en nuestras vidas que a veces han venido repentinamente y a veces porque uno mismo decide que ya era hora para el cambio. A veces estos acontecimientos parecen abrumadores y uno no sabe qué hacer. Ojalá todos tengamos gente solidaria y seres queridos que nos acompañen en estos momentos; es más, a veces nos damos cuenta quienes son nuestros seres queridos durante estas épocas. Pero a veces nos toca aguantar los tiempos difíciles solos y se nos hace más difícil ver “la luz al fin del túnel.” Pero a la larga, creo que es a nosotros como individuos que nos toca poquito a poco ir cambiando nuestras vidas y el mundo. Así que cuando se desanimen o flaqueen, acuérdense de este pedazo del poema Desiderata de Max Ehrmann:

Sobre una sana disciplina,
sé benigno contigo mismo.
Tú eres una criatura del universo,
no menos que los árboles y las estrellas,
tienes derecho a existir,
y sea que te resulte claro o no,
indudablemente el universo marcha como debiera.
Por eso debes estar en paz con Dios,
cualquiera que sea tu idea de Él,
y sean cualesquiera tus trabajos y aspiraciones,
conserva la paz con tu alma
en la bulliciosa confusión de la vida.
Aún con todas sus farsas, penalidades y sueños fallidos,
el mundo es todavía hermoso.
Sé alegre.
Esfuérzate por ser feliz.*

De todo corazón, les deseo mucha paz, desarollo espiritual, y amor a ustedes, a sus seres queridos y al mundo en el 2017 y siempre. ¡Hechémosle ganas al 2017!


SALALM 62 – Presidential Message 2

diegorivera Here we are after our docent-led visit to the sunny Diego Rivera mural courtyard at the Detroit Institute of the Arts.

Dear members,

I had a lovely time during my site visit at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor in mid-September. Since I arrived early, Barbara Alvarez took me to the Detroit Institute of the Arts where we visited the Diego Rivera mural courtyard. This visit was made more meaningful by the friendly docent who led a talk about the mural’s themes as well as historical and personal anecdotes about Rivera’s time in Detroit. The impromptu lecture nicely paralleled the intention of next year’s conference theme in that he used teaching to help connect us to art and its significance. During lunch at the museum café, we also had a chance to listen to live music! Barbara is planning a post-conference day trip to Detroit and, as this will most likely be one of your stops, I am certain those of you who sign up will have a great time.

Local Arrangements Team on the move! Local Arrangements Team on the move!

Music follows me because once on campus, from my room at the Inn at the Michigan League, I had a moment of musical reverie courtesy of The Burton Memorial Tower and Carillon bells. (If you would like to make a request ahead of your stay, you can try tweeting @umich using the hashtag #CarillonRequest.) Barbara, Nerea, and I spent time visiting spaces for panels, workshops, and receptions, and the conversations that resulted helped us solidify conference details. I met some of the Hatcher Library administration and staff who are hosting us or who will be helping to organize the conference. I also met two librarians who will lead two of the workshops we have in store for you. I’m grateful that Barbara has put me in touch with local specialists to make these events possible. The local talent is such that I did not need to look far for someone to hit the high notes of intellectual inspiration at opening session. I’m very pleased to announce that Dr. Kenneth Mills (J. Frederick Hoffman Professor of History at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor) has accepted our invitation to be keynote speaker. He has several friends and admirers in SALALM so I know that you will all make him feel right at home among us.

One of the highlights of my trip came during down times when I spent time with Barbara and Nerea and their families. As a way to explain our farewells after dinner in the evenings, Nerea would say to her little girl, who was the life of our merry parties, “Daisy está regresando a casa a cargar sus baterías!” Así que nuevamente me despido a cargar mis baterías, esperando que ustedes sigan cargando las suyas para poco a poco estar a los 100% en mayo  2017!


P.D. Es octubre. Si aún no se han renovado como miembros de SALALM, por favor háganlo antes del 31 de octubre cuando se impone la multa de $12. Como dice nuestro atesorado tesorero, los pagos puntuales nos ayudan con la administración fluida de nuestro querido SALALM. ¡Manos a la obra!

news The Democratic VP candidate gave a speech outside Hatcher library on the last day of my #salalm62 site visit.Barbara joked, “The world awaits President Domínguez and VP Elect Kaine!”


SALALM 62 – Presidential Message 1

Dear members,

It has now been a few months since I’ve seen your smiling faces in Charlottesville. I would like to once again thank Paloma Celis-Carbajal, Miguel Valladares Llata, the Secretariat, and the entire SALALM 2016 team for all their hard work and for such an impressive experience. Attending our annual conference gives me a professional and spiritual lift. Hearing about all your projects is both inspiring and motivational. And the signature of the SALALM conference experience is the chance to spend time with such bright and warm colleagues. My personal SALALM afterglow tends to fade after a few weeks when my daily routine sets in. I am happy to report that this year, it feels like it is extending much longer because I can see that we are finding new ways to connect even while we are physically and temporally apart. Members are availing themselves of GoToMeeting, Skype, and the good old fashioned telephone to continue SALALM work after the last conference has wrapped up and leading up to the next one. The latest in this push for continuity are the Google Groups being created, most recently by the subcommittees for Marginalized Peoples and Ideas and Cataloging and Bibliographic Technology, respectively. Several of you also keep us current year-round via our social media presence on Facebook and Twitter. As a trusted SALALM advisor recently noted to me, these efforts are promising in terms of the possibilities of sustaining our work and productivity year-round. My compliments to all of you for your steadfast dedication and for keeping the fire lit throughout the year. SALALM is all the stronger for it!

Looking ahead to next year’s conference, I would like to share that the theme has been finalized and translated into Spanish and Portuguese and is available for you to review and share. I would like to extend a special thanks to Ana Domínguez Ochoa, Luis González, and Hortensia Calvo for translating and editing the Spanish version and to Vera Araujo, Tim Thompson, and Ana DeAssis-Thompson for translating and editing our theme into Portuguese. Our panel and presentation submission form is now available, as well. Many thanks to Sarah Aponte and Tim Thompson for translating the form into Spanish and Portuguese. Please note that if you are proposing an individual paper rather than a panel, the panel-related fields will disappear (and vice-versa). Please also note that the paper and panel submission deadline falls on December 5, 2016 this time. The early deadline will allow us to accommodate the workshops and research-a-thons* to be featured at the conference. I hope that the integration of these new formats into our regular program will be a meaningful and worthwhile experience for all of you and look forward to receiving your paper and panel proposals.

My next message to you is scheduled for after my site visit with Barbara Álvarez, Chair of the Local Arrangements Committee, in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Many of you will be reading my post in the midst of the busy fall semester. You will also have received the SALALM membership renewal and committee preference forms, which are sent out in September, from the Secretariat. Please keep this in mind as you schedule your professional annual renewals. Here’s to a successful fall semester!

Warm regards,

* Thanks to Alison Hicks and Jesús Alonso-Regalado for helping me to add the term research-a-thon to my vocabulary.

SALALM’s LXI Annual Meeting is fast approaching!

Dear colleagues,

Our annual meeting is very close to being completely programed! Keep registering and don’t forget to reserve your hotel room.

Some general highlights of what’s coming very soon:

1.     The conference will start full steam in the morning of May 9th with the opening and the keynote lecture by Dr. Charles Hale, Director of LLILAS Benson, Latin American Studies and Collections at UT-Austin. This keynote will also be the kick start to the roundtable series.

2.     This year, as part of the conference activities, we will have a series of roundtables (May 9-10) which emerged from a desire to explore the implications of globalization for academia, and, in particular, on Latin American studies. These roundtables have been designed to facilitate an open and integrative space in which we will all reflect, discuss, challenge, make recommendations and build collaborations for future directions in Latin American Studies. They also seek to actively involve participation from the core constituents of area studies teaching and learning, including representatives from the scholarly research, publishing, teaching, and librarianship communities.

The roundtable discussions will address the fact that the focus on globalization in higher education requires a deep and broad understanding of all cultures and societies, which translates to a greater demand for international resources. What is the impact on globalized campuses and how will this fact influence the support for area and international collections and services without forgetting the question of the privileged position of the Global North in Latin American and the Caribbean academic discourse?

The first week of April we will announce the fourteen presenters at these roundtables. For more details on the topics of the roundtables and the readings, go here:

I’m hoping that there will be as many SALALM colleagues as possible taking an active part at these discussions. So please, make travel arrangements to attend since day 1.

3.     Our colleagues from the recently formed interest group Digital Scholarship in Latin America (DíScoLA) will be offering a 90-minute workshop, in conjunction with the Digital Scholars Lab at the University of Virginia. We will have more details the last week of March.

4.     We have 15 presentation panels on a wide array of topics within this year’s main theme. All of which will take place between May 11 and May 13. I will be able to share details by the end of March.

A big shout out to all our colleagues that have been actively helping out, in many ways for this conference to happen, especially, Miguel Valladares, our host at the University of Virginia and Hortensia Calvo, our Executive Director.


Stay tuned!


Kind regards,


SALALM President 2015-2016

First Presidential Message – SALALM LXI

Dear colleagues,

Several months have passed since our 60th annual conference in Princeton in which our Past President Luis González and Fernando Rodríguez, chair of local arrangements, alongside Hortensia Calvo, our Executive Director organized a wonderful conference to celebrate this landmark anniversary. The academic program for SALALM LX showed, once more, the strong national and international ties that we have been building and the multifaceted work that we do as library specialists.

Our next conference has been taking shape over these months. The conference theme is out and, as the theme mentions, for 2016 there will be some slight changes in our program in order to accommodate the round tables that will take place during the first two days. Out of the total number of committee, subcommittee, interest, and affiliated group work meetings, thirteen will meet via GoToMeeting prior to our conference in May and will report at the Executive Committee meetings held during the conference. The remaining committees and interest groups will meet, as usual, during the conference days. I want to thank all committee chairs and other SALALM colleagues that have accepted this one-time-only situation in order to support and free up time to hold the round tables during the regular days of our conference.

It is my pleasure to announce that Dr. Charles Hale, Director of the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies (LLILAS) at The University of Texas at Austin since 2009, has kindly accepted the invitation to be our keynote speaker. Dr. Hale’s article on “The Future of Latin American Studies” (Americas Quarterly, 2014) is one of the texts that inspired me for the SALALM conference theme. In addition, he will bring a unique perspective to our conference as the director of a Latin American Studies institute which includes the Benson Collection, one of the largest and most comprehensive library collections on the area. Among his achievements as director of LLILAS, he facilitated the merging of LLILAS and the Benson Collection. Dr. Hale’s critical insight on the transformation of area studies will be key to the discussions that will take place during the round tables.

I strongly believe that collaborative work and dialogue with others fosters a more creative environment. For that reason, I have put together a committee of SALALM colleagues that are helping me with the creation of these round tables: Luis González from Indiana University, Alison Hicks from University of Colorado-Boulder, and Miguel Valladares from the University of Virginia. We started working over a month ago. As soon as the preparation is done, we will upload all the details to the conference website.

The calls for submissions to our travel grant Enlace (deadline Feb. 13, 2016), our SALALM scholarship (deadline March 15, 2016), and the recently created Dan Hazen Fellowship (deadline Dec 15, 2015) have been updated in our website. The review committees are all looking forward to receiving many applications!

I would like to call your attention on the Dan Hazen Fellowship, which was created this fall to honor the memory of one of SALALM’s strongest leaders. Dan always stressed the importance of in-depth knowledge and continuous professional development of subject specialists in order to build stronger collections and provide the highest quality of service. With this in mind, the goal of this fellowship is to strengthen our junior, mid and senior status members through the award of partial financial support for either scholarly research or professional development. The Fellowship Review Committee will evaluate each submission and awards will be announced February 1, 2016. Thanks to the recently formed committee that has been working diligently to have this new fellowship in place this semester, especially to Peter Johnson, its chair.

Miguel Valladares, the chair of local arrangements, has been working very hard towards our next conference. He will soon be adding details for lodging, registration to the SALALM conference website, as well as other pertinent information related to the University of Virginia and Charlottesville.

As I mentioned in the email in which I shared the conference theme, SALALM is the main reason that I decided to become a librarian twelve years ago. Its collegiality is energizing and a pillar of my professional life. As I prepare this conference, you, my colleagues, confirm over and over that I made the best decision. My deepest appreciation to you all for your support!

I am glad to report that, within the first week of the announcement of the conference theme, I received the first proposals for presentations. Keep them coming!

Stay tuned for several announcements that will come in the following weeks.

Happy Thanksgiving for those of you in the U.S. and safe and fulfilling travels for those of you attending the Feria Internacional del Libro de Guadalajara!

Warm regards,

OAS Congratulates SALALM on its 60th Anniversary

SALALM is very appreciative of Ambassador Albert R. Ramdin, Assistant Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), for his congratulatory letter on the observance of the 60th anniversary of the founding of SALALM.  Support from the OAS was critical in SALALM’s formative period.  From 1956 through 1973, SALALM’s Executive Secretariat was unofficially based within the OAS’ Library Development Program, led by the visionary Marietta Daniels Shepard.  The full text of Ambassador Ramdin’s letter can be accessed here.

I would also like to acknowledge the invaluable assistance of Beverly Wharton-Lake, Director of the Columbus Memorial Library at the OAS, for securing the letter from Ambassador Ramdin.  SALALM appreciates the consideration and thoughtfulness of both the Columbus Memorial Library and the Organization of American States on the observance of this milestone in the history of our organization.

Submitted by Luis A. González
President, SALALM (2014-2015)
Indiana University
15 July 2015



Third Presidential Message – SALALM 2015 – ENLACE becarios

Prezados colegas/Dear Colleagues/Estimados colegas,

I would like to share with you very stimulating news about the Enlace Travel Award Program.

Over the years, Enlace has become one of the flagship programs of SALALM as an area studies library organization.  Enlace promotes professional networking between librarians from North American institutions and librarian colleagues who work in Latin America and the Caribbean.  The Enlace becarios receive a grant to attend the SALALM annual conferences.  In return, they commit to present a paper on a panel session at the conference.  Altogether, 81 librarians and information professionals from as many as 23 countries from Latin America, the Caribbean, and Spain have been direct beneficiaries of the Enlace Program since its creation in 1986.  Many Enlace Awardees have led successful careers in librarianship, making invaluable contributions to the profession.  I am thinking of colleagues such as Helen Ladrón de Guevara (1988), Rosa María Fernández de Zamora (1992), and Jesús Lau (1996), just to mention three prominent Mexican librarians with whom I have collaborated in recent years.  A list of Enlace becarios from 1986 to 2014 is available at

I am very happy to report that the three Latin American librarians who were selected as grant recipients by the Enlace Committee this year have confirmed participation in the upcoming SALALM LX Conference at Princeton University.  We will have the opportunity to visit with these talented Enlace becarios during the meeting, but I would like to take this opportunity to say a few words about their professional backgrounds and the topics of their presentations.

Susana Arias Arévalo is the Head of the Periodicals Division at Biblioteca Lo Contador at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile in Santiago.  She is also responsible for managing the Special and Rare Books Collection at her institution.  In her presentation “El futuro del pasado: Proyecto Fondo Antiguo de la Universidad Católica de Chile,” Susana will report on an interdisciplinary initiative to enhance the cataloging records of a historically significant collection of rare books dating back to the 16th century held at the Universidad Católica.

Janete Saldanha Bach Estevão is a reference librarian in the Sistema de Bibliotecas (SiBi) at the Universidade Federal do Paraná in Curitiba.  She will be speaking about digital repositories created by both Brazil’s Ministry of Education and her own institution.  These initiatives have been instrumental in promoting not only greater access to electronic scholarly content, but more importantly, they have served to increase international visibility of Brazilian scholarship.  Janete’s presentation is entitled “From Public Policies to Academic Initiatives towards Electronic Resources Access in Brazil.”

Adriana Ríos Parra is the Coordinator of Proyecto FLACSO Andes, based in Quito.  In her presentation “Indicadores académicos de la Biblioteca Digital FLACSO Andes,” Adriana reviews the achievements of the open access portal originally launched in 2008.  Based on a model of inter-institutional cooperation, Proyecto FLACSO Andes has established itself as a leading open access initiative in the region.

SALALM allocates $1,000 to support the Enlace Program each year.  The bulk of the funding, however, comes from the now fabled raffle prize ticket sales at the SALALM annual meetings and the generous stream of donations from members.  In the last fiscal year, the sale of raffle prize tickets generated $1,784 and individual member donations accounted for $726 of the Enlace budget.  Every year at the SALALM meeting, we see the dedicated Enlace Committee members busily selling tickets for the raffle.  The prizes—it must be also acknowledged—are generously donated by SALALM members.  The sale of tickets and the actual drawing ceremony that takes place during the highly anticipated Libreros’ Reception event are both firmly entrenched as part of SALALM’s lore and professional identity.

This year the Enlace Program budget received a significant boost from a donation of $1,500 made by Susanne Bach Books from Brazil.  This generous gift allowed the Enlace Committee to select three Latin American librarians to attend the SALALM LX Conference.  In explaining Susanne Bach’s motivation to make this gift, Vera Araujo pointed not only to her business partners’ desire to support Enlace on the year that the SALALM annual conference is dedicated to Brazil, but also their appreciation for an organization that quoting Vera’s own words “has been so supportive of our lives’ work and has also helped to disseminate Brazilian and Latin American culture abroad.”

Based in Rio de Janeiro, Susanne Bach Books from Brazil is one of the oldest libreros from Latin America that specialize in furnishing library materials to North American and European institutions.  The firm’s founder, Dr. Susanne Eisenberg Bach (1909-1997), held a doctorate in Romance Philology from the University of Munich.  Fleeing Nazi persecution of German Jews, she resettled in Paris in 1933 where she worked for well-established publishers and antiquarian booksellers such as Librarie Droz and Julius Hess.  For a time, she also worked for prominent Spanish philologist Ramón Menéndez Pidal who had taken temporary exile in France during the Spanish Civil War.  In 1941, Dr. Bach migrated to Rio, adopting Brazil as her country for the next four decades.  Life must have been challenging for an impoverished, single mother in a strange country.  But drawing on her subject knowledge and book trade know-how, she was well-positioned to launch the successful book-exporting business that we know today.  The biographical sketches available on the websites of the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers ( and the Casa Stefan Zweig ( offer a glimpse into Susanne Bach’s fascinating life and career as one of SALALM’s pioneer libreros.  Dr. Bach herself provides a personal reflection on her own origins as a specialized book dealer in a short piece published in the proceedings of the SALALM XXXI Conference, which was hosted by the Ibero-American Institute in Berlin in 1986.

Susanne Bach retired from her company moving back to Germany in 1983.  After her retirement, her long-time partner, Patrick Levy, took the helm of the company for the next few years.  Vera Araujo joined the firm in the early 1980s, after her long sojourn working and studying in the United States.  By 1986, Patrick and Vera had become business partners.  In 2007, Sandra Soares entered into the firm as full partner in recognition of her many years of dependable service to the firm.

We are more than grateful to Patrick, Vera, and Sandra at Susanne Bach Books from Brazil for their generous gift to the Enlace Travel Award Program.  Supporting SALALM’s flagship program further strengthens one of our core missions—promoting the exchange of ideas, training, and expertise among librarians and information specialists working throughout the Americas.

In closing, I would also like to recognize the dedication and professionalism of past and current members of the Enlace Travel Award Committee.  The strength of the Enlace Program is also due to the hard work of many colleagues who have served on the committee.  I am particularly grateful to current committee co-chairs Teresa Chapa, Betsaida Reyes, and Daniel Schoorl for their able stewardship of this key program in our organization.

Saudações cordiais/Best regards/Saludos cordiales,



Luis A. González

President, SALALM (2014-2015)

Indiana University

5 June 2015

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