Sunday May 27th 2018




‘Messages’ Archives

Presidential Message


Dear Colleagues,

The SALALM conference is a few weeks away.  The tentative program of the conference has been posted and we are making the final adjustments to the schedule. As you know, Gayle Williams helped me schedule the committee meetings and has adjusted them to accommodate your requests.  I agree with Gayle when she says that scheduling the committee meetings is a “balancing act.” I would like to add that Gayle has been a magician in maneuvering that “balancing act,” and if there aren’t any major conflicts with the committee meetings schedule, all the credit has to be given to her.

The Panels and the Presenters  

We have a wide range of topics to be presented by an interesting group of panelists. In addition to our dear SALALMistas/eros colleagues, who are included in the panels, round tables and workshops, we will have a good number of presenters who are non-SALALM members.  Some of them are from institutions that are not directly associated with Latin American Studies.  I believe that engaging with colleagues from diverse cultural and professional backgrounds will open up ways of connecting, sharing and understanding different ways of thinking and doing research.  Not only will they represent the United States but will also Canada, Australia, Pakistan, Zimbabwe and several Latin American countries.

The Workshops and Topical Meals

For those of you who want to participate, I would like to remind you to sign up to attend the free workshops and/or topical meals.  I believe that he Topical Meals initiative is going to be a great success.

The Film Festival

Teresa Chapa, who is the Curator of the Film Festival, has done an amazing job in organizing a very interesting film program, which will include films and documentaries from different countries addressing very important issues.  The Film Festival is free and open to all the conference participants. There will be a detailed schedule of the on-going films.

The Guatemalan (Maya Quiche) Cultural Group

We are very fortunate to have the opportunity to enjoy the presentation of a Maya-Quiche Cultural Group.  The members of this group are dedicated to keeping alive their traditional culture, a legacy of their Maya-Quiche ancestors.  The Cultural Group is a non-profit organization supported by the central government and private organizations.  Coincidentally, the group is having a series of presentations in different parts of the United States and we were able to arrange a presentation at the SALALM Conference.

Warm regards,


Maya-Quiche Cultural Group

Presidental Message

For the last few months I have been diligently working on the organization of the SALALM conference. Before I proceed to talk about the progress I have made in organizing the conference, I would like to mention two major events that deeply affected all of us in the organization.

The end of an era: Adán Benavides retired from the University of Texas 

With this suggestive title, David Block and Margo Gutierrez from the University of Texas, beautifully describe what it means for SALALM to see our dear friend and colleague retiring from his remarkable life as a librarian. He was indeed, a corner stone of the organization. David and Margo’s article reminded me of Adan’s remarkable career and accomplishments, his valuable contributions to the world of librarianship and more importantly, the indelible path he traced for all of us. Although I will not repeat here the wonderful things written about Adán, I recommend all of you to read the article:

Barbara Valk’s Legacy: A HAPI family 

The unexpected news of Barbara passing away shocked many of us in the organization. Several messages were sent through LALA-L, expressing moving sentiments of love, respect and admiration for her extraordinary accomplishments as HAPI’s founder and director.

Perhaps her most enduring contribution to librarianship was the creation of the Hispanic American Periodicals Index – HAPI. Barbara was a visionary in her own right, who foresaw the impact that the electronic resources have in our profession. She was the mastermind and the architect of this invaluable resource. She recruited volunteers from SALALM, creating, developing and nourishing a happy family of HAPI indexers.

I would like to paraphrase here what Orchid Mazurkiewicz, new Director of HAPI, shared with us, the indexers: Barbara designed HAPI as a project that relied on the close collaboration, hard work, and expertise of volunteers. She had great respect for our indexers. She had a dynamic personality and keen intellect.

Paradoxically, Barbara leaves us when HAPI is becoming more sophisticated and exciting: HAPI is now compatible with the open source citation manager Zotero. This means that we can now use an electronic form to input our work directly into HAPI. Until now, we have been sending our work in plain

text and the HAPI staff uploaded it into the system. For us, the indexers, this is a welcomed and exciting change. We attended a HAPI Central Indexer Tutorial held in a Blackboard Collaborate session and from now on we will use the new system. That is not all! Our dear HAPI database even got a last name: It is now called HAPI Central! :}

I believe that after all her extraordinary work, Barbara embarked herself on a journey that may lead her to join a group of friends and colleagues, who also have left us: Eduardo Lozano, Scott Van Jacob and many others… Together with Barbara, they inspired and mentored many of us.

Friendly invitation to new members to get involved in SALALM 

Thinking about those who have departed makes me reflect on the younger generation of SALALM members. Throughout its history, SALALM has been revitalized with the energy, creativity and fresh ideas of the new and younger members of the organization. I would like to take this opportunity to cordially invite them to get involved. I am offering here few suggestions for their participation and involvement:

– Learn about the different committees; select the one in which you would like to participate and inform the committee chair. 

– Volunteer as a Rapporteur in the SALALM conferences. The call for volunteers will soon appear in LALA-L

– VOTE! VOTE! VOTE! Elections are generally held few months before the annual conference

– Embrace every opportunity to share with and learn from senior SALALM members. The mutual exchange of ideas contributes to the constant growth and strengthening of the organization


Comments about the SALALM conference in Miami 

I had the opportunity to travel to Miami twice. On my first visit, in October 2012, Mei, Gayle and I met with the Colonade Hotel Managers and talked about the general logistics and plan for the conference. I also met with members of the staff and faculty of the Host Institutions. They were very excited about the SALALM conference and offered their full support and hospitality. I traveled to Miami for the second time in February. Mei, Gayle and I visited the hotel again and finalized the details regarding hotel arrangements. The managers were very friendly and efficient and they said that they are looking forward to helping us in the best way possible.

To assist us with traveling to Miami, Mei Mendez and Gayle Williams started a section in the Conference web page entitled Memo from Miami where they are posting very useful information. I would recommend visiting the site regularly: 


Teresa Chapa is enthusiastically organizing the Film Festival. If you would like to recommend a film to be included, please contact Teresa at:

We are thrilled that “Garifuna in Peril” (Garifuna en Peligro) will be screened. The information below was published in the Honduras Weekly:

“Ruben Reyes and Ali Allie’s new film “Garifuna in Peril” (Garifuna en Peligro) — the first part of the Garifuna Trilogy — has opened in London, New York, Santa Fe, San Diego and Los Angeles since its release in December 2012. In April 2013, the film will play at the Boston International Film Festival, the Chicago Latino Film Festival, the 22nd Arizona International Film Festival in Tuscon, Arizona and at the WorldFest Film Festival in Houston, Texas, where the directors have been nominated for an award.”

Furthermore, the article goes on to mention that the movie will be shown at the SALALM Conference:

“University professors and libraries have also expressed interest in the film, possibly the first film produced for commercial distribution with the majority of the dialog in a language related to a Latin American Indian language. For example, the film has been invited to be shown at the SALALM conference in Miami, Florida in May 2013. SALALM is the professional organization of Latin American collection librarians of Europe, Latin America, and the US. Their conference this year is specifically related to collecting materials, many of which are in media other than traditional print books, related to Latin American Indian cultures, and to their social movements fighting for human rights.”

The full article is available at: 

I look forward to enjoying the delicious gourmet food in Coral Gables, going to the gym and eating light for a day or two before the conference. Miami is going to be a treat …….

Dessert at SEASONS 52 in Coral Gables: Highly recommended… 

Finally, I would like to express my gratitude to all of the people that have been helping me with the planning and organization of the conference. I think we are going to have a very enjoyable, productive and unforgettable meeting in Miami.

Warm regards to all,

Martha Mantilla
University of Pittsburgh 

From the President

The year 2012 ended with the energizing news of Roberto Delgadillo’s winning the “I Love My Librarian Award.” We were also happy with the comforting fact that the world did not end on Friday, Dec. 21st, 2012, after all.  What a wonderful irony! This  eschatological belief of the Mayas has preceded the occurrence of this conference as we are engaged in our pursuit of the nature and role of the indigenous peoples thought and action towards the improvement of the global human condition in the postmodern world.

As the year 2013 started, I have been pleased by the wonderful reception of the 58th Conference among both members and non-members of SALALM. I have received interesting proposals for presentations, panels, workshops and roundtables. Thus, I feel confident that we will have a vibrant and exciting conference.

In the meantime, the challenges of organizing the conference are becoming more evident. One of them is finding resources to facilitate the attendance of diverse groups of participants from Latin American countries. The cost of traveling to Miami to participate in SALALM is often beyond the personal and/or institutional means for many of our Latin American colleagues. As such, we are exploring ways to encourage individual and institutional donations to support the conference.

This year we are going to re-institute the No-Host Thematic/Topical Meals: A SALALM initiative for collegial community-building.  This great idea, suggested by Peter Johnson, will not only allow us to reach new participants but, more importantly, will enable us to share knowledge. This is also a good idea for networking. The abundance of  restaurants near the beautiful Westin Colonnade Hotel at Coral Gables will contribute to making this meal-related initiative very appetizing.

Peter Johnson kindly agreed to write the rationale behind this initiative plus the guidelines for its implementation.  I am cordially inviting all of you to read the information below and seriously consider submitting a proposal to lead a discussion table in a No-Host Meal.

Warm regards to all,

Martha Mantilla
University of Pittsburgh


Guidelines for Topical Meals – A SALALM Community-building Initiative


One of the most important functions that SALALM provides is that of building personal and institutional networks that form a strong community to meet the challenges involved with assisting scholars and students conducting research on Latin America. SALALM consists of many different types of communities as demonstrated by the work of its various committees, the content of its annual conferences, the hosting of affiliated groups, and the queries posted and resolved on LALA-L. Since its founding in 1956, SALALM has responded to the many changes occurring in Latin America and influencing research, and throughout all these years a critical factor has been the strength of the individual and collective networks formed by individual SALALM members.

SALALM LVIII expects many members to participate, and anticipates welcoming a good number of new members and student members. We hope to facilitate the community building between these two groups by re-instituting the program option of small group discussions around a focused topic during a meal. The centrality of food to community is well known, and so too is discussion and learning; SALALM LVIII proposes to combine both aspects for our conference attendees.

The no-host meal consists of a speaker along with five individuals (who have signed up in advance). The leader selects the restaurant and makes the reservation; those participating meet at the indicated time and place to go together to the restaurant. Each participant is responsible for his/her meal costs, including taxes and tip. Often restaurants automatically add the tip for groups of six or more; the menu will indicate that, as will the final bill. Because many restaurants will not issue individual bills for groups, participants should come prepared with cash.

By limiting the discussion to six people, a more focused and rewarding time is feasible. Participation by Libreros, bibliographers, publishers, catalogers, reference specialists, and scholars in the past made these meals an important additional learning experience, and opportunity to meet new people. Topics included publishing under dictatorships, acquisition of non-traditional publications, buying trips, cataloging rule changes, teaching research skills, new trends in archives, and disaster planning.

If you would like to participate as a leader, please send a title and three – five line description of the topic to President Martha Mantilla

Discussions may be in English, Portuguese, Spanish or any combination thereof.

  1. Proposals to lead a discussion table should include the following points:
  • Brief title that clearly identifies the subject matter
  • Descriptive text of what the substance is, in 3 – 5 sentences
  • Brief biographical statement referencing qualifications to speak about the topic, in 1 – 3 sentences

2. Proposals can be on any topic germane to the interests of SALALM

3.  Proposals should be sent by e-mail to the President by 1 March for consideration to include in the conference program

4.   Proposals accepted, and discussion leaders notified on or before 15 April

5.   Confirmation of acceptance by the discussion leader sent to the President within 1 week of receiving the notification

6.   President provides the SALALAM Host Institutions with all relevant information to be included in the conference program

Discussion leader’s responsibilities

1.  Prepare a single paragraph descriptive synthesis of the key points

2.  Submit this text to the President and LALA-L, subject line: No-host Meal Discussion: your topic’s title

3.  Check the conference program for your assigned day and time

4.  Select a restaurant from the Host’s list and make a reservation for 6

5.  On the posted sign-up sheets and/or the conference website, note the restaurant name and address

6.  Meet at the sign-up sheet board 15 minutes before the assigned time

7.  Evaluation:  send the President a short e-mail with your assessment

Congratulations to Roberto Delgadillo, Vice-President/President-Elect!

Message from the President                                                          

 Congratulations to Roberto Delgadillo, Vice-President/President-Elect!

Roberto makes all of us proud because of his ability and dedication to being a first-rate librarian.

Those of us who know him were not at all surprised by the description of his professionalism, dedication, and commitment to excellence, which was included in Roberto’s nomination to the I Love My Librarian Award.

His passion and love for knowledge, combined with his infectious sense of humor are not only motivational but also inspirational to his students, staff and colleagues at the University Library, UC Davis, where he works as the Social Sciences and Government Information Services Resources Manager.

He is able to make an otherwise difficult job relatively easier as he navigates and employs the logistics of the larger academic world through research, publishing and information seeking.

Roberto’s winning the I Love My Librarian Award is a testimony to his hard work, professional care and, above all, his remarkable approach to life.  His emphasis on the significance of mentorship, especially but not exclusively to the younger generations, is particularly meaningful to the human aspect of our profession as twenty-first century librarians.  As technology rapidly advances, there is an increasing tendency in library systems to undervalue the human factor.  Librarians like Roberto are viable reminders of the relevance of the human element in the current library world in which the rapid change in technology often overshadows the warmth of the personal face-to-face approach.

The SALALM organization congratulates you, Roberto, for your well-deserved award given by The Carnegie Corporation of New York / New York Times in recognition of your exceptional accomplishments as a university librarian.


We are proud of having such a remarkable friend and colleague in our midst.


Martha Mantilla
University of Pittsburgh

From the President: Key Issues Affecting our Profession

As the time for submitting proposals for SALALM 58 gets closer, I am getting excited about organizing the conference. I have received questions about proposals from colleagues in the United States and from some countries in Latin America such as Ecuador, Chile and Colombia. The messages that I have received make me think that we will have a nice variety of presentations related to the conference theme and also concerning key issues affecting our profession.

Reflecting on the latter issue, I read again David Block’s paper entitled: “Where We Are, Where May We Be Going, and What Can We Do There” published in the SALALM LIII proceedings. In this article written in 2008, David says “I am asking readers to consider the real possibility that in another five years neither librarians nor booksellers will be doing the work as it is now done.” Five years have passed and David’s article on the future of libraries in general and Latin American collections in particular reminds me of the great novel by García Marquez, Chronicle of a Death Foretold. As in García Marquez’s tale, the death of librarianship as we knew it is imminent and the whole community knows it.

Some of the key issues addressed in his thought-provoking article include “access vs. ownership.” On this issue David writes, “…I must reluctantly predict that the days of librarians at multiple libraries selecting copies of the same items and of booksellers selling the same item to multiple clients are numbered.” Indeed! As a matter of fact, the patron-driven acquisition and purchase-on-demand models are being tested and/or adopted in most of our library systems and consortia. On the issue of electronic vs. paper-based collections, David says, “Libraries will not be able to maintain their current hybrid existence. Simultaneous development of digital and paper-based collections and services will soon become unsustainable.”

Certainly! Most library administrators are strong supporters of e-collections for practical and financial reasons. For example, with electronic collections there is no processing, shelving, damage, loss, or physical handling of e-materials. E-book usage statistics can be measured in detail to assist in collection management decisions. E-books may be rented, loaned, owned, or accessible via subscription packages. Referring to the critical issue of the e- book in Latin America, David writes that the “…electronic book has proved something of an oxymoron, as readers have not accepted them and publishers are reluctant to produce them.” I wonder how much longer Latin American publishers will wait to embrace large productions of e-books.

As I start thinking of the organization of SALALM 58 I am reminded of David’s concluding remarks: “I hope that this session will catalyze a conversation and perhaps spawn a working group to examine the issues raised at this panel.” As David observes, “We really should not wait.”

I attended the panel entitled “What Do Libraries Want Now?: Identifying Book Dealer Services to Support New Workflows and Staffing Models.” The room was full of people and, at the end of the session, some of us – librarians and book vendors – looked perplexed, shocked and somewhat uncomfortable as if we had received an unwelcome wake-up call. Five years have passed and David’s assertions are as relevant and thought-provoking as ever before. Our meeting in Miami will allow us to devote time and energy to re-visit these and other important issues affecting our profession.

In addition to the theme of the conference, I am encouraging proposals for papers, panels and/or roundtables addressing the technological changes that are challenging how we work and provide services. SALALM 58 will also include screenings of movies and documentaries coordinated by Teresa Chapa. The committee meetings and affiliated groups will be given time to meet. We will also set aside time to approve the new SALALM Bylaws which are being revised by the Constitution and Bylaws Committee.

My intention is to schedule key meetings without the interference of other simultaneous events in order to facilitate the attendance of all participants. The SALALM conference in Miami will be a great opportunity for all of us to exchange experiences and ideas as well as to revisit and reinforce our common goals. Essentially, the events and activities planned for SALALM 58 will remind us that the statement that Dan C. Hazen wrote about SALALM (published in the World Encyclopedia of Library and Information Services) remains at the core of our organization.

Dan writes, “SALALM’s primary concern remains that which inspired its formation: to make necessary resources available to Latin American students and scholars throughout the world. Many of the materials essential for current scholarship remain elusive. The balance of forces in North American libraries and academic institutions likewise continues to change, as a result of both new technologies and political and intellectual dynamics. These shifting contexts will continue to challenge and stimulate SALALM.”

Warm regards to all,

Martha Mantilla
University of Pittsburgh


From the President

SALALM: A Big Extended Family

One of the reasons that SALALM is so unique is that we are like a big extended family.  When someone joins SALALM, she/he becomes a member of an extended family whose relatives are scattered all over Latin America, Europe, Canada and the United States.

When one of our members is ill or passes away, the whole family mourns.  Recently, two members of the SALALM family passed way: Howard Karno and tatiana de la tierra.  My personal connection with Howard Karno was somewhat sporadic and brief, mostly at SALALM receptions.  However, his warm and friendly presence together with his contagious laughter was always comforting and reassuring.   Our deep sentiments for this big loss are well expressed in David Block’s “Howard Karno – In Memoriam” post.

tatiana de la tierra.  Who will not remember her down-to-earth name and her affirming presence?  If you ever met tatiana once, you will never have forgetten her.  I met tatiana for the first time at the Buenos Aires book fair, where I learned that she was a compatriota bibliotecaria. However, she was much more than that.  She was an ingenious bi-cultural writer and activist, full of life. In her blog she described her own life as “a novel still being written.”   Adan Griego’s “Colombiana Salerosa – In memory of tatiana de la tierra” post, plus  her blog and this video on YouTube  gives tribute to the life of this remarkable multifaceted colombiana.

Another great loss for the SALALM family is Alan Moss.  Upon hearing of his passing, SALALM colleagues spoke of his camaraderie and described him as “a first-rate bibliographer with in-depth knowledge of publishing in the English-speaking Caribbean.”  These words were included in the “Alan Moss – In Memoriam” post written by Elizabeth F. Watson.

Ties Between Junior and Senior SALALM Members

Thinking about these losses made me reflect on the importance of the connection between junior and senior SALALM members.   Although we have always been proud of the strong ties between newer and older members of SALALM, I strongly believe that these ties need to be constantly nourished and strengthened.   Thus, I would like to make an explicit invitation to those members that have recently joined the organization to be active participants in SALALM.   Throughout the year, we might look for innovative ways of joining the talent and skills that new members are bringing to the organization with the experience and wisdom of senior members. At SALALM’s 58th conference we will include venues to strengthen junior-senior mentoring relationships.

The Theme for SALALM’s 58th Conference

Briefly, the general theme of the conference deals with the intersection of indigenism, pan-indigenism, and cosmovisionism within the context of indigenous studies in the Americas. We are interested in the exploration of indigenous peoples’ thought and action prior to, during, and after colonization.  We will attempt to approach this from indigenous peoples’ perspective.   The title of the conference, the description of the theme and the deadline for submissions can be found on the SALALM conference website.

The Venue

We are very fortunate to have been invited by the University of Miami Libraries and Florida International University Libraries to have the 2013 conference in Coral Gables.  I traveled to Miami in August, visited The Westin Colonnade Hotel, and met some members of the host institutions. I was amazed to learn about the rich history of this beautiful multicultural city. I also had the opportunity to see some of the unique collections held in the host institutions.  We will find ways to highlight some of these collections at the 58th SALALM conference in Miami.

New SALALM Officers

Congratulations to the newly elected SLALAM Officers, President-Elect Roberto Delgadillo and the Members at Large Paloma Celis-Carvajal and Daisy Dominguez.  I would like to thank Roberto Delgadillo for his invaluable six-year service as the Rapporteur General.  We welcome Suzanne Schadl  and  Craig Schroer who agreed to share the responsibilities of Rapporteur General.

Saludos para tod@s y mis deseos por un exitoso año académico,

Martha E. Mantilla
University of Pittsburgh

From the Secretariat

It was great to see everyone in Trinidad and, once again, many thanks to our hosts for a wonderful conference.  Below is a summary of the Secretariat report presented at the meeting, as well as some recent updates.

1.  Membership numbers:  A few more new members have been added since last month bringing the total to 309 members.  Below is the breakdown.

208 total personal members:  18 New Personal Members; 2 Emeritus; 16 Students; 14 Honorary.  101 institutional members, including 23 sponsoring members.  Membership numbers have remained roughly the same since the close of fiscal year 2011.

2.  Publication sales:  We sold 23 publications for a total of $1,015.

3.  In the past few months, all the working Secretariat electronic files have been migrated to Active Directory, a file sharing and management software implemented at Tulane that allows for greater security by saving files to an offsite server.  Carol and I have access to all files.  We can also work on them remotely.  The organization’s documents are safe in case of any emergency, but let’s hope those hurricanes stay far away.  Please note that the SALALM archives are not at Tulane but at Texas.  The only documents we have are those generated in New Orleans since 2006.

4.  Promotional:

  • The Latin American Library’s Open House was held on September 16, 2011.  We had a SALALM table and sold 1 publication.
  • I traveled to the Buenos Aires Book Fair April 12-21 invited by the Book Fair to discuss their wish to host SALALM in 2015.  I met with Alberto Hughetti, María Teresa Carbano, President and Vice-President, respecitvely of the Comisión de Profesionales de la Fundación El Libro.  I also met with Gabriela Adamo, Executive Director of the Book Fair. I presented their preliminary expression of interest to host SALALM in Buenos Aires in 2015 at Executive Board in Trinidad.  Their idea is that the SALALM conference take place BEFORE the beginning of the Book Fair so there is no competition for our book dealers.  SALALM would meet as we normally do in the days BEFORE the Book Fair opens, with the idea that some or most would stay for the Fair immediately following the conference.  Executive Board and other colleagues were pleased with the idea and it was decided that I continue to pursue the invitation with Buenos Aires.
  • On May 13, I spoke and promoted SALALM at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Orchestra Librarians.  For further details, see my email to LALA-L from June 8th.

7.  Memorial contributions:  We are working with the family of Alan Moss to send a donation in his memory to the Barbados Cancer Society.  We are also in touch with the Karno family to send a donation in memory of Howard.  How sad that we have lost two cherished book dealers and colleagues within the space of a few months.

8.  Carol and I revised and updated all of our contacts for institutional membership to finally move away from most paper-based communications and avoid lapsed memberships.

9.  Adapting to new workflows:  There has been a learning curve on Carol’s part as we have added online payment of membership, conference & webinar registration via Paypal.   But on the whole she feels the positives outweigh the negatives.

10.  Last but by no means least:  We now have two conference venues locked up through 2014.

MIAMI in 2013  The University of Miami and Florida International University host SALALM LVIII in Miami May 17-May 22, 2013 at the Hotel Westin Colonnade Coral Gables (webpage for SALALM registration:  Local Arrangements:  Meiyolet Méndez and Gayle Williams.
SALT LAKE CITY in 2014.  Brigham Young University is the host for SALALM LIX, dates to be announced.  The Hotel is the Radisson Salt Lake City Hotel Downtown Arrangements:  John Wright

Hortensia Calvo

Executive Secretary


From the President: Trinidad & Tobago Visit

I just returned from a quick visit to Port of Spain. The hotel is wonderful, with views of the mountains and city on all sides. Best of all, the Trinidadians (“Trinis”) are great hosts. It promises to be another great conference, and we are in very good hands.

I visited NALIS (the National Library), in downtown Port of Spain, where the Host Reception will be held on Monday, June 17th. The University of the West Indies campus and library are located in St. Augustine, a few miles outside of the city, and tours of the Alma Jordan Library will be offered. I visited the West Indiana collection and the Eric Williams special collection, and it’s worth a trip!

Weather: rain, clouds, sun, hot– fairly unpredictable! So come prepared. You won’t be cold!


Lynn Shirey
Harvard University


From the President: Conference Schedule News

Some of you know that I had planned to visit Trinidad last week, and hoped to report back with fresh conference news. Unfortunately, my flight (Boston-New York) was cancelled and I never made it! I hope to reschedule very soon.

Meanwhile, preparations for our conference are well advanced, and I’d like to share the following scheduling information with you. Almost all committee meetings will take place on Saturday, June 16, with the exception of the second meetings of the Executive Board and Finance. Panels will run from Sunday through midday on Tuesday, and E-SALALM, Town Hall, Business and Executive Board 2 will take place in the afternoon. We don’t expect to end until about 5:30 on Tuesday, so please plan on attending the entire day if you are on the Board.

As you know, SALALM will take place over 4 days this year, instead of the traditional 5. This change was made to address concerns about the cost of attending SALALM in recent years, and as an experiment in a (somewhat) new format. In order to accommodate this shorter timeframe I have asked the following groups and committees to meet either virtually or off-schedule (at meals, for example): LANE, MOLLAS, LASER and CALAFIA; Nominating, Medina and Cuban Bibliography. Official Publications is not meeting this year due to lack of membership in recent years; and Gifts and Exchange is being considered for permanent cancellation due to lack of activity.

In addition, I have eliminated the following Substantive Committee meetings this year: Acquisitions, Access and Bibliography, and Library Operations and Services. These meetings have (in recent years at least) served only to collect reports from their respective subcommittees. Those reports can be submitted privately to the Chairs, who then report to the Executive Board. So please note: chairs of Library/Bookdealer/Publisher Relations, Serials, and Marginalized Peoples should submit reports to the Chair of Acquisitions before the end of the meeting; Chairs of Cuban Bibliography and Electronic Resources should report to the Chair of Access and Bibliography; and Chairs of Audio-Visual, Bibliographic Instruction, Cataloging, and Reference should report to the Chair of Library Operations and Services.

The Libreros’ Reception will be held on Sunday evening; and the Host Reception at UWI on Monday evening.

Changes have been made on our website (thanks Melissa and Daisy!) so that the conference website is now linked to from the photograph of the UWI Trinidad on the main page. I hope that this will improve visibility. Please check the page for schedule updates, which will be posted regularly.

Lynn Shirey

Harvard University

From the Secretariat

                November and December is usually downtime at the Secretariat, the calm before the storm, as preparations for the conference begin in full swing after the New Year.   And now, as we approach mid-February and head into Carnival season here in New Orleans, we are about to begin the registration process for the conference in Trinidad.  This year, for the first time, online registration is made possible via Paypal on the conference web site, in addition to traditional forms of payment.  Many thanks to Carol Avila and Melissa Gasparotto for setting this up.  Elmelinda and Lynn have been very busy planning a great event, and we are all looking forward to June in Trinidad.   

Personal and institutional membership renewals for the current year continue to trickle in.  Carol and I have continued to examine the issue of lapsed memberships, especially for institutional members, and we will have a report in a couple of weeks.

                Aside from collecting dues and gearing up for the June conference, the Secretariat mailed out posters to various library schools in the U.S. and Canada on behalf of the Scholarship Committee chaired by Peter Johnson.   The program has been highly successful.  The committee already selected two awardees in the fall.  The new information we mailed out announced another round of fellowships in the spring, and applications have been arriving steadily.

                I’m also very happy to report that some of our backlogged publications are finally out and in the mail.  The SALALM 53 Papers, Encounter, Engagement and Exchange:  How Native Populations of the Americas Transformed the World, from the meeting held in New Orleans in the spring of 2003, came out last week.  Also, in December we sent out volume 57 of the Bibliography Series, Bibliography of Latin American and Caribbean Bibliographies. Annual Report, 2004/2005-2005/2006 by Gayle Williams.  Congratulations to John Wright and Gayle for their publications, but also to our Chair of Editorial Committee, Orchid Mazurkiewicz, for shepherding these projects through.

Hortensia Calvo

Executive Secretary

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