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‘SALALM Speaks’ Archives

Interview with SALALM Scholarship Awardee: Timothy Thompson

Tim Thompson creating metadata for special materials from the University of Miami’s Cuban Heritage Collection

Tim Thompson was the first awardee of the SALALM Scholarship in Fall 2011. Jesus Alonso Regalado followed up with Tim to see how winning the inaugural SALALM Scholarship changed his life…

Tim earned his MLS at Indiana University Bloomington, with a specialization in Digital Libraries in December 2012. He has also earned an MA in English from Boston College in 2007. Concurrent with his MLS degree, he also earned an MA in Latin American and Caribbean studies from Indiana University Bloomington.

What drew you to the field of librarianship/archival studies?

My journey to librarianship began in 2003, when I enrolled in a doctoral program in English at Boston College. By 2007, my interests had evolved significantly, and I had gravitated away from English as an academic discipline. During my time in Boston, I had become involved with the area’s sizable Brazilian immigrant community, and I had become more attuned to the social relevance of my career path. I was eager to chart a new professional course that would allow me to build on my prior academic experience while also doing work that could make a direct difference in people’s lives. Librarianship as a profession offers exciting opportunities to be a generalist and to work daily to broaden and facilitate people’s access to knowledge.

How did you become interested in Latin America/Iberia? Describe your language abilities and experiences studying and/or traveling in Latin America.

I had nurtured an increasing interest in Luso-Brazilian studies since around 2000, through friendships with Brazilian students during college. I have steadily improved my Portuguese language skills and cultural competency since then. Two years of my studies at Indiana University were funded by Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships in Portuguese. In 2011, I received a Boren Fellowship that allowed me to spend the year in Brazil, where I continued taking advanced language courses, and where I carried out independent research for my MA final paper (“Digital Libraries in the Context of Human Development: The Case of Brazil”). This July, I returned to Brazil to present the results of this research at the biannual conference of Brazil’s major library association.

Because I have focused so intently on Brazil, my Spanish language skills are not currently at the same level as my Portuguese skills. I am working to leverage my knowledge of Portuguese to improve my Spanish, ¡pero todavía tengo mucho trabajo por hacer!

Have you worked with a Latin American/Iberian archival or library collection? In what capacity?

In my current position as a Metadata Librarian at the University of Miami, I work almost exclusively with material from the university’s Cuban Heritage Collection. I am also about to begin a project working with an intern to further process and describe the Leila Míccolis Alternative Brazilian Press Collection, a large collection held by the university’s Special Collections division.

Were you able to attend the annual SALALM conference? When and where?

Yes, I was able to attend my first SALALM conference this year. The fact that it was held in Miami made it very easy for me to attend. I also volunteered at the registration desk over the course of the conference.

What was the most interesting or unexpected thing that you learned at the conference?

I especially enjoyed learning about the archival and special collections of our neighbors in South Florida at Barry University and Florida International University (FIU).

Was the SALALM scholarship helpful in the development of your career?

I believe that the SALALM Scholarship made a positive difference when I was looking for employment. It is important to have a strong Web presence that potential employers can take notice of, and having a profile as a scholarship winner on the SALALM webpage is a great asset.

Did the SALALM scholarship allow you to do something you might not otherwise have been able to do? 

The scholarship helped fund my final semester of studies at Indiana University. I took a Digital Humanities seminar and worked on writing my MA final paper in Latin American and Caribbean studies.

Thanks, Tim, and congratulations once again!

Book Hunting at LIBER-Madrid 2013 and Beyond

1377457_10151690533372536_446472565_nAfter a two year absence both LIBER and SALALM librarians returned to Madrid for the annual book festival that alternates between Spain’s two largest cities. This year Chile was the featured country.

For me it all started several hours after arriving on a Sunday morning, ever so eager to discover the new librerías showcased in the daily El País. I had the advantage of a local tour guide to supplement the list: New York author Lawrence Schimel (who has lived in Madrid for more than a decade). We began with a stop at a small book store hosted by the NGO Grupo 2013. The afternoon ended with a visit to La Central de Callao, where we ran into Victoire Chevalier from e-libro and Lluís Pastor, president of the Unión de Editoriales Universitarias Españolas! Never say that print and digital don’t go hand in hand. The contrast between both locales could not be more different: Libros Libres, overflowing with loosely organized used books and a more upscale clientele at one of the newest bookshops in Madrid with 4 floors where you could spend a day with a relaxing cup of café con leche.

The second day in Madrid started at Librería Berkana in the Chueca neighborhood, where signs of an ongoing financial crisis are very visible: empty store fronts and people begging for money. A year ago, Mili Hernández, activist, publisher and bookshop owner proudly announced at a panel discussion that e-books would soon be part of her publishing output. She has listened to suggestions from librarians and plans to make them available via digital platforms familiar to library users.

The day’s book hunting continued to the Antonio Machado bookshop by the Círculo de Bellas Artes museum. The current photo exhibit on Francesc Català-Roca will have to wait until the next day. A 2pm lunch was still far away in the agenda, allowing for a stop across the street at the Catalan Cultural Center. Only two weeks earlier the Center’s bookstore had been attacked by far right extremists during the celebrations of Catalan independence day, highlighting the political tensions between Madrid’s central government and Barcelona’s plight for a home-rule referendum.

996622_10151688743247536_1498869184_nThe annual Fall Antiquarian Book Fair was only a block away, providing a logical end to a morning full of novedades and some not so new book titles, but certainly new Stanford’s library. Perhaps this year we will reach the record 1,800 new approval titles from Spain! In yet another sign of a struggling economy, this time there were fewer stands that would have covered up to three blocks of the pedestrian mall of Paseo de Recoletos, the tree-lined boulevard in the central part of the city. But it’s lunch time and I’ve been waiting for long time, if only there were a place with comida casera!

My first full day ended with an early tapas dinner at Plaza de Santa Ana where I met a library colleague who alerted me to an interesting digital project: Biblioteca Digital del Patrimonio Iberoamericano. The last time I visited this popular square there was an outdoor asamblea popular held by the original occupiers: the 2011 indignados, precusors to the Occupy Wall Street movement.

LIBER opens in one day and there are still plenty of book shops to visit. This time is on to Malasaña where Arrebato Libros houses an extensive selection of poetry chapbooks and fanzines, certainly something an Almodovar movie character would enjoy and may just walk-in at anytime! Alfonso Vijil (Libros Latinos) will take several items and Stanford’s library will see its cartonero holdings augmented with a long list of titles from one of Spain’s alternative publishers of hand-made cardboard books. The excursion would not be complete without a stop-over at La Estampa art gallery. Its Biblioteca Americana has published 10 profusely illustrated limited edition fine books devoted to a Latin American country, with several more to come before the series is complete.

It’s time for lunch but with lots of energy the two SALAMIstas will continue to the Antiquarian book fair, which remains open during the sacred hora de la comida that still closes many commercial establishments. Congress is considering a move to another time zone, which would bring structural changes to the country’s traditionally late eating hours compared to the rest of Europe.

For dinner it would be a second visit for the best home-made gazpacho at Marsot. To top it all, they welcome everyone with hola chicos!. For those that have crossed the 50-something barrier, that’s a gem of a greeting, n’est-ce pas?

Finally, on to LIBER. Mili Hernandez has offered a ride and since all of us are not quite familiar with the new locale, the prospect of getting lost, but in good company is most appealing. Besides, the ride comes with an unforgettable lesson in local politics from one of the country’s best known activists who does not shy away from criticizing cultural policies from the current conservative government.

Enlace Fellows share their experiences at SALALM 58

Asistir a SALALM 2013 es un encuentro bibliotecario interesante porque es un lugar en dónde se reúnen los bibliotecario de las diferentes bibliotecas para tratar archivos y documentación sobre Latino América.

Para la Red de Bibliotecas Comunitarias Riecken ha sido un privilegio por compartir en estas conferencias lo que hacemos para facilitar información en comunidades rurales, la promoción de la lectura y fortalecimiento de la cultura e identidad de pueblos originarios. Pero al mismo tiempo conocer el esfuerzo que hace para preservar y compartir información latinoamericana entre universidades.

Es un evento importante para poder compartir información sobre publicaciones de la región; se puede generar acercamientos a universidades para generar intercambio latinoamericano; la diversidad de los contenidos de las conferencias están organizadas de tal manera que los bibliotecarios pueden llegar a las conferencias que más le interesa. Hay intercambio y se proponen pasos a seguir para mejorar el trabajo de las secciones latinoamericanas.

Cuando tengas oportunidad de llegar a este evento, no dudes en ir te va a encantar, no olvides llevarte una maleta para cargar nuevas ideas e información para tu trabajo bibliotecario.

Marco Israel Quic Cholotío, Bibliotecas Comunitarias Riecken, Guatemala


“Enseñar no es una función vital, porque no tienen el fin en sí misma;
la función vital es aprender.”

Tener la oportunidad de presentar la ponencia titulada “Aproximación al tesauro del huipil tradicional triqui de San Andrés Chicahuaxtla” y haber sido seleccionada para recibir la beca de Enlace fue muy importante debido a diversos aspectos.

El primero es que esta fue desarrollada a partir de un trabajo que elaboré como tesis de maestría que no había sido presentado en ningún otro lugar, fue mi primer participación en un congreso y mi primer ponencia de manera  formal, además pude contar con los recursos necesarios para realizar el viaje y tuve  la posibilidad de dar a conocer, aunque sea de manera muy general, el pueblo indígena triqui y un poco de todo el trabajo que las tejedoras triquis me compartieron para poder llevar a cabo el proyecto.

Durante seis días pude conocer procesos y proyectos de información y documentación que se están llevando a cabo o que ya se realizaron en o desde diferentes unidades de información (Bibliotecas, museos, centros de investigación, etc.), muchos de ellos desde la iniciativa de bibliotecarios,  en y desde diferentes países y que para mí en lo personal y para mi trabajo profesional son de mucha utilidad, trascendencia e importancia debido principalmente a la temática, y que de otro modo difícilmente habría identificado.

Pero lo más importante de todo, es que pude comprobar algo… siempre he creído que la bibliotecología en la actualidad requiere de profesionistas dispuestos a trabajar a partir de la interdisciplinariedad, con apertura hacia el uso y manejo de tecnologías, con amplio conocimiento de la profesión, con iniciativa, con visión y amplia creatividad y con conciencia de que ser bibliotecario tiene como uno de sus principios el bien común, y esto lo pude vivir muy de cerca en el seminario.

Gracias por la oportunidad.

Patricia Alejandra Méndez Zapata, Biblioteca Fray Juan de Córdova, Centro Académico y Cultural San Pablo, Fundación Alfredo Harp Helú, Oaxaca, México.

La Industria Editorial de México en el “Global Market Forum” de BookExpo America 2013

BookExpo no es la feria más apropiada para un bibliotecario latinoamericanista. Destinos como las ferias del libro de Guadalajara, Buenos Aires y Bogotá son mucho más fructíferos para encontrar nuevos títulos, conectar con editores y familiarizarse con nuevas tendencias en la industria editorial latinoamericana.

Este año, BookExpo nos ofrecía algo de interés. Su “Global Market Forum” se centraba en la industria editorial mexicana. Esta ocasión ofrecía una excelente oportunidad para dialogar sobre la situación actual del libro mexicano en la feria del libro más importante de Estados Unidos de América.  El programa se presentaba bajo el lema “Reading México

El programa de conferencias tuvo lugar el 29 de Mayo.  Se comenzó ofreciendo un panorama de la industria editorial mexicana. Interesantes los datos ofrecidos por Roberto Banchik Rothschild (Random House Mondadori): el 70% de las ventas de libros se concentran en seis editoriales globales: Planeta, Santillana, Oceano, Random House Mondadori, Ediciones B y Urano.   Al 30% restante, se dedicó la siguiente sesión centrada en editoriales independientes mexicanas representadas  por editores con diversos años de experiencia en el oficio: Marcelo Uribe (Ediciones Era), Diego Rabasa (Sexto Piso) y Guillermo Quijas (Almadía). En algún momento de la charla, se señaló que la media de títulos publicados por una editorial independiente mexicana ronda los 25.  Esta cifra me hizo reflexionar sobre la inexistencia de al menos una copia de estos libros en las bibliotecas estadounidenses. Estamos hablando de pocos títulos. Por lo tanto, esto no es un problema de fondos para su adquisición como de una necesidad de una mejor coordinación y un aumento de los programas de desarrollo de colecciones cooperativos.

Dos de las sesiones de la tarde se dedicaron a la cadena del libro y a proyectos digitales.  Con respecto al primer tema, se habló de todo el proceso de producción y distribución. Me resultó sorprendente que no se tratara la cuestión de la distribución de libros electrónicos desde México al resto del mundo.  Me pregunto si esto significa que la única manera de conseguir libros electrónicos mexicanos será a través de las grandes compañías que ofrecen servicios bibliotecarios en Estados Unidos (EBSCO, Proquest-Ebrary- , Overdrive) o especializadas en libros en español u otras lenguas como Casalini y Digitalia. ¿Se puede permitir el ecosistema del libro mexicano el lujo de ignorar este eslabón de la cadena del libro?  ¿Podrá así sobrevivir su diversidad? ¿Quién distribuirá aquellos libros mexicanos independientes que no sean rentables para las grandes compañías? Preguntas todavía sin respuestas. Durante la sesión dedicada a proyectos digitales, Gustavo Flores presentó una serie de interesantes proyectos en curso concebidos por CONACULTA. Asimismo, Maurits Montañez mostró algunas de las excelentes aplicaciones para dispositivos móviles que ha creado la empresa Manuvo como la versión interactiva del poema “Muerte Sin Fin” de José Gorostiza.

Stand de México en BookExpo 2013

40 editoriales participaron en el stand de México.  La sensación subjetiva al pasear por el stand era que la mayor parte de las publicaciones eran de CONACULTA y del Fondo de Cultura Económica. La diversidad de la industria editorial Mexicana se notaba con la presencia de Almadía, Trilce y algunas más pero el número de títulos de las editoriales independientes era exiguo. De todas maneras, es digno de agradecer la presencia de algunas joyitas presentes como la obra “Migrar” de José Manuel Mateo y Javier Martínez Pedro publicado por ediciones Tecolote que narra la experiencia de un niño en su camino migrante a Estados Unidos. Un libro que debería formar parte no sólo de bibliotecas infantiles sino también de bibliotecas académicas. Y la obra “El libro negro de los colores” de Merena Cottin y Rosana Fría publicado también por ediciones Tecolote . Un hermoso libro, todo negro, con dibujos en relieve y que incluye el texto en lenguaje Braille.

Jesús Alonso-Regalado

University at Albany, SUNY


Bogota’s 2013 Book Fair: A Brief “Recorrido”

By the time I arrived in Colombia’s capital for the 2013 Bogotá Book Fair (Filbo) the book festival had already opened its doors to the public, with a group of SALAMistas among those in attendance. A la caza de los libros noted Wisconsin’s Paloma Celis Carbajal as she joined an eager weekend crowd of book enthusiasts.

One of the first stops was Arte Dos Gráfico. Our library already holds a large selection of their artist books, and after a two year absence from the Fair, there were bound to be novedades to enhance ours and the collections of other SALALM libraries.

Thanks to my SALALM colleagues who had already explored the many pabellones, on my first day at the fair I knew I should stop by the aisle housing several independent publishers: Luna, Laguna, and La Silueta that were new to many of us. Their collective output ranged from detective fiction to graphic novels. Along with Tragaluz, they provided a representative sample of quality titles from the independent press.

The ever present e-book could also be found at Filbo, and not just at the “bigigies.” The independents have realized that a new community of readers expects digital content and some of them now sell e-book cards at over 12 bookshops in Bogotá where lectores can buy an e-book and upload it to their laptop, ipad, etc. They are also available for several e-readers. An adventurer SALAMista wanted some detective fiction and bought an e-card on the spot. We hope to hear a report on that experience.

The fair is divided into several pabellones, with some publishers having a presence at all of them, often confusing but also reminding a tired Californian of the variety of Colombia’s publishing output. This year Portugal was the featured country and fair publicity included several allusions to a “sea of books” that “engulfed the reader.”

At one of the booths selling remainders “from the best publishers in the world,” the vendedor seemed certain that my accent was from Spain and asked if I knew the Nobel laureates from the other side of the Atlantic. I named what I could remember (Cela, Benavente and Echegaray) and he asked, “were they any good?” I was tempted to give him the polite version of NPI (no puedo informarle), but opted for “algunos mas que otros.”

Wondering through a sea of books one can find the unexpected, like a cookbook (Cocina criolla cartagenera de Veddá Veddá, OCLC: 757913880) from Transformemos, which has been honored at a culinary contest in Paris, as the radio report notes. An earlier video showcased the proud Cartageneros long before their recetas de cocina were to become an international sensation.

After an exhausting 2 days at the crowded Corferia aisles, a late afternoon excursion to the movies became an adventure through a cartelera dominated by foreign titles, with only one Colombian production that turned out to be the right choice: Roa. The film explores the 1948 killing of a well-known political leader in what became the Bogotazo, that left more than 3,000 dead and ushered in a period of political violence. It’s based on the novel El crimen del siglo and has been reissued with the protagonist on the cover to capitalize on what is certain to become a local hit, which we hope can reach the art house circuit in the United States.

Although he has lived away for many years, Gabriel García Márquez, Colombia’s Nobel laureate, dominates the literary scene and he is being introduced to a new generation of readers via a graphic novel (Gabo memorias de una vida mágica) published simultaneously in Colombia and Spain.

On the last day the weather indicated rain and a visit to Librería Lerner seemed like good way to supplement Filbo’s offering. The Lerner-Norte staff endured the capricious requests of 2 SALAmistas, at times bombarding the knowledgeable Don Willie with an avalanche of non-existent titles: “todas la reinas in the title and published by la gallina ciega,” insisted yours truly. Don Willie patiently looked around and found it, Locas de felicidad (OCLC: 611409632) published by La iguana ciega!

The 2013 Filbo will be open to the public for 14 days. It expects over 400,000 vistors, among them would have been a group of SALALM and REFORMA librarians whose visit was supported by book fair organizers: Cámara Colombiana del Libro and Proexport. The group’s visit was highlighted on the book fair’s blog.

Adan Griego,
Curator for Iberoamerican Collections
Stanford University Libraries

1) Feria del Libro

2) Hortensia Calvo (Tulane), Teresa Chapa (North Carolina-Chapel Hill), courtesy of Adan Griego

3) E-books, courtesy of Adan Griego

4) Entrance to Portugal’s Pabellón, courtesy of Paloma Celis-Carbajal (Wisconsin)

5) Gabo graphic novel, publisher image.

6) Lerner Book shop staff, courtesy of Adan Griego

7) SALALM librarians, courtesy of Adan Griego

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Dumb Assessment to Smart Assessment: Measuring Student Learning

Do you assess your instruction or research classes? Not sure where to begin? Think it’s all a waste of time? You need to attend the amazingly titled “Dumb Assessment to Smart Assessment: Measuring Student Learning” workshop to be held at SALALM this year.

Designed and facilitated by Anne Barnhart, AJ Johnson, Meagan Lacy and Alison Hicks, this workshop will focus on the assessment of library instruction.  We’ll take student learning outcomes focused on Latin American Studies-related topics and then create assessment tools with appropriate evaluation rubrics. Facilitators will guide participants through the creation of measurable assessment tools and practical rubrics. Participants will learn about the value of assessment and collecting and managing assessment data.  Participants will also submit a project to the workshop facilitators and then later in the course of the SALALM conference the workshop facilitators will give the participants feedback on their work.

PLEASE NOTE: Attendance is limited! Please reserve your spot by emailing Anne Barnhart:

Important Details

  • Date: Saturday 18th May, 9-12.30
  • Location: At the SALALM hotel (Westin Colonnade Hotel, Coral Gables, Florida)
  • Cost: Free!
  • Pre-requisites: None! While this workshop will build on the work done in Trinidad, attendance at the 2012 preconference is not a prerequisite for participation.

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MOLLAS Minutes SALALM 57 Trinidad and Tobago Hilton Trinidad and Tobago Saturday June 16, 2012

SALALM 57 Trinidad and Tobago

Hilton Trinidad and Tobago

Saturday June 16, 2012

12:30 PM

Present: Barbara Álvarez (University of Michigan), Paloma Celís -Carvajal (University of Wisconsin), José O. Díaz (The Ohio State University), David Dressing (Notre Dame), Lisa Gardinier (University of Iowa), Luis González (Indiana University), Melissa Guy (Arizona State University), Allison Hicks (University of Colorado), Megan Lacy (IU-PUI), Nerea Llamas (University of Michigan), Molly Malloy (New Mexico State University), Susan Schadl (University of New Mexico), Rafael Tarragón (University of Minnesota), Sarah G. Wenzel (University of Chicago), Mary Jo Zeter (Michigan State).


1. Paloma Celís-Carvajál welcomed all present. She started the meeting by circulating a card and a Certificate of Appreciation that will be presented to Jana Kranz in recognition of her multiple contributions to MOLLAS.

2. Institutional Reports:

  • Paloma Celís-Carvajál reported that the search for a new director of libraries will be dormant throughout the summer months.  Libraries are being consolidated throughout campus and smaller libraries and reading rooms are now being closed. Retirements continue on the rise (numbers range between 15 and 20 percent). She expects a 10 percent budget cut this coming year. With the retirement of the East European Studies Librarian Paloma now is responsible for two additional areas: Italian and French language and literature.
  • José O Díaz announced that he is now the Head of Area Studies. He supervises eleven library employees and all activities related to the library’s area studies collections. Additionally, the Ohio State University Libraries now has an approval plan for Brazilian imprints with Susan Bach and is talking with Iberoamericana about a potential gathering plan. The Libraries’ Scholarly Communication Department is now assisting the Spanish and Portuguese Department in the publication of a new open access journal titled Alter/nativas. This joint venture will use the Open Journal System software. Open Journal Systems (OJS) is a journal management and publishing system that has been developed by the Public Knowledge Project through its federally funded efforts to expand and improve access to research. Finally, José announced that last May former Mexican President Ernesto Zedillo visited the University Libraries and gave a talk on the topic of globalization.
  • David Dressing announced that Notre Dame’s new University Librarian is Diane Parr Walker former deputy university librarian at the University of Virginia. Her arrival has brought about some administrative changes. Finally, this last year David made an acquisitions trip to Cochabamba, Bolivia.
  • Lisa Gardinier reported that a massive cohort of new librarians have been hired at the University of Iowa. Concomitantly, large numbers of people are retiring. The Spanish and Portuguese Department is in the process of adding to its offerings a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing.
  • Luis González indicated that Indiana’s budget has not grown in any significant way. He described his budget as small yet steady. The Library recently hired a new director of collection management. The position’s responsibilities will center on collection analysis, the transfer of materials to offsite facilities, and the management of the stacks. Finally, Indiana is also experiencing a good number of retirements.
  • Melisa Guy described the situation at Arizona State as stable. The Libraries are making use of the Hathi and the Western Regional Storage Trust. The use of the patron driven acquisition program is strong and growing. The Library recently added university presses to its patron-driven program. The budget for Latin American acquisitions is stable and the University is regrouping to reapply for title XI monies. The library has hired a Chicano studies curator and the University is creating a new college centered on Trans-border studies and Chicano and US-Mexico history.
  • Allison Hicks informed the group that reorganization efforts continue at the University of Colorado. Last year she had the chance to visit La Feria Internacional del Libro in Bogotá, Colombia.
  • Nerea Llamas and Barbara Álvarez announced that the University of Michigan has a new Associate University Librarian for Research. They also announced that Michigan’s current Dean of Libraries Paul Courant will soon retire. Finally, Michigan’s Head of Collections is planning to use circulation data to determine funding allocations.
  • Megan Lacy mentioned that IUPUI is conducting an environmental scan of its instruction activities. It is also experimenting with ebrary’s patron-driven acquisitions
  • Molly Malloy reported that New Mexico State continues to suffer from a poor book budget. Last year the library’s book budget experienced a 60% cut. The libraries priorities are to now to switch money to online serials and to continue to build collections centered on border research. The NMSUL recently hired a new Associate Dean.
  • Susan Schadl announced that former Kent State University Provost, Robert Frank, is the University of New Mexico’s new president. The UNM library is creating a learning commons centered on STEM. University officials believe that such a space will help students and wil increase retention. Finally, Susan reported that the Latin American Studies collection is in good shape.
  • Rafael Tarragó announced some changes at the University of Minnesota. An Associate University Librarian with collections and teaching and learning responsibilities is now in place. Rafael also reported that the budget remains flat at UM.
  • Sarah G. Wenzel announced some administrative reshuffling at the University of Chicago. She added that tight budgets have resulted in lost positions in the areas of Latin American Language and Literature. Currently, there’s a search underway for the position of librarian for political science and international relations.
  • Mary Jo Zeter reported that Michigan State’s head of collections had circulation data from the SCAT tables attached to Millenium. The usefulness of this data is yet to be ascertained due to errors and other issues.

3. The Committed tabled the agenda item focused on HAPI journals. The committee agreed that Susan and Rafael will send a remainder about the project to MOLLAS members. Along the same lines, the MOLLAS list will migrate to SALALM and will be managed by Melissa Guy.

4. The Committee approved the minutes from the Lawrence, Kansas meeting. Sarah G. Wenzel provided the following revisions/additions: “Sarah G. Wenzel reported that the formal Latin American Program at the University of Chicago is fairly new (approximately ten years old) and has new opportunities to grow and develop. Her institution recently inaugurated the Joe and Rika Mansueto Library. The new library has capacity for storing 4.5 million books in its underground storage facility. This year the University did not provide the library with continuation money for e-resources.”

5. Paloma reminded the committee that we have not followed up on any of the action items approved at the Kansas meeting. The committee decided that our project this year will be a collection scope analysis that will reveal our current strengths. The criteria will be based on a 1 to 5 scale. Allison Hicks will send the group a reminder. The completion deadline is November 30, 2012.

6. With the departure of Jana Kranz from Kansas MOLLAS is now trying to decide how to conduct its non-SALALM meeting. Susan suggested exploring virtual meetings. She will look into the software/hardware needs and report back to the group. Paloma suggested a hybrid meeting in which some participants could drive and other will access the meeting remotely.

Meeting adjourned 2:00 PM

Respectfully submitted,

José O. Díaz,

The Ohio State University



MOLLAS Consortium MINUTES October 18-October 20, 2011

October 18, 2011

Jana Krentz called the meeting to order at 2:10 PM.


The following librarians were present:  Paula Mae Carns Librarian for Latin America and Caribbean Library Collections, Univ. of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign; Paloma Celis Carbajal, Bibliographer for Latin American, Caribbean, and Iberian Studies Collection, University of Wisconsin; José Díaz, Latin American & Iberian Studies Librarian, The Ohio State University; David Dressing, Latin American & Iberian Studies Librarian, University of Notre Dame; Luis González, Librarian for Latin American and Iberian Studies, Indiana University; Alison Hicks, Humanities Research and Instruction Librarian (Romance Languages), University of Colorado;  Jana Krentz, Head, Dept. for Spain, Portugal & Latin America; Head of International Area Studies, University of Kansas; Meagan Lacy, Humanities Librarian Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis; Nerea Llamas, Latin American, Caribbean, & Iberian Studies Librarian, University of Michigan; Molly E. Molloy Border & Latin American Subject Specialist, New Mexico State University Library; Suzanne Schadl, Coordinator, Inter-American Studies, University of New Mexico, Sarah Wenzel, Bibliographer for Literatures of Europe and the Americas, University of Chicago.



Sarah Wenzel (U of Chicago) reported that the Latin American Program at the University of Chicago is fairly new (approximately ten years old) and has new opportunities to grow and develop. Her institution recently inaugurated the Joe and Rika Mansueto Library. The new library contains no books. All print materials are kept in an offsite facility. This year the University did not provide the library with continuation money for e-resources.

Paula Carns (University of Illinois U-C) announced that her institution intends to hire a Latin Americanist with a strong background in the social sciences and Brazil to assume the duties of Latin American librarian. Once the position is filled she intends to return to her regular job as Classics Librarian. The Center for Latin American Studies at UIUC has nearly one million dollars and it intends to hire an Eminent Historian for Brazil. She also indicated that UIUC possesses the fifth or sixth largest collection of Latin American materials in the country and that its budget for next year looks steady. José Díaz (The Ohio State University) announced that the library will receive 35k in funding from the Latin American Studies Title VI grant. The University now offers a minor in Latino Studies and he is planning to request one-time money to start building an adequate core collection for the Latino Studies program. The Department of Spanish and Portuguese now offers an MA/PhD in Brazilian studies as well as courses in Quechua. He also indicated that the library now has four new associate university librarians. Suzanne Schadl (University of New Mexico) announced that her institution has both a new President and Provost. The Provost allotted monies to fill somewhere between 27 to 34 new positions (some are half year positions). The Dean of Libraries would like to enhance electronic access and have a 60/40 split (60 electronic -40 print). Her institution remains busy with data management issues, data curation, the Lobo Vault (Lobo Vault is UNM’s Institutional Repository. It hosts scholarly publications from UNM faculty, graduate student theses and dissertations, and UNM administrative records). She also mentioned that she has created an approval plan for Paraguay ($2,500 per annum). Although funding for LAT collections continues to be strong, the library felt the cut in Title VI money. Jana Krentz (University of Kansas) reported that the Latin American Studies budget remains stable. She attributed this to the state’s better than average economy. She also informed the group that KU has ended its monograph exchange programs and that the library is now using the PRIMO catalog. The Kansas’ Center for Latin American Studies has a new director. She indicated that the teaching of Native languages will be strengthened by the KU’s partnership with the Haskell Indian Nations University. Ms. Krentz also reported about a library study carried out by the Huron Consulting Group. David Dressing (University of Notre Dame) remarked that this is his first MOLLAS meeting. He announced that the budget at Notre Dame also remains steady. Notre Dame has a new library director and continues to be strong in traditional fields such Catholic Theology, Latin American History, and Irish Studies. Megan Lacy (IUPUI) is the Humanities librarian with responsibilities for Languages and Literature including Spanish. She also reported at steady budget at her institution. Luis González (IU-Bloomington) informed the group that in spite of a stable budget cuts in Title VI monies led to no additional funds allocated to the library. Additionally, he mentioned that CIC Library Directors have made a commitment to sharing the costs of storing and managing lesser-used print materials. IU has committed to ingesting, retaining and servicing this journal collection for at least 25 years and beyond that for as long as the CIC libraries continue to offset the costs of storage. IU is also carrying out a pilot project on patron drive acquisitions. Finally, Mr. González reported that he was one of the recently-released ARL SPEC Kit 324 Collecting Global Resources. Paloma Celís Carbajal (UW) reported an 8% across the board cut at the University of Wisconsin. She mentioned that most governments jobs have been “restructured,” many workers have led the state, and others have retired. Flex time has been taken away and employees now have to check-in and check-out. UW’s acquisitions department lost 25% of its personnel. Ken Frazier the Director of the University of Wisconsin-Madison General Library System since 1992 retired. The library is doing a pilot project on patron-driven acquisitions for e-books in the humanities and social sciences. It now provides access to Digitalia a Hispanic Database of e-books and e-journals, Gale’s Scholar: Latin American & the Caribbean, Pro-Quest’s International Newsstand. Nerea Llamas (University of Michigan) announced that her library is going through a reorganization following the departure of the Associate Librarian for Public Services. The University now has six AULs. The collections received one half a percent budge (o.5%) budget increase. The Latin American Collection received NO Title VI money. Nerea also indicated that the University has three new Romance languages faculty members covering Mexico, North Africa/Al-Andalus. The University will invest $50 million to develop innovative ideas about global challenges and opportunities as well as up to $25 million as it directly puts money into its own startup businesses.  The 5-year, $50 million “Third Century Initiative” will aim to develop innovative, multidisciplinary teaching and scholarship approaches to such topics as climate change, poverty and malnutrition, energy storage, affordable health care and social justice challenges. Allison Hicks (University of Colorado) reported that UC experienced a 20% budget cut. This is the third consecutive year the university has received budget cuts. She also announced that 16% of the libraries’ collection is now offsite. The University hired four Catalan professors. Molly Molloy (New Mexico State University) reported that NMSU experienced a 27% cut to its serials budget and 60% to its monographic budget. She also indicated that the library building continues to suffer from structural problems and that has prompted a major book shift. The Center for Latin American Studies allocated 4K to the library.



California Cooperative Latin American Collection Development Group or CALAFIA (Nerea Llamas)

Jennifer Osorio is currently serving as interim Latin American Studies bibliographer. Salvador Guerena highlighted some questions he had about UCSB’s responsibility for the Mexican States agreements. He indicated that some materials seemed out of scope of research. He added that at his institution financial support for the program has been reduced from $1,500 to $1,000. Since UCR dropped out of the program in 2008, UCSC took over the responsibility of collecting Coahuilia. UCSD agreed to pick up Yucatan and Quintana Roo. UCSD agreed to go back and pick up Coahuila from 2010 to the present. Those attending the meeting agreed to try and submit a list of all their active standing orders related to Latin America and Spanish (including Peninsular Spanish). UCSD will get matters going by sending out its active orders to use as a basis. UCSD will also maintain a central list.  Harvell (UCSD) asked of it would be possible to CALAFIA members to share the text of their approval plans with each other to facilitate cooperation. The group decided to share them via email. Harvell asked for a sample approval plan for Central America.

The group discussed a proposal sent from the Argentine Vendor Garcia Cambeiro who has developed a shared approval plan for NYU and NYPL for Argentina. Due to financial constrains the group is not interested in such a plan for Argentina. USC thought Peru might be a better candidate. Finally, Harvell, agreed to try and schedule conference calls every two months.


Latin American Studies Southeast Regional Libraries/LASER  (José Díaz)


A couple of years ago Laser libraries used the Worldcat Collection Analysis program ( to get an overview of collections. They have also collected data on the vendors used and approval plans they have in place.  The group realized that they are collecting from the same countries. It also agreed that it’s not practical to give out assignments for a particular country per some type of Farmington arrangement of collaboration.  Instead, the group finds it more practical to focus on deep collecting by regions within a country. Thinking along those lines some Laser libraries have identified particular Mexican states in which they will collect. Additionally, some Laser libraries are also trying collaboration on collecting in a particular country in which one institution collects social sciences and the other humanities. The two institutions use the same vendor and routinely compare invoices to determine an acceptable amount of duplication as well as bringing in unique titles.

Finally, LASER institutions will be comparing notes again at SALALM 2012 meeting since it doesn’t anticipate having an outside meeting.


Latin American North East Library Consortium LANE

(Paloma Celís Carvajal))


A representative from the National Records Administration’s office in New York City gave a presentation on Puerto Ricans collections. A guide to the collections can be found here:

LANE librarian participated in a workshop on locating Latin American statistics. Additionally, LANE continued its discussion, started in the fall, regarding the use of mobile devices to serve patrons needs. The discussion centered on ipads, and concurrently, their apps. The group also followed up on a previous discussion reading future directions for LANE. One possibility is the creation of a LANE-wide The discussion focused on the





October 19th, 2011

Dean Lorraine Haricombe welcomed MOLLAS to Lawrence, Kansas and offered brief remarks about the importance of Area Studies Librarianship.

Vicki Doll from UK’s East Asian Library gave a presentation on The Council on East Asian Library (CEAL) Statistics. This is an annual publication of statistical data of East Asian libraries and museum collections (volumes held, volumes added gross, current serials, other materials, electronic resources), expenditures (expenditures and grant support), staffing, and services in North America. CEAL annual statistics have been collected and published annually in Journal of East Asian Libraries (JEAL) since late 1980s. The online statistics database covers CEAL statistics from 1999 to present with a parallel hard copy publication of CEAL statistics in the February issue of JEAL, the CEAL official publication. Pre-1999 statistics data was added in 2007. Ms. Doll spoke about the challenges of maintaining this database and the support it requires in terms of programing, staffing, and institutional cooperation.

Marianne Reed and Brian Rosenblum from KU’s Center for Digital Scholarship gave a presentation on the Center’s current projects and initiatives. Of particular interest to MOLLAS is The Central American Thesis and Dissertations Digital Collection. In short, Professor Emeritus Charles Stansifer of the History department and the staff of the Scholarly Communications program at the KU Libraries’ Center for Digital Scholarship have worked together to obtain permission from these former students to digitize their theses and dissertations so that they could be made freely available through KU’s institutional repository,  The collection’s current holding can be found here:

The afternoon session focused on three topics: the recently published ARL SPEC kit –Collecting Global Collections, E-book acquisitions, and Libraries’ use of social media and mobile technologies. Luis González (Indiana University) collaborated on the Latin American section of the Spec-kit and reported on the challenges and difficulties of this type of survey. He echoed the report’s view that area studies collections have taken on increased significance over the past decade. In the post-9/11 world, more emphasis has been given to international studies and, consequently, collecting international resources, both in the traditional area studies disciplines and more widely across all fields. Luis supports the report’s basic conclusion that collecting for global resources in North American research libraries is strong and that interest in Latin American collection remains very high. The TOC and executive summary for Collecting Global Collections can be found here:  During the rest of the afternoon the group held a free-flowing discussion centered on E-books acquisitions and the use of social media. Participants discussed e-book providers such as E-brary, Casalini’s Digital Division, and Scielo Espana. The group also discussed the recently-released Gale World Scholar Latin America. The group agreed that World Scholar Latin America is designed for undergrads and that its search feature has problems. Some MOLLAS members indicated that they would purchase the archive but not the yearly additions.  There was additional discussion regarding Gale’s INFORME, a database reference tool that indexes, images, and full-text of popular Hispanic magazines. The discussion then briefly shifted to the use of social media in our institutions. Most of us are using some form of social media to reach our constituency. Facebook and Twitter seem to be most prevalent.  The groups also discussed the usefulness of mobile devices such as I-PADS and other tools such as libguides. Finally, the group discussed, rather inconclusively, the advantages and disadvantages of Webinars using Skype technology and the possibility of holding the MOLLAS meeting at SALALM by coming to SALALM either one day early or staying one day later. No consensus was reached.



October 20th, 2011

Action items presented at MOLLAS closing session



  1. Jana Krentz will approach Vickie Doll, East Asian Librarian at KU, to ask more about the possibility of using the ‘software’ for the Asian Libraries Statistical  Database.
  2. Paloma Celis will approach the Interlibrary Loan Cooperation Committee in SALALM to ask how they work out new ILL agreements.
  3. Read Miguel Valladares’ report on Collaborative Coll Development. This report is available at the LANE website.
  4. Paloma Celis and Nerea Llamas (and anyone else who would wish to work with them) will work together for the counting of their holding to report at our meeting in SALALM.
  5. Alison Hicks will work in Google Docs on a chart to map out collection strengths. We have all agreed to add our information by March 31, 2012.
  6. All members interested will update their commitment to MOLLAS Mexican Collaborative Collection Agreement (everyone will also include the publishers/publishing houses).
  7. Study the possibility of collaborative work among MOLLAS members in the creation/maintenance of libguides.
  8. Suzanne Schadl will study the possibility of distance learning systems for future MOLLAS virtual meetings.
  9. All members will e-mail Mary Raple an updated blurb of the description of the collection strengths of each of our collections that appear in:


Respectfully submitted,

José O. Díaz, Ph.D.

MINUTES OF MOLLAS MEETING AT SALALM LVI Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 28 May 2011

Members present: Paloma Celis de Carvajal (U of Wisconsin-Madison), José Díaz (OSU), David Dressing (U of Notre Dame), Luis González (Indiana U-Bloomington), Jana Krentz (U of Kansas), Nerea Llamas, Convener (U of Michigan), Suzanne Schadl (UNM), Rafael E. Tarragó, Secretary (U of MN), Mary Jo Zeter (MSU)


Visitors: Leif Addleson (Books from Mexico)



The meeting was opened at 11am by Nerea. Two of the librarians from member institutions present have taken their positions recently, and they introduced themselves. José Díaz is the new Librarian for Latin American Studies at Ohio State University, and David Dressing is the new Librarian for Latin American Studies at the University of Notre Dame.



The first item in the agenda to be discussed was the project to create a list of the titles indexed in HAPI indicating which are owned by MOLLAS libraries and who has what. This list could be used eventually for a MOLLAS collection development cooperation project, where each MOLLAS member library would commit to keeping its subscriptions to a certain number

of the titles indexed by HAPI, to ensure that  there will be at least one copy of each of the HAPI titles in the Midwest by having all of those titles covered by the MOLLAS libraries as a whole.


MOLLAS members have been sending lists of their holdings to Kansas to be entered in a master list created by Mary Raple, Jana’s assistant, and Jana commented that she has received lists from several MOLLAS members, but that the information in them is not consistent. Some lists included all the journals from Latin America held at the institutions sending them, while some others did not indicate whether their subscription was current and if they received the hard-copy

edition. The last two pieces of information are important if the master list of HAPI journals received by MOLLAS members is going to be used for a collection development project, where currency is an essential consideration, and where paper will be important, given the restrictions that some publishers make on the sharing of articles and digital editions through interlibrary loans.


There was a general discussion concerning this list of HAPI titles owned by MOLLAS members. Some of the questions raised were: how much information about holdings at each MOLLAS library is necessary to make the list useful for collection development cooperation? Is it necessary to make a commitment to subscribing to the paper edition for collection development purposes? will retention of back files be part of the commitment if there is a collection development project? Nerea remarked that, given the e-only policies of many libraries the commitment to keeping the paper subscription to a HAPI title may be difficult for some. Jana said that she had asked Dora Loh (UCLA) what CALAFIA has done with a project similar to the one being considered by MOLLAS, and that she had said that the librarians in University of California campuses have made the commitment to keep paper editions of journals included

in collection development cooperation projects.


Jana suggested that we consider 2010 the starting date of our project. That means that in the master list of HAPI titles owned by MOLLAS libraries the holdings indicated will begin in 2010, and Suzanne seconded this suggestion. Rafael said that he will ask the HAPI editors if they have added or dropped any titles since the 2007 edition, the last year HAPI was published on paper. The list of HAPI titles used by MOLLAS members who have prepared the list of holdings at their institution is the list that was printed in the 2007 edition. Rafael will send that list to the

new MOLLAS members.


We had a quorum and came to an agreement about the details for the implementation of the HAPI journals project. First we will create a master list of the titles indexed in HAPI that MOLLAS librarians receive currently indicating when it is received in paper. Next we will decide which titles each library will want to keep as essential to research in its home institution. Finally we will prepare a list assigning each member a group of titles to keep a subscription

in hard copy to the last. Once the above has been decided, and “ironed-out” we will propose this project to pertinent authorities in the administration of our home institutions in order to receive authorization to keep the paper subscriptions of the assigned titles, if necessary weaving e-only mandates, and as the last titles to be cancelled in case of budget cuts. The main purpose of the collection development project is to assure that there will be at least one copy of each of the HAPI titles in the Midwest by having all of those titles covered by the MOLLAS libraries as a group.



The next item to be discussed was the migration of the MOLLAS list serv to another host, because Marne is leaving Ohio University. Jose Diaz said that he will look into the possibility of Ohio State University taking this responsibility.



The third item to be discussed was having a mid-year working meeting in Kansas. Every two years the University of Kansas has hosted a MOLLAS working meeting in the summer. The group agreed to have this year’s meeting in October, and Jana said that she will try to obtain funding from the Kansas Latin American Studies Title VI grant for it.  But Jana suggested that it would be useful if each one of us tried to obtain travel money from his/her home institution  to attend the meeting.


Suggested topics for the agenda of the meeting in Kansas were the details for the implementation of the HAPI journals project; the possibility of collection development cooperation in the acquisition of telenovelas from Latin American countries (at present Wisconsin is collecting telenovelas from Mexico, and Minnesota is considering collecting them from Brazil); collecting films and DVDs; and the MOLLAS web site.





The fourth item to be discussed was MOLLAS membership expansion. For several years MOLLAS meetings have been attended by librarians from Midwestern institutions that have not joined MOLLAS formally. There was consensus in the group about the desirability of inviting those librarians to join MOLLAS formally. The Convener will write to them. Jana commented that funding travelling to the Kansas mid-year meetings will become more difficult if MOLLAS expands. At this point it includes 13 institutions.



The last item to be brought up at the meeting was the election of a new Convener and Secretary. Paloma Celis de Carbajal will be the Convener and José Díaz will be the Secretary for the next two years.



Luis González reported on the results of the recent ARL SPEC Kit survey entitled Collecting Global Resources, prepared by the Area Studeis Department of the Herman B. wells Library at Indiana University. Published by the ARL, SPEC Kits are the standard source of information on key issues and current practices in academic librarianship today. Information is gathered from ARL institutions through online surveys. Fifty-three percent of the 126 ARL member institutions completed the survey, which was conducted between March 7 and April 8, 2011. (Note from the scribe: The published report was released in September 2011. The executive summary from SPEC Kit324 can be accessed at


Historically and at the present time, Latin America is one of the top areas of collecting among ARL institutions. The majority of the respondents reported that they have been able to keep the same level of financial support for global resources within the last five years. For Latin America,

Specifically, 77% of the respondents (N=57) replied saying that they have maintained the expenditures for that period of time. Luis announced that Indiana University-Bloomington is planning to host a conference on area studies librarianship in 2012.


Lief asked if the results of the ARL survey were a sign of current interest or a “last hurrah!” for a long standing interest at United States universities for area studies. Luis replied that according to the survey data area studies are still a vibrant field at universities in the United States. Jana said that in 2010-2011 Kansas hosted meetings in African Studies and in Slavic Studies, suggesting that faculty members have a continuing interest in them, and that university administrators emphasize globalization, although there is a lack of funding for international collections.


The meeting adjourned at 12:30pm


Respectfully submitted,


Rafael E. Tarragó, Secretary


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