Mentorship Program

To provide further opportunities for professional development, SALALM's mentorship program assists new members through discussion, advice, and collegiality. Mentorship enables earlier and more effective integration of new members into the work of SALALM’s committees and annual conferences.

New SALALM members, as well as any member in good standing, are eligible to request a mentoring relationship from any individual on the Mentor List. Or, upon request, the Membership Committee’s Mentor Liaison for the mentorship program will recommend from the mentors list potential matches.

Request a mentor here.
Volunteer to be a mentor here.


Currently Available SALALM Mentors


Nelson Santana

Assistant Professor / Collection Development Librarian, Bronx Community College of the City University of New York (CUNY)

My interests include, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and Dominican Studies, as well as the role of libraries and archives in underserved communities. I also have experience with oral histories, digital humanities projects, grant-writing, digital platform management, and blogging.

Betsaida Reyes

Librarian for Spanish, Portuguese, Latin American, and Caribbean Studies, University of Kansas

I am interested in the information literacy of international students, approaches to information literacy by librarians in Latin America, and issues in collection development and open access as related to the areas of Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and the Iberian peninsula. I was a first generation college student and first generation immigrant, and I've been a member of SALALM and a Latin American specialist since 2013.

Jana Krentz

Yale University Library Librarian for the Latin American & Iberian Collections and Latinx Studies

I am interested in Information literacy, and I have 23 years of experience in LAS. I have been a member of SALALM since 1995.

Lynn Shirey

Harvard University Librarian for Latin America, Spain & Portugal Widener Library

I have over 20 years’ experience developing and curating collections in Latin American and Iberian Studies in the humanities and social sciences. I collaborate extensively with staff at Houghton Library (rare books, manuscripts and archives) for my areas. My personal knowledge and interests are literature, history and film; and Cuba, Colombia and Iberia.

Manuel Ostos

Librarian for Romance Languages and Literatures, Penn State University Libraries

I am Librarian for Romance Languages and Literatures at Penn State University Libraries. My research areas include collection assessment, cultural studies, and humanities research methods. I have been a member of SALALM since 2012.

Martha Mantilla

University of Pittsburgh Librarian, Latin American Studies and Eduardo Lozano Collection

I have specialized in Latin American and Iberian Studies for approximately 15 years. My focus is on Bolivian and Indigenous studies and research. I've been a member of SALALM since 2003.

Peter Johnson

Princeton University Bibliographer for Latin America, Spain & Portugal (retired)

I have worked in LAS for 33 years and been a member of SALALM since 1970, serving for many years as Treasurer. My areas of interest include special collections, particularly manuscripts and ephemeral publications; field trips; and advising students on research projects.

Rafael Emilio Tarrago

University of Minnesota Librarian for Iberian, Ibero-American & Chicano/Latino Studies

My collection areas cover Spain and Portugal as well as Latin America. My areas of research are Cuba in the 19th century, and the history and cultures of Peru in the 17th century. I have been a member of SALALM since 1987, and I am an active member of the SALALM Bylaws Committee, and of the Cuban Bibliography Subcommittee, and the Digital Primary Resources Subcommittee. Feel free to ask me about them.

Roberto C. Delgadillo

University of California Davis Humanities, Social Sciences and Government Information Services Librarian

I am a Research Support Services Librarian at the University of California, Davis, Peter J. Shields Library. My areas of responsibility include: Chicana/o Studies, Cinema, English Language and Literatures, Latin American Studies, Military Science, Native American Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Religious Studies, Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Literatures. I was born in Managua, Nicaragua, and my family moved to the United States in 1975. I have an MLIS and a PhD in Modern Latin American History, both from UCLA. My research interests include urban folklore, civil military relations and the information-seeking behavior of undergraduate and graduate students. I am a former reference and acquisitions librarian with the Hispanic Services Division of the Inglewood Public Library and former copy cataloger with the Beverly Hills Public Library. I currently serves as a Member-at-Large for ALA Council. Since 2005, I also served as SALALM’s Rapporteur General (2005-2012), Member-at-Large (2008-2011) and immediate Past President (2013-2014), since 2015, I am SALALM’s current Parliamentarian. I am also a 2012 recipient of The Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award. I have been a member of SALALM since 2002.

Sócrates Silva

Columbia University Libraries Latin American and Iberian Studies Librarian

My dual MA from the University of California, Los Angeles, is in Latin American Studies and Information Studies. Formerly I was Associate Editor at the Hispanic American Periodicals Index (HAPI) and the Latin American and Iberian Studies Librarian at the University of California, Santa Barbara. My collection areas are Latin America, Spain, and Portugal. I'm interested in collaborative collection development projects and primary source instructional strategies. I have been a SALALM member since 2007 and have served as Enlace chair and member-at-large.

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Suzanne M. Schadl

Chief, Hispanic Division, Library of Congress

I received my PhD in Latin American studies in 2002. At that time, my focus was in the classroom where I taught students to be mindful of  metanarratives and exclusion. I had little concept of metadata, despite some cataloging and book vendor experience. I found my way into Latin Americanist librarianship just two days before I joined SALALM in 2008. I am still interested in challenging metanarratives by opening pathways wherever possible. In community, I work to bridge gaps in the information landscape between over- and under-represented voices, materials, and systems. I have been honored to serve SALALM’s Executive Board as co-Rapporteur General (2012-2015) and President (2017-2018).

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Bronwen K. Maxson

University of Oregon Undergraduate Engagement Librarian

My research interests include IL instruction, critical pedagogy, critical library theory, and I enjoy working with diverse groups of students, including Spanish Heritage Speakers and international students. I have worked as a liaison librarian to Spanish and other modern languages since 2014 and have been a member of SALALM since 2013. I’m familiar with university systems in Oregon, Colorado, and Indiana, and I got my MLIS at the University of Denver in 2013. My newest position focuses on outreach and IL, but I will continue to have opportunities to liaise with Latin American Studies and languages departments.