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.

Jana Krentz

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

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

Manuel Ostos

Curator of Romance Language, Latin American, and Latinx Collections, The Pennsylvania 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

Emeritus 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.


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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