Kahlila Chaar-Pérez is pursuing a Master’s in Library and Information Studies at the University of Pittsburgh, and she currently works as a Taxonomy Analyst at BOLD Technologies. Kahlila also has a PhD in Spanish from New York University, and her research has appeared in publications such as the journal Small Axe, the anthology Uncle Tom’s Cabins: The Transnational History of America’s Most Mutable Book, and the U.S. Intellectual History blog. Her interests include Caribbean and U.S. Latinx literatures, critical librarianship, the digital humanities, and LGBTQIA+ studies.
Irmarie Fraticelli-Rodríguez is pursuing a master’s degree in Information Science at the University of Michigan. She is part of the 2019-2021 ARL/SAA Mosaic Program cohort. Currently, Irmarie is a graduate intern at the Special Collection Research Center and the Digital Preservation Unit at UMICH. Previously, Irmarie earned a BA in Spanish Studies and History of the Americas from the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras. There, Irmarie worked at the Puerto Rican Collection and developed an interest in archival studies, digital humanities, and information retrieval. She worked with Latinx collections and recognized the need to utilize and generate multilingual metadata structures as a way to enrich database descriptions. Her research focuses on Digital Curation and Data Analysis. As a future archivist, Irmarie aspires to help under- and misrepresented communities gain access to their heritage.
Jerome Scully is a graduate of the Master’s program in Latin American and Caribbean Studies (LACS) at the University of Guelph where he took a Queer and decolonial approach to his study of the complexities and nuances of sex and gender diversities in Latin America. In his master’s thesis, “Denials and Declarations of Queerness: The Concept of el Hombre Nuevo,” he proposed a novel approach to his study of seminal historical texts, one that privileges knowledge produced by Latin American writers, artists, and scholars. Now, as a student in the Master of Information program at the University of Toronto, Jerome continues to employ decolonizing strategies in his studies of information literacy, research ethics, and cultural heritage.
Katie L. Coldiron is a social scientist and MSIS candidate at the University of Texas at Austin. She holds an MA in Latin American Studies from the University of Florida, as well as a BA in Anthropology/Sociology. Katie has extensive experience living and working in Colombia and Cuba, and her academic interests relate to migration, diasporas, and tourism in these two countries. Previously, she was involved in an effort undertaken by the University of Florida Libraries to digitize the library of the Casa de la Comunidad Hebrea de Cuba, in which she spent 6 months digitizing the library of the most prominent synagogue in Cuba. Her current work has included working on projects related to the Arab diaspora in Latin America, and she has created a research guide and exhibit about UT Austin’s and Open Access resources relating to this topic. After completing her MSIS degree, Katie aspires to complete a PhD in Cultural Anthropology, with the hopes of becoming a curator or collection development head of a Latin American and Caribbean library or museum. Katie resides between Austin, Texas and Miami, Florida.