Established by the SALALM Executive Board at SALALM XXVI, 1981 (New Orleans, LA)
1982-1992 compiled by Rebeka Martin under the direction of Jane Garner
1993 – compiled by Jane Garner
At SALALM XXVI, the SALALM Executive Board established the José Toribio Medina Award, to be made annually, if merited, in recognition of outstanding contributions by SALALM members to Latin American Studies. An award may be given for a monographic publication in each of the areas of bibliography and reference. The purpose of the program is to encourage and acknowledge truly superior accomplishments in research and scholarship . An awards panel, comprised of the previous three winners, reviews nominations and submissions, and recommends a recipient to the Editorial Board. Nominations and applications are solicited via the December Newsletter, and lala-l, and are due two months prior to the upcoming annual meeting.
The award may be granted to a distinguished monograph, published, or accepted for publication, within the three years immediately preceding the closing date for nominations. The awards panel looks for outstanding bibliographies, reference works, and sources which facilitate access to research or contribute to the understanding, use, or development of Latin American collections. Reprints, translations, or re-editions are not eligible. Selection is based on scholarship, style, and the importance of the contribution. The award, in the form of a certificate and honorarium of $250, is presented at SALALM’s annual meeting. Nominations and applications are submitted to Chair of the Jose Toribio Medina Award Panel. To be eligible for the award, an author must be a member in good standing of SALALM, and also have been a member in the previous membership year.
If requested to do so by the awards panel, authors are responsible for providing one copy of the work to the review committee. Such copies will be returned when the selection process has been completed.

Criteria for Nomination

José Toribio Medina Award Criteria for Nomination
formulated, January 1988
(updated, January 2016)
One prize may be offered each year for a publication containing original research.
All types of research will be considered as long as the work adds to the body of knowledge about or provides previously unpublished access to Latin American library materials, Latin American libraries and librarianship, the Latin American book trade, and/or Latin American/Latina/o Studies. Format is not a criterion: books, scholarly journal articles, online databases and other electronically published works (for example, web pages, blogs), films, microforms, and other non-print materials are all eligible.
The Award is given to SALALM members only. In order to be eligible, the nominated author(s) must have been members of SALALM for three consecutive years, including the year of publication of his/her work. Thus, an individual who joined SALALM in 2014 would not be eligible to receive an award until 2017.
Nominated entries will be eligible for consideration for three years following the date of publication. A nominated title published in 2015, for instance, would be eligible for an award through 2018. Works may be re-nominated in subsequent years.
Translations and republications are not eligible. Second or later editions will be judged on the amount of new material incorporated.
The following criteria shall be considered by the Medina Award Panel to select the award-winning work:

  • Aid to scholars/researchers (How helpful will this be to the scholar or researcher? What type of need does it fulfill?)
  • Scope (Purpose, coverage, currency)
  • For bibliographic works: Arrangement (Sequence, indexing, ease of consultation)
  • Formatting (Physical make-up, illustrations, design if applicable)
  • Special features (Distinction)
  • Originality of effort (How original is the work? Does this cover the same ground as other publications? If not, what makes it different?)
  • Comprehension of topic (Does the author/compiler demonstrate that he/she understands the subject? Is there an introductory essay that establishes the field so that a novice could grasp the scope and importance of the topic being treated?)
  • Audience (How widely will this work be used?)
  • Bibliography (the work should include a solid, diversified and updated bibliography)

It is the obligation of the members of the José Toribio Medina Award Subcommittee to seek out worthy, eligible titles, not to rely exclusively on outside nominations. It is also the responsibility of the panel chair to publicize the award-winning work and to pass on to his/her successor all eligible nominated entries that were not awarded the prize

Past Winners of the José Toribio Medina Award

1982, XXVII, Washington, D.C.
Barbara Valk
HAPI, Hispanic American Periodical Index (Los Angeles: UCLA Latin American Center Publications, University of California, 1976- )
1983, XXVIII, Costa Rica
Dolores Moyano Martin
Handbook of Latin American Studies (Gainesville: University of Florida Press, 1935- )
Sara de Mundo Lo
Index to Spanish American Collective Biography (Boston: G.K. Hall, 1981- )
1984, XXIX, Chapel Hill
Robin M. Price
An Annotated Catalogue of Medical Americana in the Library of the Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine: Books and Printed Documents, 1557-1821, from Latin America and the Caribbean Islands and Manuscripts from the Americas, 1575-1927 (London: The Institute, 1983)
1985, XXX, Princeton
Werner Guttentag
Bio-bibliografía boliviana (Cochabamba: Los Amigos del Libro, 1975- )
Paula Covington
Indexed Journals: a Guide to Latin American Serials (Madison, WI: Seminar on the Acquisition of Latin American Library Materials, Memorial Library, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1983.
1986, XXXI, Berlin
Alma Jordan and Barbara Comissiong
The English-speaking Caribbean: A Bibliography of Bibliographies Boston: G.K. Hall, 1984)
1987, XXXII, Miami
Nelly González and Margaret E. Fau
Bibliographic Guide to Gabriel García Márquez, 1979-1985 (Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1986)
1988, XXXIII, Berkeley
George F. Elmendorf
Nicaraguan National Bibliography, 1800-1978 (Redlands: Latin American Bibliographic Foundation, 1987)
1989, XXXIV, Charlottesville
Barbara Valk
Borderline: A Bibliography of the United States-Mexico Borderlands (Los Angeles: UCLA Latin American Center Publications, 1988)
1990, XXXV, Rio de Janeiro
Martha Davidson
Picture Collections, Mexico: A Guide to Picture Sources in the United Mexican States (Metuchen: Scarecrow Press, 1988)
Lionel V. Loroña
A Bibliography of Latin American Bibliographies, 1980-1984: Social Sciences and Humanities (Metuchen: Scarecrow Press, 1987)
1991, XXXVI, San Diego
Carole Travis
A Guide to Latin American and Caribbean Census Material: A Bibliography and Union List (London: British Library, 1990)
1992, XXXVII, Austin
Robert A. McNeil and Barbara G. Valk
Latin American Studies: A Basic Guide to Sources (2d ed., revised and enlarged; Metuchen, New Jersey and London: Scarecrow Press, 1990)
1993, XXXVIII, Guadalajara
Paula A. Covington
Latin America and the Caribbean: A Critical Guide to Research Sources (New York: Greenwood Press, 1992)
1994, XXXIX, Salt Lake City
C. Jared Loewenstein
A Descriptive Catalogue of the Jorge Luis Borges Collection in the University of Virginia Library (Charlottesville, VA: University Press of Virginia, 1993)
1995, XL, Athens, GA
Nelly S. González
Bibliographic Guide to Gabriel García Márquez, 1986-1992 (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1994).
1996, XLI, New York
Library of Congress, Hispanic Division
Handbook of Latin American Studies Compact Disk (Austin: University of Texas Press, 1995).
1997, XLII, Rockville, MD
Barbara Tennenbaum
Encyclopedia of Latin American History and Culture (New York: C Scribner’s Sons, 1996).
1998, XLIII, San Juan, PR
Peter A. Stern
Sendero Luminoso:an annotated bibliography of the Shining Path guerrilla movement, 1980-1993 (Albuquerque, NM: SALALM, 1995)
1999 XLIV, Nashville, TN
Cecilia Puerto
Latin American Women Artists, Kahlo and Look Who Else: a selective, annotated bibliography (Westport, CN: Greenwood Press, 1996).
2000 XLV, Long Beach, CA
Eileen Oliver
Afro-Brazilian Religions: A Selective Bibliography 1990-1997 (Austin, TX.: SALALM Secretariat, Benson Latin American Collection. The University of Texas at Austin, 1998).
2001 XLVI, Tempe, AZ
Iliana Sonntag Blay
Twentieth Century Poetry from Spanish America: An Index to Spanish Language and Bilingual Anthologies (Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press, 1998).
2002 XLVII, Ithaca, NY
Gayle Williams
Index Guide to Latin American Journals (Austin, TX: SALALM Secretariat, Benson Latin American Collection. The University of Texas at Austin, 1999).
2003 XLVIII, Cartagena, Colombia
Victor Torres
Narradores puertorriqueños del ’70: guía biobibliográfica (San Juan, PR: Editorial Plaza Mayor, 2001)
2004 XLIX, Ann Arbor, MI
Tony A. Harvell
Latin American Dramatists since 1945: a bio-bibliographical guide (Westport, CN: Praeger, 2003)
2005 L, Gainesville, FL
Ana María Cobos
Latin American Studies: an annotated bibliography of core works (Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2002)
2006 LI, Santo Domingo, DR
Richard D. Woods
Autobiographical Writings on Mexico: an annotated bibliography of primary sources (Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2005)
2007 LII, Albuquerque, NM
Víctor Julián Cid Carmona
Repertorio de impresos mexicanos en la Biblioteca Nacional de España, siglos XVI-XVII (Mexico, D.F.: El Colegio de México, 2004)
2009 LIV, Berlin, Germany
Víctor Federico Torres
Diccionario de Autores puertorriqueños contemporáneos (San Juan, P.R.: Editorial Plaza Mayor, 2009)
2012 LVII Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
Molly Molloy
Frontera List for Mexico and Border News.  (2009-current)
2014 LIX, Salt Lake City, Utah
Sarah Aponte
Autores dominicanos de la diáspora: apuntes bio-bibliográficos (1902-2012) co-authored with Franklin Gutiérrez. (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic: Biblioteca Nacional Pedro Henríquez Ureña, 2013)
2015 LX, Princeton, NJ
Suzanne Schadl
Schadl, Suzanne M., and Marina Todeschini. “Cite Globally, Analyze Locally: Citation Analysis from a Local Latin American Studies Perspective.” College & Research Libraries (2014): crl13-442.
2016 LXI, Charlottesville, VA
Sarah A. Buck Kachaluba
Buck Kachaluba, Sarah A. and Aaron Dziubinskyj, ed. and trans. Eugenia: a fictional sketch of future customs. A Critical Edition. Eduardo Urzáiz Rodríguez. Madison, Wisconsin: The University of Wisconsin Press, 2016.
2017 LXII, Ann Arbor, MI
Antonio Sotomayor
Sotomayor, Antonio. The Sovereign Colony: Olympic Sport, National Identity, and International Politics in Puerto Rico. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2016.
2018 LXIII Mexico City, Mexico
Marisol Ramos, Jennifer Snow & Charles Venator-Santiago
“The Puerto Rican Citizenship Archives Project: A History of the Extension of U.S. Citizenship to Puerto Rico”