Sócrates Silva has been appointed to the position of Latin American and Iberian Studies Librarian at the University of California at Santa Barbara as of July 16th. Sócrates has been with HAPI now for almost 6 years and will be sorely missed. Nevertheless, we wish him much happiness and success as he moves on to this exciting challenge and look forward to his continued involvement in SALALM. Please join me in wishing Sócrates well and congratulating him on his new beach-side office!
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I am delighted to announce that, effective July 20th, Emma Marschall will be the new Research and Instruction Librarian at The Latin American Library, Tulane University.
Emma comes to us from Gettysburg College where she was most recently employed as a cataloger in the Musselman Library. Prior to that position she was an Academic Library Fellow at the University of Missouri-St. Louis and Digital Archives Intern at the Missouri History Museum Library and Archives. From 2006 through 2008 she was Lecturer in Spanish at Washington University in St. Louis.
Emma earned her MLS at the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2010. She has a M.A. in Spanish from Middlebury College (2006) and a B.A. in Latin American and Iberian Studies from Bard College (2001). She also earned a Certificate in French Language from the Sorbonne (2005).
In addition to her specialization in reference and instruction, Emma also has a strong background in processing digital collections.
In the words of our Dean, Lance Query, “those of us who met with Emma were impressed with her knowledge, experience, energy, and strong inter-personal skills.” I can add that Emma is sure to be a great colleague and contributor to SALALM. I know you will all get a chance to meet her in Miami next year, if not before.
I am delighted to announce that, effective today, Christine Hernandez is the new Curator of Special Collections in the Latin American Library (LAL), Tulane University.
Chris received her A.B. in Spanish and Anthropology from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana where she was Phi Beta Kappa. She earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in Anthropology from Tulane in 2000.
As an independent scholar, Chris has published widely on the prehistory of the El Bajío, Lerma River Valley, and northeastern Michoacán. She has also studied the pre-Columbian painted manuscripts (“codices”) from the Maya area and highland Mexico which involves calendrical study, cultural astronomy, iconographic study, and epigraphy in both centers of civilization. She recently completed a book manuscript on the Mesoamerican codices co-authored with Gabrielle Vail and developed an online database that contains all four Maya codices (http://www.mayacodices.org);
As a Research Associate at Tulane’s Middle American Research Institute (MARI), Chris wrote grants to fund a digitization project for joint MARI and LAL materials; developed a four-year collections management and conservation plan for the MARI archive; managed their publication sales; and helped to organize the annual Tulane Maya Symposium and Workshop event. At the Latin American Library, Chris inventoried and developed a collection guide to the Merle Greene Robertson Collection in 2008-2009 and in 2012. She has also served at LAL in a grant-writing capacity as well as co-curator, with LAL staff, of the exhibitions “Maya Time Reckoning and the Language of Creation: Views from the Merle Green Robertson Collection” (2009) and “Sacred Cenotes, Hidden Caverns: Fifty Years of Research in the Maya Area” (2008).
Our very own Adán Griego (Stanford University), Hortensia Calvo (Tulane University), and Alvaro Risso (Librería Linardi y Risso) have made the list of top 50 most influential professionals at the Buenos Aires Book Fair. Read more here.
The Spratling-Taxco Collection consists of original silver design drawings for jewelry, sketches for book illustrations, photographs, taped and videotaped interviews of silver designers and silversmiths, prints portfolios, two watercolor paintings, and other material documenting the work of William Spratling and other major figures in Mexico’s modern silver and crafts industry, including Chato, Coco, Miguel, and Antonio Castillo (Los Castillo), Margot van Voorhies Carr (d. 1985), Frederick W. Davis (1880-1961), and Sigfrido Pineda (b. 1929), from the 1930s to the present. For access, contact the Director of the Latin American Library at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A dozen SALALM members attended ALA’s annual conference in New Orleans this past June. The group’s presence was felt at an ideally located booth, which had a definite local flair with beads and other colorful adornments. The stand was ready for visitors on Friday (6/24) and closed on Monday (6/27).
The day before (6/23) SALALM and other library groups/associations participated in the 2011 Spectrum Institute Professional Options Fair organized by ALA’s Diversity Office and sponsored by OCLC Inclusion Initiative. The event hosted more than 100 current MLS students from Library Schools all over the country. Hortensia Calvo and I talked to about 20 of these Spectrum Scholars who saw the words “Latin America” at our table.
Our collective presence at the exhibit hall made possible a visit to the aisle hosting several library schools. Hortensia and I met several of the representatives and gave them informational handouts about SALALM, ALZAR and ISIS. Some knew we existed, and for others we were a new group on their radar screen. SALALM members at institutions with MLIS program are encouraged to ensure not only that our informational materials are visible to students but to “insinuate” ourselves as Latin American Studies Librarianship ambassadors to any job fair events for information professionals.
The conference also provided opportunities to learn about new products. Hortensia, Sean Knwolton and I were at a presentation where Oxford Bibliographies Online showcased their upcoming Latin American Studies file. I asked about pricing models and noted that the traditional formula of all campus FTE was not applicable for a product that would have a much more reduced number of users. A few days earlier I had expressed that same concern to another vendor of Spanish language ebooks. This issue was also raised at an ebook panel at Philadelphia’s SALALM conference. Vendors appear to understand that a different pricing model is needed and it’s really up to us to come up with a well documented alternative.
Thanks to all those who volunteered: Myra Appel, Roberto Delgadillo, Tony Harvell, Deb Raftus, John Wright, Sean Knowlton, Denise Stuempfle, Cecilia Sercán, and Michael Scott. Very special thanks to Hortensia Calvo and Carol Avila from SALALM’s Executive Secretariat who covered much of the three days of the exhibit.
Things are starting to gear up for the final stretch before the Philadelphia meeting in late May. From what I have seen from working with Nerea, Joe and David, I have no doubt it will be a memorable one. Conference packets were e-mailed out on February 1, and registrationsare pouring in.
I am delighted to report that our new SALALM Treasurer, Peter Johnson, spent a few days here in New Orleans last week working with Carol and me as he takes the reins of the position before the May meeting. We spent some time going over financial reports and other regular communication that takes place between the Secretariat and the Treasurer, but we also took the opportunity to streamline some processes and think through some new ways of conducting business for the organization, all with an eye towards cost savings. Peter plans to present a list of recommendations for discussion in Philadelphia. We should all be grateful to Peter for taking on this important position, as he brings a keen mind and financial savvy to the organization.
In other news, the José Toribio Medina Award nominations were e-mailed on March 23. Please be sure to print out your form and return via snail mail to Víctor F. Torres at the address provided. And election ballots were mailed out on February 8. The Nominating Committee composed of Jesús Alonso-Regalado, Kaydee McCann and Ana María Cobos, has done a great job of reminding everyone to vote, vote, vote, so at this point I hope everyone has done so.
Looking forward to seeing everyone in Philadelphia.
The Latin American Library is very pleased to announce a new collection guide and web site for the Merle Greene Robertson Collection, Latin American Library Manuscripts, Collection 133. The guide was prepared by Christine Hernández and David Dressing with assistance from Victoria Lyall and Lori Dowell.
Spanning the period from the 1920s to 2010, the papers of this art historian, archaeologist, artist, teacher, and writer consists of material related to the study of the ancient Maya gathered and produced over a lifetime of activity in the field. The collection includes correspondence, publications, photographic material, rubbings and line drawings of Maya relief sculpture, art work, and information on exhibits and conferences.
To access the guide and other information on the collection and on Merle Greene Robertson, see http://lal.tulane.edu/collections/manuscripts/robertson_merle Hortensia Calvo