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First Presidential Message – SALALM LXI

Dear colleagues,

Several months have passed since our 60th annual conference in Princeton in which our Past President Luis González and Fernando Rodríguez, chair of local arrangements, alongside Hortensia Calvo, our Executive Director organized a wonderful conference to celebrate this landmark anniversary. The academic program for SALALM LX showed, once more, the strong national and international ties that we have been building and the multifaceted work that we do as library specialists.

Our next conference has been taking shape over these months. The conference theme is out and, as the theme mentions, for 2016 there will be some slight changes in our program in order to accommodate the round tables that will take place during the first two days. Out of the total number of committee, subcommittee, interest, and affiliated group work meetings, thirteen will meet via GoToMeeting prior to our conference in May and will report at the Executive Committee meetings held during the conference. The remaining committees and interest groups will meet, as usual, during the conference days. I want to thank all committee chairs and other SALALM colleagues that have accepted this one-time-only situation in order to support and free up time to hold the round tables during the regular days of our conference.

It is my pleasure to announce that Dr. Charles Hale, Director of the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies (LLILAS) at The University of Texas at Austin since 2009, has kindly accepted the invitation to be our keynote speaker. Dr. Hale’s article on “The Future of Latin American Studies” (Americas Quarterly, 2014) is one of the texts that inspired me for the SALALM conference theme. In addition, he will bring a unique perspective to our conference as the director of a Latin American Studies institute which includes the Benson Collection, one of the largest and most comprehensive library collections on the area. Among his achievements as director of LLILAS, he facilitated the merging of LLILAS and the Benson Collection. Dr. Hale’s critical insight on the transformation of area studies will be key to the discussions that will take place during the round tables.

I strongly believe that collaborative work and dialogue with others fosters a more creative environment. For that reason, I have put together a committee of SALALM colleagues that are helping me with the creation of these round tables: Luis González from Indiana University, Alison Hicks from University of Colorado-Boulder, and Miguel Valladares from the University of Virginia. We started working over a month ago. As soon as the preparation is done, we will upload all the details to the conference website.

The calls for submissions to our travel grant Enlace (deadline Feb. 13, 2016), our SALALM scholarship (deadline March 15, 2016), and the recently created Dan Hazen Fellowship (deadline Dec 15, 2015) have been updated in our website. The review committees are all looking forward to receiving many applications!

I would like to call your attention on the Dan Hazen Fellowship, which was created this fall to honor the memory of one of SALALM’s strongest leaders. Dan always stressed the importance of in-depth knowledge and continuous professional development of subject specialists in order to build stronger collections and provide the highest quality of service. With this in mind, the goal of this fellowship is to strengthen our junior, mid and senior status members through the award of partial financial support for either scholarly research or professional development. The Fellowship Review Committee will evaluate each submission and awards will be announced February 1, 2016. Thanks to the recently formed committee that has been working diligently to have this new fellowship in place this semester, especially to Peter Johnson, its chair.

Miguel Valladares, the chair of local arrangements, has been working very hard towards our next conference. He will soon be adding details for lodging, registration to the SALALM conference website, as well as other pertinent information related to the University of Virginia and Charlottesville.

As I mentioned in the email in which I shared the conference theme, SALALM is the main reason that I decided to become a librarian twelve years ago. Its collegiality is energizing and a pillar of my professional life. As I prepare this conference, you, my colleagues, confirm over and over that I made the best decision. My deepest appreciation to you all for your support!

I am glad to report that, within the first week of the announcement of the conference theme, I received the first proposals for presentations. Keep them coming!

Stay tuned for several announcements that will come in the following weeks.

Happy Thanksgiving for those of you in the U.S. and safe and fulfilling travels for those of you attending the Feria Internacional del Libro de Guadalajara!

Warm regards,

SALALMISTAS in the news

Antonio Sotomayor, a Assistant Professor and Librarian for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign just published a chapter on the relationship between sports and politics in Puerto Rico. “The Cold War Games of a Colonial Latin American Nation: San Juan, Puerto Rico, 1966.” In Andrew Johns and Heather Dietcher, editors, Diplomatic Games: Sport, Statecraft, and International Relations since 1945. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2014, 217-249. The publication can be accessed on Google Books.

Former SALALM president and Librarian Emerita from the University of Texas, Ann Hartness recently published a reference book titled Brasil: obras de referência, 1999-2013. This annotated bibliography follows the previous publication of Brasil: obras de referência, 1965-1998 also published by Briquet de Lemos Livros. you can find more information about this title here.

Paloma Celis Carbajal, SALALM president elect, Jesus Alonso-Regalado, University at Albany and Alison Hicks, University of Colorado at Boulder, Ann Barnhart, University of West Georgia will present at the Asociación Mexicana de Bibliotecarios, A.C. (AMBAC) during the meeting that takes place at the Feria Internacional del Libro de Guadalajara, Mexico.

Welcome, new members!

Natalie Baur

Natalie Baur joined the University of Miami Libraries as the Archivist for the Cuban Heritage Collection in 2012. In her role as archivist, Natalie processes the manuscript collections held at the Cuban Heritage Collection. She also maintains physical and intellectual control over the collections, providing access to students, researchers and visitors. Natalie has an undergraduate degree in History from Wilkes University, a graduate degree in History and Museum Studies from the University of Delaware, and a Master of Library Science with a concentration in Archives, Records, and Information Management from the University of Maryland. Her interests include description and preservation of cultural heritage materials; cataloging of archival and rare materials; and issues in digital preservation and the Digital Humanities. Before becoming a librarian, Natalie previously taught English as a Foreign Language to university students in Quito, Ecuador and enjoys traveling there frequently to visit her Ecuadorian friends and family.




Giso Broman is a second year Master’s student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW) School of Library and Information Studies (SLIS). Before starting his program at SLIS in the fall of 2011, Giso received his B.A. from the UW with a double major in Portuguese and Geography. Although his library school research interests and future career aspirations are mainly focused on metadata, cataloging, and other aspects of library technical services, he incorporates a Brazilianist perspective whenever possible, and has not ruled out a career as a subject specialist librarian. Currently, Giso is working with Paloma Celis Carbajal to catalog, digitize, and publicize the UW’s growing collection of approximately 700 cartonera books by dozens of publishers from all around Latin America.


Antonio Sotomayor

Antonio Sotomayor received his Ph.D. in History of Latin America and the Caribbean at the University of Chicago in June 2012 with a dissertation entitled “Playing the Nation in a Colonial Island: Sport, Culture, and Politics in Puerto Rico.”  He has a book chapter on Olympic sport and Cold War politics in the Spanish Caribbean currently under submission; an article manuscript on sport and Pro-American populism in Puerto Rico also under submission; and is working on a book manuscript on Puerto Rican Olympism and national identity. He has taught Latin American and Caribbean Studies at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, the University of Chicago, and at Knox College. As of December 2012, he will be the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Librarian and Assistant Professor of Library Administration at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.





Michelle Elneil was born in Medellín, Colombia and raised in the U.S. She earned her B.A. in Economics at Rutgers University and her M.A. in Education at the University of Florida. Michelle has ten years of experience in New York City working on significant assignments at Wall Street investments houses. She also served for seven years as chair of diversity committees at both Credit Suisse First Boston and Merrill Lynch, where she co-developed Human Resources recruitment and retention programs for Latinos, and worked to increase cultural awareness within these corporations through heritage event planning. Her research on graphic novels of Latin America has yielded an outreach program, as well as papers and annotated bibliographies containing both published and unpublished works centering on revolution and politics. She is also working to develop an online repository about The Disappeared, including declassified documents from sources such as the National Security Archives. Michelle is currently enrolled in the M.L.S. and Archives Management program at Simmons College, and she works at the University of Florida Libraries as manager of its Gifts & Exchange Program. She is also joining the SALALM Finance Committee.

Christine L. Hernandez received her A.B. in Spanish and Anthropology from the  University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she was Phi Beta  Kappa. She earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in Anthropology from Tulane in 2000.  As an independent scholar and Mesoamerican archaeologist, Christine 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 Mesoamerican civilization.  She recently completed a  book manuscript co-authored with Dr. Gabrielle Vail on creation mythology in the Maya codices due to come out in the Spring of 2013, and is co-developer of an online database for the four extant Maya codices.

As a Research Associate at Tulane’s Middle American Research Institute (MARI), Christine wrote grants to fund a digitization project for joint MARI and Latin American Library (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 between 2004 and 2009.  Prior to being hired as Curator of Special Collections, Christine worked at the Latin American Library to create an inventory and assist with writing the collection guide to the Merle Greene Robertson Collection in 2008-2009 and in 2012.  She has also served at the 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).


Emma Marschall

Emma Marschall comes to the Latin American Library at Tulane University from Gettysburg College where she was a cataloger in the Musselman Library.  Prior to that position, she was an Academic Library Fellow at the University of Missouri-St. Louis and the 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 M.L.S. at the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2010.  She has an M.A. in Spanish from Middlebury College (2006) and a B.A. in Latin American and Iberian Studies from Bard College (2001).  In addition, Emma has earned the Certificate in French Language from the Sorbonne (2005).  As Research and Instruction Librarian at The Latin American Library, Emma provides reference and instruction and contributes to collection development.

From the President

SALALM: A Big Extended Family

One of the reasons that SALALM is so unique is that we are like a big extended family.  When someone joins SALALM, she/he becomes a member of an extended family whose relatives are scattered all over Latin America, Europe, Canada and the United States.

When one of our members is ill or passes away, the whole family mourns.  Recently, two members of the SALALM family passed way: Howard Karno and tatiana de la tierra.  My personal connection with Howard Karno was somewhat sporadic and brief, mostly at SALALM receptions.  However, his warm and friendly presence together with his contagious laughter was always comforting and reassuring.   Our deep sentiments for this big loss are well expressed in David Block’s “Howard Karno – In Memoriam” post.

tatiana de la tierra.  Who will not remember her down-to-earth name and her affirming presence?  If you ever met tatiana once, you will never have forgetten her.  I met tatiana for the first time at the Buenos Aires book fair, where I learned that she was a compatriota bibliotecaria. However, she was much more than that.  She was an ingenious bi-cultural writer and activist, full of life. In her blog she described her own life as “a novel still being written.”   Adan Griego’s “Colombiana Salerosa – In memory of tatiana de la tierra” post, plus  her blog and this video on YouTube  gives tribute to the life of this remarkable multifaceted colombiana.

Another great loss for the SALALM family is Alan Moss.  Upon hearing of his passing, SALALM colleagues spoke of his camaraderie and described him as “a first-rate bibliographer with in-depth knowledge of publishing in the English-speaking Caribbean.”  These words were included in the “Alan Moss – In Memoriam” post written by Elizabeth F. Watson.

Ties Between Junior and Senior SALALM Members

Thinking about these losses made me reflect on the importance of the connection between junior and senior SALALM members.   Although we have always been proud of the strong ties between newer and older members of SALALM, I strongly believe that these ties need to be constantly nourished and strengthened.   Thus, I would like to make an explicit invitation to those members that have recently joined the organization to be active participants in SALALM.   Throughout the year, we might look for innovative ways of joining the talent and skills that new members are bringing to the organization with the experience and wisdom of senior members. At SALALM’s 58th conference we will include venues to strengthen junior-senior mentoring relationships.

The Theme for SALALM’s 58th Conference

Briefly, the general theme of the conference deals with the intersection of indigenism, pan-indigenism, and cosmovisionism within the context of indigenous studies in the Americas. We are interested in the exploration of indigenous peoples’ thought and action prior to, during, and after colonization.  We will attempt to approach this from indigenous peoples’ perspective.   The title of the conference, the description of the theme and the deadline for submissions can be found on the SALALM conference website.

The Venue

We are very fortunate to have been invited by the University of Miami Libraries and Florida International University Libraries to have the 2013 conference in Coral Gables.  I traveled to Miami in August, visited The Westin Colonnade Hotel, and met some members of the host institutions. I was amazed to learn about the rich history of this beautiful multicultural city. I also had the opportunity to see some of the unique collections held in the host institutions.  We will find ways to highlight some of these collections at the 58th SALALM conference in Miami.

New SALALM Officers

Congratulations to the newly elected SLALAM Officers, President-Elect Roberto Delgadillo and the Members at Large Paloma Celis-Carvajal and Daisy Dominguez.  I would like to thank Roberto Delgadillo for his invaluable six-year service as the Rapporteur General.  We welcome Suzanne Schadl  and  Craig Schroer who agreed to share the responsibilities of Rapporteur General.

Saludos para tod@s y mis deseos por un exitoso año académico,

Martha E. Mantilla
University of Pittsburgh

2012 Election Results

The Nominations Committee would like to extend its congratulations to our newly elected SALALM leaders.

El Comité de Nominaciones quiere dar la enhorabuena a los nuevos representantes de SALALM.

VICE PRESIDENT/PRESIDENT ELECT (Vicepresidente/Presidente Electo): Roberto Delgadillo (University of California, Davis)

EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBERS AT LARGE, 2012-2015 (Miembros del Comité Ejecutivo):

Paloma Celis-Carbajal (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Daisy Domínguez (The City College of New York Libraries)

Thank you for participating in this year’s elections. Nuestro agradecimiento por participar en las elecciones. Seventy one percent of SALALM members voted this year!


Ana María Cobos
Saddleback College Library

Jesus Alonso-Regalado
SUNY, Albany

Stephanie Rocío Miles
Harvard University

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