Meet John Kroondyk, SALALM Scholarship Winner!

John Kroondyk, dual master’s student at Indiana University, pursuing a Master of Library Science and Master of Arts in Latin American and Caribbean Studies.

John Kroondyk is a dual master’s student at Indiana University, pursuing a Master of Library Science and Master of Arts in Latin American and Caribbean Studies. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and International Studies from Aquinas College, where he also worked in the library throughout his undergraduate years.
John’s coursework is focused on Portuguese-language literature and Brazilian studies. He is also a graduate assistant at the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS), where he is currently preparing for a Brazilian studies symposium in collaboration with Luis A. Gonzalez and Indiana University Libraries. The set of events will explore the digitization work being done on the Brasil: Nunca Mais collection by the Center for Research Libraries (CRL), the Latin American Microform Project (LAMP), and the Justice Department of Brazil.
During the spring of 2012, John worked as an intern with two Latin American and Caribbean studies librarians in New York City. At Columbia University, John interned with Sean Knowlton and created a research guide on Brazilian music in conjunction with broader preparations for Brazilian World Music Day, an event that was held on September 7, 2012 in collaboration with the ARChive of Contemporary Music. He also created an exhibit of Columbia’s Brazilian music resources at the Wiener Music and Arts Library.
While at New York University, John interned with Angela Carreño in collection development at the Bobst Library, continuing his study of Brazilian music by creating a LibGuide on Tropicália resources at NYU. John then presented a paper on his research at SALALM LVII titled “Viva Tropicália: Covering the Movement and its Legacy,” for which he was awarded a Presidential Travel Fellowship. Following the conference, John was able to continue his study of Portuguese as part of a Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) summer fellowship in Fortaleza, Brazil.
As he finishes his master’s program at Indiana, John is focused on web development and will create a new website for the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies. His coursework has also led to research on the work of faculty affiliated with Latin American and Caribbean studies at Indiana University, in order to better understand the field and the information needs of those working in it. John plans to use all of these various skills to serve students and scholars as a future academic librarian, and hopefully as a subject specialist in Latin American and Caribbean studies.

Meet the 2011 SALALM Scholarship Winners!

Lisa Cruces, masters student in Information Science at The University of Texas at Austin

Lisa Cruces has been a scholar and professional specializing in Latin American materials for the last 7 years. Her specific interests include archival enterprise, special collections and non-textual materials relevant to the Latin American sphere. After completing dual B.A. degrees in History and Latin American Studies at Texas State University-San Marcos in 2009, Lisa began her Masters of Science in Information Science at The University of Texas at Austin, concentrating in archival studies and librarianship.
Before beginning her graduate studies, Lisa conducted work in public history, exhibits, and libraries, with the shared goal of increasing scholarship and access to Spanish-language materials. Past work includes cataloging sueltas at the Harry Ransom Center Research Library and assisting the UT-Library System
with digitization projects.
Along with her previous work involving Mexico and El Salvador, Lisa traveled and conducted independent research in 2010 and 2011 on archival enterprise, preservation, and librarianship in Panama. She presented her poster, “A Case Study of Archives in Central America: El Archivo Nacional de Panamá” at the 2011 Annual Meetings of the Society of Southwest Archivists and the Society of
American Archivists.
Her most recent activities at the University of Texas include archival work, digital exhibits, and translation with the Benson Latin American Collection and the Human Rights Documentation Initiative.
Timothy Thompson, dual-degree master’s student in library science (MLS) and Latin American and Caribbean studies (MA) at Indiana University.

Timothy Thompson is a dual-degree master’s student in library science and Latin American and Caribbean studies at Indiana University. In his application essay, Tim highlighted his keen interest in both digital libraries and Brazilian studies, two areas that have gone hand in hand with his professional development as a librarian: within his MLS degree, he is also pursuing a digital libraries specialization, and his first two years of study at Indiana University were funded by consecutive Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships in Portuguese.
He has worked closely with Luis A. González, Indiana University’s Librarian for Latin American, Iberian, Latino, and Chicano-Riqueño Studies, under whose supervision he completed an internship centered on digital collection development. Using open-source reference management software, he helped implement a complete redesign of González’s Researching Brazil, an online gateway that provides a searchable index of Brazilian scholarly journals.
In 2010, Tim received a Boren Fellowship to spend the following year in Brazil. During the first half of 2011, he continued his study of advanced Portuguese and took language courses at the University of Brasília, where he also completed a graduate-level course in Information Architecture. Concurrently, he enrolled in an independent readings course supervised by González and wrote a review essay of 12 recent books related to library and information science in Brazil.
In April, he was selected to receive the 2011 Rovelstad Scholarship in International Librarianship, awarded annually by the Council on Library and Information Resources to sponsor travel to the IFLA World Library and Information Congress, held this year in San Juan, Puerto Rico. There, he was able to network and share his research interests with information professionals from throughout Ibero-America and the Caribbean.
During the latter half of the year, he conducted fieldwork for his master’s capstone project, which he will conclude during the upcoming semester. His research focuses on the contribution that digital libraries can make as educational resources supporting human development. He is undertaking an analysis of 13 major digital library initiatives in Brazil and has carried out a series of semi-structured interviews with project managers.
“The goal of my research is to determine the extent to which human development has formed part of the rationale for creating digital libraries in Brazil,” says Thompson. “My research is guided by the conviction that the expansion of digital information services can play a role in bridging the gap between libraries and local communities throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.”
With Cavan McCarthy (Louisiana State University, retired), he is currently co-authoring a chapter on Brazil for the second of a two-volume IFLA publication titled Libraries in the Early 21st Century: An International Perspective, scheduled for publication in early 2012.

SALALM Scholarship Now Open!

 The SALALM Scholarship has been established to encourage professional and leadership development in Latin American and Caribbean Studies librarianship. To be awarded annually commencing in December 2011, the $1000 is for a master’s candidate in an archival studies or ALA-accredited library or information studies program. For more information, visit the SALALM Scholarship page.

Enlacistas comparten sus experiencias en SALALM56

Mercedes Tinoco Espinoza y Graciela G. Barcala de Moyano, ganadoras de la beca Enlace en 2011.

Con motivo de haber obtenido la beca Enlace para participar en SALALM (Seminario de Adquisiciones de Materiales Latinoamericanos para Bibliotecas) en Philadelphia (EEUU), entre los días 28 de mayo y 1 de junio de 2011, tuve una excelente ocasión de compartir ponencias y exposiciones con colegas y libreros especializados en América Latina.

De las conversaciones mantenidas durante los días del evento, destaco el contacto con funcionarios de la Biblioteca del Congreso de Estados Unidos donde encontré una buena disposición para otros intercambios como los realizados en el pasado tan beneficiosos para el mencionado organismo y la Academia Nacional de la Historia (de Argentina), donde presto servicios como Jefa de la Biblioteca.

Me interesó particularmente el estado de las colecciones del Ibero-Amerikanisches Institut, cuya fuente documental original fue la donación del Dr. Quesada, prestigioso historiador argentino.

En una y otra ocasión dialogué con colegas sobre experiencias comunes sobre el estado de la profesión. Encontré en toda oportunidad un recibimiento gentil y curioso.

Con algunos libreros y anticuarios de Buenos Aires compartimos buenos momentos, a los que se sumaron otros de diversos lugares de América Latina y España. Una de las mayores ventajas de estos encuentros fueron las conversaciones para facilitar las entregas del material adquirido, con el fin de salvar las dificultades de la compra en el exterior, existentes en Argentina.

Concurrí a las ponencias que me interesaron por su temática y que se parecen a nuestras necesidades y soluciones. Esencialmente fue muy importante el panel donde presenté mi trabajo sobre Archivos Orales, por las similitudes y abordaje de los temas de los otros panelistas.

Enriquece notablemente mis tareas la posibilidad de establecer contactos con los directores de las bibliotecas universitarias, así como de las Divisiones para Estudios de América Latina, más prestigiosas de Estados Unidos y América en general. Y en el plano de la camaradería, nada pudo ser mejor.

El lugar del encuentro con sus amplias y cómodas salas, permitió trasladarse cómodamente de un sitio a otro e intercambiar experiencias.

Por último debo agradecer las invitaciones recibidas de la University of Pennsylvania Libraries y la SALALM Libreros’ Reception, así como la visita a un anticuario en una bellísima casa con cientos de volúmenes curiosos y en algunos casos únicos, ubicados en un espacio que había pertenecido a militares

Graciela G. Barcala de Moyano

Participar en el LVI conferencia anual de SALALM como Enlacista me permitió compartir lo que hacemos en función del rescate y preservación de la memoria de nuestros pueblos, que mejor que compartirlos en la conferencia anual. La experiencia fue única, me permitió conocer otras experiencias en el campo de las ciencias de la información y la bibliotecología que contribuirán en el desarrollo de nuestro trabajo.

Destaco que el evento del SALALM se desarrolló con un nivel de organización excelente, me sentí en un ambiente de calidez que me permitió interactuar y compartir con todos los participantes. Me sentí en familia. Aprovecho para agradecer a los organizadores la oportunidad de participar en tan prestigioso evento.

Una de las grandes oportunidades y evidentemente importante es el contacto establecido con los libreros y bibliotecarios(as) permitiéndonos conocer el estado actual de las adquisiciones de materiales que se producen en nuestros países y enriquecer nuestras bibliotecas.

Mercedes Tinoco Espinoza