May 3-6, 2022
Bogotá Colombia

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The Seminar on the Acquisition of Latin American Library Materials (SALALM) is pleased to announce its 67th annual meeting, which will take place on May 3-6, 2022 in Bogotá D.C., Colombia, hosted by the following institutions: Biblioteca Nacional de Colombia – Ministerio de Cultura, Biblioteca Luis Ángel Arango of the Banco de la República and the Instituto Caro y Cuervo.

Voicing the Past: Libraries, Archives, and Cultural Institutions in the Making of Latin America and the Caribbean invites reflection on the complex role of cultural repositories in the development of collective memories in and about Latin America and the Caribbean. Repositories such as libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural institutions are not only custodians of sources that allow us to construct, reconstruct, and interpret the past and the present, but they are also, alongside their collections, products of a series of curatorial processes, selections, inclusions, and exclusions that shape what a society considers worthy of value and preservation. This conference is an invitation to investigate and problematize the processes by which librarians, archivists, museum curators and other culture professionals are actors in the construction of a collective memory and history of Latin America and the Caribbean.

This event is an invitation to think broadly. From the perspective of bookdealers to preservation and conversation conservation specialists; from information literacy and reference to digital scholarship, and the role of museums and cultural and educational institutions in the construction of knowledge in the region. Likewise, we invite broader reflections on the socioeconomic, political, and cultural dynamics that shape cultural institutions as they, preserve, create, or suppress memory and their impact in the production of knowledge.
The conference venue will be Bogotá’s historic Hotel Tequendama, located within walking distance from the historic Barrio La Candelaria, with access to Colombia’s foremost libraries, archives, and museums.

The call for papers for the conference will be circulated in mid-October 2021.
SALALM Secretariat
Tulane University
October 1, 2021