Call for Nominations: LACCHA Co-Chair

Dear members of LACCHA:

The Latin American and Caribbean Cultural Heritage and Archives Roundtable is making a call for nominations for the position of co-chair. This is a elected position that runs for two years (first year: junior co-chair, second year: senior co-chair). The duties of a co-chair are: help organize the business meeting in the 2015 and 2016 SAA annual meeting; help organize and sponsor panels for the annual meeting; be the contact person between council and the roundtable and to represent the group regarding issues that affect the membership.

Please send nominations to Joel Blanco-Rivera ( and Natalie Baur ( Nominations are open until Friday, May 23, 2014.

Navigating Career Opportunities in Libraries, Research, and Knowledge Management

Have you thought about a career in library and information services but found yourself overwhelmed by job opportunities ranging from archives to storytelling to data management to information literacy instruction? The Knowledge Alliance is here to help. Our Essential Information workshops provide you with a diverse network of peers and mentors to help you to break down the complexities and build a path that suits your skills and goals.

Participants will leave with:

A committed group of mentors including graduate students and professionals
Advanced skills in resume and essay writing and resources for further assistance
Tips for financing a graduate education
Tools for identifying and re-evaluating career paths in evolving industries
Join us at one of these five events, registration is free but limited seats are available – please register early!

Seattle (May 17, 2014) – sponsored by University of Washington’s (UW) iSchool Office of Diversity Programs; UW Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships & Awards; and UW Undergraduate Advising
Atlanta (May 30, 2014) – sponsored by Georgia Perimeter College – Dunwoody Campus Library and Spellman College Women’s Research & Resource Center
Chicago (May 30 & 31, 2014) – sponsored by University of Illinois – Chicago University Library and the Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Los Angeles (May 30 & 31, 2014) – sponsored by Loyola Marymount University (LMU) William H. Hannon Library; LMU Career Development Services; and Los Angeles Public Library
New York (May 31, 2014) – sponsored by Brooklyn Public Library; Queens Library; New York Black Librarians’ Caucus, Inc.; and REFORMA: The National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking
The Knowledge Alliance and the five essential information workshops are made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services [RE-03-10-0063-10].

About IMLS

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. Our mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Our grant making, policy development, and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive. To learn more, visit and follow IMLS on Facebook & Twitter.

Newark 1974: Remembering the Puerto Rican Riots

The History Concentration and Humanities Division of Bloomfield College cordially invite you to the opening of a new library exhibit revisiting Newark’s 1974 Puerto Rican Riots on the 40th anniversary of the events. The exhibit will be on view from April 28 to August 29, 2014.


Shelby Art Room, Bloomfield College Library
80-86 Oakland Ave
Bloomfield NJ 07003

For more information, please write or call 609-647-2269.

*This exhibition was made possible by a grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations in this exhibit do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities or the New Jersey Council for the Humanities.*

LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections Receives Mellon Foundation Grant

AUSTIN, Texas—The Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies and the Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection—collectively LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections—has received a grant of $149,000 from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to carry out a project titled “Post-Custodial Archival Development and Digital Scholarship: Learning from Latin America.”

The grant will boost archival development and enable collaboration between Latin American studies scholars and archivists to identify collections with high potential for scholarly impact.

The term “post-custodial” refers to a process in which the original holders of the archival material maintain that custody while partnering with LLILAS Benson in order to digitize and preserve their archives.

“The post-custodial model facilitates mutually beneficial relationships, pairing communities with limited archival resources to work with archivists who can share their technical expertise and resources to help build and strengthen preservation practices on-site within the community” says T-Kay Sangwand, human rights archivist for the University of Texas Libraries’ Human Rights Documentation Initiative (HRDI).

The model has already been successfully implemented through LLILAS Benson’s partnership with the Historical National Police Archive in Guatemala (AHPN) and the HRDI’s work in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the United States.

The team will launch three pilot projects with partners in Guatemala, El Salvador and Nicaragua chosen for their significant holdings of archival materials, and will create an extensive directory of post-custodial archival opportunities in Latin America and the Caribbean. From this directory, scholars and archivists will choose additional sites for future archival partnerships.

The 18-month project is funded from June 1, 2014, through Nov. 30, 2015.

A search is currently under way for the project archivist, who will work with a team led by the project’s principal investigator, LLILAS Benson Director Charles Hale, and co-principal investigator Sangwand. LLILAS Benson will host the project in close collaboration with the University of Texas Libraries.

This archival development project has important ramifications for scholarship, teaching and archival practice. Through it, scholars and students will gain unprecedented access to new materials and records, while archivists will leverage their expertise and resources to help ensure long-term preservation of, and access to, vulnerable archival records by working directly with the record-creating communities.

“Thanks to the generosity of the Mellon Foundation, the Benson Latin American Collection will be able to redouble its efforts to preserve rich, important and sometimes endangered historical resources while maintaining a principled approach to issues of cultural patrimony,” says Fred Heath, vice provost and director of the University of Texas Libraries. “This support validates our efforts to provide access to vital primary resources in ways that recognize the changing nature of research in the modern world, both at The University of Texas at Austin, and across the global community.”

For more information, contact: Susanna Sharpe, LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections,512-232-2403.