July 7: Desmantelando Fronteras/Breaking Down Borders Webinar

Please join us July 7 at 2 PM (EST) for the next installment in Desmantelando Fronteras/Breaking Down Borders webinar series! Click here to join the live event on July 7: http://ufsmathers.adobeconnect.com/lacchawebinar2

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Dear LACCHA friends,

The Latin American and Caribbean Cultural Heritage Archives Roundtable (LACCHA) is ready to elect the Junior Co-Chair and the Online Communication Liaison for 2015-2017. The candidates for these positions are the following:







George Apodaca joined the University of Delaware Library in September 2014 as an Affiliate Assistant Librarian / Pauline A. Young Resident, a two-year program developed for early-career librarians / archivists. Working in collaboration with the Manuscripts and Archives Department and the Special Collections Library, George’s primary responsibilities have been to plan, survey, and finish describing the current backlog of legacy manuscripts and archival collections, as well as create new minimal description records for collections that will ultimately all be output to the nascent online finding aid XTF platform. George recently earned his M.A. in Library and Information Science from the University of Arizona with a Graduate Certificate in Archival Studies. He also formed part of a select cohort of the Knowledge River program, a fellowship motivated by culturally competent principles relating to Latino/a and Native American issues of equitable access and representation within information environments.

Academically, his interests have resided in the preservation and documentation of Latin American and borderlands collections with a critical eye towards the traditional portrayal and documentation of ethnicity and immigration in America’s archives. Actively, as vice-president of Tucson, AZ’s REFORMA chapter, he participated in leading efforts to communicate the importance of digital literacy and equitable language services at public libraries and schools, and most recently served as LACCHA’s Online Communications Liaison maintaining the online presence and disseminating news related to the Roundtable.

George wishes to continue promoting LACCHA’s vision and help foster bi-directional collaborative approaches with our Latin American and Caribbean peers, while also maintaining the level and intensity of involvement within SAA and the larger international community.


I am an archivist at the Southwestern Writers Collection at the Wittliff Collections, Texas State University, responsible for processing manuscript collections of writers, film and television creators, and musicians from the US Southwest. I am also tasked with developing a digital preservation program for the archives. I graduated from the University of Texas at Austin iSchool with a concentration in archives and museum studies, and I am active in the Society of Southwest Archivists, serving as newsletter editor from 2012-2014 as well as presenting at the regional’s annual conference–most recently on “Advocacy and Outreach in the Hispanic Community.” I currently serve as a member of the SAA Committee on Education, and was in one of the first cohorts to earn a Digital Archives Specialist certificate.

I’m thrilled about the opportunity to become more involved in LACCHA. My experience as editor of the quarterly Southwestern Archivist, the Society of Southwest Archivists newsletter, was so rewarding. I enjoyed being in the loop and the first to know about news from the organization, as well as finding, seeking out, and working with contributors. As the Online Communications Liaison, I would work hard to be sure LACCHA membership has access to the Roundtable’s business and news of interest to the group.

Archivist Spotlight: Béatrice Colastin Skokan, Manuscripts, Archives & Outreach Librarian at the University of Miami Libraries — Special Collections (Coral Gables, FL)


1. Tell us a little bit about your background and how you decided you wanted to become an archivist.

I am Haitian-American and the Manuscripts, Archives and Outreach Librarian at the University of Miami Libraries’ Special Collection. I love working in Special Collections in general but am particularly drawn to the archives because of the immediacy of access to the historical documents. In 2006, I accepted a position as archives assistant and processed the Seymour Samet Papers which pertain to civil rights activism in South Florida in the 1960s. I enjoyed the research and preservation process so much that I decided that I wanted to specialize in archives. I see archives as unmitigated and creative spaces of intellectual activity.

2. What has been the most rewarding aspect of your work? The most challenging?

As a professional archivist, I have been actively involved in civic and community engagement by collecting the records of various grassroots organizations and supporting projects in local history. From 2012-2014, I served as co-chair of the Society of American Archivists Human Rights Roundtable because of a longstanding interest and belief in the effectiveness of grassroots advocacy. In the past five years, in my capacity as the Manuscripts Librarian, I have engaged in outreach activities to remedy the absence of African diaspora communities by helping to establish the Collaborative Archive from the African diaspora (CAAD) project and concurrently collecting the papers of various activists groups focused on social justice, immigration, labor, and migrant workers in South Florida.

Filling the silences of established institutional narratives can sometimes be challenging but trust building can occur with patience and respect.

3. Where do you see the role of the archivist in society today and in the future?

I like to think of my fellow archivists as curators of stories. We are trying to preserve and give voice to as many perspectives as possible regardless of provenance and format. The methods will most likely change but the profession’s objectives will remain.

4. What advice and words of wisdom would you give to new and aspiring archivists?

Never get tired of making the connection between archives and communities. In my experience, the general public may not always understand our titles but is genuinely interested in our work.


If you’d like more information about the CAAD project or about the University of Miami Libraries’ Special Collections, please contact Béatrice at bskokan@miami.edu or check out their newsletter, Mosaic.