Biblioteca : Latin American and Iberian Resources at Georgetown

Entries from August 2012

Friday fun post

August 31, 2012 · Leave a Comment

And since it’s Friday, here’s some music. In the spirit of my last post, here are some traditional Galician songs, sung in Pontevedra in 2009:

(And yes, I just learned how to embed videos on here. Success!)

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Cantigas Medievais Galego-Portuguesas

August 31, 2012 · Leave a Comment

Yet another posting that came to me via SALALM. The Cantigas Medievais Galego-Portuguesas is a searchable database of Medieval Galician/Portuguese songs. It is available in both Portuguese and English versions, just click on the appropriate flag on the upper right. Several Portuguese institutions were involved in its making, including the Biblioteca Nacional de Portugal and the Universidade Nova de Lisboa. You can search by lyrics, theme, genre, and many more options under “Todos os temas e subtemas/All themes and subthemes.”

One fantastic feature of the database is that it includes recordings of them. For example, if you go to all of the songs (via the Cantigas link on the left), you’ll see a few symbols that mean there is more information about different versions of it, including modern ones (the note), actual recordings (the “volume” symbol) and if a score is available (the treble staff.) The score, if available, is linked in the box at the bottom right rather than appearing on the same page with the other features. I haven’t checked every single song, of course, but I do believe they all have at least a scanned manuscript of the lyrics as well.

I will soon be creating a research guide specifically for Portuguese, Lusophone, and Galician resources, and this, of course, will be on it! I hope you find it useful.

Have a relaxing and safe weekend!

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Free e-books from Venezuela

August 30, 2012 · Leave a Comment

Last night via Facebook, of all places, I learned that the Venezuelan government has placed over 200 titles from the Biblioteca Ayacucho for free online. The collection includes literary classics (Borges, Doña Bárbara, Comentarios reales, etc.), social and political science titles, biographies, among other genres. The homepage is here, and I found it easiest to navigate by clicking on “Colecciones” and browsing through the titles that way. The search works very well as well. Most seem to be in pdf format and download quite quickly.

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Latin American Political Campaign Ephemera Collection (UC San Diego)

August 29, 2012 · Leave a Comment

Today my friend and my counterpart at UC-San Diego Libraries, Tony Harvell, announced that he and his colleagues have completed worked on a new digitized collection, the Latin American Political Campaign Ephemera Collection. (The site notes that it works best in the Mozilla Firefox browser.) The collection includes pamphlets, leaflets, posters, and should be an excellet resource for the study of elections. It seems to cover about the mid-1980s until 2006 or so, and I am certain it will continue to grow. If you have questions about the digital collection, or are interested in usage and copyright issues, there is an FAQ here.

Please also see my post on a related UCSD collection, about the 2012 Mexican Presidental election, here.

Happy start of the semester, and best of luck to everyone!

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Nineteenth Century Collections Online (NCCO)

August 27, 2012 · Leave a Comment

While Nineteenth Century Collections Online (accessible here) is not specifically about Latin America or Iberia, nonetheless it does contain a good deal of information about the regions. For example, by just searching on Brazil does pull up a few things that seem fairly marginally related to the country, but if you click on “Emigration and Immigration” on the left, you get to a few articles about Japanese emigration to Brazil (from a newspaper in Manila, no less.)

This is also an extremely useful resource if you are interested Latin American/Iberian and British foreign relations during this time, especially as the European countries were losing (or had already lost) control of their colonies. If you search on Portugal, and limit the results to “British Politics and Society” on the left, you can get to some very interesting Cabinet papers about trade agreements and so on.

This resource is probably not a good starting point for general research, but it is excellent if you have a particular focus on the 19th and early 20th centuries. Also, sometimes it is good to approach research from a different angle. Chile and the UK, for example, have had a complex and long relationship, and NCCO readily offers a different perspective on it.

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August 27, 2012 · Leave a Comment

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Welcome new students and faculty!

August 23, 2012 · Leave a Comment

Yesterday I did not get to the new post as promised, but here it is. First, again I welcome new students and faculty to Georgetown! I am sure you will enjoy it here. I have been here only since October of last year, but already I feel settled and happy that I decided to come here. If you have any questions about the university or the DC region as whole, do not hesitate to ask me, any staff member here at the library, or of course your colleagues and friends. Georgetown’s page about Washington, DC has some great links to help you learn more about the area. Other handy links are for the campus shuttles, GUTS, the campus-wide events calendar, and of course the library. 🙂

If you would like information about what’s going on around town (and there is A LOT) check out Washington Post Going Out Guide, the Washington City Paper, and, of course, The Hoya‘s Guide.

As for the library, more than anything, please just get in touch with me (or anyone else here) if you have any questions, problems, praise, or just want to say hello. You can reach me at, my phone is 202-687-2878, and since we are all now on the Google apps system, via Google chat as well. It is never a bother to ask for help, and nor do I judge when you are confused by something. Good research takes time and skill, and it’s my job to help you accomplish that.

You can get to all my research guides here, and the whole list of them is here. Often this is enough to get you started, but again, please do not hesitate to get in touch if you need additional help. It’s a cliché, but there is no dumb question, so ask away!

I’m usually at the library 10:00 AM-6:00 PM Monday through Friday, but sometimes this changes if I need to be in earlier for a meeting or teach a research instruction session in the evening (or, in the case of today, if I’m out because of a dentist appointment!) E-mail me or call if you’d like to set up an appointment for a research consultation or to discuss an instruction session for your class.

Finally, I am open to buying nearly anything that you need for your research and teaching (this applies to both students and faculty.) Of course, the budget does have limits, but in general, if it’s less than $300, I will very likely get it. Over $300 isn’t an automatic no, but we’d probably have a chat about it.

There are many other things about the library and Georgetown that I can cover here, but hey, that’s what my blog is for! So I think I’ll leave it at that for now. Again, welcome, and enjoy your time here at Georgetown!

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Starting up

August 22, 2012 · Leave a Comment

I put the blog on a bit of a hiatus, and very soon (i.e., later today) I will start posting pretty regularly again. For any new Georgetown students and faculty reading this, welcome! You’ll love it here.

Georgetown/National Cathedral

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Online task/workflow organizer

August 14, 2012 · Leave a Comment

This is not a library-related post, but I thought it might be a handy tool for you (and me!). I read about it over the weekend, I think on Slate, and after glancing at it for a minute or so, I think it looks pretty great. It’s a task/workflow organizer called Workflowy, and you can organize pretty much anything you need to complete in a very clear and easy way. I watched about a minute of the “Getting Started” video and already I don’t think I need much more training than that to use it.

Workflowy is here, and I did dig up the Slate article here.

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Two new research guides

August 2, 2012 · Leave a Comment

I have just finished two new research guides, one for Brazil and the other for Catalonia. Recently Georgetown has been focusing on its relationship with Brazil, and given the country’s recent economic and cultural boom, I made it a priority to be my next guide. At same time, I was creating the Catalonian guide because of Georgetown’s unique specialization in the literature, linguistics, and culture of the Comunitat.



Feel free to send me additions, corrections, suggestions, etc. at . I hope you find them to be useful in your research.

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