Biblioteca : Latin American and Iberian Resources at Georgetown

Entries from October 2012

Nuevos Cronistas de Indias

October 17, 2012 · Leave a Comment

I read an article in El País the other day that reported on a meeting held in Mexico City by the Fundación Gabriel García Márquez para el Nuevo Periodismo to promote the literary form la crónica. (Article is here.) You can learn more about the sessions and other topics at the Nuevos Cronistas de Indias website. The link is to a list of cronistas that the FNPI has featured is here. (From the homepage, it is under the link also titled “Nuevos Cronicas de Indias,” but the one in all capital letters.) The sessions are under “Cobertura 2012,” and there are some excellent example of the crónica under “Biblioteca,” as well as a transcript of a discussion about the future of journalism in Latin America.

Of course, good writers come from all kinds of professions, but this is a great starting point to find the most recent and best writing from Latin America.

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No-Hit Wonders

October 16, 2012 · Leave a Comment

I’m going to start a new feature on here called “No-Hit Wonders,”* in which I’ll highlight an electronic resource that has received no hits in the past six months. I can get very basic statistics on the my research guides, so I can see what resources are being used more heavily than others, and I hope this feature will give you some others to consider. Have no fear, I have no way of knowing anything beyond the number clicks a particular resource has received.

For this inaugural entry, I present the data from the Center for Migration and Development at Princeton University. Virtually every Latin American country is represented in some way or another, thoroughly documented and ready for downloading. There are several topics, including the adaptation of Haitian and Cuban immigrants to the United States, children of immigrants, entrepreneurship, and urbanization in the Caribbean, among others. Some of the data is less recent, yet of course historical data can be very useful. From the same link above, you can also have a look at the some of Center’s working papers, which also includes work on children of immigrants in Spain. I hope these data are useful to you, and feel free to get in touch if you need additional help or have questions.

*If you’re wondering where the title came from, “No-Hit Wonders” is a play on the phrase “one-hit wonder,” which refers to a band or a singer that had only one popular song and was never popular or even heard from again.

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Hathi Trust ruling

October 12, 2012 · Leave a Comment

Big win for fans of fair use (aka libraries, students, and professors!) Story from the Chronicle here.

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Dr. Rolena Adorno to speak on Friday at the Library of Congress (yet another quick post)

October 9, 2012 · Leave a Comment

Rolena Adorno, professor of colonial-era Latin American literature at Yale, is speaking Friday afternoon at the Library of Congress. Details here.

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Grants from the Ibero-Amerikanische Institut in Berlin (quick post)

October 4, 2012 · Leave a Comment

I just received some information in the mail from the Ibero-Amerikanische Institut in Berlin. Besides their excellent library collection and publications, they offer ten to twelve research grants per year. To qualify, applicants must hold at least one university degree. More information is here.

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Venezuelan election resources

October 1, 2012 · Leave a Comment

With the upcoming Presidential election in Venezuela, I thought it would be good to highlight some related library resources :

For general background information on elections in Venezuela, this link takes you to a keyword search in GEORGE, the library catalog, for “elections Venezuela.” As usual with keyword searches, some titles are not quite as relevant as others, but there are definitely some diamonds in there.

The International Who’s Who has a brief entry on Henrique Capriles Radonski, but it may be worthwhile to look at an honest-to-goodness print source, the Current Biography Yearbook, as it is updated monthly.

We have many, many, books on Chávez. I will try to get more recent ones ASAP.

Instead of wandering website to website for various articles on the latest election news, simply visit Latin American Newsstand. I also found articles about Capriles dating back to 1999.

Finally, if you just can’t get enough of the data, the ICPSR has some interesting studies about election monitoring, and at least a couple others specifically about Venezuela.

Let me know if you have any questions or problems accessing these resources. Have a great week!

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