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Entries from April 2013

Diário de Pernambuco (University of Florida)

April 30, 2013 · Leave a Comment

Today I received the news that the University of Florida’s Latin American collections have digitized early 19th-century issues of Diário de Pernambuco, which is believed to be the oldest Latin American newspaper still in circulation. I am copying and pasting the entire press release below. Not quite every issue is up yet, but at the moment there are over 10000 issues available…plenty to look through for now! I am trying find a search function, and I will update this post once I know more about that. You can get to the entire collection here. The press release follows:

“Announcing the Diario de Pernambuco, November 1825 – March 1863 Online

April 2013

The Latin American Collections in the Special & Area Studies Collections Department, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida are proud to announce the online launch of the Diario de Pernambuco, starting with the first issue on November 7, 1825 through March 1863.

The Diario de Pernambuco is acknowledged as the oldest newspaper in circulation in Latin America. The issues from 1825-1923 offer insights into early Brazilian commerce, social affairs, politics, family life, slavery, and such. Published in the port of Recife, Brazil, the Diario contains numerous announcements of maritime movements, crop production, legal affairs, and cultural matters. The 19th century includes reporting on the rise of Brazilian nationalism as the Empire gave way to the earliest expressions of the Brazilian republic. The 1910s and 1920s are years of economic and artistic change, with surging exports of sugar and coffee pushing revenues and allowing for rapid expansions of infrastructure, popular expression, and national politics.

See the Diario de Pernambuco in the UF Smathers Libraries’ South American Digital Collections here:

The Diario de Pernambuco is held by very few libraries, and only on microfilm, making it difficult to conduct research and even to access this important publication. Recognizing this critical need, Richard Phillips, Head of the Latin American Collections at UF, proposed and was awarded funding to conduct the first phase of this project. The first phase of the digital project to digitize the Diario de Pernambuco is now complete with the first issue from November 7, 1825 through March 1863 now all openly online for worldwide access. The Latin American Collection has submitted a proposal for funding a second phase of this important project.

Funding for the digitization of Diario de Pernambuco provided by LAMP (formerly known as the Latin American Microform Project), which is coordinated by the Center for Research Libraries (CRL), Global Resources Network. Ongoing support for the open, full, and free online access and permanent digital preservation provided by the UF Smathers Libraries.

Note: The functionalities and features of the [UF Digital Collections or Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC)] are supported using the UF-developed SobekCM software. SobekCM is released as open source software under the GNU GPL license and can be downloaded from the SobekCM Software Download Site: To learn more about the technologies, please visit the SobekCM page:]

Richard Phillips, Head of the Latin American Collections,, 352-273-2746
Laurie Taylor, UF Digital Collections,, 352-273-2902”

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Fútbol (a not-so-serious post)

April 24, 2013 · Leave a Comment

Hello! I am back in the office after spending a few days with my parents, who were visiting from Illinois. This is probably the least-serious post I’ve ever written, but if you need to blow off some end-of-the-semester steam, the excellent Biergartenhaus in the H Street NE/Atlas District is opening at 2:30 today for the Dortmund vs. Real Madrid match at 2:45. I figure the sport is an essential part of most Iberian and Latin American cultures as anything else, so I don’t believe I’ve gone too far off the tracks. But if you think I need further justification, well, here is a book of poems about fútbol.

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College & Research Libraries online (quick post)

April 18, 2013 · Leave a Comment

If you’re curious about the kinds of things librarians think about, have a look at the journal College & Research Libraries, which recently made its entire archive available for free. If you’re interested in following academic research trends and the like, it’s a good journal to keep in mind.

More substantive posts are coming soon, busy days with the end of the semester and an imminent parental visit.

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Two local collections

April 4, 2013 · Leave a Comment

In the past couple of weeks, I’ve visited two excellent library collections that are right here in DC, The Oliveira Lima Library at the Catholic University of America, and the Dumbarton Oaks Library and Archives, which are actually part of the Harvard University Library system.

The Oliveira Lima Library began as a donation from the writer and diplomat Manoel de Oliveira Lima, who actually ran the library himself after he donated it to CUA. While it chiefly focuses on Brazil, it contains titles from throughout the world. If you wish to use the collection, please give careful attention to the collection’s access policies. Like many specialized collections, it is important to have a good idea to know what you’re searching for before you contact the library. Here at Georgetown, we have quite a few works by Oliveira Lima, including a catalog about the rarest titles in the collection, as well as a more general (yet incomplete) print catalog. In this tab of the WRLC catalog, I was able to limit my results to only the Lima library as well. The Catholic University of America is quite accessible, just off of the Red Line, about a 15-20 minute trip from the Dupont Circle stop towards Glenmont.

The Dumbarton Oaks library specializes in Pre-Columbian art and culture, and primarily serves scholars who are in residence at the research center there. However, for other specialized researchers, generally at the graduate level and above, it is possible to obtain a weekday pass. Like the Oliveira Lima Library, because of its special and often quite rare materials, it is not possible to simply walk in and use the collection, so please see the access rules for more information. The librarian there also mentioned that there is a strong collection on the linguistics of indigenous languages, both historical and present-day. Also take note of their fellowships, which would also provide access to the collection for their duration. To search the collection, you use Harvard’s library catalog. Its advanced search allows you to limit your search specifically to Dumbarton Oaks.

Dumbarton Oaks is about a 15-20 minute walk from the Georgetown campus, and even you don’t end up doing research there, take some time to visit its beautiful grounds, they are stunning.

In the future, I will be visiting other collections in the area and writing about them here. No library has absolutely everything, and so learning more about what’s nearby helps everyone.

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Article about data visualization tools (quick post)

April 3, 2013 · Leave a Comment

If you are all about data (or just need to get your work done!), I just came across this article about data visualization tools. There is some really cool stuff in there that would look great in your papers or presentations.

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Reserve Lauinger study and multimedia rooms online!

April 1, 2013 · Leave a Comment

If you have a Georgetown e-mail address (i.e. students, staff, faculty, or even alumni), you can now reserve study and multimedia rooms online. Simply go to and take it from there. Notice that you can look at the schedule of the room before you book it as well. We hope this makes the reservation system much easier than before.

For this coming fall semester, I am going to see about the possibility of setting this up with my own calendar, so that it will be much easier to schedule research consultations or any other kind of meeting. More on that as it develops.

Welcome back from the short break, and good luck in the final push for the semester!

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