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Entries from May 2013

Illustrated Quixote (Brown University) / Internet Scout (UW-Madison)

May 28, 2013 · Leave a Comment

Hi there. Although the campus is largely deserted at the moment, I am finally back in the office after about 2 1/2 weeks away. I have been combing through e-mail and I just came across this via the excellent Internet Scout email reports (more on that in a second.) I saw that my friend and counterpart at Brown University, Patricia Figueroa, has created an online exhibition of illustrations from various editions of Don Quixote. All of the scans are beautifully done and downloadable, and the site’s navigation is quite straightforward, as the best online things are. If you are interested in textual vs. visual representation, late 18th- to early 19th-century illustration, or just want to look at some beautiful and often funny things, I highly recommend the site, which is here.

Internet Scout is a project based at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, that, as its “about” page states, “since 1994… has focused on developing better tools and services for finding, filtering, and presenting online information and metadata.” I actually worked there while I was in library school at UW, subject cataloging and maintaining the archives database, and it was a great place to hone my skills and work with some great colleagues. And I’m not just saying this because I used to work there, but I also highly recommend that you subscribe to one of their reports. While they are generally quite, well, general, in every one, I find at least one online resource of great use in my own work. Its main page is here, and you can subscribe here. I also recommend searching their archives for sources that appeared in previous reports. This archive is regularly maintained, which used to be my job.

I will be around for much of the summer, except for a week around Father’s Day and maybe a weekend getaway here and there, so feel free to get in touch if you need anything. Stay cool and thanks for reading!

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“Video indígena” panel

May 21, 2013 · Leave a Comment

Greetings again from Miami! Today I had the pleasure of being the note-taker for a panel about “video indígena” here at SALALM. The speakers were Daisy Domínguez, Latin American Studies librarian at CUNY-City College, Nicole Karsin of Todos Los Pueblos Productions, filmmaker and director of We Women Warriors, David Hernández Palmar, a filmmaker based in Mérida, Venezuela, and finally Amalia Córdova of NYU. Together the talks presented a cohesive look at the challenges and joys of “video indígena,” and also presented some excellent collection strategies for librarians. We will try to make the presentations public, and I will be typing up the notes when I return to work after Memorial Day.

For now, however, during the presentations, I learned about the Coordinadora Latinoamericana de Cine y Comunicación Indígena (CLACPI), which provides one place for the promotion and distribution of video indígena. Please check out the link and enjoy their informative and excellent videos on their linked Vimeo page.

Recently at Georgetown, via interlibrary loan statistics, I have learned that the demand for indigenous resources is stronger than I originally thought. Of course I knew that there were professors and graduate students who worked with indigenous languages and literatures, but I am seeing that there is a good deal of demand from undergraduates enrolled in general Latin American history courses as well, just as an example. So expect more material by and about indigenous Latin American people to appear in the collections within a few months! Along with my colleague Maura Seale, I will also be creating a research guide related to indigenous peoples in throughout the Western Hemisphere. I meant to do this earlier this year, but, well, that whole school thing postponed it a bit! 🙂

More on this later, I just want to give a brief rundown on this excellent panel. Have a great rest of the week.

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Congrats to the grads!

May 18, 2013 · Leave a Comment

Greetings from Florida! I am at the 58th SALALM conference, so unfortunately I could not be in Washington for graduation. But I wanted to just send a quick post of congrats/felicidades/felicitats to this year’s Georgetown grads! I will write up a post about SALALM sometime while I’m here. Have a great weekend, graduates, you deserve it!

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Feria Internacional del Libro (FIL) – Part II

May 9, 2013 · Leave a Comment

This is a post I started soon after I went to the Feria Internacional del Libro in Guadajalara, Mexico last November, but I didn’t get a chance in complete it. However, I think it’s a good way to end the semester, and instead of writing much about it, I think I will just write a brief introduction and let the pictures speak for themselves.

While I was in Guadalajara, I went to the printing studio of Taller Ditoria, which is based in Mexico City but has some of its printing and design facilities in Guadalajara. One of the press’s founders is the grandson of the great Mexican muralist José Clemente Orozco-Farías, with whom he shares his name. I met Mr. Orozco at his booth at the fair, and he invited my friend Sócrates and me to visit his studio west of central Guadalajara. They publish many translations, but also original work by Mexican poets and writers. Finally, there is a documentary online about it: part 1 is here, and part 2 is here.

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I will try to post from SALALM, but otherwise this will be my last one for the school year. Congrats to all graduates, as well as to Professor John Bailey on his retirement!

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Library software/hardware

May 2, 2013 · Leave a Comment

The amount and kinds of resources available in libraries can be overwhelming, and many people simply focus on what is needed to complete their assignments or research. I find this kind of situation comparable to living in DC; there is so much going on here, that many times I simply tune it out so I don’t have to make a choice, only to discover later that, “Oh, yes, the National Gallery. This is a nice spot. I should come here more often!” This post will reveal a bit more about what kinds of services Lauinger and other campus libraries offer in terms of computer software and hardware.

This chart shows all the software and hardware in Lauinger and Blommer Science Library.* Note that if you need statistical and/or GIS software (except for ERDAS), they are available on all of the “Georgetown-only” computers on the third floor. You can get this chart from the library web page by clicking “Multimedias & Computing” on the left side, then “Computers & WiFI,” and then finally “Locations & Software.”

For multimedia, the Gelardin New Media Center will be your starting point. Although the semester is winding down of course, Gelardin regularly offers training to help you use these tools. For example, if you have a presentation for a film studies course, you may want to learn how to edit clips for it. If you have obsolete media that need special attention (Betamax, anyone?), the nice folks there will be happy to help you as well.

The end of the year is in sight! I’ll be posting a couple of more times by the end of the finals. Good luck and take some deep breaths if it becomes too much (although remember your allergy meds first!)

*Information about what’s available in Dahlgren Memorial (Medical) Library is here, and in the Georgetown Law Library is here, scroll down to “Computers & Technology.”

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