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New semester and news about a Bolaño novel

January 28, 2016 · Leave a Comment

Greetings from Lau! I hope you have been coping with the snow ok. Very, very, gradually the city is showing signs of improvement, and I look forward to when I won’t need my giant boots again. I grew up in central Illinois and got my BA in Minneapolis-St. Paul, so this weather isn’t completely foreign to me, but I’m definitely not used to it anymore, either!

First, let me know about any of your research needs and, if you teach, please let me know if you need any kind of library instruction. I welcome individual meetings (in-person or via the chat on my research guides), group meetings for a specific project, e-mail, in-class instruction, or really any way that is the most convenient for you. I have begun teleworking on Mondays, but thanks to technology, I can certainly be in touch! If, however, you do need me to come in on Monday for a class or some other kind of presentation, I can simply change my telework day to accommodate this.

Second, I just read that Roberto Bolaño’s last novel, 2666, is being adapted into a play at the Goodman Theater in Chicago. It will be quite interesting to see how this turns out, although I am hopeful as the Goodman does great work. We have a fair amount about Bolaño and his work in Lauinger, and there always seems to be more. In 2013, the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona held an exhibition based on his archives, and much of its website is still active. And yes, we have the exhibition catalog right here in Lau!

Have a great semester. When I was in school, I often found the spring semester to be more grueling than the fall one; the end is in sight but there’s still a bit a hurdle to go. Let me know if there’s any way the library can make your life a little easier!

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Quick post: Exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art; wrapping up the semester

November 9, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Hi everyone. Yes, I was overdue for a post, but it’s busier than usual the last few weeks, and then last week I had some minor surgery on my right foot. All is well and I’m back in business.

For today, just a quick post for anyone heading up to NYC soon. My friend James Doyle is assistant curator in the Department of the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and he has helped curate this exhibition with the chief curator, Joanne Pillsbury, Design for Eternity: Architectural Models from the Ancient Americas. You can read more about the models in blog posts from the museum here (there are only two at the moment, since it’s a new exhibition) and information about visiting the Met here.

Second, If there are any Georgetown faculty or students reading this, let me know how I can help you finish up the rest of the semester. This is the time when many students are at least starting preliminary work on their final papers. Professors, let me know if I can come to your class for a presentation on library resources (as specific or as general as you’d like, and for as short or as you’d like), and students, feel free to meet with me in person for research assistance, and or even chat via my research guides for help. If I’m logged into chat (and I’m not right now because I’m writing this!) a chat box will appear. I actually “met” with a student last week this way while I was out with my foot and it worked well. My e-mail is mrs249[at]

Have a great week! More soon.

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Edward Tufte in Arlington (again!)

October 25, 2013 · Leave a Comment

Last year the data visualization expert Edward Tufte held a couple of his one-day courses on data and data presentation in Arlington, and now he is back for three days at the end of the month! The tuition includes four of his books, and there is a discount for full-time professors and students. I have not attended his course, but my friends and colleagues who have said it was great. Course information and registration is here, and Lauinger has his books here.

Have a great weekend!

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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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August 27, 2012 · Leave a Comment

Hi there. Awhile ago I wrote about, a site the provides a lot of training for a wide variety of training for software, computers, photography, video. etc. I recently learned of a more direct route into it, and it is simply Bookmark it and learn useful stuff! I plan on starting HTML5 when I have a chance. Have a great week.

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Edward Tufte seminar in Arlington in June

May 14, 2012 · Leave a Comment

Again another topic that is not specifically Latin American or Iberian in particular, but I think it will be useful for anyone doing research at Georgetown (or, well, anywhere for that matter!) Edward Tufte, a Yale professor emeritus of political science, statistics, and computer science, will be in Arlington in June to hold one of his seminars on information design and presentation.

If you work with data quite a bit, you will find his work to be incredibly useful in presenting your research as clearly as possible. And even if you don’t work with a lot of data, his views and methods on creating thoughtful and meaningful presentations will be endlessly helpful. A friend of mine from library school attended his seminar a few years ago and found it incredibly useful in her work as a social science data librarian. Finally, his books are simply beautiful works of art in themselves, and have made me think very differently about data and how to present it.

Information about the seminars (dates, topics covered, etc.) is here, and check the links at the top for more information about Tufte and his work. Future cities included in his seminars are, as of this writing, New York City, Denver, Seattle, and Portland, Oregon.

We have all of his books at Lauinger here.

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May 2, 2012 · Leave a Comment

Today’s post is not specifically related to Iberia or Latin America, but rather a new service for the entire Georgetown community, thanks to the School of Foreign Service in Qatar. provides great online courses on a wide variety of technologies; photography, software and hardware, database creation, animation, video, and webpage design are just a few of the topics that the courses cover. The link is at the bottom right on the Gelardin New Media Center homepage here. Enjoy!

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Things for fall

April 25, 2012 · Leave a Comment

It may seem odd to think about the fall semester already when summer is right around the corner, but I wanted to let you know ahead of time some things I can provide for faculty and students as the next semester begins.

Instruction: If you are a professor, I’d be happy to either come to your classroom or hold a research instruction session here at Lauinger. I can take the entire time or as little as 10 minutes to present a brief overview. I can also hold two shorter sessions over the course of the semester; the one at the start would be for presenting the basics of research at Georgetown, and the second would be for helping students if they are stuck and need other suggestions, and/or to start putting together their final bibliography. If you are a student, see if your professor would be interested in this. I realize class time is valuable, but even a few minutes can help students a great deal with their research projects. You can request an instruction session here.

Research consultations: Anyone, faculty, student, outside researchers, etc., can make an appointment with me to go over resources to help with her or his research. It doesn’t have to be for a paper or a presentation, either; for example, I’d be happy to help you set up RSS feeds to know when new titles in your specialty arrive at the library, searching for primary resources in general, and so on. Simply e-mail me at to get started.

Research guides: I am more than happy to make research guides for anything you are working on, be it a class you are teaching, a informal working group on a specific topic, or perhaps background information on a conference that is going to be held on campus. I have several research guides already (they are here), and over the course of the summer, I will be creating new ones specifically for Spanish peninsular literature, Latin American history, Spanish linguistics, Spanish American literature, Catalan literature, and literature and linguistics in Portuguese. Please let me know if you would like a research guide as soon as you can; just drop a line at and I’ll be in touch.

Most importantly, please just drop a line if you have any questions, issues, etc. Even if I am unable to help you (say with an interlibrary loan problem), I can get you to the right people to resolve it. Good luck with the rest of the semester and thanks for reading.

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