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Biblioteca Palafoxiana online catalog, Colegio de México digital collections, blog news

February 11, 2015 · Leave a Comment


Happy Wednesday. I recently received notice that the Biblioteca Palafoxiana’s catalog is online. You can search it here. While it is not a digital library, nonetheless it is helpful to see the holdings of what many consider to be the first library in America. Full link:

I did find a way to find some digitized versions of books that are in the Biblioteca Palafoxiana, through the cooperative e-book platform Primeros Libros (which I will adding to my relevant research guides shortly.) The list of digitized books in the BP is here.

While I was looking at various webpages for this post, I happened to come across the Colegio de Mexico’s list of digital collections. There is a some great stuff in there in a variety of subject areas, and most of the collections are publicly available (Colegio-only resources are marked with CM.) Link for this is here.

Finally, while I will continue to post on this blog when I can for the remainder of the semester, I am thinking about retiring it in the fall, or at least slowing it down a bit. Blogs take a great deal of time to write, edit, and maintain, and in the interest of efficiency (THE word of our age, I think), I am thinking about going the social media route, if only to send out news much faster. However, I also like this format exactly because of its length; the ability to be clear and complete is something becoming rarer and rarer these days. I will likely continue it somewhere in the middle; blogging for the bigger news (a new paid resource, conference news, etc.) and leaving quick and helpful tips and more general/public resources to Facebook and/or Twitter. More to come! Thanks for reading.

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Hello and some other stuff!

August 25, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Hello hello. It’s been quite awhile since I posted, but I decided to take a break from the blog and try to keep this going mostly through the regular academic year. Classes start in two days, so you’ll start seeing more posts here soon. I think about two per month is good without making me too busy.

If you’re new to Georgetown this year, welcome! Feel free to get in touch with me about any question about the library; if I can’t answer it, I can certainly find the person who can. My e-mail is I’ll be holding quite a few research sessions this fall, so it’s likely you’ll see me around ICC a good amount. Please say hello!

Completely off the topic from all of this, I randomly found this recorded discussion from the Center for the Art of Translation in San Francisco about the complexities of translating Roberto Bolaño. The discussion features the translator Natasha Wimmer and the writer Daniel Alarcón, and is here.

Speaking of translation, I have been developing my own interest in the subject in recent years, and here at Lauinger we have over 700 titles on the subject. I’m going to check out a few titles myself right now!

Best of luck with the semester!

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Still here! And a cautionary tale about e-books

August 19, 2013 · Leave a Comment

Hello hello. The line for the shuttle seemed a bit longer today, so I have a sense students and faculty are slowly returning to campus. I am still blogging here, and will be doing so every week or so throughout the fall semester. It has been quite a summer, to say the least, and I’ll write it about that later.

I just read an article (via Library Link of the Day) about disappearing e-books. Georgetown Libraries do not use Google Play to buy e-books and, to my knowledge, we haven’t had a situation like that in the article, but we do struggle with the availability and reliability of e-books through some of vendors. The article is here. As the article states, “…the moral of the story is that you’re buying a license, not a book.” Just some food for thought as we continue to figure out this complicated digital world.

Have a great week. More regular postings to come.

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Please stand by :-)

September 14, 2012 · Leave a Comment

Hi there! No, I have not forgotten about this blog! I always forget how busy the first few weeks of school are, and some things fall by the wayside. Not that this blog isn’t important, but some things are just more important than others at the moment. But I have two posts in the works, and they’ll be up soon.

In the meantime, here is Pablo Casals rocking it out in a Catalan-French abbey:

Have a great weekend!

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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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May 22, 2012 · Leave a Comment


Quick post: since it’s summer, at least according to the academic calendar, I’ll be posting slightly less than before, probably about once or twice per week unless I am on vacation. As the fall semester nears, I’ll go back writing a daily post (or close to it, at any rate.) If there is anything you would like to know more about, let me know and I’ll write about it! Happy Tuesday.

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Approval of comments

May 18, 2012 · Leave a Comment

Thanks to a large amount of spam that came through last night, I’m going to start approving comments one by one. I’ll probably stop at some point, but I’d rather do this for the time being rather than having spam.

A fun post will be coming later today. Congrats to all Georgetown graduates this weekend!

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