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Narcotráfico en América (El Universal, Mexico)

April 3, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Just a quick post about a series of articles that were mentioned in an El País story yesterday because it won the Premio Ortega y Gasset. The series, Narcotráfico en América has been running for some time, with latest article published last month. As with any current sources, you may want to keep in mind the potential for bias, but overall I’ve found the articles to be compelling and straightforward accounts on how the narcos operate.

For deeper research into drug trafficking in Latin America, my colleagues at Lauinger have prepared several research guides that may help besides my own Latin American Studies guide. Depending on your topic, you may find the Security & Intelligence Studies, International Migration & Refugees, and even Sociology to also be useful. Finally, in my Latin American data guide, I will be adding more resources that deal with this complex and difficult issue.

Direct link to Narcotráfico en América:

Direct link to all of the Lauinger research guides:

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Opening the Archives: Documenting U.S.-Brazil Relations, 1960s-80s (Brown University and Universidade Estadual de Maringá)

April 1, 2014 · Leave a Comment

I read an article in today’s Post about the 50th anniversary of the coup that began over 20 years of dictatorship in Brazil. I just checked out the online archive that is mentioned at the end of the article, and it is here. At this time, it contains over 3800 documents, mostly from the US State Department, about this turbulent time in Brazil. Para falantes nativos do português, note que é possível escolher a língua do site. I didn’t find many materials from the CIA at this point, but it appears more will be added later.

Once you are “in” the archive via the link on the home page, take note of the menu on the right to narrow or broaden your search as needed. My librarian brain hopes that at some point these are placed in alphabetical order, but for now it is easy enough to browse and find more specific terms. Also important to know is that the search box on the home page does not search the archive, but rather the informational pages attached to the home page; you have to “enter” the archive first in order to search it using the box at the top. The documents themselves are easy to read and can be manipulated in several ways. Click on the down arrow on the bottom right to navigate and zoom, and you can share links to the document with the symbol on the upper right corner. Finally, you can view the document in other formats at the bottom, including pdf for printing, under “More Ways to View this Item.”

Many thanks to Brown University and the Universidade Estadual de Maringá for providing this important resource about this troubled time in Brazil’s history. I will be adding this to my Latin American Studies and Brazilian Studies research guides later today. Full link:

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SALALM Repository

March 25, 2014 · Leave a Comment

In May, I will attend the 59th iteration of SALALM. One of the organization’s newest projects is its online repository. Since November, the number of downloads has increased from about 250 to over 1600. At the moment it contains about 20 documents in a variety of formats. While most of the documents are specifically about Latin American librarianship, nonetheless many researchers may get great use out of the available items, and they are easily browseable in a variety of ways. Also note that one does not need to be a member of SALALM to submit items for consideration, although of course membership has its privileges!

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List of censuses (UN) (quick post)

March 21, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Hi there. I’m working on a project for this year’s SALALM, and I came across a nice list of censuses from the UN and when the most recent one was (or will be) held. It would be nice if they linked directly to the census, but government links are sometimes unstable, and it is also still common to not provide all of the census online. However, it’s a good place to look just to know you’re getting the most recent census information. Have a good weekend.

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Enciclopedia de la Literatura de México

March 10, 2014 · Leave a Comment

While I was kind of floating around the Web earlier today, I came across the Enciclopedia de la Literatura de México. It is one of the best national literature sites out there. Not only does it have a very thorough bibliographic database, it has information about literary movements and their associated writers, a biblioteca that links to digitized version of works*, and, roughly in the middle of the home page, a link to a listing of novedades. I plan on consulting this often for collection development, and also just simply to look for new stuff to read!

The page is maintained by the Fundación para las Letras Mexicanas and CONACULTA. If you scroll all the way to the bottom, you’ll find the Directorio which has very thorough descriptions of the website’s sections.

I have added this resource to the Reference and Books section section of my Spanish and Portuguese research guide.

*The digitized works vary by length because of copyright laws.

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Language learning/reviewing resources

February 20, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Happy mid-February. Yay. A colleague just remarked to me that even though it’s the shortest month, February often feels like the longest one. You can just get a taste of spring, but it also seems so far away! At least this upcoming weekend looks beautiful.

A few patrons and even a few colleagues have asked me about language learning or language reviewing resources. While I believe nothing compares to regular classroom language instruction, sometimes a simple review is all that is needed. We do have some self-instruction materials, and I plan on buying a few more before the end of the fiscal year. To find them, set the GEORGE catalog search to SUBJECT, and then the heading is constructed this way: [x language] — Self-instruction. For example, for Catalan, it would be Catalan language — Self-instruction. I just purchased Complete Spanish, so that will be arriving soon, and I will look into self-instruction resources for indigenous languages as well. I’m also seeing a need for Portuguese materials, too!

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New titles from 2013; blog news

January 14, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Happy New Year! I have not posted much recently because of the busyness at the end of the semester, and then over break I took a trip to Minneapolis and Madison, Wisconsin, and finally to visit family in Illinois. It was very warm. :-) Seriously, I still have good friends from there so it was worth the cold. And Minneapolis and Madison are great cities to visit, but you may want to wait until late May or June.

At any rate, I am starting my annual performance evaluation, and I decided to search for all the titles in Portuguese, Spanish, and Catalan we have received in the last calendar year. I decided to share them here. There are many, many more books in the pipeline; we receive hundreds and sometimes even thousands of book per week, so there are more waiting to be processed. Also, this does not include titles we bought in English about Iberia, Latin America, and Lusophone Africa. I use many different funds that makes searching for this kind of information rather complex, so for the moment I searched by language. It is a pretty crude list that only includes the title and call number, but you can sort it under “Data,” and you can also download it under “File.”

In other news, I am considering no longer blogging but rather sending out a kind of newsletter every month or so to faculty and students. Each newsletter would be targeted for the audience, and I think this way would reach people more directly. However, I do know that people outside of Georgetown read this and may find it useful, so I will have to keep that in mind as well. I will keep you posted on my decision. Thanks for reading and best of luck with the semester!

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Endangered Archives Project (British Library)

December 12, 2013 · Leave a Comment

Awhile ago, I wrote about a new digitized collection from the Endangered Archives Project (EAP) at the British Library. EAP has just announced the release of another digital archive, Collecting and preserving parish archives in an Andean diocese. (You can reach the archive’s images here.) The archives contains papers about the history, marriages, deaths, baptisms, and other Church functions in the Huacho diocese of Peru, from the early 17th century until about a decade ago. The archive is not quite completely online yet (especially the more recent years), but it is already an excellent source for material on colonial Latin America, Catholic Church history, indigenous peoples and their relations with the Spaniards, and domestic daily life throughout the centuries.

Also sure to check out the EAP’s other digital archives about the Americas. I especially enjoyed the portraits of the “Rescue of two photographic collections of rapidly changing cultures in rural Guatemala dating from the 1890s through to the 1930s,” and found a tremendous amount of anthropological information in “Preserving endangered ethnographic audiovisual materials of expressive culture in Peru.” I will add the EAP to my research guide in just a second, and I hope you find them to be useful!

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November 4, 2013 · Leave a Comment

The other day, I went to a great presentation for Lauinger staff about electronic books given by Mark Winek and Ed Keller. Mark is the Electronic Resources Librarian here at Georgetown, and Ed is a multimedia specialist at Gelardin. For reason I won’t get into here, e-books are not necessarily that intuitive to use, but I will outline some of the things they discussed that may help you if you are finding the process of reading Lauinger e-books a bit confusing.

There is a guide to e-books that Mark and Ed have created, and it is a handy place to start. You’ll quickly see the wide variety of collections available on it, and then under “Using E-books,” you’ll get some step-by-step instructions on how to use particular collections. The key is have the needed software in place before you begin downloading, and to that end, at least theoretically, every e-book website should list their software requirements. For example, for some sites such as Digitalia, you need little more than a pdf reader. But for EBSCOhost e-books, it is a bit more involved, as you can check in the “Using E-books” section. Mark and Ed will be expanding this guide as the e-book world becomes ever more complex these days, especially for academic libraries.

Many academic e-book providers may ask you to create your own account before you start downloading (it may also be optional, such as in the case of Digitalia.) I recommend this in order to keep track of your own titles within a particular collection, and you don’t have to go back and hunt down the book every time you want to read it.

Every provider has their own parameters for their e-books, and so things like accessibility, the amount time you can “check out” a book, the software required, and the ability to print can vary widely. I know that NISO is working on some standards for these kinds of issues, so I hope things will be easier in the future. In the meantime, it requires a bit of patience, but yes, you can read e-books on your mobile device. Just ask us for help if you need it! E-mail me at and I can either see what I can do, or if it’s more complex than I’m able to handle, I’ll send you to the right person.

Side note: I tried to read The Scarlet Letter on my first smartphone, but, well, that was not so fun with a single paragraph taking up several tiny screens. To this day, I still have not read it.

Have a good week!

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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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