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Calafia Annual Meeting

SALALM 61, Charlottesville, VA

Highlander/Ashlawn Rm, Omni Hotel

Thursday, May 12, 2016, 9-10:30 AM

Present: Rhonda Neugebauer (UC Riverside), Roberto Delgadillo (UC Davis), Jennifer Osorio (UCLA), Myra Appleton (UC Davis), Sarah Buck Kachaluba (UC San Diego), Adán Griego (Stanford U.)


1. All present greeted one another (introductions were not necessary)

2. Rhonda Neugebauer announced and welcomed new member Jose Barragan (curator Latin Americana UC Berkeley Bancroft) although he was not in attendance

3. All present discussed the relationship between Calafia and the newly emerging Common Knowledge Groups (CKGs) which are replacing the bibliographer groups existing within the University of California Libraries (UCL)’s California Digital Library (CDL) organization.  An important change to be noted between the bibliographer groups and CKGs is that any interested library staff member can join the latter.  It is also important to recognize that Calafia preceded the existence of the bib groups.   The first CKGs were formed in October 2015, but planning was in the works before that.  Myra Appleton was the last chair of the Latin American Resources bib group.  After discussion, the group decided that it was prudent to look into forming a Calafia CKG.  Myra Appleton and Rhonda Neugeberger volunteered to do this.


Action Item: Myra and Rhonda will look into forming a Calafia CKG

4. Next, the group discussed online information about CALAFIA, including the directory (who the members are) and institutional information (such as Latin American collections of note in member institutions).  Two websites for Calafia exist.  One is part of the SALALM site:


The other is part of a website on Latin American and Iberian Collections at Stanford University:


The two websites have some of the same information: mission, membership, agreements, resources but it is organized and presented in different ways.  The section of the SALALM website has not been updated as recently as the Stanford page.

The group agreed that we should update both sites as soon as possible.  In terms of resources, some questions were raised. 

1)       Microfilm project: Karen Lindvall Larson (UCSD) and Walter Brehm (Berkeley) had worked on a microfilm list which indicated the call numbers and the institutions in which such collections were located.  The SALALM calafia page does not link to it but Stanford does, so Adan will fix that [SBK: I don’t see a link to this on either page?]

2)       Newspaper Project: Dora and Myra tried to do it – Sarah will ask Harold if has/knows anything about

Who will update the SALALM webpage calafia site?

Would it be better to simply link from the SALALM page to the Stanford site?

Action Items:
1) in order to update the directory, send your info (subject specialist/bibliographer info: names, contact info, duties) & a description of collection – send to Adán

2) begin working on updating resources -- what collections at your institution have EAD guides OAC – send to Adán ?

3) review timeline of cooperation within CA – Rhonda ?

We also discussed the CALAFIA listserv.  It is currently at UC Santa Cruz where no one is actively administering it.  We discussed whether we need a listserv?  Some options discussed were to simply paste in emails, use a workspace, or create a google listserv.

Action Item: Roberto Delgadillo will look into creating a google listserv and follow up with us

5. Finally, each person presented a brief report/update on his or her campus and work

1) Jennifer Osorio, UCLA:
+ UCLA’s Faculty Senate voted for OA and everyone is getting ORCID IDs
+ One interesting project UCLA adopted is the affordable course materials initiative.  UC gave campuses a certain amount of money in order to fund faculty to use more affordable course materials.  They had a rolling deadline for faculty to apply and awarded small grants, pairing each awardee up with a librarian in order to buy ebooks with multi-use licenses.  There is information about it on the UCLA library website.
+ Last summer she went to Cuba along with two AULs (collections and public services?)  The AULs are the PIs for the project.  They are going back this year and also bringing TeeKaythey PIs for libraries going back this year T-Kay Sangwand (who is now UCLA’s Digital Collection Development librarian).  T-Kay has previously done a lot of post-custodial archiving work at UT Austin in Human Rights initiatives.  Post-custodial archiving means archivists will no longer physically acquire and maintain records, but that they will provide management oversight for records that will remain in the custody of the record creators.  One way to do this is through digitization.  UCLA is working with Cuba on a number of post-custodial oriented, preservation projects.  Relatedly, she bought 3 collections from Alfonso/Libros Latinos: 1) a Vejilla collection with 200 items (Vejilla books & ephemera) 2) a collection of railroadeana related to a # of Cuban reports, which will eventually be digitized, and 3) Cuban Slavery Collection -- mostly death certificates for slaves in Cuba around the period at which slavery ended.  This collection also includes information on Chinese workers

2) Adan Griego, Stanford University
+ Spoke about his involvement in the Puente project, in which california universities work with community colleges in state to mentor income based and largely first generation students (many of which are latinos, and some of which are African American).  Students from several  -- southern CA junior colleges visit Northern campuses including Stanford, UC Davis, UC Berkeley, and Cal State San Jose in order to incentivize them to go to college.  Many schools give them tours of the campus.  Adán has taken a different approach, showing them primary sources that representative of their culture including postcards from the Mexican Revolution, chicano collections, and a facsimile of the codice Mendoza.  The response has been very positive and it’s been great to have the library more inserted in this project.
- Jennifer Osorio added that she has been involved in Puente more informally

-  Roberto Delgadillo added that Puente is an outgrowth of Upward Bound which is an outgrowth of Headstart   [a great society initiative of Lyndon B. Johnson].  The institutions involved in Puente are HSIs (Hispanic Serving Institutions).  HSIs are awarded to institutions in which  -- 5th UC to apply -- $ for all 25% of the population is Latino.  Among the UCs they include Santa Cruz, Santa Barbara, Riverside, Irvine, and most recently Davis.  Roberto has been involved in that initiative at UC Davis.  UCSD & UCLA

are on the verge.

+ Zoe Jarocki at SDSU spoke about the need for Creando Enlaces to bring more involvement from academic libraries from Mexico.  He added for Roberto that it is like Foro, and funded by a grant through IMLS
+ Stanford’s Center Latin American studies celebrated an anniversaryand holding a conference, by invitation only, of 5-8 directors Latin American Studies -- whole day of discussions -- gathered in paper for LASA -- future of area studies -- Oct 2015 -- ?

Roberto Delgadillo, UC Davis

+ In addition to adding to Adán’s discussion of Puente

+ The OA presidential policy is wreaking havoc.  The faculty are not that interested once they realize the policy doesn't have teeth and they don't have time to put in information.
+ something about a Photo archive – Adán suggested that something like this would be useful to present at Creando Enlaces
+ something about Havana book fair?
+ Native American contexts from Alfonso -- goes well with Latin American

Myra Appleton, UC Davis

+ hiring a Scholarly Communication Officer ?

+ Hired a Collection Strategist: Belen Fernandez, who has a Master's Latin American History --
+ She was talking with Charles Hale (the head of UT Austin’s Center for Latin American Studies who spoke earlier in the week at SALALM) and he said he was one of the founding members of the Hemispheric Center UC Davis – she is going to check into this

Sarah Buck Kachaluba, UCSD
+ has been working on a project to digitize a collection of 19th c. Mexican broadsides (government documents from all over Mexico) which UCSD purchased from the Lilly Library at Indiana U. 
+ Friday May 13 (tomorrow) UCSD hosting a conference on the future of area vs. global studies – what do each bring to the table.  There are several speakers from throughout the UC system involved.
+ has been working on purchasing the Microfilm for the Mexican national newspaper El Universal between 1923 and 1933.

Rhonda Neugebauer, UC Riverside
+ She did the OA implementation for her entire campus

+ She went to Cuba in December and participated in a historic broadcast about the Cuba Five sponsored by Radio Taino which was also broadcast live on LA public radio – very exciting and rewarding as she has done much work on the Cuba 5.
+ She is trying to recruit her next Latin American Studies fellow