Archives, Libraries and Digital Scholarship Section

A Section of the Latin American Studies Association

Section Anual Reports


Business Meeting Libraries, Archives and Research Section

Friday 5/15, 07:00 PM - 08:45 PM (EDT) / 6:00 PM - 7:45 PM (CST)

10 attendees

Meeting Discussion Points

2020-2021 Executive Council:

Council Members (appointment 2020-2021):

■ Maria José Afanador Llach, Assistant Professor in Digital Humanities, Universidad de los Andes, Colombia

■ Jesús Alonso-Regalado, Subject Librarian, University at Albany, State University of New York

■ Jade Madrid, Latin American Studies and Iberian Languages Liaison & Reference Librarian, Georgetown University

■ Michael Scott, Associate Editor, Hispanic American Periodicals Index (HAPI)

Secretary-treasurer (appointment 2020-2021): Pamela Espinosa de los Monteros, Assistant Professor and Latin American Area Studies Librarian, Ohio State University

Section Chair (appointment 2020-2021): Albert A. Palacios, Digital Scholarship Coordinator, University of Texas at Austin

● Section balance as of July 2019:


● Current Membership:

40 members

● 2020 Panels:

○ Innovating Scholarship with Digital Tools and Archives Panel (16 attendees)

○ Intersectional Panel with “Central America” Section: The Archive in Central American Activism (23 attendees)

● Section’s Scope & Mission

○ Good number of members present engage with digital scholarship / digital humanities--this needs to be representative in the section’s identity

  • Articulate/include “digital humanities” in the mission statement & replace “Research” with “Digital Scholarship”
● Section Award

○ Conduct online voting on whether it should be a cash prize or travel grant and the amount

● Programming

○ Organize an online workshop (topic to be determined by vote and membership expertise) during the fall

○ Organize and submit a “Workshop or Roundtable submissions” for LASA 2021

● Section Panels

○ Potential Topics: Digital Humanities & Libraries | Pandemic Libraries

○ Submit Workshop proposal: Crisis global: recopilación de datos / Hackathon

○ Try to partner with Student, Human Rights, Latino Studies, or Southern Cone Studies sections

● Outreach & Recruitment

○ Conduct targeted recruitment to accomplish geographic and professional diversification of membership


Business Meeting

Saturday 5/25, 5:45pm - 7:15pm

9 attendees

1. Updates

  • Future LASA congresses will not be hold in the US
  • There’s a new news section on the LASA website - the section could post something of interest to the group. Posts need to be in the four official languages of LASA, and translation needs to be paid for and/or quality control needs to be paid for
  • Newly elected leadership council: Section Chair: Albert A. Palacios; Secretary-treasurer: Paul Losch; Council members: Jade Madrid, Tracy North, Michael Scott, Gayle Williams
  • Section balance: $2,375.70
  • Membership: 51 members

2. Moving forward

  • Potential section scholarship (Tracy North)

3. Panel planning and brainstorming for LASA 2020 section panel

  • Latin American librarian faculty duos
  • Sustainability - projects that went well/continued (in Mexico?)
  • U.S. based collaborations with communities and/or special collections

4. Opportunity for an intersectional panel

  • With the student section
  • Human rights section, i.e. dLoc and the Caribbean
  • Otros saberes- collections, ethics and information

5. Discuss future outreach efforts

  • Pamela Espinosa de los Monteros will work on a news story for the fall or early Spring
  • Pre-conference (DH? Or alternative careers?)

6. LASA 2020

Améfrica Ladina: vinculando mundos y saberes, tejiendo esperanzas

May 13 – 16, 2020

XXXVIII International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association Guadalajara, México