Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Celebrating Lillian Castillo-Speed, 2012 Distinguished Librarian Award, LAUC, Berkeley

Congratulations to Latino Digital Content Working Group member Lillian Castillo-Speed for being the recipient of the 2012 Distinguished Librarian Award given by The Librarians Association of the University of California, Berkeley!


Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Meeting @ American Library Assocation Conference

The Latino Digital Content Working Group would like to invite all who are attending the American Library Association (ALA) conference this coming June in Anaheim, CA  to attend our discussion on “Who is Preserving Chicano Archives for the Future?”  Our meeting will take place on Saturday, June 23rd 4:00-5:30pm @ the Hilton Redondo Room (REFORMA Hotel).  Please join us and share your ideas, comments, and concerns on issues related to the preservation of Chicano/Latino information in the digital environment. 

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Presentation at Open Hearts, Open Minds: Libraries Serving Latino Communities Summary

An Orange County REFORMA Workshop
Orange Public Library
March 31, 2012

The presentation by Richard Chabran, Norma Corral, Lizette Guerra and Lillian Castillo-Speed included asking several questions of the audience. In response to the question? What does Latino digital archives mean to you? Responses covered disciplines such as history and literature -- to objects such as old buildings, video, and landmarks -- to actions such as what we did to change our communities. In response to the question of how digital archives should be accessed, responses focused on social networks and nationwide projects that would make the information accessible to all wherever they are. The conference was attended by public and academic librarians, library school students, and high school students that are participating in local REFORMA programming and grant-related activities.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Open Hearts, Open Minds Conference Panel

Latino Digital Content Working Group members will be presenting this Saturday, March 31st @ the REFORMA Orange County conference Open Hearts, Open Minds: Libraries Serving Latino Communities. 

The title of their panel is “Emerging Models for Sharing Digital Collections: Latino Digital Content” and is scheduled for 1:40-2:30pm at the Orange Public Library, 407 E. Chapman Ave. Orange, CA.   

Panelists include: Richard Chabran, Norma Corral, Lillian Castillo-Speed, &  Lizette Guerra.

Please visit the chapter website for additional information.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Inspiring Discussion @ NACCS: Thank You

Thank you to all who attended the focus group discussion at the National Association for Chicana/o Studies conference last Friday! The conversation was informative and inspiring. We learned about pioneering projects and met innovative and caring people. The members of the Latino Digital Content Working Group appreciated the time and attention everyone gave us. For those who attended, but did not get a chance to sign in please feel free to send me your contact information. Once our survey is ready we will email out the link, as well as post it here.  Thank you once again for taking part in our focus group. We would love to hear what you thought about our discussion. So comments here.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Discussion @ National Association for Chicana/o Studies Conference

If you're coming to NACCS, please come to the meeting "Who is Preserving Chicano Archives for the Future?," Friday, March 16, 5:10 to 6:30 p.m., Burnham 3, 7th Floor of the Palmer House Hotel. Everyone is welcome to share their ideas. This is a critical issue for the NACCS membership.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Latino Digital Content Working Group: A Summary

“An archive is a repository - that is, a place or space in which materials of historic interest or social significance are stored and ordered. A national archive is the storing and ordering place of the collective memory of that nation or people(s)”-- Richard Harvey Brown and Beth Davis-Brown in "The making of memory: the politics of archives, libraries and museums in the construction of national consciousness,” in History of the Human Sciences, November 1998, vol. 11, no. 4, 17-32.
As librarians we are well aware that the production of information is not always a democratic and equitable process. We have also come to learn that certain information is privileged and other is marginalized or discarded. It was this consciousness that spurred the establishment of ethnic, gender and/or LGBT specific collections over the last few decades. With the advent of digital content we once again see a similar pattern of certain information being valued while other information is being forgotten.  In order to ensure that certain communities are represented in the digital environment it is imperative that targeted efforts be carried out. Furthermore, in addition to questions of representation, questions of cost and accessibility also need to be considered.  It is this backdrop that has led to an exploration of the status of Latino digital information.

In September of 2011 at the REFORMA National Conference (RNCIV) a panel entitled “Emerging Models for Sharing Digital Collections: Latino Digital Content” took place. Panelists Lillian Castillo-Speed, Richard Chabran and Norma Corral explored various models of creating, sharing, packaging, and marketing Latino digital products. This panel sparked further conversations about the need for creating and preserving Latino digital content that is freely available and not sequestered by the costly subscription fees demanded by information vendors.
Energized by the conversations shared at RNC, a workgroup of librarians have continued the discussion via conference calls and in-person meetings. Through our meetings we have come to appreciate the enormity of planning and implementing some sort of Latino digital content initiative. It is an effort that will eventually require many individuals and organizations to be involved. Guided by the principles that Latino digital content is needed and that it should be freely available, we have been grappling with issues of cost, administrative structure, technology, physical preservation of non-digital items, copyright, potential partners, and the list goes on. We are very much at the formative stages of our initiative and seek to learn more before setting a direction.  In this spirit we plan to gather information and input from others in the coming months. We plan on hosting focus groups at the upcoming conferences (specific dates/times TBA):
·  National Association for Chicana/Chicano Studies, March 2012, Chicago.
·  Orange County Reforma Conference, March 2012
·  American Library Association, June 2012, Anaheim.
·  Joint Conference of Librarians of Color, September 2012, Kansas City.
We hope to learn about related projects and to hear suggestions and comments on what is needed by the various sectors of our community. In addition, we will be administering a survey with a similar purpose of hearing what others are working on and what they think. This will allow those who cannot attend the focus groups to provide input. We hope for wide participation in our focus groups and survey so that we can move forward with this initiative.  
Working Group Members
·  Kathryn Blackmer Reyes, Director, Cultural Heritage Center, San Jose State University
·  Lillian Castillo-Speed, Head Librarian, Ethnic Studies Library, University of California, Berkeley
·  Richard Chabran, Adjunct Professor, School of Information Resources & Library Science, University of Arizona
·  Norma Corral, Librarian
·Lizette Guerra, Librarian & Archivist, Chicano Studies Research Library, UCLA
·  Elizabeth Martinez, Director, Salinas Public Library
·  Romelia Salinas, Head of Access Services/East Los Angeles Archive, California State University, Los Angeles