Monday, September 16, 2013

Latino Digital Archive Group @ Salinas Public Library

The Latino Digital Archive Group held its first Latino Digital Heritage fair at the Cesar Chavez Library in Salinas, California. Community organizations and members were invited to participate in “Preserving Local Latino History” on September 6th  & 7th 2013.   

This heritage fair discussed how photographs help tell the story of local Latino history.  A review of best practices for preserving and accessing photographs was provided followed by an opportunity for participants to digitize a selection of their photographs and showcase them. Participants had the option of giving permission for the images to be added the Salinas Local History Digital Archive  This was the first of many fairs to come as we moved towards establishing a National Latino Digital Archive. 

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

LDAG Panel @ American Libary Association Conference

Preserving History: Establishing a National Latino Digital Archive 
 Palmer House Hilton, Chicago Room, 4:30pm - 5:30pmSaturday, June 29
This panel will describe a project to ensure that Latino history and culture are preserved into the digital future.  Presenters are Lizette Guerra from UCLA's Chicano Studies Research Center Library; Romelia Salinas of the Library of the California State University, Los Angeles; Kathryn Blackmer Reyes of the Cultural Heritage Center of the King Library at San Jose State University; and Lillian Castillo-Speed of the Ethnic Studies Library at UC Berkeley.  

Everyone is welcome.  Please bring your questions!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

DPLA's Launch Event Cancelled

Dan Cohen, Executive Director of the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), sent out a message yesterday announcing the cancellation of the events surrounding the DPLA's launch.  They would have taken place at the Boston Public Library which was in the immediate vicinity of the tragic explosions in Boston. Kathryn Blackmer Reyes and Lillian Castillo-Speed, DLAG members, had been planning to attend.  The DPLA Board is planning an even larger event for the fall, which Kathryn and Lillian hope to attend.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Digital Latino Heritage Fairs

As a response to the overwhelming interest expressed in our focus groups we are in the process of seeking funding to organize digital heritage fairs. We are structuring these heritage fairs in a way to provide learning opportunities, hands-on use of technology, and the preservation of Latino digital artifacts in a database. If your library is interested in hosting a Latino heritage site please contact the Latino Digital Archive Group:

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

LDAG @ Launch of Digital Public Library of America

Kathryn Blackmer Reyes and Lillian Castillo-Speed, both members of the Latino Digital 
Archive Group and co-directors of our current project, "Preserving History: Establishing a 
National Latino Digital Archive," will be attending the much-anticipated launch of the 
Digital Public Library of America (DPLA).  The event takes place on April 18 and 19 at the 
Boston Public Library.  They will be providing information about our project with the
goal of advocating for the representation of Latino culture and history in major digital 
initiatives such as the DPLA.  For more information on the DPLA and the launch, 
please visit:

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Chabran named the 2012 Achievement in Library Diversity Research Honoree

Our very own Richard Chabran was named the 2012 Achievement in Library Diversity Research Honoree by the Office of Diversity of the American Library Association. Congratulations to Richard! A well deserved recognition for his many years of dedication to addressing the various barriers Latino and other minority communities encounter in accessing and using information. Read more

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

New Name & New Logo

The "Latino  Digital Content Working Group" is now named the "Latino Digital Archive Group" and we have launched our new logo.