For Immediate Release
September 1, 2008
Fernando Acosta-Rodriguez Elected 2009-2010 SALALM President
Fernando Acosta-Rodriguez has been elected Vice-President/President-Elect of the Seminar on the Acquisition of Latin American Library Materials (SALALM), and will serve as President for the 55th SALALM annual meeting to be held in Providence, Rhode Island at Brown University in mid-2010. Fernando's term as Vice-President/President-Elect is from June 3, 2008 to June 8, 2009, when his term as 2009-2010 President begins at the close of SALALM LIV to be held in Berlin next year.
Fernando has served as the Librarian for Latin American, Iberian and Latino Studies at the Princeton University Library since 2003. From 1997 to 2003, he was The New York Public Library's Bibliographer for Latin America, Spain, and Portugal.
A SALALM member since 1997, he served a previous term on the organization's Executive Board as a Member-at-Large (2002-05), and chaired the Subcommittee on Marginalized Peoples and Ideas (2006-08). He is also an active participant in the Latin American Studies Association (LASA), and in the Latin America Northeast Libraries Consortium (LANE).
At Princeton, he has concentrated on developing the Library's extensive collection of manuscripts and correspondence from Latin American writers, and collections of primary resources documenting Latin American civil society and social movements.
Organized in 1956 under the aegis of the Organization of American States Library and Bibliographic Development Program, and incorporated as an independent association in 1968, SALALM continues to address the needs of librarians, booksellers, educators and others concerned with building library collections of Latin Americana and Caribbeana and making these collections accessible to the scholarly community.
Recent conferences, hosted by Tulane University in New Orleans (2008), and in Albuquerque by the University of New Mexico and New Mexico State University (2007), have attracted an increasing number of participants from around the world. Additional information on the organization is available at the SALALM website at http://www.salalm.org.
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