More than 180 SALALM members (librarians,vendors and visitors) have gathered at Providence for the group's annual meeting which started on Thursday (July 22nd) and is being hosted by Brown University.
SALALM's professional activities started with two pre-conferences:
1) An eclectic group of 22 SALAMistas enjoyed a unique experience: studying rare books dating back to the 17th century as part of the "History of the Book in Mexico" seminar.
2) A similarly eager group of 7 professionals new to Latin American Studies learned about collection development where topics ranged from Spanish-language publishing to the ever-present discussion of everything digital (e-books, e-journals...).
The first day of internal meetings (Friday, July 23rd) provided a full agenda where veteran librarians, vendors from Latin America and Europe and few newcomers participated in discussions on a wide variety of topics of interest beyond Latin American Studies Librarianship: reference services and BI in a digital environment; electronic resources; reduced budgets; cooperative collection development projects, etc.
It is all part of the umbrella of the conference's theme: "The Future of Latin American Library Collections and Research: Contributing and Adapting to Trends in Research Libraries."
As good colleague and friend from the other side of the Rhode Island borders says: more as it happens.