Saturday, September 5, 2020

COVID-19: The Caribbean and Latin American Information Professionals and Academic Library Directors Speak!


COVID-19: The Caribbean and Latin American Information Professionals and Academic Library Directors Speak!
Thursday, September 17, 2020
9:30 am PST Virtual event via Zoom


The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the way academic libraries and archives have traditionally worked by limiting access to physical collections. In the Caribbean and Latin America, the lack of access to materials such as books, periodicals, and ephemera has been felt acutely. The intense economic, social, and political pressures in these regions have forced some regional governments to provide less attention to issues of education.

Many recent webinars have given rank librarians an opportunity to discuss the challenges of securing access to materials and providing instruction to students, scholars, and faculty. But among library administrators and information professionals, these conversations have largely been dominated by men. This panel tries to correct this aberration by providing a venue for female library directors and information studies faculty to offer their perspectives on the pandemic’s effects on the institutions they manage.

The speakers will unpack the challenges they have faced in their efforts to sustain services and provide access to materials at their institutions. They will interrogate some of the strategies they are leveraging to move forward and onward in their respective domains of expertise.

This virtual panel is part of a six-part, bi-monthly webinar series, “Collecting Conversations: Academic Libraries and Research in Flux,” which is dedicated to various aspects of librarianship. These activities will feature librarians, archivists, scholars, administrators, and vendors from all parts of the world.

The presentations will be recorded. There will be a thirty-minute session for questions and answers, which will not be recorded.


Prof. Harley Shaiken
Professor, Class of 1930 Professor of Letters and Science, Graduate School of Education and the Department of Geography, and Chair of the Center for Latin American Studies, UC Berkeley


Profa. Micaela Alicia Chávez Villa
Directora, Biblioteca Daniel Cosió Villegas, El Colegio de México, CDMX, México

Dr. Paulette Kerr
Campus Librarian, The University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica

Dra. Ana María Salazar Vázquez
Directora General de Bibliotecas Universidad Veracruzana, Veracruz, México

Dr. Sueli Mara Ferreira
Professor, Graduate Program in Information Science at the University of São Paulo (USP), São Paulo, Brazil


Prof. Ana Maria Talavera Ibarra
Department of Humanities - Information Sciences Section, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, Lima, Perú


Dr. Liladhar Pendse
Librarian for the Caribbean and Latin American Studies Collections, UC Berkeley

Co-sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies and the UC Berkeley Library

The event will be conducted in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.

Free and open to the public

If you require an accommodation to fully participate in this event, please contact Amber Lawrence at or 510-459-9108.

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