Meet Our Staff

Doris Stone Librarian & Director

Photo: Olgalucía Jordán

Primary Responsibilities

The Director of the Latin American Library oversees policy, budgets, operations, collections, acquisitions, fundraising, public relations, a visiting research fellowship program, and the work of six permanent staff. She provides leadership and vision in developing programs and services related to Latin American Studies; maintains professional contacts appropriate to the mission of the Library; and represents Tulane University in local, national and international forums related to Latin American libraries and librarianship. She is also Executive Director of the Seminar on the Acquisition of Latin American Library Materials (SALALM), the foremost professional association for Latin American research libraries worldwide, and whose headquarters is hosted by Tulane University.

About Hortensia Calvo

Hortensia Calvo has been the Doris Stone Director of the Latin American Library since 2003. She holds a Licenciatura in Philosophy from the Universidad de Los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia, an MA in Spanish and Spanish American literature from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a PhD in Spanish from Yale University. Her research interests and publications include the Spanish and Spanish American literary Baroque, and the social history of books and print culture in Latin America. She is also the co-author of Cartas de Lysi: La mecenas de Sor Juana en correspondencia inédita (Madrid: Vervuert-Iberoamericana, 2015), a critical edition of recently discovered correspondence by María Luisa Manrique de Lara y Gonzaga, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz’ mentor. Before coming to Tulane she taught literature at Princeton University and served as Librarian for Latin America and Iberia at Duke, where she also taught in the Romance Studies Department. At Tulane she oversees all administrative functions, collection policies, programs and services of the Latin American Library. Since 2006, she serves as Executive Director of the Seminar on the Acquisition of Latin American Library Materials (SALALM).

Curator of Special Collections

Primary Responsibilities

The Curator of Special Collections is responsible for the organization, cataloging, preservation, and access to the LAL’s rare books, manuscripts, photograph, maps, and ephemeral materials. She also coordinates digitization projects and assist with collection development, reference duties, and long-term planning for preservation and access to the collections.

About Christine Hernández

Christine Hernández joined the staff of the Latin American Library in April 2012. She received her A.B. in Spanish and Anthropology from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, where she was Phi Beta Kappa, and earned her MA and Ph.D. in Anthropology from Tulane University in 2000. She has published widely on the archaeology of Mesoamerica, specializing in the prehistory and ceramic traditions of Michoacán and the El Bajío regions of north-central Mexico, and the pre-Columbian painted Maya and highland Mexican codices.

In addition to her daily curatorial duties, Christine is regularly involved with several professional organizations including SALALM, the Society for American Archaeologists, and the Society for American Archivists. Her recent projects at the Latin American Library include the ongoing digitization of Special Collections materials to build digital collections in the Tulane Digital Library, online exhibits, and videos; as one of 3 PIs, she helped to finished a CLIR funded grant to convert our collection of Cuban-American radionovela audio tapes to digital; is working in collaboration with an NEH-funded grant project to build an online repository of Maya hieroglyphic texts; and she continues her ongoing work to put the LAL's special collections finding aids and inventories on-line via an ArchiveSpace database.

Information about my ongoing archaeological research and professional activities can be found on my homepage at tulane.academia.edu/ChristineHernandez/About.
 

Research & Instruction Librarian

Rachel Stein

Primary Responsibilities

The Latin American Library's Research and Instruction Librarian develops reference services and instructional programs for the Latin American Library in consultation with the Director. She combines advanced academic research expertise, information fluency, instruction and outreach with collection development in Latin American Studies. She has collection development duties for Cuba and Brazil. She also coordinates the LAL web site and the library’s presence on social media.

About Rachel Stein

Rachel Stein holds a Ph.D. in Latin American and Iberian Cultures from Columbia University. Her doctoral research examined the printing of books on America, Africa, and Asia in 17th-century Lisbon, tracing global production networks across coordinates as diverse as Mexico City, Isla Margarita, Buenos Aires, Bahía, Antwerp, Portuguese Morocco, and Goa. Rachel’s work has been supported by the Andrew W. Mellon-Rare Book School Fellowship in Critical Bibliography, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Fundação Luso-Americana para o Desenvolvimento.

Rachel brings extensive pedagogical experience to the position of LAL Research & Instruction Librarian. She has taught Latin American & Iberian cultural studies and Spanish language courses at Columbia, New York University, and the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research. She is especially passionate about project-based pedagogy: her students have put together digital exhibits of rare books; created audio guides of Latin American and Spanish artworks; and engaged with Hispanic New York through Twitter, to name a few.

Before pursuing an academic career, Rachel lived in Madrid, Spain, for five years, where she worked as a copy editor and translator. Her translations can be found in The Chile Reader (Duke UP, 2014) and Collected Writings on Velázquez (Yale UP, 2008), among other publications.

Library Unit Coordinator

Primary Responsibilities

The Library Unit Coordinator manages the day-to-day operations in the front office, supervises student workers and acts as the LAL stacks and study carrel manager. She is also the person to contact regarding missing books.

About M. Verónica Sánchez

Verónica Sánchez joined the Latin American Library staff in February of 2004. Verónica received her Licenciatura in Sociology from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), where she served for ten years as Academic Research Technician at the UNAM’s Instituto de Investigaciones Sociales conducting social surveys, compiling social statistics and subject bibliographies, and analyzing archival and documentary sources. From 1994 to 2000 she served as Librarian in the Rare Book Collection of the Francisco Xavier Clavigero Library at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City, where she provided bibliographic instruction to faculty and students, provided specialized reference in the Humanities and Social Sciences, and organized the Manuel González Presidential Archives. She conducted graduate studies in History at the Universidad Iberoamericana. 

Archival Associate

 

Primary Responsibilities

The Archival Associate participates in all phases of processing the LAL’s physical special collections, including arranging, describing and cataloging. She has  primary responsibility for reproduction requests and assist user consultations on-site and remotely.

About Ida Schooler

Aida Schooler joined the Latin American Library staff in July of 2021. Aida received her B.F.A. from the Kansas City Art Institute. Currently, she is working towards her MLIS at Louisiana State University. Aida has previously worked for Tulane’s Latin American Library processing The Louis J. Boeri and Minín Bujones Boeri Collection of Cuban American Radionovelas and the Chamorro Barrios Family Papers. As Archival Associate, Aida assists the Curator of Special Collections in the organization and management, cataloging, digitization and access to the LAL special collections.

Bibliographic & Administrative Assistant

Primary Responsibilities

The Bibliographic & Administrative Assistant is responsible for handling all reproduction requests, graduate carrel assignments, collection development support, general office support, including events and publicity, and shares with other LAL staff retrieving special collections for consultation. As the LAL Administrative and Bibliographic Assistant, they are responsible for administrative, special events and publicity assistance, reproduction and digitization, as well as bibliographic support.

SALALM Program Coordinator

About SALALM

The Latin American Library hosts the Secretariat of the Seminar on the Acquisition of Latin American Library Materials (SALALM), the foremost professional association of Latin Americanist libraries and librarians.

About Carol Anderson-Ávila

Carol Anderson Avila has been the Program Coordinator for the SALALM Secretariat (Seminar on the Acquisition of Latin American Library Materials) since April 2006. She received her Associate Degree in Travel and Tourism Management from Phillips Junior College in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1988. She has worked in sales for Taca and Aviateca Airlines, serving as liaison and translator between the airlines and US Customs and Immigration Authorities. She has also worked as office manager for a commercial distributing company here in town. More recently, for many years she has worked for the Consulate General of Honduras in New Orleans in various capacities, including that of Press Attaché, and as coordinator of the Legal Department.