Book buying trip at the Feria Internacional de Libros (FIL)/International Book Fair at Guadalajara, Mexico

To see list of books acquired at book fair visit my WorldCat List, FIL 2014

Entrance to the book fair in Guadalajara, Mexico

Entrance to the book fair in Guadalajara, Mexico

From November 29th to December 4th, I had the opportunity to attend FIL in Guadalajara, Mexico, the biggest book fair in the Americas and the second biggest in the world (the biggest is in Germany, the Frankfurt International Book Fair). I was able to attend partly thanks to ALA-FIL travel grant, which paid for hotel, book fair registration and breakfast, and our library which support me by paying for airfare.

ALA has for many years partnered with the Mexican government and the FIL coordinators to bring American librarians, both from the public and academic sector, to the fair as a way to improve the quality of American libraries by being able to buy directly, not only from Mexican publishers, but also from publishers from all over Latin America, the Caribbean and even Europe and Asia.

It has been almost two years since my last visit to the FIL so I have a lot to catch up in the buying department. Because I arrived during the weekend I was able to get an early start. First thing I did was to visit the stands of several Central American countries. Central American countries (Costa Rica, Guatemala, Nicaragua, etc.) had small print runs so if you don’t get their books early they may run out before you have visited their stand! My diligence paid off and I was able to acquire several interesting books from novels to social sciences studies about immigration, politics, economy and gender and human rights issues. Other country that I visited early was Peru which had several books I wanted. Unfortunately, I couldn’t buy all of them in my first day since some of them were not ready for sale. One of the major activities at the book fair was to present new books—there were 590 of such presentations—with a formal ceremony and a discussion leaded by experts of the field who discussed the value of the book to the public. After the ceremony, you can buy the book—which I did!

Quick note: this particular book, Cusco, espejo de cosmografías : antología de relato iberoamericano, is a collection of short stories set in Cusco. One of the guest authors for this anthology is Mayra Santos-Febres, who visited us at UConn several years ago.

Because the fair is so huge—the convention center is the size of a football stadium— and there were so many stands—1,945 publishers attended the fair— I decided to plan my week based on the countries I wanted to visit and not to spend all my budget in one day. During my visit I bought books from Cuba, Bolivia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Chile and Peru on such subjects as immigration, gender studies, social justice, human rights, social movements, labor and literature. In addition, I asked my Mexican distributor to make a selection of Mexican books sold only in the FIL—since Mexico by itself take over half of the convention center!

I think this strategy helped me focused on the countries we don’t purchase many books because of cost and/or availability, while my distributor used a purchasing profile for Mexico that I gave him so he could acquire the type of materials that support researchers and students’ need. This profile is based on the feedback I received from faculty about their research and teaching needs in Latin American & Caribbean Studies, Anthropology, History, Political Sciences, Human Rights and Spanish. I have profiles for each country that we have consistently acquired materials through the years, and I have added new countries as new faculty and research interests had shifted since I started working in 2007.

Just to give you an idea of the size and the amount of people that attend this book fair, here are some figures from the FIL website ( for this 2014 book fair.

  • Attending Public: 767,200
  • Book Professionals (librarians, dealers): 20,393
  • Publishing houses: 1,945
  • Countries represented by publishing houses: 44

What are the benefits of attending a book fair?

  • Talking directly with the different publishers from each of these countries help me identify emerging areas of interest that may have not reached the US academia yet, e.g. promising new authors that have won national or regional awards, new mixed media and literature genres such as encoded images in fantasy fiction. For example, I found a novel, Fuego Lento by Costa Rican writer Jessica Clark, which incorporated a code inside the illustrations used in the book cover and each chapter divider. When using the right apps in your smartphone, you can see 3-D images on the phone screen–like an animation jumping out of the page–which enhances the reading experience of this tale of apocalyptic proportions, set in San Jose, Costa Rica.
  • Being able to buy books for a fraction of what it would cost us to obtain them through a distributor. For example, I have the pleasure to meet Agustina Ponce, the director ( of Ediciones Vigía, ( one of the most famous homemade/artists’ book publisher in Cuba. Usually these books are hard to find in the US, and when you get them, you paid between a 300-400% mark-up. This time around, since I met directly with the publisher, I was able to pay the actual cost of these books and saved us quite a bit of money.
  • Meeting fellow librarians from the US and Mexico and exchange news and ideas about how to best approach buying books in the fair.
  • Learning about new trends such as the ebooks market is another plus of attending the fair–mainly the emphasis is in popular fiction but there is some interest to expand into the academic sphere.
  • Finally, there is nothing more satisfying to be in a book fair and walk among thousands of books and seeing young and old, buying and reading books! Paradise on Earth!


Happy New Year!!

Feliz Año NuevoHello everyone! Happy 2014! Just a reminder that if you need me to do some library instruction for your students this Spring semester to please contact me by email to add you to my calendar.

Also, a reminder. If you need books, articles or films for your classes this Spring semester, please, request such materials to Course Reserve first, They are able to purchase most of the materials that you need and if there is any issue they will contact me directly. It is better to use them first since by filling your request form through them it facilitates that your materials are added to HuskyCT in a timely matter.

In other news, years past I used to share with you lists of our newest acquisitions but because circumstances beyond my control I can’t do the same listings in the blog anymore, but I have found a different way to offer the same information here which I think you might appreciate.

Using the Books and Media Worldwide tab (also known as WorldCat Local) I am able to create lists of our holdings by country and year. These listings also can be customized for book series, films series, etc… The advantages to access these listings are that you will also can see the call numbers where the books are located in the library, if they are available or not, request interlibrary loans or holds, etc. This is a functionality available through WorldCat Local if you create an account. In a future post I will explain in details how to create accounts and lists in WordCat Local.

For today, I want to share with you the following lists I have created. Please feel free to let me know if you like this new service or if you prefer a different way to deliver these lists of new book acquisitions or if you want me to create an specific list(s) for you.

  1. Biblioteca de Literatura Latinoamericana
  2. UConn’s Acquisitions at FIL 2012 (Feria Internacional del Libro)
  3. Puerto Rico Acquisitions 2012-2013


Marisol Ramos

Librarian for Latin American & Caribbean Studies, Latino Studies, Spanish, and Anthropology, & Curator of Latina/o, Latin American and Caribbean Collections

New home for New World of Resources!

Hi all,

The library has created a brand new portal for all the library blogs–including your favorite blog, New World of Resources! Update your bookmarks and wait for the next exciting blog entry.

Cordially, your librarian, Marisol Ramos

Marisol Ramos, M.A., M.L.I.S.
Librarian for Latin American & Caribbean Studies,
Latino Studies, Spanish, and Anthropology,
& Curator of the Latin American and Caribbean Collections

Addendum to e-Books post

Note: Moving to new URL address, so I am transferring last posts (Nov. 16 & 19) in old blog into the new blog space. Thank you for your patience, MR

Hi all,

I just learned that the library created a Research Guide on E-Books Platforms, which give information about all the different e-books platforms available from the library.

The guide also links to other guides such as the E-Resource Trials which are electronic products that we are testing for future purchases.

It is a lot of information but I hope it will help clarify some of the questions about why some ebooks are better than other (easy to read, or easy to access—single user vs. multiple users, or available for reserve or not)

Also, here is an article about PDA (Patron Driven Acquisition), for those that have asked me about what this is, and what should be the role of faculty in this new approach to acquisition. In a nutshell, it is recommended that faculty engaged the library on ebooks issues to make sure that we are serving you properly.

If you would like a workshop on eBooks and how to use them for your classes, please let me know and I can see if we can arrange something with the Reserve staff to do so.

Marisol Ramos, M.A., M.L.I.S.
Librarian for Latin American & Caribbean Studies,
Latino Studies, Spanish, and Anthropology,
& Curator of the Latin American and Caribbean Collections

How to find e-books on Latino/a, Latin American & Caribbean Studies in HOMER

Note: Moving to new URL address, so I am transferring last posts (Nov. 16 & 19) in old blog into the new blog space. Thank you for your patience, MR

Hi all,

It has been quite a while since my last post which show you how busy we all have been this semester. I blame the election, Sandy and the snowstorm. But, now that we are winding down to the end of the semester and getting ready for the Thanksgiving holiday, I thought it was time to add something new to the blog.

Today’s topic is about ebooks. The library has been very busy acquiring and making available ebooks in our collection.  But as you can imaging the amount of ebooks is huge and a little of challenge to find them. So I will try to share some good trick to increase your chances to find relevant books for your research and classes.

One thing that the Social Sciences Team at the library did a couple of years ago was to create this research guide, eReference Books in the Social Sciences. This guide offers a selection of e-books in all major social sciences disciplines of reference materials (encyclopedias, handbooks and dictionaries). This is an excellent starting point for your undergraduate students when beginning their research in social sciences.

But, if you are looking for research level ebooks in Latino/a, Latin American & Caribbean Studies the best way to do it is using the HOMER catalog. The advantage of using HOMER is that is very easy to limit your search to see only e-books.

How to search for ebooks using HOMER. Use the “Limit to:” Drop down menu select e-books. Then search using the Keyword option.

As always, use different keywords to maximize the results for your research area. For example:

  • Regions: Latin America, Caribbean or Central America
  • Specific Countries: Mexico, Colombia, Puerto Rico
  • Latinos, Latinas, Hispanic American, Salvadorean, Mexican American, Chicano, etc…

At this point the majority of the books are in English with a small representation in other languages including Spanish. It is our hope that more e-books will be available in the future, but until then, please explore what we have in our holdings.

One final note. If you are interested in using any of these e-books for your classes, please contact Jo An Reynolds at to verify that the ebook that you want to use can be added as Reserve through HuskyCT. Depending of vendors and publishers there may be restriction on access.

Happy exploring!

Marisol Ramos, M.A., M.L.I.S
Librarian for Latin American & Caribbean Studies,
Latino Studies, Spanish, and Anthropology,
& Curator of the Latin American and Caribbean Collections

Welcome to a new Fall semester!

Dear all,

Sorry that I haven’t been too active with my blog postings this semester. As you may have experienced already this semester seemed to be very busy and full of many news things.

One of the things I have not done yet this semester is my listing of new purchases in English and Spanish. I probably will re-start those listings the first week of October. Regarding suggestions for purchases, please send me your requests at for materials that you think we should have in the library. If you need books or videos for your classes, it is easier and faster to request such materials through Course Reserve, which you can do through your HuskyCT account.

Regarding library instruction classes, if you haven’t done it yet, please contact me if you want me to instruct your students on how to use our library resources, or how to cite properly, etc…

One thing I wanted to remind you is that the library started this year a new research skills workshop series for graduate students or prospective graduate students on things like how to do literature reviews, do business research, using US Census data for social science research, etc… To see all our offerings for this semester check this website,

Finally, I wanted to share with your some cool online resources that I have founded or were recommended to me by my colleagues which I think may be very useful for your research or classes:


Marisol Ramos
Librarian for Latin American & Caribbean Studies, Latino Studies,
Spanish & Anthropology

eBooks related to Latino/as, Latin American, Caribbean and Iberian Studies

Hi all,

Besides acquiring print books, the UConn Libraries is acquiring many ebooks that can be accessed through the HOMER catalog, or from the main page by searching the “Everything @ UConn” and the “Books and Media Worldwide” tabs’ search boxes. The two major distributors where we acquire books from are eBrary and EBL. They do have different interfaces and policies regarding printing pages or how many people can “check out” a digital copy. Sometimes only one person can view an ebook, sometimes multiple users can view an ebook. Offhand I can’t tell you which ebook follows one rule or the other rule–it really depends on the publisher, who decides what type of license is granting to the distributor. So feel free to explore these products and if you have problems or questions, do let me know. In addition, the links bellow my require you to use your netid and password before accessing the books. Finally, I do recommend that you create an account in both EBL and Ebrary (which are free) to keep track not only of what ebooks you are reading but also to save annotations you may want to do as you are reading them.

Here is a little sample of what we have acquired this academic year. eBooks purchases were based on faculty and students suggestions. Some books do have print counterparts but must don’t. If you prefer a print copy in the library, do let me know.


Marisol Ramos
Librarian for Latin American & Caribbean Studies, Latino Studies,
Spanish & Anthropology

Latino/as, Latin American, Caribbean and Iberian Studies

Library News 2/15/2012

Hello everyone!

It has been quite a busy semester so far with many changes at the library website with new Search Boxes. If you were wondering what it this all about here is short explanation of the new changes to our searching options.

New look at the UConn Libraries Website

The default search box is called Everything @ UConn which use a software called Summons which allow users  to search almost everything physically at UConn libraries as well as UConn’s online resources (articles, e-books, streaming media, etc.). It is a good starting point for undergraduates trying to find materials for their projects. Second tab is called Books & Media Worldwide, which was previously called UConn Worldcat: This text box searches for physical items at UConn and other libraries. It is recommended for finding physical books, movies, scores, maps, etc., and for finding and requesting items through Interlibrary Loan. The next tab, Articles Worldwide, allow users to search only databases from the EBSCOHost platform or to use Google Scholar to search for articles in all our databases and worldwide in any language. Finally the tab Databases is a list of our databases organized by Subject and it is recommended by advance searchers that know which databases they want to use for their research.

We are testing how useful for users is this Everything @ UConn [Summons Search] search box so your feedback is greatly appreciated to improve this service to all our users. Please share your thoughts and concerns by clicking the Share your feedback! button.

In other news, mark your calendars for these two events (co-sponsored with the Center for Latin America and Caribbean Studies)

  • Thursday, March 8th Film Screening of También la lluvia/Even the Rain Time: 4-6:30pm Location: Konover Auditorium. Sponsors: Babbidge Library, CLACS, IPRLS
  • HACHA: Hora Alternativa para una Comunidad Hospitalaria de Académicos alambristas (Alternative Hour for a Hospitable Community of Border-crossing Academics) Time: 5-6:30pm
    Location: Dodd Center lounge. I will do a Show & Tell of my recent book trip to Guadalajara, Mexico at the Feria Internacional de Libro.

Now, here is a selection of our recent acquisitions for books in Latin American, Caribbean, Latinos Studies & Spanish in English languages and films in English and Spanish.


  • Sin país/ Theo Rigby; Dan Wool; New Day Films.; Stanford University. Documentary Film and Video Program. [Harriman, NY] : [Distributed by] New Day Films, [2010]. 


Summary: “With intimate access and striking imagery, Sin País (Without Country) explores one family’s experience as they are separated by deportation. Sam and Elida Mejia escaped a violent Civil War in Guatemala and came to California. After raising their family for nearly 20 years in the Bay Area, immigration agents stormed the Mejia’s house in 2007. After a passionate fight to stay in the U.S., Sam and Elida are deported back to Guatemala, and leave their two teenage ch[i]ldren in the U.S. This short documentary explores the complexities of the Mejia’s new reality: parents living without their children, and children doing their best to succeed without their parents.” — Container.

  • Barcelona era una fiesta underground/Morrosko Vila-San-Juan; Raúl Fernández; Roca, Roger. Cameo (Firm), [Spain] : Cameo, 2011.: 

Summary: Documents the counterculture musical scene in Barcelona from Canet and Libertarian Days to Star, Comix, and the Trapera.

  • Allá en el Rancho Grande/Alfonso Rivas Bustamante; Luz Guzmán Aguilera; Guz Aguila; Fernando de Fuentes; Tito Guizar/ Buenos Aires, Argentina : Cinemateca–Condor Media Inc. ; Chicago, IL : Distributed by Facets Video, 2007.: 

Summary: Orphaned siblings José Francisco and his sister Eulalia came to Rancho Grande to be watched over by their godmother Angela. So did the unfortunate Cruz, their late mother’s godchild, when she was orphaned as well. They grow up together with Felipe, the patron’s son, who becomes José Francisco’s best friend. Now Felipe has become the Patron, and has made José Francisco the manager. José Francisco is secretly in love with Cruz, but when Angela notices that Felipe likes Cruz as well, a series of misunderstandings put their friendship to the test. This signature film marks the beginning of a new and distinctly Mexican genre, the comedia ranchera, which continues to be exploited in Mexican cinema. The classical hacienda (ranch) setting and its folkloric, romanticized nostalgia struck a chord with the Mexican middle class in the 1930s, doing much to establish mariachi as a national musical form.

  • Caracremada/ Lluís Galter; Paco Poch; Lluís Soler; Aina Calpe; Doménec Bautista.

Summary: Caracremada (“Burnface” in Catalan), a nickname given by the Spanish Civil Guard to Ramon Vila Capdevila, reflects about the libertarian resistance against Franco’s regime through the last active guerrilla fighter. In 1951 the CNT ordered the retreat of its militants; however Ramon Vila remained in the woods of inland Catalonia where he restarted the fight operating on his own” –IMDb.

  • Flamenco, flamenco/Juan Jesús Caballero; Javier Sánchez; Carlos Saura; Vittorio Storaro; Isidro Muñoz. 

Summary: Shows the evolution and different Flamenco dances.

  • Ispansi: Españoles/Esther Regina; Carlos Iglesias; Elóisa Vargas di Bella; Mario De Benito; Cameo (Firm). [Spain] : Cameo, 2011. 

Summary: Story of the children sent to Russia for their safety by the anti-Franco Republicans during the Civil War.

  • También la Lluvia:Even the Rain/Eric Altmayer; Mónica Lozano; Emma Lustres; Juan Gordon; Paul Laverty. Madrid : Distribuido por Paramount Home Entertainment (Spain), [2010]

Summary: Set in 2000, a director and his crew shoot a controversial film about Christopher Columbus in Cochabamba, Bolivia, while the local people rise up against plans to privatize the water supply.


  • Morgensen, Scott Lauria. Spaces between us : queer settler colonialism and indigenous decolonization / Scott Lauria Morgensen. Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, c2011.
  • Death and dying in colonial Spanish America / edited by Martina Will de Chaparro and Miruna Achim. Tucson : University of Arizona Press, c2011.
  • Knight, Franklin W. Caribbean, the genesis of a fragmented nationalism / Franklin W. Knight. , 3rd ed. New York : Oxford University Press, 2012.
  • Van Ham, Lane Vernon. Common humanity : ritual, religion, and immigrant advocacy in Tucson, Arizona / Lane Van Ham. Tucson : University of Arizona Press, c2011.
  • Walsh, Daniel C. Air war with Cuba : the United States radio campaign against Castro / Daniel C. Walsh. Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, 2012.

New home for New World of Resources Blog and other news

Hi all,

I have moved my blog from Blogger to WordPress in anticipation of the UConn Libraries acquisition of a WordPress server. That means that in the near future all the blogs created and maintained by librarians and other library staff are going to be in one central location. In the meantime, I transferred all posts I have done since 2007 to the present to this new interface and I hope you like it better than the old one.

In other library news, do you know about the several new services available from the Interlibrary Loan Department?

  • Request Service,
    • A free service that allows you to request that circulating items from any UConn campus library (Storrs, Avery Point, Stamford, Torrington, Waterbury, or Greater Hartford) be pulled and held for pickup at the circulation desk of your choice.
  • Scan on Demand (roll out last semester),
    • A free service that allows you to request scanning and electronic delivery of chapters and articles from print resources owned by the Babbidge Library.

I think these are great new services, especially now that the winter is coming so enjoy!

Also, for those of you that use census data, the library is offering a workshop on how to use New American FactFinder at the end of the month.

  • Workshop: Locating Census 2010 Data using the NEW American FactFinder
    • Electronic Classroom 2 (Level 2): Wednesday, 11/30/11 at 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM

This is a great workshop to attend, but there are two spaces left, so hurry up and register!

That is all for now. Enjoy the holidays, which are around the corner!

Happy Thanksgivings!


New Films Acquisitions (Summer – Fall 2011)

Recent films added to the library collection:

  • Segundo de Chomón: el cine de la fantasía (1903-1912) / directed by Segundo de Chomón. [Barcelona] : Filmoteca de la Generalitat de Catalunya : Cameo Media, c2010. (Silent, with accompanying music score, with Catalan, Spanish and English subtitles.)
  • Goya / Icestorm Entertainment GmbH ; a GDR-USSR co-production ; DEFA Babelsberg [and Lenfil’m] in cooperation with Film Studios Sofia and Bosna Film ; screenplay, Angel Wagenstein ; script, Walter Janka, Alexander Dymschitz ; directed by [New York, N.Y.] : First Run Features, [2008] (In German with optional English subtitles; menus in German or English.)

Summary: ” As a painter in the court of King Carlos IV, Goya has attained wealth and reputation, and has fallen in love with a beautiful duchess. But he also finds himself becoming more and more remote from the daily life and suffering of the Spanish people, and is increasingly drawn to portraying their desires and nightmares in his paintings.” — Container.

  • Del éxtasis al arrebato: un recorrido por el cine experimental español = From ecstasy to rapture: a journey through Spanish experimental cinema / produced by Cameo, CCCB, SEACEX.[Barcelona] : Cameo, c2009. (In Spanish with English and Spanish subtitles.)
  • Cubanos: Breton es un bebé / una realizaciónn de Televisiónn América Latina; producido por ICAIC con el apoyo de Cinergia ; un documental de Arturo Sotto. [New York?] : Global Films, 2010. (In Spanish with English subtitles.)

Summary: Documentary on some of the more unique aspects of Cuban culture, brought out by the subtitle of this film, Breton es un bebé, after the surrealist artist, Andres Breton. The film crew travels to different parts of the country, both urban and rural, observing local customs and rituals, partaking in local cuisines, visiting an art gallery, and interacting with entrepreneurs.

  • Casa vieja/ El Instituto Cubano del Arte e Industria CinematograÌficos presenta un filme de Lester Hamlet. [New York?] : Global Films, c2011. (In Spanish with English subtitles.)

Summary: A son returns to Cuba as his father dies, and issues involving the history of the family and their neighbors resurface.

  • Habana Eva/ una película de Fina Torres ; Production: Villa del Cine, Alter, ICAIC.[Venezuela] : Villa del Cine ; [United States] : Global Films [distributor], 2010. (Spanish with English subtitles.)

Summary: Romantic comedy. In a Havana, shaken by Fidel’s retirement, a young seamstress, trapped in a sweatshop job, dreams of designing beautiful dresses. Frustrated by her lazy, though adorable Cuban boyfriend, she meets a sophisticated ex-patriot Cuban-Venezuelan who dazzles her with a glamorous future. After many deceptions and surprises, Eva has to choose between the two men she loves. Hers is an unexpected decision … a humorous metaphor of Cuba’s options for the future.–IMDb.

  • Reverdecer: el modelo de la soja : la sociedad del conocimiento y las resistencias sociales.[Argentina] : Chaya ComunicacioÌn Cooperativa, [2009?] (English language)

Summary: A critical look at the present time: a political analysis of the impending environmental crisis, a crisis of meaning, of knowledge–the destruction that inevitably creates struggles and resistances. Reverdecer invites you to look inward, not seen with the naked eye, which challenges the very basis of modern societies, western capitalists: climate change and forced change of paradigm. We, from the case of Argentina and Paraguay, the heart of what is happening to the earth in the field, causing permanent suction of cities in relation to natural resources. Through a tour of different regions, organizations, testimony and looks a map of stories is constructed from various situations, where there are voices of warning and denunciation, while a call to be involved in the construction of new lifestyles in harmony with the diversity and commitment to generations to come.

  • Yo, la peor de todas. DVD. Bemberg, Maria Luisa. c2003. Drama. New York: First Run Features.

Summary: This historical drama tells the story of Juana Inés de la Cruz, one of the greatest poets of the Spanish Siglo de Oro. In order to pursue her passion for writing, Juana enters the convent. There, she develops an intimate relationship with the vicereine, who inspires her poetry. But when the forces of the Inquisition invade the convent, the women have only each other to turn to.