LACCHA candidate statements
My name is Margarita Vargas-Betancourt and I am the Caribbean Basin Librarian in the Latin American & Caribbean Collection at the University of Florida (UF). One of the most important missions of my work as archivist, liaison, and curator has been to identify, incorporate, and broadcast the presence of traditionally underrepresented groups in archival collections. Recently, along with History Professor Lillian Guerra, I curated the exhibit Revolucionarias: Women and the Formation of the Cuban Nation. I would like to serve as LACCHA’s co-chair to support other Latin American & Caribbean archival repositories in the U.S. in the quest to incorporate and broadcast the Latin American and Caribbean heritage.
Research Librarian, Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
My vision for LACCHA is that it can serve as a resource for researchers as well as archivists. I would like to see LACCHA work on an outward-facing project. This project could be, for example, compiling a bibliography of Latina feminist collections; creating a guide to help researchers identify repositories with Latin American collections; or maybe curating an online thematic exhibit that draws on digitized resources from many repositories. Regardless of the form that the project takes, I think that investing in relationships with researchers, who are some of the primary stakeholders in our collections, will pay remarkable dividends.
Thank you for your consideration.