New ebooks from Digitalia Hispánica

For the most current and relevant publications from Latin America and Spain, ebooks are not always the first format choice, however we continue to build up the Library’s digital holding as funding permits. In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, collaboration among librarians has taken on a new dimension as we work together to provide access to digital and digitized library resources like never before. 

With joint support from the Arts & Humanities and Social Sciences divisions this year, we selected 550 ebooks on a broad range of topics and disciplines in early January of this year. Part of an annual collaboration over the past three years, these digital monographs are brought to us from one of Spain’s most important vendors for ebooks—Digitalia Hispánica. Below we’ve highlighted a few of these newly acquired ebooks from publishers like Arte Público Press, CSIC, Fondo de Cultura Económica, Iberoamericana Vervuert, LOM, Páginas de Espuma, Renacimiento and more.

To browse the entire list of more than 2,600 Digitalia ebooks in Berkeley’s collection, search OskiCat by the handle “Digitalia e-books.”

Liladhar Pendse, Librarian for Caribbean and Latin America Studies Collections
Claude Potts, Librarian for Romance Language Collections



Open Access Latin American and Caribbean Studies Digital Resources: Episode 1

Open Access Latin American and Caribbean Studies Digital Resources: Episode 1

La Biblioteca va a su casa: Fuentes para la investigación sobre los estudios latinoamericanos.

One of the students asked a reference question: What should I do to access the primary resources while the library remains open virtually during this pandemic? The student’s question served as a stimulus to an idea of these episodes was born. Twice a week, the librarian will provide information on open access to a digital resource in Latin American Studies. In this first episode, we want to introduce you to Open Access Digital Primary Sources that are being indexed by the SALALM (Seminar on the Acquisition of Latin American Library Materials), and these can serve as a starting point for your research. Below is the screenshot of the landing page of the resource. Please click on the icon to get access to the website. The SALALM effort is a collaborative effort, and one can recommend any additional digital resources here.

Latin American & Caribbean Digital Primary Resources
Latin American & Caribbean Digital Primary Resources


Readings for Ramadan (Ramzan/ رمضان‎‎)

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UC Berkeley’s Library welcomes everyone to partake in learning that a typical US public university offers as its core mission of education. In light of the current COVID-19 shelter in place and in light of the beginning of the holy month for Islam: Ramadan or Ramazan, we wanted to highlight some of the e-books from our Latin American Studies and other collections that might be of interest when the shelter in place is eventually eased. Islam’s presence in Latin America remains well-documented. We have focused mostly on the ebooks that one can access using the calnet id. Some books are available in print, and one can read them when the library eventually reopens. We are only indicating a limited number of academic research level books below due to the limitations of a blog post. These books do not reflect any official views of the University Library or UC Berkeley.

Crescent over Another Horizon: Islam in Latin America, the Caribbean, and Latino USA, edited by Narbona, Maria del Mar Logroño, et al., University of Texas Press, 2015. ProQuest Ebook Central,

DeLong-Bas, Natana J. The Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam and Women. : Oxford University Press, , 2013. Oxford Reference. Date Accessed 24 Apr. 2020 <>.

Daftary, Farhad, and Wilferd Madelung. Encyclopaedia Islamica. Leiden: Brill, 2009. Internet resource.

Medina, Arely. Islam-latino: Identidades Étnico-Religiosas : Un Estudio De Caso Sobre Los Mexicanos Musulmanes En Estados Unidos. Tijuana, B.C. : El Colegio de la Frontera Norte, 2019. Print.

Al-Musili, Elias. An Arab’s Journey to Colonial Spanish America : The Travels of Elias Al-Mûsili in the Seventeenth Century, Syracuse University Press, 2011. ProQuest Ebook Central,

Khan, Aisha. Islam and the Americas. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2015.


Oxford research encyclopedias. Latin American history

The Library is glad to announce that we were able to subscribe to the Oxford research encyclopedia of Latin American History. The publisher’s description provides the following glimpse about its contents:

“The Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Latin American History is a comprehensive digital research encyclopedia that describes regions’ peoples and experiences from pre-Columbian to contemporary times. Its essays make the region’s compelling past come alive by using the latest analyses, and by taking advantage of opportunities not available to traditional printed encyclopedias, such as incorporating sights and sounds, and offering links to original sources”–Publisher’s website, viewed 14 November 2018. The encyclopedia can be accessed here after authenticating using the proxy or VPN if one is accessing it from an off-campus location.


Each entry also links out to the additional relevant external resources such as an entry on the Battle of Ojinaga: Images within the Wheelan Collection.


Holocaust Remembrance Day ( יום השואה = Yom HaShoah)

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Today is Holocaust Remembrance Day. Holocaust is a term that etymologically is defined as sacrifice by fire, a burnt offering,” while I cannot debate the origin of this term and appropriateness of its use in the context of the genocide, As an Indian-American aka Desi aka South Asian, I prefer to use the word Shoah when it comes to the genocide of European Jews during the World War II (השואה, HaShoah, “the catastrophe”). United States Holocaust Memorial Museum can serve as one of the many starting points for those who want to teach about the Holocaust. UC Berkeley Library subscribes to USC Shoah Foundation Virtual History Archive that our students and faculty can access after authenticating from an off-campus location.

Irrespective of the terms we use the essence of tragedy and crime that was perpetrated against one group of people by the other cannot be forgotten. Before Shoah and after it, many Jews migrated to Latin America and their subsequent generations produced exemplary writers. Professor Ilan Stavans has authored an article on Latin American Jewish Literature. Below are some of the books that one can read and reflect upon on this day of the remembrance of all of the victims of the different genocides whom we have lost. 


In memoriam: Chilean novelist Luis Sepúlveda passed away due to COVID-19!

A well-known prolific Chilean novelist, Luis Sepúlveda passed away yesterday in Spain due to the complications resulting from COVID-19 infection as reported by the Spanish newspaper El País yesterday. The library has several of his key titles. From early on Sepúlveda became involved in political activism, forming part of the Chilean communist and socialist youth (juventudes comunistas y socialistas chilenas). He was one of many left-wing authors, activists, and intellectuals who supported the socialist government of Salvador Allende (1970-1973). After Augusto Pinochet’s military coup, he was arrested and jailed for two and a half years. After his release, mediated by Amnesty International, he left Chile for exile. He is considered one of the most read Latin American authors in Europe.

I leave you with some of his well known works. The images are under the fair academic use guidelines and upon clicking you will be transported to the bibliographic record of his work in UC Berkeley Library’s Catalog. RIP Luis Sepúlveda!

And if you do care, here is his interview below.

Mittel und Süd Amerika : Conny Pünnebergs abenteuerliche Reise (Central and South America: Conny Pünneberg’s adventurous journey).

Recently, my colleague Dr. Jeremy Ott brought to my office a copy of a very interesting post-war German book with a rather interesting title- Mittel und Süd Amerika: Conny Pünnebergs abenteuerliche Reise.

I was rather intrigued not so much by the title of the book that can be translated as Conny Pünneberg’s adventurous journey in Central and South America, but by the sheer number of stereotypical plates that gave this book an interesting character. I was able to scan some of these pages for the readers to have an idea of a 1952 German ingenuity by which several different facets of life in Central and South America are depicted. I found out that this specific book is not held in any US libraries at the time of writing this post. I am including some of the photos below that one can enjoy. The book was published in Hamburg in 1952 and it depicts the travels of Conny Pünneberg.

In memoriam: Puerto Rico’s author Iris Zavala passes away due to COVID-19!

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to take its toll irrespective of nationalities, borders and today I dedicate this post to a luminary Puerto Rican intellectual and author Iris Zavala,  who passed away on 11th April 2020 in Madrid, Spain due to the complications from Coronavirus infection.  At UC Berkeley, we are responsible for maintaining the consortial collection of Puerto Rican authors. Her obituary can be read here and here.

In our collection, there are over fifty books that Iris Zavala had authored that highlight the unending beauty of Spanish and Caribbean Literature.  Some of her works such as “Percanta que me amuraste“, “Nocturna mas no funesta” and others including, “Leer el Quijote…” are well known throughout the literary universe. RIP Iris M. Zavala, I leave the readers with a video of her interview about her book – “El bolero: historia de un amor (1991).”

CRL update regarding access to Gale Resources in light of COVID-19 pandemic.

CRL has enabled a premium on access to deep research collections to support research and teaching at our member institutions. Please use your VPN or Proxy before accessing these. Please note that we already have institutional access to many of these resources.

As the current COVID‐19 environment continues to limit access to physical collections, CRL has reached out to providers to broker expanded electronic access to research collections. We are pleased to announce we negotiated on behalf of our member libraries an extraordinary level of access to Gale Primary Sources, to which students, faculty, and staff at CRL voting members in North America will enjoy unlimited access through June 30, 2020.

Information and access links to these Gale resources can be found on eDesiderata in our COVID Response list: One may also search across all collections through the Gale Primary Sources universal search platform.

o   Public Health Archives

o   Archives Unbound – 300+ collections – interdisciplinary topics including Area Studies, History, Politics, Religion, English Literature, and Local/Regional History

o   The ESSENTIALS – 86M+ pages of primary source content spanning 500+ years

o   Historic UK and American News & Periodicals –


  • All titles above, integrated into Gale’s platform for digital humanities computing.

Information and access links to these Gale resources can be found on eDesiderata in our COVID Response list: One may also search across all collections through the Gale Primary Sources universal search platform.


CRL worked with Gale to enable access to these collections through a special account with your institutional IPs. Note: these resources are not cross-linked with other Gale products to which your institution already has access. If there are questions about access or if you would prefer to work with Gale to expose these collections through existing institutional accounts, contact your Gale customer representative.


Documents of Latin American Art, Art History, Print History and Humanities

The International Center for the Arts of the Americas digital archive provides remote access to over eight thousand individual documents that can be used for research purposes by the scholars in light of the current COVID-19 pandemic and after its successful resolution. The center’s digital archive is sponsored by the funds from the Diane & Bruce Halle Foundation. These documents offer a unique insight not only in the realms of the creativity of the Latin American Artists but also in the social histories of the continent. Besides their historical nature, these documents can be used for Humanities related research freely.

The search interface is easy to use, and as the picture shows below, one can carry out also the topic based searches.

The images are used for educational purposes only.