Puerto Rico: Select new books @ Doe Library

The resilience of the PR’s people, its determination to move forward and onwards despite devastating hurricanes continues to serve as a source of unending inspiration for me as a librarian. Today, I present you with an album of several new Puerto Rican books that we have received in our library. Among them, there are several books that are worth mentioning separately. I will only name a few new titles and provide you with the links to the album of many more images of books from Puerto Rico. One of these titles is Hurracanada by Mayra Santos Febres. The other two books are Beatriz Llenín Figueroa’sPuerto Islas : crónicas, crisis, amor, and El Grupo de Puerto Rico y Crisis Dominicana de 1965 by Walter R. Bonilla Carlo. Please click on the icons below to gain acces to the photos of the Puerto Rican books.

Hurracanada of Mayra Santos Febres

Venezuela: From Crisis to Crisis- Select books

At the time of writing this post, Venezuela was in a full-blown political and economic crisis. The unprecedented inflation, two presidential hopefuls, and industry in the shambles, confusion, hunger and violence seemed to be the norms of the daily life for millions of innocent, decent Venezuelans. Despite the crisis, what surprised me was the ability of the Venezuelan governmental and non-governmental entities to continue to publish relatively exciting works in extraordinary times. Below, I am presenting you with the latest batch of remarkable books from remarkable books from Venezuela I am also posting some images of interesting books separately.

One of the interesting books is Cuaderno de Otra Parte by Santiago Acosta. The author’s website describes it as follows, “«Un poemario que, si bien parte de lo que se ha dado en llamar la diáspora venezolana, lleva el tema en otra dirección, con una voz que se burla de sí misma en su empeño por cumplir con los ritos del que se fue. En tal sentido, obviando la lectura que hace de esta una escritura del exilio, este texto se centra más bien en la distancia como elemento organizador del http://santiago-acosta.com/cdop/

The other equally interesting book is, El Chavismo El Chavismo Salvaje.

Lastly, Tiempos de Incertidumbre by Nelson Guzmán reflects upon the uncertain times in contemporary Venezuela.


In light of the release of Argentina Human Rights Records by the US National Archives, I wanted to bring to the attention of our readers the Argentina Declassification Project’s Responsive Records component that is hosted by the intel.gov. These records can be downloaded as zip files for individual analysis and allow us to form a cohesive opinion about several social processes that took place in the history of Argentina including the processes that were influenced by the “Western” powers.

These records can be accessed below on clicking on the hyperlinks.

Responsive Records:

Below is the landing page of intel.gov used for academic purposes only.

Records Relating to Human Rights Abuses in Argentina have been declassified[April 2019]!

The National Declassification Center has declassified the records relating to human rights abuses in Argentina. These OA records can be accessed  here.

According to the description on the website, “A Presidential Tasking from the Executive Secretary of the National Security Council (NSC) on June 13, 2016, directed various Executive branch departments and agencies, including the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), to search for records relating to human rights abuses committed in Argentina between January 1, 1975, and December 31, 1984, and to review responsive records for public access. In response, NARA assembled staff, including archivists from the National Declassification Center (NDC), the Presidential Libraries, and the Center for Legislative Archives to conduct this search and review. Responsive Presidential records were made available in previous releases and all identified Legislative records were already publicly available. This release represents responsive Executive Branch agency records that have been accessioned into the National Archives and have not been previously released. The NDC coordinated review of the records and prepared them for public release. Records that were released in full or in part may be accessed by using the search form below. Questions may be directed to NDC@nara.gov.

Spain: Select new books at UC Berkeley Library!

Spain being the former colonial power in Latin America remains closely tied with the continent in terms of its cultural production. Each year, several hundred books related to the Latin American and Caribbean topics are published in Spain. As the librarian who is charged with developing the collections to support both the student and faculty teaching and research on campus, I continue to build selectively in this particular area of publication. Below is the icon that upon clicking on it will allow you to see our recent acquisitions of books from Spain on Latin America!


There are several interesting books in this collection including the one on an exhibition of Lina Bo Bardi‘s modernist architecture. One can also look at the documentary on Lina Bo Bardi that I am posting below educational purposes.

Books from the Letterpress-Taller Gráfica de Comala de Nacho Gómez Arriola (México) at UCB Library!

The library was lucky to acquire only the select titles of a wonderful and well-known letterpress artist and printer Nacho Gómez Arriola from Mexico. These titles are unique and handmade at a letterpress called, “Taller Gráfica de Comala de Nacho Gómez Arriola.” One can see Nacho Gómez Arriola (on the left) sitting next to Juan Pascoe of Taller Martín Pescador. At the Bancroft Library, we do have a collection of Juan Pascoe’s works. Since each of these books are unique in their esthetics and provenance, the Doe Library will be offering these for safekeeping to our sister library-Bancroft Library. Below are some of the pictures of these books that one can enjoy by clicking here!