Dr. Margarita Vargas-Betancourt, Jessica L. English, Angelibel Soto, and Melissa Jerome co-wrote a chapter titled “Contesting Colonial Library Practices of Accessibility and Representation,” in Archives and Special Collections as Sites of Contestation, edited by Mary Kandiuk. (Sacramento CA: Library Juice Press, 2020).
This chapter discusses how Library and Information Science (LIS) specialists at the University of Florida (UF) navigate the challenges of the colonialist and hegemonic nature of archives and the aspiration of special collections to be sites of contestation. It describes the development of UF’s Latin American and Caribbean Collection and the Digital Library of the Caribbean. Additionally, it analyzes three projects to illustrate the initial steps taken to create bilingual points of access for Latin American collections.
The book chapter is also accessible through the UF Institutional Repository.