October 17, 2014 Library of Congress Hispanic Division Celebrates 75th Anniversary

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The Hispanic Reading Room of the Library of Congress celebrates its 75th anniversary and the 78th anniversary of the “Handbook of Latin American Studies” with a special event on Thursday, Oct. 23, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., in the ornate Hispanic Division Reading Room, located on the second floor of the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First Street, S.E., Washington, D.C.

The event is free and open to the public; no tickets are required.

Deborah Jakubs, vice-provost for library affairs at Duke University, will deliver a keynote address on “The Future of Foreign Area Studies.” Before being named to the Duke University Libraries in 2005, Jakubs served as director of collections services, head of the International and Area Studies Department and librarian for Latin America and Iberia at Duke. She holds a doctorate from Stanford University in Latin American history, a master’s degree in library science from the University of California at Berkeley and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin.

Franklin Knight, the Leonard and Helen Stulman Professor of History at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and member of the advisory board of the “Handbook of Latin American Studies,” will head a panel discussion about the Luso-Hispanic collections of the Library, with participants David Sartorious, University of Maryland; Enrique Pumar, The Catholic University of America; and Charlotte Rogers, George Mason University. Panelists will discuss their research using the Library’s Portuguese and Hispanic collections.

A reception will follow the presentations.

The “Handbook of Latin American Studies,” prepared since 1939 at the Hispanic Division and published by the University of Texas Press in Austin, is an authoritative annual, annotated bibliography in the humanities and social sciences. The multi-lingual publication is also available online (lcweb2.loc.gov/hlas/).

The Library of Congress, the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution and the largest library in the world, holds more than 158 million items in various languages, disciplines and formats. The Library serves the U.S. Congress and the nation both on-site in its reading rooms on Capitol Hill and through its award-winning website at www.loc.gov.

The Hispanic Reading Room, established in 1939 is the center for the study of the culture and societies of Latin America, the Caribbean, Iberia and Latinos in the United States, as well other areas where Spanish or Portuguese influence exists. For more information about the Hispanic Reading Room and the Hispanic collections visit www.loc.gov//rr/hispanic/.


PR 14-184
ISSN 0731-3527