ACLAIIR blog goes live!

We’re pleased to announce that the ACLAIIR blog is now up and running! Many thanks to Rocío Rødtjer (KCL) for starting us off with a great piece on the current exhibition at the BNE, El despertar de la escritura femenina en lengua castellana.

If you’re interested in writing a piece for the blog, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.

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21st Century Fiction from Spain – Thursday 18th April 2013

Registration for this one-day seminar is  now open! Join us for an overview of recent trends in Spanish fiction, and find out about current research in the field. There will also be discussions on collecting fiction from Spain in UK libraries, and the landscape of the UK market for Spanish fiction. See our Events page for the full programme and registration form.

 

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Call for bloggers

Would you like to write a piece for the new ACLAIIR blog?  We’re looking for contributors for our new blog, due to launch later this month. Our aim is to share information about the world of research and libraries. We’re interested in your stories about research trips, libraries at home and abroad, Hispanic books and resources, bookshops, exhibitions, cultural events and more.

If you’d like to become an ACLAIIR blogger or would like some more information, please email the website editor.

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Upcoming events

ACLAIIR has a number of exciting events coming up in 2013 – two seminars on Spanish and Latin American fiction, as well as our 2013 AGM and Seminar. See our Events page for more details!

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Oxford welcomes ACLAIIR

Sonia Morcillo and Alison Sinclair, Cambridge University, present the Wrongdoing project.

Sonia Morcillo and Alison Sinclair, Cambridge University, present the Wrongdoing project.

On Friday 29th June, the Taylor Institution Library was delighted to welcome ACLAIIR for its annual seminar and AGM, 20 years since it was founded in Oxford. All the speakers gave excellent presentations as part of our seminar, Digital Resources in Hispanic Studies, which generated some lively discussion. We were particularly pleased to welcome new faces to the sessions. A very enjoyable day was had by all.

 

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ACLAIIR Seminar & AGM 2012

This year’s ACLAIIR Seminar and AGM will be held in Oxford on 29th June 2012. The programme has been confirmed, and the registration form is now available. We hope to see you there!

ACLAIIR AGM 2012 Programme and registration form

Conference flyer

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LIBER 2011

A group of ACLAIIR members were once again invited by ICEX (Instituto Español de Comercio Exterior ) and the FGEE (Federación de Gremios de Editores de España) to attend the annual Feria del Libro, held in Madrid 5-7 October 2011. ACLAIIR was represented by Geoff West (British Library), Christine Anderson (Senate House Library, University of London), Sonia Morcillo-García (Cambridge University Library), Emer Stubbs (Bristol University Library), and Joanne Edwards (Oxford University).

We arrived in Madrid on Tuesday 5th in time for the official opening of the Feria. After the inagaural speeches, we had a chance to look around the exhibition, including the creative display from guest country Romania.

Romanian book display at Liber 2011
Romanian book display at Liber 2011

On Wednesday the Feria started in earnest with a full programme of events, including lectures, seminars and discussion panels. This year there was a dedicated space – Corner Digital – for events relating to e-books and digital iniatives. Felipe Varela of E-Libro, an e-book platform concentrating on Spanish and Portuguese language titles, gave a very informative presentation on their e-book service.  The platform has a range of tools which allows users to mark up texts and make notes alongside specific section or chapters.

ACLAIIR members were very fortunate to be invited to the Biblioteca T. Navarro Tomás, one of the libraries of CSIC (the Spanish National Research Council). The library was formed in 2008, when 8 specialist humanities and social sciences research libraries were merged. Thanks to Carolina Santamarina, who spent a month with the British Library during the summer of 2011, we were able to have a full tour of this fantastic building. The collection consists of over 1 million print and digital items, with over 300,000 books availble on open shelves. Readers also have free access to part of the archived collections. Thanks also go to Carmen Mª Pérez-Montes Salmerón and Pilar Martínez Olmo for conducting the tour and giving us a marvellous insight into the work involved in consolidating the collections of 8 major research libraries (all with separate classification schemes!) into one building. Lastly, we all enjoyed seeing the mode of transport used by staff when having to travel long distances around the building; only Sonia Morcillo from ACLAIIR was brave enough to try one out!

As always, the Feria was an excellent opportunity to meet with Spanish publishers, suppliers and distributors, particularly those smaller and regional presses that can be difficult to discover. It was also a chance to meet new colleagues as well as see some familiar faces from Europe and the US. A great time was had by all.

[A full report will appear in the 2011 Newsletter, including photographic evidence of Sonia’s scooter trial!]

ACLAIIR committee members enjoying Madrid.
ACLAIIR committee members enjoying Madrid.
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