Cabecera. Bibliotecario. Por Edgardo Civallero

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The blog. Bibliotecario. By Edgardo Civallero


Edgardo Civallero's blog on Library and Information Sciences


About the blog | Other spaces | Last notes, articles and conferences | Digital books | Publications | About the author | Critical notes | Knowledge and biopshere | Teaching activities | Consultancy | Contact | Copyright | A bit of history


About the blog

"Bibliotecario" (in Spanish, "Librarian") is a blog kept by Argentinean librarian Edgardo Civallero to write about his work and professional interests regarding Library and Information Sciences.

Although the posts, notes, columns and articles shared here are mainly written in Spanish, a number of contents in English are also published. All of them are listed below, and may be used according to the copyright guidelines (see below).


Other spaces

  Letters from a Librarian in the South. A Medium blog presenting versions of texts originally published in Bibliotecario. In English [read]

  Palabra indígena. A Tumblr blog devoted to the divulgation of Latin American indigenous languages through curious examples of their vocabularies. In Spanish and English [read]

  Sonidos y silencios. A website devoted to traditional music, musical instruments, sounds and silences, and their relationship with libraries, archives, and museums. In Spanish [read]

  Sounds and silences. A Medium blog presenting versions of texts originally published in Sonidos y silencios. In English [read]


Last notes, articles and conferences


UDC Biology Revision Project: reports on stages 3-6. Extensions and Corrections to the UDC (2014-2015), 36-37, pp. 59-73.

Proposals for the revision of Viruses Bacteria and Protista. Extensions and Corrections to the UDC (2014-2015), 36-37, pp. 87-117.

An observatory to collect it all. Information Today, 34 (9), November, pp. 1, 26-27.

Libraries, sustainability and degrowth. American Libraries Magazine, blog "The Scoop", August 4th, 2017.

Libraries as trenches. Resistance, militancy and politics. Partnership: The Canadian Journal of Library and Information Practice and Research, 11 (2) 1-4.

Libraries, sustainability and degrowth. Progressive Librarian, 45, Winter 2016-2017, pp. 20-45.

UDC and Indigenous Peoples. IFLA Metadata Newsletter, 2 (2) 37-39.



Galapagos inside an archive – for the community. World Library and Information Congress – 85th IFLA General Conference and Council. Athens, Greece. August 24-30, 2019.

Conservation science local community, and a library in Galapagos. World Library and Information Congress – 85th IFLA General Conference and Council. Athens, Greece. August, 24-30, 2019.

Libraries and degrowth. IFLA Satellite Meeting 2017. ENSULIB - Collaborative Strategies for Successful Green Libraries. Berlin, Germany. August 16-17. 2017.

The archive of the community's voices: Libraries and oral tradition in the digital era. IFLA Satellite Meeting 2017. Digital Humanities - Opportunities and Risks. Berlin, Germany. August 15-17, 2017.

Library services for indigenous societies in Latin America. World Library and Information Congress - 83rd IFLA General Conference and Council. Wroclaw, Poland. August 19-25, 2017.

Record my indigenous word: Or how special sound collections may break internal borders. World Library and Information Congress - 83rd IFLA General Conference and Council. Wroclaw, Poland. August 19-25, 2017.

Library services for indigenous societies in Latin America: Experiences and lessons. ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition. American Library Association (ALA), Chicago, USA. June 24, 2017.

Library services for indigenous societies in Latin America: A summary of two decades of experiences. Dangerous Librarians. Urban Librarians Conference, New York, USA. April 7, 2017.


Digital books

The author offers a number of books (in Spanish) about library services for indigenous peoples.



A number of publications are offered in open access, organized under the following topics: Libraries from the South, libraries on the margins, indigenous libraries, public libraries, critical library science, library science and research, digital divide, classification, copyright, degrowth, library education, Galapagos, history of the book, digital humanities, memory and memoricide, open access, oral tradition, and weblogs. To Access them, see the homonymous sections at Acta Académica.


About the author

I am a native of the Port of Santa María de los Buenos Aires (1973). I became a librarian in 1999 and, in 2004, I got my degree in Library and Information Science from the National University of Córdoba (Argentina). There I also studied Biology and History (Anthropology and Archeology branch). After a long and diverse career (including a specialization in Southern Epistemologies), since early 2018 I live between the Galapagos Islands (Ecuador), where I am the coordinator of the library and archive of the Charles Darwin Foundation, and Bogotá (Colombia), where I spend most of my time.

A content creator, professor, researcher, lecturer and writer, I work with natural sciences, traditional knowledge, memory, identity, sounds and silences, musical instruments, audiovisual collections and information management, and with the dialogue between libraries, archives and museums to build new knowledge and recover old stories.

Throughout my career I have acquired extensive experience in social librarianship; in working with libraries in the margins; in the management of traditional knowledge, oral tradition and endangered sounds (languages and music); and in the design of library services for indigenous societies and other subordinate groups. I have specialized in knowledge classification and building of documentary languages, vocabularies, ontologies and metadata. And to those activities I add my work with library and library services design, collection management, critical and social librarianship, decolonization, development of basic (rural, community, school, popular) and mobile libraries, open access, copyright / copyleft, open source in library science (DSpace, Koha, OJS3), non-European history of the book, reading, digital humanities and qualitative research.

I understand and advocate for libraries as committed spaces devoted to activism and socio-political militancy, as well as to cultural, identity and collective resistance.

My current work in Galapagos is linked with history and memory of science, open science, e-research, conservation of biodiversity and environment, biomimicry, citizen science, sustainability and degrowth, as well as with knowledge mobilization, environmental communication, divulgation and education, management of biological collections, and organization, preservation and digitization of patrimonial collection.

Since 2004 I have been part of various sections and groups in IFLA (I currently belong to the Environment, Sustainability and Libraries section), I work with the UDC Consortium (Universal Decimal Classification), I participate in several editorial committees and digital research and debate spaces, I teach classes and deliver conferences, I write blogs and periodic divulgation columns on topics of my interest, and I continue studying and researching.

Beyond libraries, I am an editorial reviewer, translator and designer, a researcher and performer of traditional music for 30 years, a blogger with 15 years of experience, a wikipedist, an Esperantist, a citizen scientist apprentice, and a builder of puppets and musical instruments.

A summary of my professional career can be consulted through LinkedIn, while my bibliographic production is in the open-access archive Acta Académica.


Critical notes

Notes published periodically on Bibliotecario and on LinkedIn's Pulse since 2019.

Note 01. Human libraries | Note 02. Librarian robots? | Note 03. On criteria. And herds | Note 04. Book donations | Note 05. Green, green libraries | Note 06. Predatory journals | Note 07. Dangerous statistics | Note 08. "Human libraries" (II) | Note 09. Solidarity, 21sy century-style | Note 10. The future`s professions | Note 11. A matter of resources | Note 12. On the reasons behind | Note 13. Humanizing libraries | Note 14. Planned obsolescence | Note 15. The others' perspective | Note 16. With voice, without voice | Note 17. Academics only | Note 18. Doing with what is left | Note 19. Precari-brarians Anonymous | Note 20. Books and magic | Note 21. Using three planets | Note 22. Foundations | Note 23. On commitment and defeat | Note 24. Technological somnambulism | Note 25. The need for rebellion | Note 26. "Ethnic" contents | Note 27. Wikipedia limits | Note 28. Let's not give them a voice: let's get out of their way


Knowledge and biosphere

Notes published periodically on Bibliotecario and on LinkedIn's Pulse since 2019.

Note 01. Seed libraries


Teaching activities

I develop my teaching work (presential and virtual instances) around most of the topics that make up conventional Library Science (i.e., those taught in a standard university curriculum). I add the most social facets of the profession (critical and "trench" libraries, libraries "on the edges"), memory-related activities (oral tradition, traditional knowledge), areas of contact between libraries/information and biological and environmental sciences, and the world of data management.

Among the potential activities to be developed (courses, workshops and/or seminars) I offer the "Librarianship for non-librarians" series (with a wide selection of contents, from acquisition to cataloging and classification, through policy design and animation to reading), the "Trench libraries" series (for unconventional libraries or those working in complex spaces), the "Decolonizing libraries" series (addressing library work from the Epistemologías del Sur perspective), the "Libraries and biosphere" series (addressing citizen science, sustainability, growth, green libraries, Agenda 2030) and the "Libraries from scratch" series (for those starting a library). I also work with ontologies and thesaurus building, knowledge classification, data management and semantic web.

Finally, I teach courses, workshops and/or seminars on collection and management of oral tradition and threatened sounds (languages and music, especially indigenous) and the organization of library services for indigenous societies and minority populations.



I develop professional consulting activities on topics related to the organization of bibliographic and informative collections (physical and virtual), document analysis and classification of knowledge, linked data, semantic web, data resource management, digital curation, programming of Python and R, management of Invenio-based platforms, data visualization, building of ontologies, vocabularies and thesauri (especially those related to pure and natural sciences, anthropology and history), planning of information services and design of virtual libraries (both for scientific-academic and business environments), data management, urban memory, development of mobile library services (especially for rural environments and users), cultural heritage management (especially indigenous and rural), management of sound collections (threatened languages, traditional music) and oral expressions, and organization of bioinformation and biological collections.



I can be contacted at my personal email, edgardocivallero (at) gmail (dot) com, or through my social networks (see at the bottom of the sidebar).



Text contents published in this weblog are the intellectual property of the author, if not stated otherwise, and are distributed under a Creative Commons by-nc-nd 4.0 International license.

Images on display at the blog's header are photos taken by the author in his place of residence.

All other graphic contents are given a non-profit use; except in those cases where authorship can be undoubtedly attributed, the footer of each post will exhibit only the URL from where the images were acquired. Graphic material will be permanently deleted from this weblog when required by the (properly identified) author.


A bit of history

"Bitácora de un bibliotecario" was launched on December 2, 2004 as one of the first Latin American / Spanish-speaking blogs on libraries and librarians. In its posts, the author —then just graduated from LIS School, with a few years of working experience and just starting to discover an awesome and conflictive academic world— wrote about his worries and discoveries, his hopes and disappointments, his struggles. Between 2005 and 2008 he kept a parallel English version, "The log of a librarian". From 2009 onwards, posts were less and less frequent, and in 2014 the author decided to close the old "Bitácora..." and, with it, a period of his personal and professional life.

With the perspective given by the years and the trodden paths, and all what was learnt and saved in the backpack, the author opened in 2015 this new weblog / website, "Bibliotecario", in Spanish only ― a heir of the previous one which will continue many of its works, many of its ideas and all of its values.