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 | 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).
I keep other blogs ("Un Sur de sonidos" / "A South of sounds", about Latin American music, and "Bibliotecas y pueblos indígenas" / "Libraries and indigenous peoples"), as well as the space "Palabra indígena" ("Indigenous word") on Tumblr, and a site at Instagram where I speak about Latin American nature and culture, with an emphasis on conservation of biological and cultural diversity. All these spaces, together with the contents that I share in my social networks, can be accessed from the sidebar.
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.
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: oral tradition, indigenous and rural libraries, degrowth and conservation, public libraries, critical and progressive librarianship, weblogs and libraries, Open Access, classification languages, essay and opinion, and other subjects.
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, since early 2018 I live between ther 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 and study a Master Degree on archives and memory.
Throughout my career I have acquired extensive experience in the management of traditional knowledge, oral tradition and endangered sounds, and in the design of library services for indigenous societies and other subordinate groups. To that activities I add my work with knowledge classification, documentary languages, biological information, semantic web, 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 defend the library as a committed space, of activism and socio-political militancy and of cultural, identity and collective resistance.
I am part of the IFLA Indigenous Affairs 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 that interest me, and I continue studying and researching.
My current work links me with e-research, conservation of biodiversity and environment, biomimicry, sustainability and degrowth, as well as environmental communication, divulgation and education, and management of biological collections.
Beyond libraries, I am a editorial reviewer and designer, a performer of traditional Latin American music for 25 years, a blogger with 15 years of experience, a wikipedist, an Esperantist, a citizen scientist apprentice, and a builder of puppets and musical instruments.
I develop my teaching work 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, 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.
Las entradas publicadas en este blog pueden accederse a través del índice de entradas.
Las entradas pertenecientes a la serie de notas Apuntes críticos pueden leerse aquí, junto a las de la serie Gotas de animación a la lectura. Asimismo pueden consultarse las distintas entradas de las columnas Palabras ancladas, Los muchos caminos, Palabras habitadas, Libros y lecturas indígenas y Cartas desde la biblioteca.
Por último, las conferencias, los artículos académicos y otros trabajos similares pueden consultarse a través del listado completo de publicaciones, o bien revisando el archivo de Acta Académica (de acceso libre) o las plataformas Academia.edu, Issuu, Scribd y Calameo.