From Vice Provost and Director of Libraries Damon Jaggars:
I am pleased to announce that Pamela Espinosa de los Monteros has been appointed the Latin American Studies Librarian in University Libraries. Pamela reports to José Díaz, Head of Area Studies.
Pamela Espinosa de los Monteros
With this tenure-track appointment, at the rank of Assistant Professor, Pamela will serve as Latin American Studies Librarian and liaison for Ohio State’s Latin American, Latino, Spanish and Portuguese (LAT) collections and services, directly engaging the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, the Diversity and Identity Studies Collective at OSU – Latino/a Studies Program, and Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS). Pamela’s duties include advancing understanding of the global information environment, and exploring strategies for supporting co-curricular centers and initiatives on campus. She will work with faculty, students, and staff to integrate information literacy concepts and library resources into the curriculum, and offer on-demand research support. Pamela will also work with other librarians to develop interdisciplinary solutions for integrating distinctive content and services into the academic environment.
Pamela’s extensive experience includes supporting international research initiatives between the United States and Mexico, instructing bilingual digital literacy classes, and coordinating programming for youth, teens, and adults. As a Fulbright Fellow in Mexico City, Mexico, she coordinated an educational campaign for a national conservation initiative designed to unite diverse regions of Mexico around the preservation of their national bird, the Golden Eagle.
Pamela came to University Libraries from the San Diego County Library and Sedona Public Library where she acquired material for the adult Spanish collection serving 33 county branch libraries in San Diego County and a network of 42 public, academic, K-12, and museum libraries in Yavapai County. Previously, Pamela held positions with the Fondo Mexicano para la Conservación de la Naturaleza [Mexican Fund for the Conservation of Nature], and the Sisters of Saint Francis, Saint Marianne Cope Museum, as an intern in collection development.
Pamela received her MS in Library and Information Science from the Syracuse University, School of Information. She earned a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Humanities from the University of San Diego, with a minor in Latin American Studies.
As Head of Area Studies, José’s emphasis will shift to advancing the Libraries’ support for global studies broadly and leading the evolution of Area Studies engagement strategies. This includes initiatives critical to connecting the Libraries’ area studies resources to users, such as highlighting distinctive collections, leveraging electronic resources, and advancing responsive, integrated and dynamic research services and instruction focused on the needs of faculty and students of the area studies centers and the languages, literatures and cultures departments. Jose will lead Area Studies in partnering across the Library to deploy emerging research services including data services, data management, visualization software, knowledge management tools and geospatial/GIS expertise to advance the work of area studies users.