Margie Montanez, Ph.D. joined University Libraries as our Council on Library and Information Resources postdoctoral fellow (CLIR) in Data Curation and Latin American, Chicano and Caribbean Studies. Montanez will work with the Digital Initiatives and Scholarly Communication (DISC) program, Research and Data Services (RDS), and in the Center for Southwest Research and Special Collections (CSWR) on a number of digital projects for the next two years. She has worked for University Libraries CSWR previously so is well-informed on the scope of our collections. Her dissertation, completed in 2017, develops a trope of an ethnographic aesthetic to dissect the cultural production of Jovita González, Américo Paredes, and more recent works by Alicia Gaspar de Alba and Lourdes Portillo.
CLIR is an independent, non-profit organization that forges strategies to enhance research, teaching, and learning environments in collaboration with libraries, cultural institutions, and communities of higher learning.
The two-year fellowships, supported by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, provide recent Ph.D.s with professional development, education, and training opportunities in data curation for Latin American and Caribbean Studies. The fellows’ work must draw upon their disciplinary expertise in order to help advance data curation practices and services at their host institutions. For this program, Latin American and Caribbean Studies encompass modes of inquiry from numerous fields, including history, sociology, art, archaeology, literature, political science, geography, gender studies, and economics. The fellowships are designed to support international partnerships in the service of cross-disciplinary humanities research and in building greater capacity for digitizing original materials, for sharing related digital data, and for developing humanities computing infrastructure to sustain these resources.