CIFNAL Speaker Series March 4

Please join us this Friday for the third talk of the CIFNAL Spring Speaker Series by Darlene Hull (Libros de Barlovento): Plein de Défis : a Book Vendor’s Experience Acquiring Library Materials from Haiti

March 4, 2-3pm EST

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Darlene Hull completed her BA in Spanish at Bard College in 1979 after two years of study in Mexico and earned her Master’s Degree in Information and Library Science from the University of Kentucky in 1982. She served as Curator of Hispanic History & Culture Collections in Special Collections and as Latin American & Caribbean Specialist librarian at the University of Connecticut from 1982-2005. Darlene joined the Caribbean book distribution company, Libros de Barlovento, as co-owner in 2005. From 2009-2012 she was also a U.S. Distributor for vLex, a Barcelona-based full-text foreign and international legal database. She has been an active member of the organization SALALM since 1984 and served as the association’s President in the year 2002/2003.

Talk Description: A book vendor shares 10 years of experience collecting Haitian materials for academic and research libraries including information on publishing trends and output, relationship to the publishing industry in France and Canada, acquiring Creole as well as French language materials, the annual Livre en Folie, the nitty gritty of travel, acquisitions, and shipment prep in Haiti, challenges of acquiring Haitian materials remotely and overall high cost of doing business in Haiti.