UF Latin American Studies, Latin American & Caribbean Collections, Library Travel Grants for Spring & Summer 2017, Due Feb. 17, 2017

The University of Florida Center for Latin American Studies is sponsoring Library Travel Research Grants for Spring & Summer 2017.
Their purpose is to enable faculty researchers from other U.S. colleges and universities to use the extensive resources of the Latin American and Caribbean Collection in the University of Florida Libraries, thereby enhancing its value as a national resource. The grants are funded by a Title VI National Resource Center grant from the U.S. Department of Education.
Seven or more travel grants of up to $1000 each will be made to cover travel and lodging expenses. Grantees are expected to remain in Gainesville for at least one week and, following their stay, submit a brief (2–3 pp.) report on how their work at UF Libraries enriched their research project and offer suggestions for possible improvements of the Latin American Collection.
The UF Libraries Latin American & Caribbean Collections
The UF Libraries’ Latin American and Caribbean Collections (LACC) is one of the leading research collections in its kind. It consists of over ‌500,000 volumes, and includes all disciplines, although literature, the humanities, and the social sciences are best represented. Interdisciplinary strengths include, but are not limited to, tropical conservation and development, gender issues, and religion in the Americas.  All geographic regions are well-represented, with the Caribbean, circum-Caribbean, and Brazil having the deepest holdings of published material.
UF also holds valuable collections of primary sources on Caribbean History, including archives and manuscripts related to agriculture, labor, empire and revolution in the region. A relatively small part of these materials has been included in the Digital Library of the Caribbean (www.dloc.com), which scholars may want to consult before visiting Gainesville.  There are also some 50,000 reels of microfilm in the LACC, including scarce historical newspapers.
Other units of the UF Libraries also contain important resources of interest to those conducting research on Latin America and the Caribbean. For example, the UF’s Price Library of Judaica contains many sources on Jewish communities in the region, and the Map and Imagery Library also has many relevant cartographic holdings. The Science Library has important holdings on tropical agriculture and natural resources, and other branches may also contain relevant materials.  Please see the online catalog to further explore the holdings across the UF library system at http://uf.catalog.fcla.edu/uf.jsp?To=1 .
Additional information on the UF Latin American & Caribbean Collections is available at http://www.uflib.ufl.edu/lac. You can also e-mail Paul Losch (plosch@uflib.ufl.edu), Head Librarian of the Latin American and Caribbean Collection, for further information.
Application Procedure
All applications must be filed electronically. To apply for a Library Travel Grant, send a letter of intent, brief library research proposal, travel budget, and CV to:
Maira Gutierrez
Program Coordinator, Center for Latin American Studies
E-mail: mgutierrezra@latam.ufl.edu
Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents teaching as a faculty member at a US college or university.
Application Deadline: February 17, 2017. All travel must be completed by July 30, 2017.