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Vargas Betancourt, Margarita, Jessica L. English, Melissa Jerome, and Angelibel Soto. “Contesting Colonial Library Practices of Accessibility and Representation,” in Archives and Special Collections as Sites of Contestation. Edited by Mary Kandiuk. Sacramento CA: Library Juice Press, 2020. Online: https://ufdc.ufl.edu/IR00011168/00001
The purpose of this chapter is to discuss how Library and Information Science (LIS) specialists at the University of Florida (UF) navigate the challenges of the colonialist and hegemonic nature of archives and the aspiration of special collections to be sites of contestation. We describe the development of UF’s Latin American and Caribbean Collection and the Digital Library of the Caribbean. We also analyze three cases to illustrate the initial steps taken in the creation of bilingual points of access to Latin American collections.