For immediate release | January 26, 2016

Figueroa named 2016 ACRL WESS-SEES De Gruyter Grant winner

CHICAGO – Patricia Figueroa, curator of the Iberian and Latin American Collection at Brown University, has been selected to receive the 2016 Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Western European Studies Section (WESS) / Slavic and East European Section (SEES) De Gruyter European Librarianship Study Grant for her project, “Voices from La Movida: Indexing Spain’s Underground Magazines from the Transition Period.”

Sponsored by the Walter de Gruyter Foundation for Scholarship and Research, the grant provides €2,500 to support a trip to Europe. The primary criterion for awarding the grant is the significance and utility of the proposed project as a contribution to the study of the acquisition, organization or use of library resources from or relating to Europe.

Figueroa will receive the award check during the 2016 ALA Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida.

Figueroa’s project will focus on magazines from the Spanish Transition Period known as La Movida, a countercultural movement that emerged soon after the death of Francisco Franco that spans from 1976 through 1989 in order to create a comprehensive index of the magazines with pertinent metadata. This research will result in an open access database where researchers will be able to find citations and metadata for articles, comic strips, and review published in five different Spanish magazines from this period.

“Among the proposals, the committee thought this project best fulfilled the selection criteria, was particularly well-conceived, and would result in a useful resource for librarians and scholars working on the La Movida cultural movement,” said award Chair Sarah Sussman of Stanford University.

Figueroa received her master’s degree in Library Science from Simmons College, master’s degree in International Relations from Boston University and bachelor of fine arts degree from the Rhode Island School of Design.

For more information regarding the ACRL WESS-SEES De Gruyter European Librarianship Study Grant, or a complete list of past recipients, please visit the awards section of the ACRL website.


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