2016 Election Nominations

SAA LACCHA Jr. Co-Chair nominee Ana D. Rodriguez

Ana D. Rodriguez has been involved with learning environments such as art collections, museums, and libraries for the past seventeen years. These combined experiences have allowed her to acquire a knowledge base in the areas of art documentation, exhibits preparation, description of archival visual materials, and various aspects of special collections librarianship. Ana’s journey in archives started in Puerto Rico where she worked as assistant registrar at the Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña (ICP), a government agency responsible for disseminating and preserving the cultural heritage of the island. In late 2003, she relocated to Miami, Florida, where she then worked as registrar of collections and archives for the Jewish Museum of Florida. During the summer of 2006, she was hired to work as a newsroom archivist at The Miami Herald’s Newsroom Library. Her tenure at the Herald provided her with a progressive outlook of the librarianship profession, which definitely factored into her decision to pursue a MLS. In late 2008, she obtained a position at the University of Miami Libraries. She worked for almost five years as a metadata assistant for the Cuban Heritage Collection (CHC) creating records of digitized versions of rare materials such as photographs, books, and periodicals. Ana possesses a diverse academic background that includes a BA in Theory of Art from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez (1996); an MLIS from the Florida State University (2010); and an archives certificate from the Georgia Archives Institute (2012). She recently completed an MA in Art History, and a certificate in Latin American studies both from the University of Florida. Working to enhance the access and visibility of Latin American and Caribbean cultural materials, in and outside of mainland US, has been the nexus of Ana’s affiliation with LACCHA. This principle guided her to collaborate with LACCHA’s webinar series Desmantelando Fronteras/Breaking Down Borders, as a way to provide a forum to learn about the work of fellow Latin American archival professionals. It also motivated her to join the Itinerant Archivists group in their initial trip to Ecuador during the fall of 2015. The desire to increase the participation of unrepresented Latino communities within the mainland US represents another fundamental tenet of Ana’s vision for LACCHA.

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