Marisol Ramos

Librarian & Curator

Hartford, Connecticut Area

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Marisol Ramos's Overview

  • Digital Reference Library at OCLC QuestionPoint
  • Librarian at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
  • Consultant (Archives and Libraries) at Palantech
  • Chicano Studies Research Center-Archivist at UCLA
  • Reference Intern at the Chicano Studies Research Center Library at UCLA
  • University of Puerto Rico--Rio Piedras Campus

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Marisol Ramos' Summary

Currently, a doctoral student in Spanish Studies at University of Connecticut.

More than ten years experience in libraries and archives environment. Specialize in collection development in Latin American, Caribbean and Latinos in the US materials. Library instruction, bibliographic research and analysis.

Curator for Latina/o, Latin American and Caribbean archival collections. Focus on Cultural Property, Cultural Heritage and archives

Consultant: Automating small libraries with small budgets. Establishing new library and/or archival programs for non-profit institutions.

Specialties: Subject expertise on Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Anthropology and Ethnohistory, Archival Sciences, Web 2.0 tools in libraries & archives, Digital Humanities. Cultural property and Cultural Heritage issues in Libraries and Archives

Marisol Ramos' Experience

Librarian & Curator

University of Connecticut

Educational Institution; 1001-5000 employees; Higher Education industry

May 2007Present (7 years 5 months) Storrs, CT

Rank: Librarian III. Job Titles: Librarian and Curator.

Librarian: Serve as the liaison for El Instituto: Institute of Latina/o, Caribbean & Latin American Studies, Spanish and Anthropology. Acquire Latino, Latin American & Caribbean studies, and Anthropology print and non-print materials in English. To establish approval plans and deposit accounts to obtain Latin American & Caribbean print and non-print materials in Spanish. Offer reference and research consultation services for faculty and students. Offer library instruction sessions and digital reference. Serve as UConn Libraries’ representative for the following consortiums: LANE, and CRL’s LARRP and LAMP.

Curator: At the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, curate the Latino/a, Latin America and Caribbean Collections and related collection such as rare books and newspapers from Spain and Chile. Collection development, donor relations and acquisition of collections in assigned collecting areas. Oversee cataloguing and digitization projects. Create exhibits. Grant writing. Offer archival reference services.

Digital Reference Library

OCLC QuestionPoint

March 2009March 2010 (1 year 1 month)

Offered digital reference services to online library users (both in English and Spanish) as a Back-up librarian. Used reference interview protocols to answer questions or to refer questions to appropriate reference librarians.


Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

September 2004April 2007 (2 years 8 months)

Collection development/management, reference services, information literacy sessions, conduct workshops on Internet Searching and Proper Citation. Conduct research for aquarium staff. Manage library budget, vendor liaison, develop policies, design library exhibitions, and supervise library personnel, interns and volunteers. Areas of collection management: Marine Biology and Related Sciences (Oceanography, Marine Zoology, and Aquaculture), Environmental Issues, Marine Technology, Local History (San Pedro and Los Angeles).

Consultant (Archives and Libraries)


October 2003January 2007 (3 years 4 months)

Create websites for events. Do talks about university archives and conservation issues. Offer workshop on creating archival programs for organization with low and non-budget.

Chicano Studies Research Center-Archivist


Educational Institution; 10,001+ employees; Higher Education industry

January 2003October 2003 (10 months)

Archivist: Acquired, appraised, arranged, processed, described, and applied basic preservation measures, created EAD-ready finding aids and inventories of archival holdings. Provided digital reference to the UCLA community, wrote grant proposals, produced policies, conducted workshops, designed exhibitions, supervised library personnel and interns, provided archival reference services. Developed and maintained the archival program’s website.

Reference Intern at the Chicano Studies Research Center Library


Educational Institution; 10,001+ employees; Higher Education industry

September 2002December 2002 (4 months)

Reference intern: Answered questions regarding the library holdings and reserves and offered bibliographic instruction as needed.

Marisol Ramos' Languages

  • Spanish

    (Native or bilingual proficiency)
  • Portuguese

    (Limited working proficiency)

Marisol Ramos' Skills & Expertise

  1. Archives
  2. Libraries
  3. Web 2.0
  4. Anthropology
  5. Special Collections
  6. Digitization
  7. Reference Services
  8. Library Science
  9. Collection Development
  10. Academic Libraries
  11. Information Literacy
  12. Library Instruction
  13. Social Networking
  14. Cultural Heritage
  15. Research
  16. Virtual Reference
  17. Social Sciences
  18. Archival
  19. Library
  20. Grant Writing
  21. Archival Research
  22. Digital Libraries
  23. Online Research
  24. Books
  25. Library Research
  26. History
  27. Library Management
  28. Museum Collections
  29. Blogging
  30. Archival Processing
  31. Archival Preservation
  32. Library Reference
  33. Digital Preservation
  34. Electronic Resources

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Marisol Ramos' Publications

  • "Identity and Inclusion: Challenges of Documenting One’s Own Community", in Through the Archival Looking Glass: A Reader on Diversity and Inclusion (2014)

    • Society of American Archivists
    • May 1, 2014

    Compilation volume on diversity and inclusion in the archives. Edited by Mary Caldera and Kathi Neal. Publisher: Society of American Archivists.

  • “Proactive Mentoring: Attracting Hispanic/Latino Students into Information Studies in Pathways to Progress: Issues and Advances in Latino Librarianship

    • Libraries Unlimited
    • November 1, 2011

    Supplying contributions from Latino librarian practitioners across the nation, this anthology provides broad coverage of the subject of Latino/Spanish speaking library service in the United States.

    The article "Proactive Mentoring" addressed the causes of why few Hispanic students apply for Library and Information Sciences programs and offers solutions on how to address this problem

  • “Access to Cultural Property and Heritage: Ethical and Moral Considerations in Archives"

    • Revista Arhivelor. Archives Review. LXXXVI (2009), 2: 9-16
    • 2009
    Authors: Marisol Ramos

    What is the moral and ethical considerations that U.S. Archives should consider to give access to cultural heritage collections or cultural property found in their repositories? This article address these issues and offer some suggestions on how to give access using as an example the author's experience at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center's Archives & Special Collections.

  • Historical Puerto Rican Court Documents

    • Center for Research Libraries
    • September 2012
    Authors: Marisol Ramos, Michael J. Bennett, Judy Alspach

    Focus on Global Resources, Vol. 32, Num. 1. 2012.

  • Building a Successful Archival Program: A Practical Approach

    • Chandos Publishing
    • April 4, 2006

    This book provides information on best practices and solutions in order to successfully establish an archival programme; it uses a practical approach, without the use of technical or theoretical jargon. This book serves as a companion text in a theoretical archival course. The book provides easy-to-follow advice on how to assess the information needs of any institution and the greater community for which the archives were created to serve. The book also sets achievable goals for starting an archives programme in an environment where a small budget or even a 'no budget' can threaten the future of the archives.

  • Entering Grey Waters: Challenges and Solutions of Providing Access to Non-traditional literature in an Aquarium’s library

    • The Grey Journal
    • 2006
    Authors: Marisol Ramos, Steve Vogel

    This paper discusses the challenges of collecting and preserving grey literature and ephemera in the marine science knowledge-domain, and the design, execution and expected outcome of this Virginia Reid Moore Marine Research Library's initiative.

Marisol Ramos' Education

University of Connecticut

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Spanish and Iberian Studies

20122017 (expected)

Activities and Societies: Languages Graduate Student Association

University of California, Los Angeles

MLIS, Libray and Information Science, Archival Science


Acquired MLIS with a concentration in Archival Sciences

Activities and Societies: Member of the Society of American Archivists (SAA)-Student Chapter, 1999-2001, President, SAA student chapter 2000-2001, Member of the Society of California Archivists (SCA), Co-chair of the Outreach and Publicity Committee at SCA

State University of New York at Albany

M.A., Latin American and Caribbean Studies


Acquired a MA in Latin American and Caribbean Studies

University of Puerto Rico--Rio Piedras Campus

B.A., Anthropology


Acquired an BA in Anthropology

Marisol Ramos' Additional Information


Digital Reference, Diversity and Minority issues in libraries and archives, social networking (blogs, Web Chat, Facebook, Second Life) and its interaction with libraries

Groups and Associations:

ALA, American Library Association SAA, Society of American Archivists SALALM, Seminar on the Acquisition of Latin American Library Materials

Honors and Awards:

B.A. Anthropology, Magna Cum Laude, Univ. of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras campus

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