A Few Stories from Cuban Library History, Told by a Protagonist

Marta Terry González

The distinguished Cuban librarian Marta Terry González is a UIUC George A. Miller Visiting Professor for Fall 2015. She will recount a few episodes of Cuban library history through a dialogue with Kate Williams, associate professor at GSLIS.

Marta Terry is past head of the JUCEPLAN library which supported Che Guevara and others in reorganizing the Cuban economy (1961-1967), the library of Casa de las Américas which facilitated Latin America’s literature, music and art explosions (1967-1987), and the José Martí National Library of Cuba (1987-1997). She was First Vice President of the International Federation of Library Associations for many years, and helped to establish the library studies unit at her alma mater, the University of Havana. Roots and Flowers: The Life and Work of Afro Cuban Librarian Marta Terry González, a new book by GSLIS faculty Abdul Alkalimat and Kate Williams, tells the story.

A Few Stories was presented on Friday, October 16th, 2015.

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