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A Digital Upgrade By Victoria Muñoz, PhD Candidate, English ¿Qué Pasa, Ohio State? has been documenting and publishing the stories of Latino scholars, faculty and staff in Ohio since 1994. Starting this year, past and future publications of ¿Qué Pasa, Ohio State? will be made electronically available through the University Libraries’ institutional repository, the Knowledge Bank, a service that collects, preserves, and distributes the intellectual output of The Ohio State University. In this article, we explore the story of Area Studies librarian, Pamela Espinosa de los Monteros, her journey to OSU, and her connection to the ¿Qué Pasa, Ohio State? digitization project.
on campus. The digital version of ¿Qué Pasa, Ohio State? will also be of interest to researchers interested in chroni cling the work of Hispanics/Latinos working in the realms of academia, politics, the arts, and community in the Midwest. A key feature of the digitization project will be the ability for collections in the Knowledge bank to be indexed and discoverable via the internet. The digitization project of ¿Qué Pasa, Ohio State? was made possible by the Department of Preservation and Reformatting, Copyright Resource Center, Area Studies and Department of Digital Content Services.
Currently in her second year, Visiting Assistant Professor Pamela Espinosa de los Monteros serves as Mary P. Key Resident Librarian with the University Libraries. Since 1989, the OSU library resident program has recruited and hired faculty librarians from underrepresented groups to promote diversity in academic librarianship Currently only 6% of librarians self-identify as Latino. As part of her residency, Pamela has collaborated with the Libraries’ Department of Preservation and Reformatting. The goal of this department is reformat and create digital objects that can be preserved and made accessible to the campus and wider audiences.
Next semester Pamela will also be joint teaching the Area Studies Librarians an International Studies course, “Under standing the Global Information Society.” The course explores equity in global information resources. As Pamela explains, “here in the U.S., we tend to think that advances in tech nology have made information access equitable in all parts of the world, but that’s not true.” Designed by the former Japanese Area Studies librarian, the course will explore how information is developed and shared on a global scale.
Digitization efforts of ¿Qué Pasa, Ohio State? are already underway at Ohio State, with the goal of allowing the univer sity to maintain a chronicle history of its evolution and living record of the University’s commitment to fostering diversity
With her tenure at OSU just barely in its second year, Pamela has made significant strides to promote the university’s attentiveness to diverse populations as well as to address global problems pertaining to access. Clearly, however, she is just getting started.