Join Us for a Conversation with María Martínez-Cañas and J. Tomás López


“La Quinta Columna Te Espía” in Quince Sellos Cubanos.

University of Miami Cuban Heritage Collection will present a conversation with María Martínez-Cañas, artist of Quince Sellos Cubanos, and J. Tomás López, professor of Art and Art History, at the Roberto C. Goizueta Pavilion on Thursday, November 19, 2015, at 6:30 p.m.

Martínez-Cañas reimagined iconic images from the Cuban stamp collection she’s had since childhood. A limited-edition series of her renowned portfolio, Quince Sellos Cubanos, is now on view at Richter Library. The exhibition features 15 gelatin silver prints alongside the original Cuban stamps that inspired her work.

Martínez-Cañas will discuss her work with Professor López, who is also head of the Electronic Media and Photography area at UM. As a photographer, Professor López’s prints are part of several major collections, including those of the Smithsonian Institution, the National Gallery of American Arts, and the International Museum of Photography.

Please join us for a reception and conversation with María Martínez-Cañas and J. Tomás López on her work and exploration of history, memory, and identity.

The exhibition will run through December 2015.

This event is free and open to the public.

RSVP to Ivett Uria at 305-284-4026 or

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Now Available at UM: Mendeley Institutional Edition

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A highly acclaimed reference management application that allows researchers to organize documents, collaborate with others online, and discover the latest research trends and statistics is now available to all UM students, faculty, and staff. The University of Miami recently subscribed to Mendeley Institutional Edition, an institutional version of Mendeley with premium user features and additional institutional support.

To celebrate the purchase of this new product, UM and Elsevier, Mendeley’s parent company, are presenting a training session for UM researchers and all students or employees that would like to learn more about using the Mendeley Institutional Edition and how it can support their research.

Tuesday, September 22
3:30 – 5 p.m.
Information Literacy Lab, Richter Library, 3rd floor

An Amazon Kindle Fire HD will be raffled off at the end of the training session.

Mendeley is cross-platform and supported by all major browsers. With more than three million users, the program is know for

  • driving researcher productivity by helping users manage, read, share, annotate and cite papers and projects.
  • enabling collaboration and knowledge sharing by hosting a network for users to connect with like-minded researchers and discover research trends and statistics.
  • providing a crowdsourced database with a unique layer of social research information and Open API, leading to additional insights, and is useful for app-building.


You can now join the official UM Mendeley group on the Mendeley website and gain the benefits of our institutional membership.

Learn more about Mendeley by attending the training session. Register now by contacting William Jacobs at

Spring Workshop: Music Research Tips

Want to improve your research papers and have greater success in your classes? Join us for the “Music Research Tips” Workshop, held in the Richter Library Information Literacy Lab, (3rd Fl, Rm 344) on Tuesday, February 3rd and Thursday, February 5th.

We’ll cover finding and using background information, articles, dissertations, audio, and music scores.

To register for either of these sessions, please click a link below:

Tuesday, February 3rd, 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Thursday, February 5th, 4:00pm – 5:00pm

You may view the other sessions in the Spring Workshops 2015 series at

Repertorio Español Archive Open for Research

By Natalie Baur, CHC Archivist

Selections from the Repertorio Español records

Selections from the Repertorio Español records

The records of the Repertorio Español theater company in New York City held by the Cuban Heritage Collection have been processed, and a detailed finding aid for the collection is now available. Researchers can consult folder-level descriptions of the collection to access the rich history of the ground-breaking Latino theater company. Materials in the collection include administrative records, correspondence, clippings, slides and photographs, audiovisual materials, and ephemera documenting the company’s productions and relationships with emerging Latino theater writers, designers, and actors.

Production photo, "Café Con Leche," Repertorio Español.

Production photo, “Café Con Leche,” Repertorio Español records.

Repertorio Español was founded in 1968 by two Cuban-born theater artists, Producer Gilberto Zaldívar and Artistic Director René Buch, to introduce the best of Latin American, Spanish, and Hispanic-American theater to a broad audience in New York City and across the country. From its earliest days, Repertorio has maintained a dramatic ensemble, attracting many talented veterans and emerging Hispanic actors. Several of these artists are documented in the collection, including Ofelia González, the first actress to win an OBIE Award without having performed in English, and Pilar Rioja, a legend in Spanish dance. Pablo Zinger, Musical Director, initiated a musical ensemble that presented zarzuela, operas, and musical anthologies; and Jorge Alí Triana, of Colombia’s Teatro Popular de Bogotá, began an association with Repertorio and since then has adapted and directed some of the company’s most epic works.

Today, the company continues its tradition of promoting the appreciation of bilingual Latino theater and supporting emerging artists through innovative programming and community engagement.

Flori-zines! Zines from Florida on Display in Special Collections

by Nathaniel Sandler, Book Detective for UM Libraries Special Collections

Flori-zines: Underground Voices from the Sunshine State is a show currently on view in Special Collections consisting of limited edition and unique zines from Florida. Curator Cristina Favretto coined the neologism “Flori-zines” for the Miami and Florida portion of the exhibit, which takes the viewer on a visual journey through the counterculture and fringe lifestyles not usually associated with the state. National and international zines, including some very rare early science fiction and punk zines from Special Collections are currently being showcased in a complimentary exhibit called  ?#@*$%! the Mainstream: the Art of DIY Self Expression at the Lowe Art Museum.

Zines are do-it-yourself publications, typically handmade and photocopied. They are counterculture passion projects, born from the desire to be heard, with the most famous trend coming out the punk rock scene of the 1970s.  They appeal to readers for their often highly niche topics and cover a wide range of subject matter ranging from music, literary, comix, science fiction, girl, queer issues, spirituality, and politics, amongst many others.

Yo Soy Miami, from Firefly Zine Collection

Florida, and particularly Miami, has a long history with zine culture and the University of Miami boasts an extensive and rare zine collection. One of the larger donations received was from the Firefly Collective in Miami.

According to Tara McLeigh, a founding member of the collective, The Firefly was a do-it-yourself art space and venue that had a massive zine lending library of over 1,000 items that opened in 2007. The collection was run by volunteers and represented an amalgamation of several defunct zine libraries. Many of the zines were duplicated for check out and at one point the collective had over 200 members. The Firefly has since closed, but upon donation of its collection to the University, McLeigh stated that it was “very important that the zine collection can exist and breathe once again and I cannot think of a better place for them at their new home.”

One of the more interesting items currently on display is a copy of Brazen Hussy, a Miami-based work created by Caroline Paquita. This particular zine was recently displayed in a show at HistoryMiami titled “Teen Miami”, about life as a teenager in South Florida. There are three issues of Brazen Hussy in special collections which are all part of the Erick Lyle papers. Lyle is a musician, writer, and zine editor with deep ties to South Florida.

The opening page of Brazen Hussy #8 features Paquita professing to her readers that upon completion of each issue she feels there is always more to say. To Paquita, this showcases the beauty of the zine as medium.

The exhibition is made possible in part by the Lynda and Michael Gordon Exhibition Program.
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Graduate Research Series 2013


Have a paper to write this semester? Looking to improve your research skills?

Increase the efficiency and the depth of your research by attending the UM Libraries’ Graduate Research Series, which starts September 16th.  Learn how to find and work with primary source materials.  Acquire the tools to keep your findings and citations easily organized.  These workshops will introduce you to the skills and resources that will save you time, effort, and improve your academic experience.  Space is limited and registration is required.  To learn more and sign up, click here.

February 28, 2013: Introduction to Publishing Your Research

Learn how to judge journals as potential venues, the benefits of open access and how the library can help.

This informative session will reveal a variety of ways to improve your research’s visibility. Topics covered include the underutilized tools for finding potential venues, the intricacies of impact factors and related metrics, and discuss benefits and opportunities of open access environments.

Click here to register for workshop:

Richter Library Workshop: EndNote

Learn how to manage your research and create bibliographies using EndNote with this workshop at the Otto G. Richter Library. EndNote is a popular citation management software that allows researchers to store, organize, and retrieve citations. This workshop will guide participants through the basics of EndNote.

This event is open to the UM Community- faculty, students, and staff. More information available here.