Cabecera. Bibliotecario. Por Edgardo Civallero

The blog. Bibliotecario. By Edgardo Civallero


Edgardo Civallero's blog on Library and Information Sciences


About the blog | Last notes, articles and conferences | Critical notes | Digital books
Publications | About the author | Events | Contact | Copyright | A little bit of history


About the blog

"Bibliotecario" (in Spanish, "Librarian") is a blog kept by Argentina-born, Spain-based librarian Edgardo Civallero to write about his work and professional interests regarding Library and Information Sciences.

Although the posts, notes, columns and articles shared here are mainly written in Spanish, a number of contents in English are also published. All of them are listed below, and may be used according to the copyright guidelines.


Last notes, articles and conferences


An observatory to collect it all. Information Today, 34 (9), November, pp. 1, 26-27.

Libraries, sustainability and degrowth. American Libraries Magazine, blog "The Scoop", August 4th, 2017.

Libraries as trenches. Resistance, militancy and politics. Partnership: The Canadian Journal of Library and Information Practice and Research, 11 (2) 1-4.

Libraries, sustainability and degrowth. Progressive Librarian, 45, Winter 2016-2017, pp. 20-45.

UDC and Indigenous Peoples. IFLA Metadata Newsletter, 2 (2) 37-39.



Libraries and degrowth. IFLA Satellite Meeting 2017. ENSULIB - Collaborative Strategies for Successful Green Libraries. Berlin, August 16-17. 2017.

The archive of the community's voices: Libraries and oral tradition in the digital era. IFLA Satellite Meeting 2017. Digital Humanities - Opportunities and Risks. Berlin, August 15-17, 2017.

Library services for indigenous societies in Latin America. World Library and Information Congress - 83rd IFLA General Conference and Council. Wroclaw, August 19-25, 2017.

Record my indigenous word: Or how special sound collections may break internal borders. World Library and Information Congress - 83rd IFLA General Conference and Council. Wroclaw, August 19-25, 2017.

Library services for indigenous societies in Latin America: Experiences and lessons. ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition. American Library Association (ALA), Chicago, USA, June 24, 2017.

Library services for indigenous societies in Latin America: A summary of two decades of experiences. Dangerous Librarians. Urban Librarians Conference, New York, USA, April 7, 2017.


Critical notes ✻

Critical notes (from #22 to #24).

Critical notes (from #19 to #21).

Critical notes (from #16 to #18).

Critical notes (from #13 to #15).

Critical notes (from #10 to #12).

Critical notes (from #07 to #09).

Critical notes (from #04 to #06).

Critical notes (from #01 to #03).


Digital books

The author offers a number of books (in Spanish) about library services for indigenous peoples.



A number of publications are offered in open access, organized under the following topics: oral tradition, indigenous and rural libraries, degrowth, public libraries, critical and progressive librarianship, weblogs and libraries, Open Access, classification languages, essay and opinion, and other subjects.


About the author

I have a degree in Library and Information Sciences from the National University of Cordoba (Argentina, 2004), where I also studied History (branch Anthropology and Archeology). A professor, lecturer and writer, I currently work as the director ("coordinator") of the library of the Charles Darwin Foundation's Research Station in the Galapagos Islands (Ecuador).

I have specialized in digital humanities, e-research, knowledge classification, and semantic web (ontologies, vocabularies, metadata, linked data). I have gained a considerable experience in library services for indigenous peoples and minority groups, and management of oral tradition and endangered sounds (languages and music). I am a researcher as well, on issues related to libraries and decolonization, libraries and degrowth/sustainability, critical/social/progressive librarianship, open access and non-European history of the book. Last, I have worked as a consultant in data management, digital asset management (DAM) and bioinformatics, and as a digital and content curator.

I am a member and the information coordinator of the Standing Commitee of IFLA's Indigenous Matters Section; a corresponding member of the Standing Commitee of IFLA's Subject Analysis and Access Section; the director of the project "Observatory of Libraries and Indigenous Peoples in Latin America"; the editor of the UDC (Universal Decimal Classification) Summary in Spanish and Galician; a member of CLACSO's working group "Educación e interculturalidad"; a member of the editorial team of Fuentes del Congreso (Bolivia) and Journal of Radical Librarianship (UK), and a collaborator with IFLA Journal and the Open Library of Humanities; and a columnist in Fuentes del Congreso (Bolivia) and El Quinto Poder (Chile).

In the past, I've worked as a librarian, a reference specialist in biological sciences and medicine, a classifier, a cataloger, and a designer of databases and digital collections in all kind of libraries. I've been the director of the projects "Indigenous Libraries" and "Rural Books" in Argentina; the E-LIS editor for Argentina; a member of the editorial boards of Progressive Librarian, Biblios and Information for Social Change; a columnist in the Boletín de ABGRA (Argentina) and the Observatorio Iberoamericano del libro, la lectura y las bibliotecas of CERLALC (Colombia); a member of the Standing Committee of IFLA's Library Services to Multicultural Populations Section; a professor in PROPALE (Program for the promotion of writing and reading, National University of Cordoba, Argentina); a consulting member of the Revision Advisory Committee and Associate Editor/Assistant Editor of the Editorial Team of the Universal Decimal Classification Consortium; and a member of the coordinating committee of the Progressive Librarians Guild.

Beyond the world of books, I've worked as an editor and graphic designer for 25 years. I've studied Oceanography and Biology. In my spare time, I play music, I write fiction, I take photographs and I keep some blogs.

A summary of my professional career can be consulted through LinkedIn, while my bibliographic production is in the open-access archive Acta Académica .



It is always nice to be asked to lecture, teach courses and participate in events. However, please note that I live in rural Spain, which is a bit far from everything, so I need to make arrangements in advance. And I will ask for payment and travel expenses. If that has not put you off, please use the contact details below.



Contact e-mail: edgardocivallero (at) gmail (dot) com.



Text contents published in this weblog are the intellectual property of the author, if not stated otherwise, and are distributed under a Creative Commons by-nc-nd 4.0 International license.

Images on display at the blog's header are photographies taken by the author in Sierra de Guadarrama (northern Madrid, Spain).

All other graphic contents are given a non-profit use; except in those cases where authorship can be undoubtely attributed, the footer of each post will exhibit only the URL from where the images were acquired. Graphic material will be permanently deleted from this weblog when required by the (properly identified) author.


A bit of history

"Bitácora de un bibliotecario" was launched on December 2, 2004 as one of the first Latin American/Spanish-speaking blogs on libraries and librarians. In its posts, the author –then just graduated from LIS School, with a few years of working experience and just starting to discover an awesome and conflictive academic world– wrote on his worries and discoveries, his hopes and disappointments, his struggles. Between 2005 and 2008 he kept a parallel English version, "The log of a librarian" and in 2007 Sara Plaza started co-authoring the blog. From 2009 onwards, posts were not frequent, and in 2014 the author decided to close the old "Bitácora..." and, with it, a period of his personal and professional life.

With the perspective given by the years and the trodden paths, and all what was learnt and saved in the backpack, the author opens in 2015 this new weblog, "Bibliotecario", in Spanish only ― a heir of the previous one which will continue many of its works, many of its ideas and all of its values.


Las entradas publicadas en este blog pueden accederse a través del índice de entradas. También pueden consultarse las tablas de entradas organizadas por título de serie y por palabras-clave.

Las entradas pertenecientes a la serie de notas Bibliotecas y biosfera pueden leerse aquí, junto a las de las series Apuntes bibliotecarios(antes Apuntes críticos) y Gotas de animación a la lectura.Asimismo pueden consultarse las distintas entradas de las columnas Palabras ancladas, Los muchos caminos, Palabras habitadas y Libros y lecturas indígenas.

Por último, las conferencias, los artículos académicos y otros trabajos similares pueden consultarse a través del listado completo de publicaciones, o bien revisando el archivo de Acta Académica (de acceso libre) o las plataformas, Issuu, Scribd y Calameo.