The blog. Bibliotecario. By Edgardo Civallero

Librarian - The blog


About the blog | Last posts (in English) | About the author | Contact | Copyright | Digital books | Publications | 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 posts are mainly written in Spanish, a number of contents in English are also shared. All of them are listed below, and may be used according to the copyright guidelines.


Last published (in English)

Critical notes 04-06 [see].
Critical notes 01-03 [see].


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). I have specialized in library services for indigenous peoples and minority groups, oral tradition, endangered sounds (languages and music), and knowledge classification. 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.

I am a professor, lecturer and writer, and I currently work as an independent librarian and information consultant. I am also a member of the Standing Commitee of IFLA's Indigenous Matters Section (since 2017); a corresponding member of the Standing Commitee of IFLA's Subject Analysis and Access Section (since 2017); a member of the coordinating committee of the Progressive Librarians Guild (since 2016); the editor of the UDC (Universal Decimal Classification) Summary in Spanish and Galician (since 2012); a member of CLACSO's working groups "Educación e interculturalidad" and "Ecosistema y sociedad" (since 2017); a member of the editorial team of Fuentes del Congreso (Bolivia), Progressive Librarian (USA) and Journal of Radical Librarianship (UK), and a collaborator with IFLA Journal and the Open Library of Humanities (since 2016); and a columnist in Fuentes del Congreso (Bolivia), Boletín de ABGRA (Argentina), El Quinto Poder (Chile) and the Observatorio Iberoamericano del libro, la lectura y las bibliotecas of CERLALC (Colombia)(since 2017).

Previously I've worked as librarian, reference specialist in biological sciences and medicine, classifier and cataloger, and designer of databases and digital libraries in all kind of libraries (since 1999). I've been the director of projects "Indigenous Libraries" (2001-2006) and "Rural Books" (2002-2006) in Argentina; the editor for Argentina of E-LIS (2004-2006); member of the editorial boards of Biblios (2006) and Information for Social Change (2007-2009); member of the Standing Committee of IFLA's Library Services to Multicultural Populations Section (2005-2008); professor in PROPALE (Program for the promotion of writing and reading, National University of Cordoba, Argentina, 2005-2007); and a consulting member of the Revision Advisory Committee (2004-2010) and Associate Editor/Assistant Editor of the Editorial Team (2010-2012) of the Universal Decimal Classification Consortium.

Beyond the world of books, I've worked as an editor and graphic designer (since 1988), I've studied Oceanography and Biology and, in my spare time, I compose and perform music, I write fiction, I takes photographs and I keep a network of blogs.

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



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.


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, public libraries, critical and progressive librarianship, weblogs and libraries, Open Access, classification languages, essay and opinion, and other subjects.


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.


Otras entradas

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

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