Sudden Selector’s Guide to Romance Languages and Literatures—eEditions PDF e-book

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Mary Feeney, Volume Editor

What are current trends in the study of Romance languages and literatures? Which types of resources are relevant to the field? What are the professional networks for librarians of Romance languages and literatures? In this volume of the Sudden Selector’s Guide series, Deborah Raftus and Jeffrey Staiger share their experiences, from how they became librarians of Romance languages and literatures to “Insider’s Tips” that provide practical advice. Learn about acquisitions travel to purchase books and media in the Romance languages, including book fairs in Europe and South America. Discover key publishers, selection tools, and resources, from monographs and journals to graphic novels and films. For “sudden selectors” in the Romance languages and literatures, and for any librarians working in the discipline, this guide provides the tools and knowledge to help you be successful.


Chapter 1
The Study of Romance Languages and Literatures 
Chapter 2
When You Begin
Chapter 3
Selection and Collection Development 
Chapter 4
Professional Networks 
Chapter 5


Deborah Raftus

Deborah Raftus is the Librarian for French and Italian Studies, Spanish and Portuguese Studies, and Latin American and Caribbean Studies at the University of Washington in Seattle. She actively participates in ACRL’s European Studies Section, SALALM (the Seminar on the Acquisition of Latin American Library Materials), and CIFNAL, the Collaborative Initiative for French Language Collections. She also supervises MLIS graduate student workers and co-coordinates a comprehensive training program on reference and instruction services at UW Libraries. In 2016, Deb and her colleagues were awarded the ACRL-Washington Excellence Award for the program’s significant impact on Washington State academic librarianship.

Jeffrey Staiger

Jeffrey Staiger has worked in academic libraries since 2006, specializing in reference, instruction, and collection development. After serving as a reference and instruction librarian at Seton Hall University, he became the Librarian for Romance Languages at the University of Oregon, where he currently serves as the Librarian for English, French, Italian, Philosophy and Classics. He has served as Chair of the Western European Studies Section of the ACRL and is a member of the Modern Language Association.