Who Does What and How to Reach Them

All LAL staff may be reached via the main phone number: 504-865-5681 or at the general email address:

Hortensia Calvo
Doris Stone Director and Bibliographer
Hortensia Calvo has been the Doris Stone Director of the Latin American Library since 2003.  She holds a Licenciatura in Philosophy from the Universidad de Los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia, an MA in Spanish and Spanish American literature from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a PhD in Spanish from Yale University.  Her research interests include the Spanish and Spanish American literary Baroque, and the social history of books and print culture in Latin America.  Before coming to Tulane she taught literature at Princeton University and served as Librarian for Latin America and Iberia at Duke, where she also taught in the Romance Studies Department.  As director, she oversees all administrative functions, collection policies, programs and services of the Latin American Library.  She is also the bibliographer for Latin America, as well as for Spanish literature, and provides specialized reference on the collections.

María Dolores Espinosa
Coordinator of Serials and Gifts
María Dolores Espinosa joined the staff of the Latin American Library in March 2005.  She received her licenciatura in Sociology from the Universidad Centroamericana in Managua, Nicaragua.  She participated in research projects on education among peasant children and the influence of mass media on behavioral patterns among urban adults.  In 1979 she worked for U.N.I.C.E.F. conducting research to determine educational levels of Nicaraguan children during the International Year of the Child.  She has also volunteered with the Hispanic Apostolate and the Hispanic Youth Ministry working on adult literacy and, for several years, was a Member of the Board of the Nicaraguan Relief Fund, a non-profit organization. María Dolores is responsible for receiving and organizing LAL print serials, and can answer any questions regarding location and holdings of LAL journals and subscriptions.


Christine Hernandez
Curator of Special Collections
Christine Hernández joined the staff of the Latin American Library in April 2012.  She received her A.B. in Spanish and Anthropology from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, where she was Phi Beta Kappa, and earned her MA and Ph.D. in Anthropology from Tulane University in 2000.  She has published widely on the archaeology of Mesoamerica, specializing in the prehistory of Michoacán and the El Bajío regions of north-central Mexico, and the pre-Columbian painted Maya and highland Mexican codices.   As Curator of Special Collections, Chris is responsible for the organization, cataloging, preservation, and access to the LAL’s rare books, manuscripts, photograph, and ephemeral materials.  She also coordinates digitization projects and assists with collection development, reference duties, and long-term planning for preservation and access of the collections.

Julia Lanaux
Administrative and Bibliographic Assistant
Julia Lanaux is our newest staff member at the Latin American Library, having joined in September 2014. Julia received her BA in English/Film and Digital Media from Loyola University-New Orleans in May 2014, where she also studied Spanish for two years. From 2008 to 2010 she worked part-time for the Fairhope Public Library in Alabama as a Circulation Assistant, where she was responsible for sorting and re-shelving all returned books and media, assisting patrons to locate material, and keeping the library stacks organized. This past summer, she also worked as an Administrative Assistant for an attorney in New Orleans. At the LAL, Julia’s main responsibilities include data entry in Archon and other databases, handling reproduction requests, assisting LAL bibliographers with collection development, and providing office support. Julia will also assist Chris Hernández, our Curator of Special Collections, in servicing the LAL special collections at the offsite facility.

Jade Kara Mishler
Research & Instruction Librarian
Jade Mishler, our Research & Instruction Librarian, holds a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts from Eugene Lang College and a MS in Library and Information Science from Simmons College. She has extensive work experience in Spanish speaking countries, including Argentina and Spain. While studying at Simmons, Jade designed and participated in an internship at the Central Library, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), in Mexico City. Before joining us at the Latin American Library, Jade was the Library Coordinator at the Centro de Investigaciones Regionales de Mesoamérica (CIRMA) in Antigua, Guatemala. While in Guatemala she collaborated on community-oriented library projects with the Riecken Foundation and began her service as an indexer at Hispanic American Periodicals Index (HAPI). At the LAL, Jade’s main duties include providing research services and classroom instruction. She will also have collection development duties for Brazil and other countries.

Verónica Sánchez
Library Unit Coordinator/Budget and Stacks Manager
Verónica Sánchez joined the Latin American Library staff in February of 2004.  Verónica received her Licenciatura in Sociology from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), where she served for ten years as Academic Research Technician at the UNAM’s Instituto de Investigaciones Sociales conducting social surveys, compiling social statistics and subject bibliographies, and analyzing archival and documentary sources.  From 1994 to 2000 she served as Librarian in the Rare Book Collection of the Francisco Xavier Clavigero Library at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City, where she provided bibliographic instruction to faculty and students, provided specialized reference in the Humanities and Social Sciences, and organized the Manuel González Presidential Archives.  She conducted graduate studies in History at the Universidad Iberoamericana. Verónica is the LAL stacks manager, reshelving/carrel supervisor and office manager who coordinates the day-to-day operations of the front office.  Verónica is also the person to contact regarding missing books.


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