UNC University Libraries and the Carolina Latinx Center are collaborating on a new AfroLatinx Authors & Stories book collection.
From poetry to nonfiction and everything in between, this collection offers a range of AfroLatinx stories from a variety of authors and genres.
Marcela Torres-Cervantes, assistant director of the CLC, said the collection brings more inclusion and diversity to University Libraries. This collaboration provides a long list of new Latinx narratives, specifically focusing on the experiences of AfroLatinx peoples, Torres-Cervantes said.
She said the project is incredibly important to the representation of AfroLatinx stories and narratives that can sometimes go unseen.
“It's really important that our stories are being told by us so that there can be that level of ownership and storytelling,” Torres-Cervantes said. “Oftentimes, we only know the stories that we have been told firsthand, whether that is with the people of Latinx identities, or people that are just learning about it as allies.”
The books are available for students and faculty to access on an online system called OverDrive.
University Libraries previously worked with the CLC for a collection of audiobooks and ebooks on OverDrive to celebrate Latinx Heritage Month.
“We were pleased to partner again with the Carolina Latinx Center to create this AfroLatinx list for Black History Month," Melissa Salvanish, acquisitions and serials coordinator at the House Undergraduate Library, said in an email. "It incorporates titles from our existing OverDrive collection of ebooks and audiobooks, as well as 15 additional newly purchased titles."
Salvanish said that OverDrive allows the libraries to quickly add timely and topical digital books for campus community members. The libraries are open to requests for collaborations with different campus centers and organizations, she said.