Fernando Acosta-Rodríguez has been the Librarian for Latin American, Iberian and Latino Studies at Princeton University Library since 2003. In addition to being responsible for the development of Princeton’s world class library collections from Latin America, Portugal and Spain, he oversees all collections and resources related to Latino Studies in Firestone Library. A fundamental part of that responsibility is to assist Princeton’s students and faculty in the discovery and use of its vast library resources. As such, Fernando welcomes all students in the Latino Studies Program to or meet with him in person in Firestone. He also invites all program affiliates to start exploring the Library’s vast resources through the online Latino Studies research guide that he created.
Fernando came to Princeton from The New York Public Library where he served as its Latin American Bibliographer starting in 1997. He earned both his M.L.I.S. and his M.S. in Politics at the University of Texas at Austin. In 2009–2010, he served as President of the Seminar on the Acquisition of Latin American Library Materials (SALALM), the international professional organization that groups librarians, book vendors, and other information professionals specializing in that part of the world. He was the editor of the Papers of the 55th Annual Meeting of SALALM, a volume published in 2012 titled The Future of Latin American Library Collections and Research: contributing and adapting to new trends in research libraries.