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Katharine Labuda
is a librarian and archivist who works at the Miami-Dade Public Library System in the Special Collections and Archives department, which is located in the main downtown branch. The department oversees the Helen Muir Florida Collection, 16mm Film Collection, Cuban Collection of Rare books & Ephemera, Genealogy Collections, the Vasari Project archive, and the Rare & Antiquarian Collection. Its collections include original manuscripts, photographs, prints, artifacts, audio visual resources and electronic media. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Florida Atlantic University, a Masters in Library and Information Sciences from Florida State University and in 2019 she attended the Georgia Archives Institute.


Bonnie Ciolino serves as the archivist for the South Florida Collections Management Center (SFCMC), located in Everglades National Park. The SFCMC manages the museum and archival collections for five of the National Park Service units in Florida, namely Biscayne, Dry Tortugas and Everglades National Parks, DeSoto National Memorial, and Big Cypress National Preserve. The archives are primarily comprised of government records created during the process of managing the park units, with a few smaller donated manuscript, scrapbook, diary, and photographic collections related to the parks. On of the most recently digitized and highly requested collections is the Records of the Everglades National Park Commission, or Ernest Coe Papers, which documents the fight to establish Everglades National Park. Researchers frequently seek historic photographs associated with our parks, and find our partnership with the Open Parks Network www.openparksnetwork.org to be a useful tool to access photographic materials. Please visit our websites at www.nps.gov/southfloridacollections and www.nps.gov/sfcmc to learn more about our projects, collections, and how to contact our staff.

Verónica González is the Sound and Image Librarian at the Green Library at Florida International University. Ms. González holds a Bachelor of Science in Library Science from the Metropolitan University in Santiago de Chile and a Master of Arts in Library and Information Science from the University of South Florida. In 2006, she was honored with a Smithsonian scholarship to participate in a professional development program in Washington, D.C. This opportunity expanded her knowledge of the use of new technology and best practices related to digital audio and preservation. She is currently in charge of one of the most extensive publicly available collections of Cuban music in the United States, the Diaz-Ayala Cuban and Latin American Popular Music Collection (DAC), which she utilizes to support research and advance efforts in preservation, access, and digitization.

Jocelyn Hurtado is a native Miamian who worked as an Archivist at a community repository for four year. She is experienced in working with manuscript, art and artifact collections pertaining to a community of color whose history has often been overlooked. Ms. Hurtado, understands the responsibility and the significance of the work done by community archivists and has seen firsthand that this work not only affects the present-day community but that it will continue to have a deep-rooted impact on generations to come.

Ms. Hurtado also has experience promoting collections through exhibits, presentations, instructional sessions, and other outreach activities which includes the development and execution of an informative historical web-series video podcast.

Ms. Hurtado earned her Associate Degree in Anthropology from Miami-Dade College and a Bachelors of Arts in Anthropology from the University of Florida. She also completed the Georgia Archives Institute Program.

Francis Xavier Luca is a graduate of Colby College and The College of William & Mary, and completed his Ph.D. at Florida International University. He has been working for The Wolfsonian–FIU for the last thirty years and presently serves as the chief librarian of the rare books and special collections library. He regularly publishes a blog post for the museum library, has organized numerous library installations, and curated several exhibitions at the museum. He has been teaching undergraduate and graduate courses for FIU’s History Department for the last fifteen years.

Amanda Moreno is a graduate of the MA/MSLIS dual-degree program in Latin American and Caribbean Studies and Library and Information Science from New York University and Long Island University. During her graduate study, she was awarded an NYU MacCracken Fellowship, ALA Spectrum Scholarship and a fellowship from ARL’s Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce; she also participated in the Smithsonian’s Latino Museum Studies Program. In 2020, she was awarded a Rare Book School-Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship for Diversity, Inclusion & Cultural Heritage.

As the Archivist for the Cuban Heritage Collection (CHC), Amanda manages and processes historical collections related to Cuba and its diaspora, while also contributing to reference and instruction services for the department in addition to curatorial work for collection development and exhibitions. She has previously worked as an Archives Assistant at CHC and a Collection Development Assistant for Latin American materials at NYU's Bobst Library.

Rene Ramos is Director of the Miami Dade College Archives and the Lynn and Louis Wolfson II Florida Moving Image Archives (Wolfson Archives). He is a seasoned information technology professional with experience in archives management, new media development, and large-scale imaging and media digitization. Ramos has obtained multiple grants and donations to fund public programming and mass digitization projects for the Wolfson Archives and Miami Dade College Archives collections. He has developed and deployed business and marketing plans to transform the Archives’ holdings into public digital assets.

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