As one of the top five Latin American & Iberian research collections in the U. S., it was important to publicize and promote it to the UNM and international academic communities, as well as local organizations and libraries. The previously minimal attention drawn to our collections within the Albuquerque and state communities has begun to change. An excellent example of collaboration and publicity for our collections is the current exhibit in the National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC) 'Latin American Posters: public aesthetics and mass politics'. The material for this exhibit came primarily from the University Libraries' extensive holdings of the Sam L. Slick Collection of Latin American and Iberian Posters and was curated by members of the University Libraries,UNM Art History and NHCC staff.DILARES integrates reference, research and instructional services with local, New Mexican and international communities in order to enhance Latin American and Iberian studies. The DILARES collections and services reinforce one of the nation's largest and most distinguished Latin American studies programs (Latin American & Iberian Institute) and interface with many campus institutes and centers.DILARES is designed to support research and teaching at the University of New Mexico by serving as a gateway for library resources and services about Latin America and Iberia. It also supports outreach to the local, state and international communities. DILARES fulfills this mission by: Providing quality research and information services Promoting information literacy Building a research collection in Latin American and Iberian Studies Delivering an engaging and comprehensive outreach program that engages through events and speakers, joint projects with local & state cultural centers and international institutions, and developing in-house and traveling exhibits. DILARES has a strong record of collaboration with researchers and institutions from all Latin American and Iberian countries, including the UNM-based Ibero-American Science & Technology Education Consortium: ISTEC, and its Library Linkages Program. ISTEC provides scientific materials and real-time information services through a unique network of 44 participating institutions primarily from Latin America. Johann van Reenen, Asst. Dean of Public & Research Programs,(DILARES) travels to Latin America to provide technology training for information and computer science.
The Latin American & Iberian collections are available to the public and may be checked out with the appropriate UNM ID or community borrower's card, with the following exception: the Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections houses the parts of this collection that have special preservation & archival needs and may be paged for review on site only.