Edgardo Civallero

Library, Archives & Museum Coordinator

Edgardo Civallero has a degree in Library and Information Sciences from the University of Córdoba (Argentina). With previous training in Marine Sciences and Biology, he has specialized in knowledge classification, digital humanities, oral tradition, library services for indigenous peoples, and the recovery of endangered sounds (languages and music). He has also investigated sustainability, degrowth, open access and decolonization, and their relation to information in a Knowledge Society.

Halfway between Spain and Argentina, from where he comes, Edgardo has worked as an independent consultant in data management, digital curation, ontology design and e-research. In his two decades of career he has been a professor, an academic researcher, a lecturer and a writer, besides a librarian in several categories of information units. In his free time, he plays music or posts in his blog.

Articles

The hands of the artist

There are stories that are not written. And yet they are there. It happens frequently with illustrations. Memories are hidden under the undecided strokes of a pencil. Behind the soft layers of...

Glances from the other side of time

Libraries, archives and museums are institutions that manage knowledge and memory. In recent times, with information becoming the engine of a new socio-political paradigm and a consumer good that...

Story of a death in a duel with pistols

It is well known that the Galapagos Islands are worthy of some dark pages – one could even say macabre – in the Great Book of History: The deeds of Briones (the "Pirate of the Guayas"), the uprising...

Little wings falling like flakes

In the CDF Archive, it is not unusual to open a box or lift a folder and witness a small (or large) amount of dust falls: the disintegration of a tiny dune that had settled over the years among...

Palimpsests

Academic texts on history of the book say that during the Middle Ages, when Europe wrote on parchment and when paper was still nothing more than an exotic resource in the hands of the Arabs, those...

The librarian's footprints

It happened about three years ago. In a corner of the desk I occupy in the library of the Charles Darwin Research Station, I found an old card. "Gayle Davis Merlen. Head of Publications and...

With a little sea lion on the lap (II). The threads that weave stories

Almost two years ago, in the third installment of this series of letters (https://www.darwinfoundation.org/en/blog-en/letters-from-the-library/540-with-a-little-sea-lion-on-the-lap), I wrote that...

Hunting the wild bull

Not everything we store in our archives and libraries displays trustworthy information or documents an event reliably. There is, in our knowledge and memory repositories, a lot of information that...

A chest full of treasures

—We found a huge trunk under the stairs. Nobody remembers who put it there. It looks like it has videotapes in it. Shall we bring it to you? It seems that one of the roles of the coordinator of an...

A story in a picture

I remove the slide from the plastic sheet, which stores other nineteen, all in consecutive order. I take a look at the small notes crowded on the edges of the plastic (cardboard, glass, metal) or...

In Kichwa. In Inuktikut

One goes over the spines of the documents that make up the collection of the CDF Library and comes across a small linguistic kaleidoscope. In addition to English and Spanish, the stronger languages,...

Everything is hidden in memory

The man, already aged but with a vitality that many twenty-somethings would want for themselves, walked with us the bunch of yards from the CDF library until the entrance to the "Playa de la...

A green heart

Sometimes I find it difficult to understand what I read. I try to find fragments of my old knowledge of palaeography in the back of my memory, but to no use: Some of the handwritings that cover...

Darwin at the Tower of Babel

The figure of Charles Darwin —Darwin the scientist, scholar, believer, citizen— has attracted the attention of specialists and laymen alike for more than a century. Not in vain his ideas...

Fragments of Galapagos' past

Pieces of chinaware, glass bottles, pottery jugs... Those and other artifacts make up the Colección Maruri, an archaeological collection currently housed at the Library & Archive of the Charles...

Georgina's diary

The notebook was wrapped in a light blue cardboard, neatly folded for protection. There, inside that sort of box, it had been invisible for years. No one seemed to have requested it for consultation...

With a little sea lion on the lap

The CDF Archive has an audiovisual section that, while not extensive, is rich in content. It is a collection that includes hundreds of photographs, slides from all eras (with glass, metal, plastic...

Travelling libraries: bringing knowledge to the Galapagos Community

Libraries are one of the pillars of education and professional development. They are essential for creating literate, well-informed, and empowered communities by providing relevant, updated...

In the bathroom

The history of bathroom reading is a history still to be written. I speak of "history" because I assume from that glorious moment in the past when humans invented the toilet or some similar device...

A love postcard

It was a postcard; it appeared inside one of several boxes of old papers that someone decided to discard at the CDF. Therefore, they came to my hands first to check if there was something useful or...

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