Isabel Espinal, Librarian for Afro American Studies


Reference Office, W.E.B. Du Bois Library




Office hours in New Africa House: Tuesdays 1:00-2:30 p.m., Room 323 (Spring 2013).

Reference Desk hours in Du Bois Library: Mondays 12:30-2:00 p.m. and  Wednesdays 9-11 a.m. (Spring 2013)

Also available by appointment.


Isabel Espinal is the librarian for Afro American Studies. She produces online library research guides: She is also available to meet with students and faculty about research projects and to conduct library research workshops for courses in Afro American Studies, including courses taught in other departments.


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Isabel got her Bachelor's in Latin American Studies from Princeton University, her library degree from the University of California Berkeley, and has a Masters in American Studies here at UMass. She is currently working on her dissertation for her PhD with a project that uses the participatory action research methodology to study Dominican women authors writing in the United States. Isabel has worked at the UMass Library since 1998, having previously worked in public libraries in New Haven, Stamford and Norwalk, Connecticut. At UMass, in addition to being the librarian for Afro American Studies, she is also responsible for Native American Indian Studies and for coordinating aspects of the library’s Information Literacy Program. Professionally, she has been active in the African American Studies Section of the Association of College and Research Libraries and was elected President of REFORMA, the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking. Outside of UMass and librarianship, she has recently been very active with the Green-Rainbow Party of Massachusetts and Green Party of the United States, where she is Co-Chair of the Latino Caucus.