Forward Thinking Strategies: Envisioning a Collaborative and Hybrid Library at Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Latino


During the summer and fall of 2022, I was a Graduate Latino Museum Studies Fellow (LMSP) with Smithsonian Institution’s (SI) National Museum of the American Latino (NMAL) and Smithsonian Libraries and Archives (SLA). I was tasked with conducting a deep dive exploration about how SLA and NMAL can create a hybrid Research Center Library in the nation’s newest and yet to be opened museum. Through a series of stakeholder interviews, a targeted literature review, and external environmental scans I assembled a written report of findings and recommendations and created a robust database visualization. This report and dataset were made in service of NMAL and SLA leadership and help them visualize a successful research services model for NMAL. The values of sustained collaboration and community-building guided this exploration with the intent to reveal the needs of both internal and external community stakeholders.



Latino., Smithsonian., National Museum of the American Latino., Smithsonian Libraries and Archives., Data analysis., Internship Report., Hispanic., Latinx., Latina., Qualitative Interview.