February 17, 2018

Adan Griego | Movers & Shakers 2002

Erasing Borders

Looking beyond the usual sources, collecting underrepresented experiences

Although Adan Griego completed his MLIS in 1988, he likes to think his career really began with his first library encounter, in 1972. That library, which stood in the shadow of a 17th-century Spanish Mission in El Paso, TX, was little more than a mobile home stuffed with books. But for Griego, a young Mexican immigrant, it was a beginning. “That small mobile home,” says Griego, “opened the doors to a multiplicity of worlds.”


Current position: Curator for Latin American, Mexican American, & Iberian Collections, Stanford University Libraries

Degree: MLIS, University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-M), 1988; MA, Latin American literature, UW-M, 1985

Since 1989, he has brought a strong sense of self, unbridled enthusiasm, and his desire to use the library to open worlds for others with great success.

For the last five years, Griego has served a dual role at the Stanford University Libraries–acquiring both current materials and also rare items for the Latin American, Mexican American, and Iberian Special Collections. And all with his trademark enthusiasm. He has earned accolades for being particularly sensitive to the underrepresented experiences of queer people of color in his special collecting. And he has been a tireless and active booster in international librarianship.

“Since 1995 I have traveled to book fairs in Barcelona, Buenos Aires, Guadalajara, Madrid, and Sao Paulo,” says Griego. “Through my work with the ENLACE subcommittee of SALALM (Seminar on the Acquisition of Latin American Library Materials), I hope that we have been able to contribute to a continuing professional dialog with our colleagues south of the border.”