Maria Victoria Fernandez

(she/her/hers)

Project Manager Metadata Specialist

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Maria Victoria Fernandez is the Project Manager and Metadata Specialist for the Mesoamerican Languages Portal project (MLP) based at the University of Chicago Library. MLP is a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant-funded initiative (see NSF Award # 1953104). This project improves digital infrastructure and accessibility to the University of Chicago’s collections documenting Mesoamerican Indigenous languages.

The University of Chicago’s Indigenous language collections include audio recordings in the Digital Media Archive, language texts in the Chicago Archive of Indigenous Literatures of Latin America, unpublished linguistic and ethnographic manuscripts in the Microfilm Collection of Manuscripts on Cultural Anthropology, and Indigenous language instructional materials. These collections are being consolidated into a single digital language archive at the University Library to improve access and preservation of Mesoamerican language materials.

Education

Master of Science in Information Studies with a Specialization in Digital Humanities

The University of Texas at Austin | Austin, TX | 2018

Master of Arts in Latin American Studies with a Portfolio in Native American and Indigenous Studies

The University of Texas at Austin | Austin, TX | 2018

Bachelor of Arts in History with Honors

Dartmouth College | Hanover, NH | 2014

Service

  • Member-at-Large, Executive Committee | Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS) of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) | July 2022 - June 2025
  • Council Member, Class of 2024 | Bibliographical Society of America | January 2021 - December 2024
  • Secretary | Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Team, University of Chicago Library | September 2021 - September 2023