(Red Europea de Información y Documentación sobre América Latina), the European Network of Information and Documentation on Latin America
is an association formed by 43 libraries
and documentation centres in 12 European countries: Austria
, United Kingdom
. REDIAL is a meeting platform aiming at contributing to the development of communication and support between institutions, and the exchange of information between researchers, librarians and archivists working in the areas of Latin American
humanities and social sciences in Europe
. REDIAL is a non-profit European association, regulated by the Belgium legislation. Its organizational structure is formed by an Executive Committee of national coordinators who are elected by the member institution of each European country and a Members General Assembly.
REDIAL webpage offers access to several European databases
on Latin American information and investigation which include:
- Thesis submitted to European universities on Latin American subjects
- Summary of European journals dealing with Latin America
- Full version documents
- Research centres
- Postgraduate courses
- Latin America researchers in Europe
- Sources of specialized information
- List of European links about Latin America
- Electronic bulletin: Europa – América Latina. Puentes para un diálogo. Updated information on Latin American research institutions activities and publications in Europe.
- Academic Journal: Anuario Americanista Europeo (in collaboration with CEISAL). Information on research and projects of Latin Americanists in Europe.
Member organizations in the United Kingdom
In 1988, invited by the CNRS
(Centre Nationale de la Recherche Scientifique) in France
, researchers and other European centres for information and research on Latin America organized the symposium "Information Systems in Europe for Latin American Social Sciences and Humanities: balance for a European cooperation" as part of the 46th International Congress of Americanists in Amsterdam
. During the symposium, participants agreed to create a European network which would share a collective instrument of work and documentation for the interchange of information about Latin America produced in Europe.
The "European Meeting" which took place in Madrid on the 6th and 7th March, 1989 took a step further in the formalization of the suggestions and ideas discussed in the Amsterdam symposium. The 35 European institutions that participated in the event put forward a plan of action to be implemented by an international association. This association would be responsible for the continuity of the work and development of the objectives initiated in these two previous meetings. A provisory Executive coordinator was appointed on the occasion who became responsible for writing a draft version of the organization’s statute.
The constituent assembly of REDIAL took place in France on the 30th November, 1st and 2nd December, 1989 having as founding members 35 European institutions which specialized in Latin America – research and documentation centres, libraries and NGOs – from Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Netherlands, Spain and UK.