Maria José Paiva Fernandes Carvalho


Maria José Paiva Fernandes Carvalho was born July 8th, 1957, in Buarcos, Figueira da Foz. She concluded her undergraduate studies in Modern Languages and Literatures (English/German) at the Faculty of Arts at the University of Coimbra (UC-1982). Between 1982 and 1985, she was a middle and secondary school teacher in Portugal - English, German and Portuguese. She lived in Massachusetts (MA) United States of America (1985-2002) where she taught Portuguese Language and Culture at the Portuguese Official Schools, in New Bedford, MA. In the USA, she concluded her Master's Degree in Library and Information Science at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science, Simmons College, Boston, MA (1991). She worked at the New Bedford Free Public Library (NBFPL) (1986-2002) where she became Casa da Saudade Library Manager, first and only Portuguese-American Public Library serving the Portuguese speaking immigrant communities in the USA. She also managed Howland-Green Library, the NBFPL Branch at the service of the Spanish speaking communities (Hispanic communities, 1988-1993). She became a Certified Librarian by the State of Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (1997). As a Portuguese immigrant, she received several merit awards for services provided to promote Portuguese language and culture: "Language and Culture Preservation Award" (PAWA); "Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition", United States of America Congress House - Senator Kerry and Senator Kennedy Offices'; "Official Resolution", City New Bedford; "Heritage Day Award", "Massachusetts State Official Citation", Massachusetts State Senate & Massachusetts House of Representatives. She returned to Coimbra in 2002, where she is the Biblioteca Norte|Sul Services Coordinator, at the Centro de Estudos Sociais. In 2009, she concluded the Professional Development Course and obtained the "Pedagogical Training for at Distance Trainers Certificate" (CAP). In 2017, she finished her Ph.D. in Ciências Sociales y Juridicas/Información y Documentación at the Facultad de Traducción y Documentación, at the Universidad de Salamanca. Her thesis: "IN or OUT": A Biblioteca Casa da Saudade: facilitadora da IN-clusão dos/as seus/suas utilizadores/as imigrantes Portuguese/as na cidade de New Bedford, Estado de Massachusetts, Estados Unidos da América do Norte" addressed the role of the only Portuguese Language Library in the inclusion of the Portuguese immigrants, specifically the library users, in the American society. She is the Co-coordinator of the "Publish-Do-not-Perish. Survive the stamped" cycle, and as such, she continues to invest in the Advanced Training Courses for Ph.D. and post-Ph.D. researchers. In 2018 and 2019 she was Co-Coordinator of the Congress Public Libraries, Cultural Politics, and Reading. In 2019, Co-cordinated the Summer School CreA(c)tivating Scientific Making in the Social Sciences & Humanities. Her research interests relate to social sciences and librarianship subjects such as: Migrations; Portuguese emigration/immigration; women and migration; intercultural libraries in migratory contexts; Academic libraries and Digital libraries; and Quality of Academic Library Services. She has also been the curator of several exhibits and cultural programs promoted at the biblioteca Norte/Sul