Sarah Aponte, Chief Librarian

Sarah-Aponte_1  Chief Librarian, CUNY Dominican Studies Institute
  Associate Professor, The City College of New York Libraries

  P: 212.650.7170



Sarah Aponte is Chief Librarian of the CUNY Dominican Studies Institute Library at The City College of New York and Associate Professor at The City College Libraries, teaching courses on Dominican Studies and bibliographical instruction. She founded the Dominican Library in 1994 with donations of books and other materials by the Council of Dominican Educators.

Aponte holds an M.L.S. in Library and Information Sciences from Queens College; an M.S.Ed. in Higher Education Administration from Baruch College; a B.A. in International Studies from the City College of New York; and an A.A. in Liberal Arts from Hostos Community College.



Juan Pablo Duarte: The Humanist (a Bilingual Selection of his Writings / Juan Pablo Duarte: El humanista (selección bilingüe de sus escritos). Santo Domingo; New York: Biblioteca Nacional Pedro Henríquez Ureña; CUNY Dominican Studies Institute, 2015 (co-edited with Rhina P. Espaillat).

Autores dominicanos de la diáspora: apuntes bio-bibliográficos (1902-2012). Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic: Biblioteca Nacional Pedro Henríquez Ureña, 2013. (co-author with Franklin Gutiérrez). Winner of the “José Toribio Medina Award” SALALM (2014).

Dominican Migration to the United States 1970-1997: An Annotated Bibliography. Dominican Research Monographs. New York: CUNY Dominican Studies Institute, 1999.

Articles/Published Conference Proceedings

"Dominican Diaspora." Oxford Bibliograhies. Oxford University Press, 2017.

Domínguez, Daisy and Sarah Aponte. "Acogiendo a Comunidades Diversas: Las Bibliotecas de City College en Nueva York." In Bibliotecas e inclusió social. Compiled by Ana Gricelda Morán Guzmán and Sergio López Ruelas. Mexico: Universidad de Guadalajara, 2016. 17-24. (XXII Coloquio Internacional de Bibliotecarios/Feria Internacional del Libro de Guadalajara, Nov. 30-Dec 2, 2015).

“Dominican Migration to Europe: A Biographical Approach.” In Papers of the Fifty-Fourth Annual Meeting of the Seminar on the Acquisition of Latin American Library Materials. Edited by Pamela Graham. New Orleans, Louisiana: SALALM, 2012. 204-214.

“Dominican Related Dissertations in the U.S.: an Analytical Approach (1939-2009).” Camino Real. 3.4 (2011): 21-51

Book Chapter

Aponte, Sarah and Nelson Santana. “The CUNY Dominican Studies Institute Library: Bringing the Community to the Academic Library.” In Collecting Latin America Beyond the 21st Century. Ed. Gayle Williams and Jana Krentz. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company Publishers, 2019.

Encyclopedia Essays

Aponte, Sarah. “Virtudes Uribe.” In Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro-Latin American Biography. Edited by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Franklin W. Knight. Oxford University Press, 2016.

Aponte, Sarah. "Alianza Dominicana". In the Oxford Encyclopedia of Latinos and Latinas in Contemporary Politics, Law, and Social Movements. Edited by Suzanne Oboler and Deena Gonzalez. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016.

Aponte, Sarah and Anthony Stevens-Acevedo. “Dominican Americans.” In The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Race, Ethnicity and Nationalism. Edited by John Stone, R. Dennis, P. Rizova, A. Smith and X. Hou. Wiley-Blackwell, 2015.

Aponte, Sarah. “Washington Heights.” Encyclopedia of Latinos and Latinas in the United States. Edited by Suzanne Oboler and Deena J. González. New York: Oxford University Press, 2005.

Aponte, Sarah and Silvio Torres-Saillant. “Dominican American Art.” Encyclopedia of Latinos and Latinas in the United States. Edited by Suzanne Oboler and Deena J. González. New York: Oxford University Press, 2005.

Aponte, Sarah. “Frank Moya Pons.” Encyclopedia Latina: History, Culture, Society. Edited by Ilan Stavans. CT: Grolier Publishing, 2005.

Bibliographic Contributions

Recreated and compiled the bibliography of two major publications: the translations of renowned Dominican authors:

  • Bosch, Juan. Social Composition of the Dominican Republic. New York: Routledge, 2016.
  • Franco, Franklin J. Blacks, Mulattos, and the Dominican Nation. New York: Routledge, 2015.

Academic and Professional Honors

- CCNY President's Award for Outstanding Faculty Service in the Library (2016)

- Certificate of Appreciation for Outstanding Claremont International Internship Supervision (2016)

- American Chamber of Commerce in the Dominican Republic and the Dominican Week in the United States Distinguished Award Recognition (2015)

- Distinguished Service Award. The City College of New York (2015)

-“José Toribio Medina Award” SALALM (2014)

-“45th Anniversary Profile Book” Hostos Community College Alumna (2013)

-2012 Dominican Women Writers’ Book Fair Dedication and Award (2012)

-Proclamation New York City Council. Council Member Ydanis Rodríguez (2012)

-Citation New York State Assembly. Assembly Member Guillermo Linares (2012)

-Citation New York State Assembly. Assembly Member Nelson L. Castro (2012)

-New York State Senate Recognition. Senator Adriano Espaillat (2012)

-Dominican Republic Ministry of Culture Certificate. Commissioner Carlos Sánchez (2012)

-Proclamation New York State Senate. Senator Adriano Espaillat (2011)

-Distinguished Dominican, Community Services Organization Dominican Sunday ( 2011)


Al fresco exhibits – Amsterdam Plaza, The City College of New York

“Identity and Magic: Folk Dances of the Dominican Republic” May-August 2013.

“New Perspectives: Dominican Republic” September-October 2011.

“Mujer Dominicana en New York” (Dominican Women in New York) August –September 2008.

Other Exhibits:

“Sixteenth-Century La Española: Glimpses of the First Blacks in the Early Colonial America” May 22-Sept. 10, 2015.

“Fighting for Democracy: Dominican Veterans from World War II” Nov. 11-October 28, 2015.

“Interior: Harvests of the Dominican Republic” May 9-Sept. 14, 2014.

“Condition: My Place Our Longing” Sept.-Nov. 2013.

“Jewels of Taino Art” October-December 2012.

“Manifestaciones: Expressions of Dominicanidad in Nueva York” October-December 2010.

“Latinos in the United States: ¡Presente! February 8 – June 10, 2010 (co-curated with Daisy V. Domínguez).

“Dominicans in New York: An Exhibit from the Dominican Archives & Library Collections”Oct. 2008 – Jan. 2009.

“Tito Cánepa: 60 Years of Dominican Art in the United States.” (Dominican Republic) April– May, 2008.

Lectures/Group Orientation Sessions

Conduct approximately 30 educational workshops/presentations per year on Dominican-related sources to groups from elementary, high school, undergraduate and graduate students, as well as community members.

Professional Memberships

-American Library Association (ALA) 2008-present

- Library Association of the City University of New York (LACUNY) 2003-present

- Seminar on the Acquisition of Latin American Library Materials (SALALM) 2006-present