Michael Shapiro (Madison, Wisconsin 1957) brought his love of old American cars, tools and spare parts, and a beige ’62 Ford Falcon on a solo trip from San Francisco down the Panamericana Highway to Managua, Nicaragua in the mid-1980s. He is the founder of Libros Sin Fronteras, an Olympia, WA, Spanish language book and music distributor. Michael traveled to Cuba some 15 times between 1998 and 2001 to select and acquire Cuban books and music for US public and university libraries. Shapiro gained his BA degree from the University of California, Berkeley and MAs in Latin American Studies from the University of New Mexico, and Library and Information Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Michael has worked with the non-profit library cooperative OCLC-WebJunction; and IEEE, the world's largest technical professional organization for the advancement of technology. He has authored numerous articles and essays relating to bilingual education and digital library content distribution.