Digital Library of the Caribbean : A Working Group - A Model of Success, Introduction and Governance, Technical Implemen...

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Digital Library of the Caribbean : A Working Group - A Model of Success, Introduction and Governance, Technical Implementation
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Electronic Information Resources in the Caribbean: Trends and Issues - Proceedings of the ACURIL XXXIV Conference held in Trinidad and Tobago, May 23 - 29, 2004
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Rogers, Judith
Marsicek, Catherine
Kesse, Erich J.
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Trinidad and Tobago
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Digital Library of the Caribbean ( dLOC ): A Working Group - A Model of Success1, Introduction and Governance2, Technical Implementation3 Judith Rogers1, Catherine Marsicek2 & Erich Kesse3 1University of the Virgin Islands, St. Croix, US Virgin Islands 2Florida International University Libraries, FL, USA, 3University of Florida, FL, USA There will be a discussion of the potential for a Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC). The dLOC is envisioned as a cooperative digital library among partners within the Caribbean and circum-Caribbean that will provide electronic access to cultural, historical and research materials held in archives, private collections and libraries. This Working Group will consist of 2 presentations that will present a successful case study of one such collaborative venture and will introduce the dLOC and discuss governance issues. A short introduction of the technical framework will follow. The presenters will then lead a discussion with the audience that will survey current digital projects in the Caribbean and gauge interest in this collaborative dLOC. This Digital Library of the Caribbean: A Working Group is the first step to bring all players around the Caribbean together to discuss issues, concerns, possibilities and to work together to build a collaborative project. The organizers of this Working Group will target representatives from most major libraries and organizations from around the Caribbean to invite their attendance (while also leaving participation open to all) in hopes of actively moving this project forward. Discussion Judith Rogers stated that great potential exists for a digital library of the Caribbean as expertise exists in the region that can be shared. She discussed the details of a project now underway in cooperation with the University of Florida. Cathy Marsicek presented a proposal for a cooperative digital library among partners in the Caribbean and the circum-Caribbean. This digital library will provide users with access to cultural, historical and research materials held in archives, libraries and private collections. It is envisioned that partners will either contribute digital content to a centralized repository or make their digital collections available to the Digital Library of the Caribbean through compliance with OAI. Cathy discussed a possible organizational structure for the project and asked for an expression of support from the group. The Digital Library will be a collaboration and partnership among libraries in the region. By using centralized technology, decentralized digitalization and distributed collection development, individual libraries would retain ownership of the collections, yet provide access to collections and gain access to additional resources. Responsibilities for a Planning Committee were discussed. Several libraries present expressed interest in participating on the Planning Committee. Erich Kesse discussed existing and past projects among libraries in the Caribbean and proposed several possible workflow models and technical requirements. Those attending the workshop were very interested and enthusiastic about the possibilities of a digital library of the Caribbean and commented on the importance of such an effort. There was tremendous support expressed by participants. Current projects including cooperative projects were discussed. (Discussion notes by Barry Baker (USA))

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