dLOC: A Multi-Institutional, International Digital Library
In 2019 the Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC) celebrates its fifteenth anniversary. From nine founding partners, dLOC has grown to over sixty partners in the United States, the Caribbean, Canada, Central and South America, and Europe. Please read about dLOC and its mission below, visit the dLOC StoryMap highlighting our partners.
dLOC is a cooperative of partners within the Caribbean and circum-Caribbean that provides users with access to Caribbean cultural, historical and research materials held in archives, libraries, and private collections. dLOC comprises collections that speak to the similarities and differences in histories, cultures, languages and governmental systems. Types of collections include but are not limited to: newspapers, archives of Caribbean leaders and governments, official documents, documentation and numeric data for ecosystems, scientific scholarship, historic and contemporary maps, oral and popular histories, travel accounts, literature and poetry, musical expressions, and artifacts.
dLOC's diverse partners serve an international community of scholars, students, and peoples by working together to preserve and to provide enhanced electronic access to cultural, historical, legal, governmental, and research materials in a common web space with a multilingual interface. dLOC's partners collaborate with scholars and teachers for promoting and performing educational outreach on Caribbean Studies, developing new works of digital scholarship, and pursuing other research and teaching initiatives.
The amount of open access content available through dLOC surpasses many commercial Caribbean collections and includes newspapers, official documents, ecological and economic data, maps, histories, travel accounts, literature, poetry, musical expressions, and artifacts. dLOC now provides access to millions of pages of content related to the Caribbean and has registered a cumulative total of hundreds of millions of page views.
The founding partners - Archives Nationale d'Haïti; Caribbean Community Secretariat (CARICOM); National Library of Jamaica; La Fundación Global Democracia y Desarrollo (FUNGLODE); Universidad de Oriente, Venezuela; University of the Virgin Islands; Florida International University; University of Central Florida; University of Florida - officially established the Digital Library of the Caribbean on 17 July 2004 at a Planning Committee at a meeting held in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Development and planning leading to up to the meeting included many prior cooperative projects for preservation and access. The Planning Committee for dLOC sought to leverage new technologies in service to those ongoing needs, yet with an expanded vision of what preservation and access could mean.
Administered by Florida International University (FIU) in partnership with the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) and the University of Florida (UF), dLOC's technical infrastructure is provided by UF. dLOC's multi-institutional collaborative model is bolstered by a democratic governance structure which allows for all partner institutions to contribute to dLOC's evolution and success.
Institutions are eligible to join the organization based on the following criteria:
- Willingness to contribute collections and to make these freely available to the project.
- Availability of appropriate collections with Caribbean content.
- Willingness to comply with common standards.
- Willingness to designate a representative to manage local participation.
dLOC, however, does not make any claim to ownership of the materials it hosts and serves in its collection. All project partners are responsible for copyright control of their own submitted content. For more information on eligibility requirements for partnership and conditions of membership in dLOC, please see our Invitation for partner institutions to join dLOC (in .pdf format).