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Caribbean Scholarship in the Digital Age Webinar Series

Caribbean Scholarship in the Digital Age is a webinar series showcasing digital and/as public research and teaching in Caribbean Studies. The series provides a collaborative space for professionals to share on projects and experiences to foster communication and support our shared constellations of communities of practice. Please see the recordings:

See more about the 2018 Caribbean Scholarship in the Digital Age Webinar Series. 

Hurricane Irma Caribbean Recovery, Relief, and Rebuild Initiative

September 15th, 2017 as of 3:00pm

Please help us support our Caribbean community.  We are working to help our Caribbean community recover from the devastating impact of Hurricane Irma. We have been using every means necessary to communicate and relay information quickly with those affected in the Caribbean as well as those willing to contribute and extend their support.

As of this moment we have received urgent needs lists from Sint Maarten Philipsburg Jubilee Library and from the National Library of Antigua and Barbuda.  The American Library Association (ALA) is partnering with us to help expedite relief efforts. More information and details are forthcoming. We will be creating a centralized resource to help keep track of information and resources as they become available. We will also be using our social media accounts to quickly distribute communications since Facebook and WhatsApp have been working in the affected Caribbean region.

Our Official handle for Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram is: @dLOCaribbean

If you would like to help or provide support please contact me via phone to (305) 348-3008 or email at masencio@fiu.edu.

Thank you,
Miguel Asencio, Executive Director 


dLOC Webinar: Introducción a la Biblioteca Digital del Caribe

20 de junio de 2017, 11am (costa este):  http://ufsmathers.adobeconnect.com/dlocintroduccion

Este seminario en línea va a centrarse en las diferentes posibilidades que ofrece dLOC, como por ejemplo varias funciones de búsqueda y tipos de documentos que alberga. Al final del mismo se atenderán las preguntas que surjan.


Caribbean Scholarship in the Digital Age Webinar Series

Caribbean Scholarship in the Digital Age is a webinar series showcasing digital and/as public research and teaching in Caribbean Studies. The series provides a collaborative space for professionals to share on projects and experiences to foster communication and support our shared constellations of communities of practice. We are currently planning new webinars for 2017-2018. More about upcoming webinars in the series will be posted her in August/September 2017.

Click here to participate in the online event: http://ufsmathers.adobeconnect.com/Caribbean

See the archived videos of the webinars: 



The crowd helps unlocking historical maps of the Caribbean

Leiden University Libraries (UBL) has started the project Maps in the Crowd. Nearly 1,100 digitized maps of the Caribbean will be unlocked with help from visitors, students and others who are interested. The project started on the 20th of March and will continue until May 2017. With participation of the public we hope to improve the accessibility of digital map data for teaching and research.  

A special application has been developed to help the participants connect the digitalized historical maps, through the process of georeferencing, to a modern topographical map in Google Maps. It is quite straightforward: the historical map and its modern counterpart can be connected by designating five or more corresponding control points. The georeferenced map will then be shown as an overlay in Google Maps. Everyone who is interested is welcome to join our project. More information is available on the blog Maps in the Crowd.

The Caribbean Maps
The collection of Caribbean maps consist of printed and hand-drawn maps (some of them in more sheets) and some atlases from the sixteenth to twentieth century of Central America and the Caribbean in general and the Netherlands Antilles in particular. The larger part of this collection is part of the bequest of the nineteenth century map collector Johannes Tiberius Bodel Nijenhuis (1797-1872), complemented with maps from the collections of the Royal Institute for Southeast-Asian and Caribbean Studies (KITLV) and the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT).



System Maintenance - February 2nd, 2017

The SobekCM environment will be undergoing system maintenance and an upgrade to SobekCM 4.10.1 (February 2nd). This upgrade will result in the Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC) site to be unavailable starting at 6 a.m. (EST) and will be operational again by 8 a.m. (EST).

For any issues after the upgrade is complete, please contact us at dLOC@fiu.edu.

For a full list of enhancements that will be included in this upgrade, please visit http://sobekrepository.org/sobekcm/currentversion



Haiti: An Island Luminous

The Digital Library of the Caribbean is pleased to announce the launch of Haiti An Island Luminous in French and Haitian Creole during the Haitian Studies Association’s 28th Annual Conference in Cap-Haïtien on November 10 - 12, 2016.

The online exhibit is an introduction to Haitian History and Haitian Studies that combines rare books, manuscripts, and photos scanned by archives and libraries in Haiti and the United States with commentary by over one hundred (100) authors from universities around the world.

The site was first launched in English during the Global Caribbean Exhibition V at the Little Haiti Cultural Center (Miami) in January 2014. This year, the Haiti An Island Luminous is made available in Kreyòl and Français in order to reach readers around the globe. Check out the new trilingual site: http://islandluminous.fiu.edu



Barbados Synagogue Restoration Project, Launch on Oct. 26, 2016

Please join us for the launch of the Barbados Synagogue Restoration Project Records Online on Wednesday, October 26, 2016 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM At the Barbados Museum. See full details in the event flier.



University of Florida and Biblioteca Nacional de Cuba José Martí begin strategic collaborations

dLOC Partners Biblioteca Nacional de Cuba José Martí and University of Florida have a new information sheet on planned and developing projects and programs. See the full announcement.



Early Historic Danish West Indies Newspapers Digitized, News Release, August 29, 2016

Danish West Indian newspaper titles being digitized by the Statsbiblioteket include The Bulletin, the Danish West Indian, Lightbourn’s Mail Notes, The Herald, The Royal Danish American Gazette, Danish West Indian Regierings Avis, St. Croix Avis, The Saint Croix Bulletin, The Saint Thomas Gazette, Sanct Thomæ Journal, the Saint Thomas Herald and The West End News. The Territorial Archives, a unit of the Division of Libraries, Archives and Museums, in collaboration with the Digital Library of the Caribbean and the University of the Virgin Islands, is also digitizing for free public access issues of D. Hamilton Jackson’s newspaper, The Herald. Over 3,000 pages are already available online. See the full news announcement.



Diversity Award from the Society of American Archivists to the Latin American & Caribbean Cultural Heritage Archives Roundtable's Webinar Series (LACCHA Webinars, co-sponsored by dLOC and ACURIL)

The Latin American & Caribbean Cultural Heritage Archives (LACCHA) Roundtable webinar series, co-sponsored by dLOC and ACURIL, “Desmantelando Fronteras/Breaking Down Borders,” is the 2016 recipient of the Society of American Archivists' Diversity Award. This award recognizes an individual, group, or institution for outstanding contributions in advancing diversity within the archives profession, SAA, or the archival record. (Full announcement)



dLOC Nominated for DLF Community Capacity Award

dLOC is one of the nominees for the Digital Library Federation (DLF) Community/Capacity Awards. See the full list of nominees on the DLF website. 



Caribbean Writer Launch Event

The University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) with the support of dLOC will be hosting a launch of the Caribbean Writer’s digital release of its historical volumes.  This event will be held on Wednesday April 13, 2016, 5:30pm – 7:00pm at the UVI Libraries in St Thomas, St Croix and FIU’s Library Special Collections; with a light reception to follow at the UVI Library and FIU Special Collections.   

We encourage faculty members and students participation to this commemorative event either in the US Virgin Islands or in Miami. There will be distinguished guest speakers from the Caribbean at the event locations. UVI event program and UVI flier, and FIU event flier.



The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC)’s DORSA Collection in dLOC

We are pleased to announce that our newest dLOC partner collection from the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) Archives is now accessible in dLOC. The Records of the Dominican Republic Settlement Association (DORSA), 1939-1977collection exhibits more than fifty files about the role of the JDC in assisting refugees from Nazi Europe to settle in the Dominican Republic and establish agricultural colonies, in particular the settlement at Sosua. The collection records in dLOC link back to the digital collection of the JDC Archives, where users can download pdfs of the documents.This collection is a valuable addition to dLOC that will continue to develop Caribbean research material particularly in the understudied areas.More about JDC Archives.

Partnership with the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) is also a new collaboration with the Jewish Diaspora Collection.

FIU Special Collections contributes Cuban Genealogy Materials to dLOC

The Enrique Hurtado de Mendoza Collection of Cuban Genealogy was acquired by FIU Libraries Special Collections in 2012 and includes rare 17th and 18th century books, handwritten and typed letters, long out-of-print publications and periodicals, photos and other primary documents relating to Cuba and Cuban genealogy, collected over four decades by Felix Enrique Hurtado de Mendoza.  The online collection of select materials, digitized by the Cuban Genealogy Club of Miami, makes thousands of unpublished family genealogies and manuscripts available for research online.

November 3rd, 2015 - New collection in dLOC: The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC)’s DORSA Collection in dLOC.

dLOC in the news for FIU's new Hurtado Collection, “'Cuban equivalent' of Ancestry.com a boon to family historians" (June 2015)

See the dLOC Newsletter

Coming Soon

dLOC Announces the 2014 Award Recipients

The success of the dLOC collaboration relies on the support and dedication of many exceptional people and institutions.  dLOC is privileged to acknowledge some of those who make this resource possible with these awards which were presented during the 2014 ACURIL Conference in Nassau, The Bahamas. 

dLOC Receives the ACURIL (Association of Caribbean Libraries) Alliances and Collaborative Projects in the Caribbean Award

On the celebration of the 10th Anniversary of collaborative work of Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC) in the region, the 2014 ACURIL Conference recognized the outstanding work of dLOC with the Albertina Pérez de Rosa Information Units Alliances and Collaborative Projects in the Caribbean.  This award recognizes and honors the excellent performance of alliance and collaborative efforts of local or regional information units and communities of practice, or by private enterprises, evidenced through the implementation of successful information projects for the benefit of their clienteles in the Caribbean.  Thank you for this very special recognition, ACURIL!

2014-2015 Financially Supporting dLOC Members

Thank you to the following institutions who have already joined to support dLOC with membership for this year.  dLOC relies on the institutional support of its partners and the financial support of institutional and personal members to continue to sustain and grow this important resource.

Executive dLOC Members: Florida International University Libraries, University of Central Florida, University of Florida Libraries, Latin American Research Resources Project*
Sustaining dLOC Member: Duke University Libraries, Florida International University Latin American and Caribbean Center, Florida State University, University of Miami,University of Virgin Islands
Supporting dLOC Members: Belize National Library of Heritage Service
Contributing dLOC Members: Brown University John Hay Library, University of South Florida, Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra, Princeton University Library, National Library of Jamaica
* This funding is to support the digitization of Noticias de Hoy.

2013-2014 Financially Supporting dLOC Members

Thank you to the following institutions who have already joined to support dLOC with membership for this year.  dLOC relies on the institutional support of its partners and the financial support of institutional and personal members to continue to sustain and grow this important resource.

Executive dLOC Members: Florida International University Libraries, University of Central Florida, University of Florida Libraries, Latin American Research Resources Project*
Sustaining dLOC Member: Florida International University Latin American and Caribbean Center, University of Virgin Islands, University of Miami
Supporting dLOC Members: Belize National Library of Heritage Service, Duke University, New York University
Contributing dLOC Members: Brown University John Hay Library, CARICOM, National Archives of Haiti, Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra
* This funding is to support the digitization of El Mundo microfilm.

dLOC and the Green Family Foundation announce new exhibit: “Haiti: An Island Luminous”
Haiti: An Island LuminousAn Island Luminous pairs rare books, manuscripts, newspapers, and photos digitized by libraries and archives in Haiti and the United States with commentary by more than 100 experts at 75 universities around the world.

The fourth dLOC newsletter is now online!
In this edition you can learn about the latest dLOC milestones, new collaborations for outreach, content and sustainability, the latest dLOC partner training and summaries of content available in dLOC.

July 2013: Major Grant Award to UPR and UF for Historic Newspapers

  • Two dLOC partners, the University of Puerto Rico - Rio Pierdas (UPR) and UF, were awarded National Digital Newspaper Program Grant for $325,000 to digitize newspapers from Puerto Rico and Florida, with the digital newspapers going into several repositories including dLOC (grant proposal)

July/August 2013: Scholarly Publication & dLOC Advanced Training Institute

May 2013: UPR Awarded Grant to Digitize El Mundo Newspaper for 1936

  • The University of Puerto Rico - Rio Pierdas (UPR) was awarded a grant for dLOC's Caribbean Newspaper Digital Library: Digitization Proposal to LARRP for El Mundo newspaper from Puerto Rico for 1936. See the grant proposal and a short news story.

2013: Select Presentations and Trainings

  • dLOC Partner Presentations at the Association of Caribbean University, Research and Institutional Libraries (ACURIL) 2013 Conference. San Juan, Puerto Rico. June 6-10, 2013.
  • "Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC) and Collaborative Digital Programs for Government Documents." Presenter: Brooke Wooldridge. Gainesville, FL: University of Florida. March 25-27, 2013.
  • "UNA Digital Learning Material Project" Training and Presentations. Presenter: Mark Sullivan. Curaçao: University of the Netherlands Antilles. March 20-22, 2013.
  • Presentation on dLOC at THATCamp Florida in Orlando, FL (February 2013).
  • "Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC) Training on digitization theory and practice and management of digitization projects." Trainer: Mark Sullivan. US Virgin Islands: University of the Virgin Islands. Jan. 17-18, 2013.

Other News

SALALM: Popular Culture: Arts and Social Change in Latin America

dLOC representatives Laurie Taylor, Gayle Williams and Brooke Wooldridge presented "Digital Library Representations of Popular Culture, and Relevance and Impact for Social Change" at the annual SALALM conference in St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago, June 16-19, 2012.  Other panelists included Shamin Renwick from UWI St. Augustine with “Digital Library Initiatives in the Caribbean and the dLOC" and Cheryl Small from UWI Barbados with “Caribbean Resources and their Availability in Electronic Media”.

ACURIL: 365 Doors Opened on the Technological Information Revolution

dLOC participated in the ACURIL library conference in Petionville, Haiti, June 3-9, 2012.  Six dLOC Haiti partners presented to a standing room only audience in the Information Technology Special Interest Group about “Digital Library of the Caribbean – Haiti”.   Laurie Taylor and Brooke Wooldridge shared with the conference panelists about the “The Promise of Digital Libraries Against the Perils of Erasure” and in the poster session participants learned more about dLOC and projects in Haiti through the informative poster designed by Lourdes Santamaría-Wheeler, Exhibits Coordinator, University of Florida.
Bridging the Invisible Gap: Teaching the Caribbean to Heritage Learners

Israel Alonso, Liesl Picard and Brooke Wooldridge led a discussion about teaching the Caribbean to heritage learners in Miami at the Caribbean Studies Association May 29, 2012, in Le Gosier, Guadeloupe.  The topical collections and lesson plans available in dLOC are excellent resources.

Latin American Studies Association (LASA) and dLOC

In the annual LASA conference, Toward a Third Century of Independence in Latin America from May 23-26, 2012, the Scholarly Research Resources and Haiti and Dominican Republic sections combined forces to promote Caribbean research and networking.  In addition, Brooke Wooldridge presented “Disaster Response on the Cultural Front: Collaboration to Save the Cultural Heritage in the Wake of Earthquakes” comparing the cases of Haiti, Chile and New Zealand. 

Association of Caribbean Women Writers and Scholars:  Publishing Roundtable

dLOC presented for the second time at the ACWWS conference in Paramaribo, Suriname, on a publishing roundtable at the conference from May 8-12, 2012.  The presentation, “The Digital Library of the Caribbean: A new model for collections” generated significant interest in the diverse group represented at the conference.  dLOC also hosts the ACWWS journal, MaComere

EducaVision Collection Comes Online

Florida-based Educa Vision Inc. (EVI) designs, develops, publishes, and distributes a broad range of Haitian-related educational materials for use in Haiti, United States, Canada and the Caribbean area.  The publisher is now contributing select materials to dLOC.  Please see their collection online here:  http://www.dloc.com/ieducav.

“Researching Haitian Law” Article Updated

GlobaLex, an electronic legal publication dedicated to international and foreign law research, published an update to the article “Researching Haitian Law” by Marisol Florén Romero which highlights many of the unique materials made accessible via dLOC, many the result of collaboration with the Law Library Microfilm Consortium.  
Article: http://www.nyulawglobal.org/Globalex/Haiti1.htm
Haitian Digital Law Collection: http://www.dloc.com/dlohlaw

dLOC Initiative Supports Preservation at the National Archives of Haiti
In February, dLOC representatives Brooke Wooldridge from Florida International University and Mark Sullivan from the University of Florida were joined by Bradley Coleman, a US representative to the Pan American Institute of Geography and History (PAIGH), to deliver and install equipment purchased with an $8,000 grant from PAIGH.
More info in the Protecting Haitian Patrimony February 2012 Report >>

50 | 50 The Road to Independence - Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago 
This year marks the 50th anniversary of independence from Great Britain for both Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago.  In recognition of Black History Month, Florida International University (FIU) Libraries Special Collections and the Digital Library of the Caribbean designed a special exhibit and will host a conversation about the journey to independence.
More info in the Press Release and Event Flyer >>

Caribbean Challenge Teaching Materials (Dec. 2011)

Newsletter (Summer 2011)

Protection Haitian Patrimony Initiative Report (Jun. 2011)

Newsletter (Oct. 2010)

Concert to benefit libraries, archives damaged in the Haiti earthquake, in Gainesville, Florida on October 22, 2010 (Sept. 22, 2010)

New features with myDLOC (Apr. 21, 2010)

Protection Haitian Patrimony Initiative Assessment (Feb. 26, 2010)

Evaluation Report from Libraries without Borders Haiti Mission (February 4-11, 2010)

Séisme dévastateur/ Haïti 12 janvier 2010 Cellule de crise : « Patrimoine en Danger » (2 February 2010)

ISPAN, Institut de Sauvegarde du Patrimoine National, has just published a new issue of their Bulletin that highlights some of the damage to historic structures, 31 January 2010 (PDF)

News about the Haitian patrimonial libraries/National Archive (26 January 2010)

Please share this message with groups that may be interested. 
Dear colleagues and friends,

There has been significant confusion as to the state of the four main patrimonial libraries in Port-au-Prince after the earthquake on January 12, 2010.  Based on information that I have received from the Digital Library of the Caribbean partner libraries in Haiti, all four of the following library buildings are standing.    

  • Archives nationales d’Haïti
  • Bibliothèque haïtienne des Pères du Saint-Esprit / San Martial
  • Bibliothèque haïtienne des Frères de l'Instruction Chrétienne / Saint Louis de Gonzague
  • Bibliothèque nationale d’Haïti

Importantly, the library at Saint Louis de Gonzague (FIC) was NOT destroyed.  The reporter that stated the library had fallen was incorrect.

According to the director of the National Library, Mme. Francoise Thybulle, the structures must be inspected before the local staff can assess the situation and prepare detailed plans that will certainly ask for international assistance.  While the buildings are standing, this does not diminish what will be the very real need for assistance once the local leadership is able to assess the situation.  All of the library directors have asked that interested parties work together to help preserve the collections and bring these libraries/archives back into service.

Many institutions and individuals have expressed an interest in supporting the Haitian libraries/archives as they begin to rebuild. The outpouring of support and interest for the preservation of Haitian patrimony is unprecedented.  Many of you are already in contact with colleagues regarding ways to help.  I am trying to serve as a clearinghouse for the Haitian libraries of the different people, institutions or groups that would like to offer support to the libraries.  Once I have feedback from the partner libraries in Haiti, I will share a working document of the projects I am aware of and an online survey for interested individuals to complete via www.dloc.com .  Feel free to contact me personally at dloc@fiu.edu or preferably via the dLOC Facebook Group if you are already planning a project locally. 

The Digital Library of the Caribbean (www.dloc.com) has been working with partners in Haiti since it began in 2004.  The National Archives in Haiti was a founding member of dLOC, and in the last few years we have developed strong relationships with both the National Library and the Fathers of the Holy Spirit (San Martial) Library.  As more information becomes available from the local leadership, I will share it as widely as possible.  I have been hesitant to send a large response until now because of the many conflicting reports. This information is confirmed, and comes from the directors of each library/archive. 

As the many researchers that have worked in these four libraries know, their directors are completely dedicated to the preservation of their national patrimonial collections.  All four have been fighting to preserve these collections for decades, and I am confident with support from the international community these collections will be preserved and accessible for many years to come.

Brooke Wooldridge
Digital Library of the Caribbean
305 348 3008

Integrating Technology and Area Studies:  Discovering Caribbean Diversity 

Professional Development Workshop for middle and high school foreign language, social studies and language arts teachers

Saturdays: January 23 and February 6, 8:30am-4:30pm, with accompanying online modules 
Orange Park High School; 2300 Kingsley Avenue; Orange Park, Florida

Brevard County: Spring, 2010

  • Learn about a region strategically important to Florida
  • Interact with experts on Caribbean issues
  • Take home a Caribbean resource manual
  • Learn to use interactive technology tools while integrating content
  • Create ready-to-use standards-based materials
  • Earn up to 20 in-service hours

Sponsored by:  Florida International University, University of Florida, Digital Library of the Caribbean and the Foreign Language Educators of Northeast Florida

Lunch fee of $10.  Workshop limited to 25 participants.

Presentations on Haitian History, by Dr. Matthew J. Smith

Jamaica Journal Historical Collection Online

November 15, 2009, 4-6pm
Florida International University; Green Library 220
Event is free and open to the public.
Video of the Jamaica Journal Online Launch (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4)

Celebrate the official launch of the Jamaica Journal online in the Digital Library of the Caribbean.

Event will feature Jamaican writer Donna Weir-Soley, reading from her book, Eroticism, Spirituality, and Resistance in Black Women's Writings. Tour an exhibit featuring the Jamaica Journal with presentations from the Institute of Jamaica.

Admission is FREE and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Subscriptions to the Jamaica Journal and books by Weir-Soley will be available for purchase and signing.

Co-Sponsors Include:  Air Jamaica, Jamaican Information Service, Jamaica Tourist Board, and the Latin American and Caribbean Center

Caribbean Scholarship in the Digital Age (2009): event announcement, poster, and call for speakers.


Fall 2009: Lesson Plan Competition Winners

dLOC congratulates the winners of the 2009 Lesson Plan Competition.

Spring 2009: Lesson Plan Competition: Teaching US and World History with Caribbean Primary Resources
Submission Deadline: April 20, 2009

The limited access to resources and lesson plans that incorporate the Caribbean in K-12 and higher education prompted dLOC to create this digital library.  It is important to facilitate the use of these materials though education modules and other lesson plans.  The list below highlights the education modules already available in dLOC.  If you are willing to contribute to addition lesson plans that have worked in your classroom, please see the guide to submitting resources and the grant permissions form for more information. 

Join us in our mission to promote Caribbean studies in K-12 education.  The Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC) is working with diverse partners to provide free, online access to Caribbean documents.  Now we would like to develop an open access repository of ready to use lesson plans to help busy teachers incorporate these resources into the classroom.

This competition is open to university, public and private school teachers, home school educators, and university students pursuing degrees in Education with monetary awards for the top eleven lesson plans.

See Competition Guidelines for more information. 
Submission Deadline: April 20, 2009

July 2009: Caribbean Newspaper Digital Library Awarded Prestigious TICFIA Grant

The Latin American and Caribbean Center (LACC) at Florida International University and the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Florida (UF), in consortium with the libraries at FIU, UF, the University of Central Florida (UCF), the University of South Florida (USF), the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI), and 15 Caribbean institutions and publishers, have been awarded a U.S. Department of Education Technological Innovation and Cooperation for Foreign Information Access (TICFIA) grant to build the Caribbean Newspaper Digital Library (CNDL). This project will foster an understanding of the Caribbean region through increased research assisted by advanced technology, shared collections and inter-institutional collaboration.

The Caribbean Newspaper Digital Library (CNDL) will be built within the Digital Library of the Caribbean and will establish a collaborative international digital newspaper library that will preserve and increase access to valuable resources for the study of the Caribbean and the advancement of Caribbean Studies. CNDL will be an umbrella for regional newspaper digitization including literary news journals, traditional newspapers, government gazettes, and other works in newsprint. The project partners will create a critical mass of endangered resources that are currently available with only limited access to researchers.

The CNDL will use Federal funds to meet the following goals:

  • Increase access to and preserve Caribbean newspapers of note in English, French, Haitian Creole, Spanish, Dutch, and Papiamento by digitizing, archiving and making them searchable through a centralized interface;
  • Digitize complete runs of individual Caribbean newspaper titles, whenever possible, to unite fragmented collections;
  • Build capacity for newspaper preservation and access in the Caribbean region by developing a multi-layered, comprehensive digital preservation and metadata creation training program with guidelines for negotiating Internet distribution permissions from targeted publishers;
  • Cultivate new research initiatives among Caribbean scholars by providing increased access through full text searching and article-level indexing;
  • Create tools to assist with overall newspaper digitization and create software to assist with newspaper segmentation, both manually and automatically, into the individual article level;
  • Ensure sustainability of the CNDL by consolidating existing organizational and technical frameworks established by the Digital Library of the Caribbean and assist local partners in incorporating newspaper digitization into national public policy agendas, and support for secondary grant-writing and other fundraising activities..

This award grants approximately $440,000 for a four-year period beginning in October 2009 and running through September 2013. The CNDL is one of thirteen awards granted in this cycle.

Key Personnel on this project include:
Principal Investigator: Dr. Cristina Eguizabal, LACC, FIU; Co- Principal Investigator: Dr. Philip J. Williams, Center for Latin American Studies, UF; Project Director (s): Gayle Williams, Latin American and Caribbean Information Services Librarian, FIU; Co-Project Director: Judith Rogers, Campus Librarian, UVI; Digital Library of the Caribbean Project Coordinator: Brooke Wooldridge, FIU; Technical Director: Dr. Laurie Taylor, Interim Director, Digital Library Center, UF; Metadata Control Director: Laila Miletic-Vejzovic, Special Collections & University Archives, UCF

Please contact Gayle Williams with any questions, 305-348-2228, gayle.williams@fiu.edu. See CNDL's growing collection of resources within dLOC or here.

May 2009: CIFNAL Enters a Partnership with the Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC)

From the CIFNAL page on the Center for Research Libraries website:

In accordance with a recently signed memorandum of understanding between CIFNAL and the Digital Library of the Caribbean  (dLOC), the goal of this project is to work together to improve and increase electronic access to francophone documents. These may represent collections located in the French Caribbean or outside of the French Caribbean with a focus on this region.

Currently collaborating with the Haitian National Archives and other cultural collections in Haiti, dLOC and its francophone partners have concluded historic agreements to preserve and expand access to vital documents and materials. The success of the dLOC model is based on mutual international cooperation. CIFNAL members will bring additional linguistic and cultural assets to help dLOC reach out to new French-speaking partners.

Specifically, the two groups will work together to address needs related to:

  • communication, partner relations, and translation
  • meetings, training, fundraising, and grant writing
  • collection development decisions and directions
  • cultivation of relations with libraries and research institutes, specifically in France and the French Caribbean.

CIFNAL members who would like to participate in this new project should contact Matthew Loving.

September 2008: Invitation to Participate in Caribbean Newspaper Digitization Project

The Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC) is issuing a call for partners in a new effort to ensure preservation of and increase access to newspapers in the Caribbean. Newspapers offer valuable information to researchers on a broad range of topics. Digitized newspapers with full text searching capabilities are revolutionizing the ability of scholars to discover information. Due to the natural tendency of newspapers to deteriorate more quickly over time than other resources, confounded by the climate in the Caribbean, digitization provides a mechanism to ensure that these valuable resources are available not only to today’s researchers, but to those for generations to come.

dLOC is seeking Caribbean partners with historical newspaper collections that are interested in digitizing these titles and providing them online for free, open access to researchers, students and citizens. In addition, we are seeking partnerships with newspaper publishers to provide archival services of their current issues to ensure future preservation. The holding institution will retain all rights to the newspapers, and will provide the dLOC with permission to distribute the digital images for educational use. Please see the following examples of some of the newspapers dLOC already has online:

We are in the process of preparing the application for funding. If you are interested in more information about how to participate in this important initiative, please contact the dLOC project coordinator, Brooke Wooldridge, at dloc@fiu.edu.

Project History:
The Digital Library of the Caribbean began with the collaboration of the University of the Virgin Islands, the University of Florida and Florida International University on a U.S. Virgin Islands History and Culture IMLS digitization project. After successfully working together on this project, the group decided to explore the possibility of expanding collaboration on digitization projects in the Caribbean. The initial concept of the joint Digital Library of the Caribbean was presented during the ACURIL XXXVI conference in May, 2004. The five Caribbean and four United States initial partners successfully submitted an application for funding from the US Department of Education’s Technological Innovation and Cooperation for Foreign Information Access program.

During the first three years of the project we have built a collaborative digital library management system, provided basic digitization equipment for each of the original project partners, developed and implemented tri-lingual training materials, conducted multiple on-site training programs, and initiated an educational outreach program. Our content and usage has consistently increased, and we now have nearly 500,000 pages of content online. In addition, seven new partners with existing capacity and/or desire for digitization have joined the project.

February 2008

dLOC Project Partner the Universidad de Oriente in Cumana, Venezuela, under the direction of Dr. Abul Bashirullah, Professor and Director of Libraries, hosted a three day Digitization Course where more than 30 participants from four universities learned about digitization and how to become part of the Digital Library of the Caribbean. The dLOC co-Director Gayle Williams, Project Coordinator Brooke Wooldridge and dLOC Programmers/Trainers Mark Sullivan and Lourdes Santamaría all traveled to Cumana to facilitate this training and meet with other potential dLOC partners who were invited to the training.

During this event, the dLOC trainers presented an overview of digital library software, digitization standards including recommended equipment and software, scanning recommendations and image editing tools, copyright protections and metadata creation. In addition, dLOC launched a newly updated Toolkit which streamlines the process for partners and members to provide content to dLOC.

The Universidad de Oriente is one of the original five founding partners of dLOC, and we are very excited to begin incorporating their submissions into the digital library. The University was created in 1958 and now has a network of five campuses throughout eastern Venezuela. The University's Digital Library already provides a wealth of regional historical information and University publications including two academic journals and a growing number of student theses and dissertations.

Official Call
Digital Library of the Caribbean Advisory Board Members
February 2008

The Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC) relies upon Caribbeanist scholars to contribute their support and expertise to help shape the direction of its collections and to develop its services.  Four U.S. and five Caribbean institutions have been awarded a U.S. Department of Education Technological Innovation and Cooperation for Foreign Information Access (TICFIA) grant to build the Digital Library of the Caribbean.  This award is for the four-year period October 2005 - September 2009.

 dLOC is accepting applications for four new dLOC Advisory Board members.  During the past two years, the Advisory Board provided feedback and support for the project to help the collection of resources grow to over 2,500 titles (www.dloc.com). This new 2008-2009 Advisory Board will play a vital role in the continued success and sustainability of dLOC.  The Board will provide guidance to the dLOC Executive Committee and the co-Directors by reviewing proposals for collections, by nominating collections for inclusion, and by reviewing standards developed by the sub-committees.

The Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC) is a multifaceted and collaborative international digital library project that will preserve and increase access to valuable resources for the study of the Caribbean and the advancement of Caribbean Studies.  The dLOC will be an umbrella for digital projects and collections from and about the Caribbean that might exist in isolation at a single institution, thus providing a critical mass of resources in a single space.  This digital library will comprise collections facilitate the examination the similarities and differences in histories, cultures, languages and governmental systems throughout the Caribbean and circum-Caribbean.

The members of the Board should be skilled in technical issues, in relevant academic disciplines, and/or in curriculum development. Members should be active members of CSA and be willing to attend an annual dLOC meeting at CSA.  No travel money is available, but Advisory Board Members will receive an annual honorarium of $100.  Members will serve a two-year term from March 2008 through December 2009 and can be reappointed.

The dLOC Advisory Board will be chaired by Dr. Cristina Eguizábal, Principal Investigator and Director of the Latin American and Caribbean Center at Florida International University and by Dr. Carmen Diana Deere, co-PI and Director of the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Florida.

If interested in becoming a member of the dLOC Advisory Board, please send a statement of interest and qualifications to project coordinator Brooke Wooldridge at (dloc@fiu.edu <mailto:dloc@fiu.edu>) before March 1, 2008.