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Local Archives and Libraries: A Project of American Overseas Research Centers   printer-friendly-version
Program: Technological Innovation and Cooperation for Foreign Information Access
Award Number: P337A050008
Grant Period: 10/01/2005 - 09/30/2010
World Areas: International
Africa
Asia
East Asia
Latin America
Middle East
Funding:
2005:  $189,000
2006:  $189,000
2007:  $189,000
2008:  $189,000
Total:  $756,000
Institution: American Institute for Yemeni Studies
Project Director: Maria Ellis
P.O. Box 311
Ardmore, Pennsylvania 19003
Tel: 6108965412
Fax: 6108969049
Email: mellis@sas.upenn.edu
Web: www.lalorc.org, www.aiys.org/lalorc/, www.dlir.org
 
Abstract:
In 2005 the American Institute for Yemeni Studies (AIYS), acting on behalf of partner American Overseas Research Centers (AORCs) and their umbrella organization, the Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC), was awarded a four-year matching grant by the U.S. Department of Education's Technological Innovation and Cooperation for Foreign Information Access (TICFIA) program to identify archival and library collections in the countries where AORCs are established, and to partner with them and with the AORCs existing local institutional and academic connections in order to undertake focused field efforts provide access to this rich vein of previously inaccessible material.

The mission of American Overseas Research Centers (AORCs) is to foster U.S. research and education on their respective countries. The Local Archives and Libraries project of the AORCs (LALORC project) seeks to meet the critical need for access to little-known and specialized local archival and library resources in foreign countries where they are located through a systematic program of local surveys, collection assessment, prioritized cataloging, and selective preservation, digitization, and dissemination via the existing infrastructure of CAORC's Digital Library for International Research (DLIR).

Work on the LALORC project in the various countries is staggered over the four year grant period in a pattern determined by the serial availability of funds, with four to six AORCs starting work in each of the first three years of the project. The exact nature of the individual LALORC project components varies according to local situations and priorities in each of the countries. Project tasks include: identifying and surveying local collections using a centrally-established survey form, selecting for detailed cataloging, collecting existing metadata and capturing new data; identifying material to be digitized for web presentation, and preparing the digital objects for public dissemination. Not all center projects will need to undertake all steps of this process, but it should be noted that the bulk of the first few years of the grant will be devoted to collecting and processing information for eventual public dissemination. The dissemination itself will in most - but not all - cases only be implemented at the end of the project.

The LALORC project maintains a dedicated informational Web site that covers the individual local components of the project as well as centralized support and processing activities, and gives information on public access to project results as they become available.
 
Languages: Countries:
Arabic
Arabic, Classical
Arabic, Modern Standard
Arabic, Moroccan
Arabic, Sanaani
Arabic, Ta'Izzi-Adeni
Bamanankan
Crioulo, Upper Guinea
English
French
Fulfulde, Pulaar
German
Greek, Modern
Hebrew, Modern
Hindi
Hmong
Jula
Khmer (Cambodian)
Khmer, Northern
Mandinka
Mixtec
Mongolian
More (Mossi)
Nahuatl
Pashto (Pushto)
Pashto, Eastern
Pashto, Southern
Persian
Russian
Sinhala (Sinhalese)
Spanish
Tamil
Turkish
Wolof
Afghanistan
Algeria
Bangladesh
Burkina Faso
Cambodia
Cape Verde
Cote d'Ivoire
Egypt
Gaza Strip
Guinea
India
Iraq
Israel
Jordan
Mali
Mexico
Morocco
Nepal
Niger
Pakistan
Senegal
Sri Lanka
Togo
Turkey
West Bank
Yemen
 
Disciplines: Subjects:
Agriculture
Anthropology
Archaeology
Architecture/urban and regional planning
Area studies
Art/art history
Biological/life sciences
Dance
Drama/theater
Ecology/natural resources
Economics
Education
English
Ethnic studies
Foreign languages and literature
Geography
Global/international relations and studies
History
Interdisciplinary studies
International/area studies
Law
Liberal arts/general studies
Library science
Linguistics
Philosophy
Political science
Religion
Religious studies
Sociology
Tourism
Women's studies
Area Studies
Collaboration
Dissemination
Instructional Materials
Less Commonly Taught Languages (LCTL)
Library
Overseas Opportunities
Professional Development
Research
Surveys And Studies
 
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