||Technological Innovation and Cooperation for Foreign Information Access
||10/01/2005 - 09/30/2010
||American Institute for Yemeni Studies
P.O. Box 311
Ardmore, Pennsylvania 19003
Web: www.lalorc.org, www.aiys.org/lalorc/, www.dlir.org
|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.
Arabic, Modern Standard
Crioulo, Upper Guinea
Architecture/urban and regional planning
Foreign languages and literature
Global/international relations and studies
Liberal arts/general studies
Less Commonly Taught Languages (LCTL)
Surveys And Studies