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Digital Library of the Caribbean: Crossing Borders   printer-friendly-version
Program: Technological Innovation and Cooperation for Foreign Information Access
Award Number: P337A050016
Grant Period: 10/01/2005 - 09/30/2010
World Area: International
Funding:
2005:  $115,000
2006:  $115,000
2007:  $115,000
2008:  $115,000
Total:  $460,000
Institution: Florida International University
Project Director: Cristina Eguiz√°bal

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Tel: 305-348-2894
Email: cristina.eguizabal@fiu.edu
 
Abstract:
In order to preserve and increase access to valuable resources for the study of the Caribbean and the advancement of Caribbean Studies, the Latin American and Caribbean Center at Florida International University, in consortium with the University of Central Florida, University of Florida and the University of the Virgin Islands, proposes a multifaceted and collaborative international digital library project. The Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC) intends to cross borders and build collaboration among diverse institutions to share resources in a common space, thus expanding the range of Caribbean materials available to scholars, students and citizens through enhanced electronic access in multilingual interfaces.

The Caribbean comprises a diverse mix of cultures, histories and peoples that share a common space. This region illustrates trends in migration and nation-state building that are currently taking place on a world scale, and is thus a significant focus of study for scholars and students alike. Pan-Caribbean research will provide scholars, leaders, and citizens with the resources necessary to build an understanding of issues central to our lives today and to construct effective current policies and sound strategies for the future.

This digital library will comprise collections that examine the similarities and differences in histories, cultures, languages, and governmental systems. 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.

Building upon the success of a cooperative pilot project and the progress made at the first dLOC Planning Meeting in July 2004 at the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras, this project proposes to use Federal funds to meet the following goals: 1) Increase access to Caribbean research resources by digitizing and making available through centralized searching collections of note, in English, French, and Spanish, including from the Archives Nationales d'Haiti, Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Fundación Global Desarrollo y Democracia (Dominican Republic), National Library of Jamaica, and Universidad de Oriente (Venezuela); 2) Build capacity by developing a multi-layered and comprehensive digitization training program for international partners; 3) Advance Caribbean Studies by building an aggressive and engaging outreach program that delivers these collections to scholars, to the classroom, and to the general public; 4) Cultivate the development of new research initiatives among Caribbean scholars by providing a supportive framework to disseminate this work; 5) Ensure sustainability of the dLOC by consolidating the organizational framework, both in governance and technical infrastructure.
 
Languages: Countries:
Dutch (Flemish)
English
French
Haitian Creole
Spanish
Yucatec Maya
Anguilla
Antigua and Barbuda
Aruba
Bahamas
Barbados
Belize
Bermuda
Brazil
British Virgin Islands
Cayman Islands
Colombia
Costa Rica
Cuba
Dominican Republic
El Salvador
French Guiana
Grenada
Guadeloupe
Guatemala
Guyana
Haiti
Honduras
Jamaica
Martinique
Mexico
Netherlands Antilles
Panama
Puerto Rico
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Suriname
Trinidad and Tobago
Turks and Caicos Islands
United States of America
Venezuela
Virgin Islands
 
Disciplines: Subjects:
Anthropology
Archaeology
Area studies
Art/art history
Ethnic studies
Foreign languages and literature
International/area studies
Sociology
Area Studies
Collaboration
Dissemination
Instructional Materials
Interdisciplinary Studies
K-12 Teacher Education
Less Commonly Taught Languages (LCTL)
Library
Multidisciplinary Studies
Outreach
Research
Technology
Underrepresented Groups
 
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