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Program: Technological Innovation and Cooperation for Foreign Information Access
Award Number: P337A020012
Grant Period: 10/01/2002 - 09/30/2006
World Area: Middle East
2002:  $145,000
2003:  $145,000
2004:  $145,000
Total:  $435,000
Institution: Yale University
Project Director: Ann Okerson
Sterling Memorial Library
New Haven, Connecticut 06520-8240
Tel: 203-432-1764
Fax: 203-432-7231
Email: ann.okerson@yale.edu
The Yale University Library is leading and coordinating a collaborative project to make important Middle Eastern language resources widely available. First, Project Online Access to Consolidated Information on Serials (OACIS) has created a publicly and freely accessible, continuously updated prototype union list of Middle East journals and serials, including those available in print, microform, and online. Project OACIS is available via the Internet for readers anywhere in the world, provided they have access to networked computers. Designed to exploit electronic networked information technologies, the database contains full bibliographical information and precise holdings (with owning libraries identified) for journals and serials related to the Middle East and published in numerous languages. Far more than a union list, Project OACIS has begun to serve as a gateway to several thousand (from well-known to rarely held) serial and journal titles published not only in traditional formats, but also increasingly electronically, for delivery via the Internet. At the moment, perhaps 100 Middle Eastern full-text journal titles -- including those in Arabic languages -- are available electronically, and the numbers are growing rapidly, offering significant improvement in access and convenience to readers.