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Ul W I4 Mission
dLOC's diverse partners serve an international community of
scholars, students, and citizens by working together to
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Access to Caribbean Resources
The amount of open access content available through dLOC surpasses many commercial Caribbean
collections and includes newspapers, official documents, ecological and economic data, maps,
histories, travel accounts, literature, poetry, musical expressions, and artifacts. dLOC now provides
access to 1,298,224 pages of content related to the Caribbean. dLOC registered a cumulative total of
2,000,853 hits from April 2006-October 2010.
All content available openly: www.dloc.corn
The freely available dLOC Toolkit, training support and continued improvement of the technology
with faceted and geographic searching and new user features are keys to the project's success. Local
funding supports the costs of digitization for dLOC which will enable the project to continue to grow.
The more than twenty partners demonstrate the value of dLOC's content for technology exchange.
Software openly available here: http ://dloc. corn/software
Digitization training program for international partners
Since 2005, dLOC has delivered on-site training to more than 375
people during 25 in-country training. Through training at the
Caribbean Library Association (ACURIL) conference, dLOC F W
reached 100 people through workshops and 600 with poster
presentations. The tri-lingual digitization training manual, online
videos and other supports provide partners with the skills to build
local digitization programs. New opportunities for training )
continue to develop.
Details and training materials: http: //dloc. com/info training
Caribbean Studies K-12 Educational Outreach
Through collaboration with the Title VI National Resource Centers for Latin American Studies at
Florida International University and the University of Florida, dLOC provides teacher training
workshops, presentations and booths at local and national conferences and a nation-wide lesson plan
competition have reached thousands of K-12 teachers. The Teaching Guides collection now hosts 36
titles with over 6,500 hits. dLOC continues to work with teachers and seek contributions to encourage
the study of the Caribbean at the K-12 level.
New research initiatives
In October, 2010, dLOC received $440,000 in funding over
four years from the U.S. Department of Education TICFIA
program to develop a collaborative online collection of
historical and contemporary newspapers and literary
journals. The Caribbean Newspaper Digital Library has
already received significant praise from scholars. It is through
access to these rare resources that new and innovative research
initiatives can begin.
In response to the earthquake in Haiti on January 12, 2010, dLOC established the Protecting Haitian
Patrimony Initiative to support recovery and preservation projects in Haiti. PHPI has provided
support valued at $50,000 for the libraries to secure their collections and initiated a collaborative
online exhibit with top scholars on Haiti's history.
Building upon the strength of dLOC's partnerships, Florida International University's Strengthening
Caribbean Research through Technology project, funded at $48,000 over 3 years, will provide
faculty and students with the tools to incorporate dLOC sources from the Caribbean into teaching and
Haiti, An Island Luminous will pair expert commentary and original documents to introduce users to
five hundred years of Haitian history. The exhibit, scheduled to launch in the 2012, promotes an
understanding of the complexity of Haitian history through
increased access to research resources with contributions from
current scholars and students, as well as excerpts from past
publications, and direct links providing free access to books,
manuscripts and newspapers.
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Sustainability and Governance
The governance structures of dLOC ensure the project's future. The Executive Board determines
policy-making, planning and fundraising efforts while the Academic Advisory Board is an active,
guiding force that bridges dLOC with broader academic communities.
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