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Title: Electronic Access for Library Patrons in Haiti and Abroad ( Grant Proposal )
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Creator: Wooldridge, Brooke
Affiliation: Florida International University
Publisher: Florida International University Libraries
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Publication Date: August 15, 2009
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FLORIDA
INTERNATIONAL
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August 15, 2009

The Elsevier Foundation
360 Park Avenue South
New York, NY 10010-1710
Dear Program for Innovative Libraries in Developing Countries,

The Florida International University Libraries (FIU), along with the University of Florida Libraries
(UF), the Collaborative Initiative for French Language Collections (CIFNAL), the National Library
of Haiti (Bibliotheque Nationale d'HaTti, BNH) and the Brothers of the Holy Spirit Haitian Library
(Bibliotheque HaTtienne des Peres du Saint-Esprit, BHPSE) propose to create the first online
public access catalogs (OPACs) for these prestigious Haitian libraries. While working against
considerable funding and infrastructure constraints, both of these libraries have been very
successful in continuing to provide services to their users. This proposal for Electronic Access
for Library Patrons in Haiti and Abroad will enable these libraries to take a vital first step in the
automation and sharing of their resources.

The key objectives for this program are to:

Build library infrastructure and technology though electronic access to the current
library catalog through a local network and an online public access catalog (OPAC)
Increase efficiency of researchers, students, policymakers and library staff by
providing immediate online access to searchable library catalogs and digital
reproductions when possible through a digital interlibrary loan request system
Use the CDS ISIS library management system to move towards automated BNH and
BHPSE library functionalities (cataloging, acquisitions, circulation, Interlibrary Loan
and OPAC), converting from a current manual system to a MARC format that would
allow for cooperative networking and resource sharing among both internal library
departments and external library partners.
Develop ongoing training and support via peer to peer relationships between
librarians at the partner institutions in Haiti and the members of the CIFNAL
These collections include rare historical documents and sources of pertinent and valuable
information on society, health, and disease, with exacting documentation on the movement of
people into and through Haiti, the living conditions under slavery, prior crop and disease cycles,
underlying infrastructure for various cities, and more.
To achieve these goals, FlU is requesting $23,973 in support from the Elsevier Foundation.
Thank you very much for your consideration of this proposal, and the work you are supporting in
libraries across the globe.
For more information, please contact Robert Gutierrez, Director of Pre-Award, Office of
Sponsored Research, at robert.gutierrez@fiu.edu or 305 348 2494.

Sincerely,

Laura K. Probst
Dean, Florida International University Libraries


Florida International University Libraries
11200 SW 8th Street GL 225 Miami, FL, 33140 Tel:3053482228 Fax3053486579







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2. Goals and plan: A clear description of the program goals and implementation plan,
including timeframe.

The Electronic Access for Library Patrons in Haiti and Abroad program will convert two of the

principle library bibliographic management systems in Haiti from a manual system to a MARC

format that would allow for cooperative networking and resource sharing among both internal

library departments and external library partners. Currently, many of the libraries and

researchers most basic functions are dependent upon handwritten notations, individual phone

calls requesting copies of materials that have been located by outdated bibliographies, word of

mouth conversations, or personal knowledge from researchers traveling to Port-au-Prince and

visiting various libraries to find resources. Providing access to the holdings of these two

institutions will enable more research to be conducted on Haiti and more efficient and thorough

research processes that incorporate intelligent retrieval tools that rely on sophisticated cross-

references or methods such as searching for phrases with similar spellings.


In addition to creating OPACs for BNH and BHPSE, the FlU Libraries propose to add a digital

interlibrary loan request system. As the administrative partner for the Digital Library of the

Caribbean (www.dloc.com), the FlU Libraries have the proven infrastructure to support

digitization for access and preservation, with online hosting of materials for access and

redundant long term archives for preservation. By creating a fully functioning OPAC, this project

will create the necessary access points for information on materials and for requesting access to

digitized versions of those materials.


Goals:

Build library infrastructure and technology though electronic access to the current
library catalog through a local network and an online public access catalog (OPAC)
Increase efficiency of researchers, students, policymakers and library staff by
providing immediate online access to searchable library catalogs and digital
reproductions when possible through a digital interlibrary loan request system
Use the CDS ISIS library management system to move towards automated BNH and
BHPSE library functionalities (cataloging, acquisitions, circulation, Interlibrary Loan
and OPAC), converting from a current manual system to a MARC format that would
allow for cooperative networking and resource sharing among both internal library
departments and external library partners.
Develop ongoing training and support via peer to peer relationships between
librarians at the partner institutions in Haiti and the members of the CIFNAL


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Implementation Plan:

The Electronic Access for Library Patrons in Haiti and Abroad will rely on the combined strengths

of the three U.S. partner institutions and the talent and dedication of two the libraries in Haiti.

The following timeline addresses the four primary tasks necessary for the successful completion

of this program:

Establish Electronic Catalog Interface for CDS ISIS

In order to develop the electronic catalog interface, first the two Haitian libraries will send

electronic copies of their current database to the dLOC programmer at the University of Florida.

For the next two months, the programmer will create the electronic catalog interface with the

support from the two library specialists associated with this project. In the fourth month, both

the programmer and librarian will travel to Haiti to test the program with the two library

partners in Haiti. Based on this feedback from the Haiti library partners, the programmer will

revise the library catalog and return in the seventh month to launch the on-site library catalog

network. After two months of on-site testing, the project will launch the online catalog. The

final month will allow time for additional revisions based on the feedback from the online

catalog. Project personnel will document the entire development process to ensure that similar

libraries in developing countries can replicate this solution.


Create Internal Network for catalog
The dLOC project coordinator will facilitate the purchase and shipping of the equipment to the

project partners, and the dLOC programmer will build the network and train a local

representative at each location to troubleshoot minor difficulties that may arise during the two

on-site visits in months four and seven.


Develop peer to peer relationships between Haiti/CIFNAL
During the first three months of the project, the dLOC / CIFNAL project coordinator will develop

a listserv and community workspace to facilitate communication between CIFNAL librarians in

the United States and librarians in Haiti. This listserv will promote awareness of projects,

technologies and materials held in both the United States and Haiti. During months four

through ten, the librarians from both countries will form small groups to facilitate the exchange


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and collaboration on specific projects. During the final two months, the groups will submit
recommendations for future collaborations between libraries in Haiti and CIFNAL.


Update CDS ISIS catalog records /Digitize and provide links to out of copyright works

In the first month, the subcontracts will be prepared for the Haitian libraries to hire a local
intern for months two through eleven to ensure the catalog is complete, update catalog records
as necessary and digitize out of copyright materials using dLOC digitization standards which will
be identified either by library staff or via patron requests. In months four, seven, nine and ten,
the intern will work with library staff and the programmer to update the catalog records in the
electronic database as it is being created. The intern will provide a report of his/her activities in
months four, eight and twelve that will detail the tasks completed during the previous period.


Tasks Steps to Implement Timeline
Month 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Establish 1. Export CDS ISIS catalog
Electronic Catalog 2. Program interface
Interface for CDS
3. Test 1 in Haiti
ISIS
4. Feedback/Revisions
5. Launch library network
6. Revisions
7. Launch OPAC
8. Feedback/Revisions
9. Documentation


Create Internal
Network for
catalog


Develop peer to
peer relationships
between Haiti /
CIFNAL


Update CDS ISIS
catalog records/
Digitize and
provide links to
out of copyright
works


1. Purchase equipment
2. Ship to Haiti
3. Build network/train
local technician


1. Create listserv to
facilitate exchange
2. Pair librarians from
Haiti/US to identify
areas of collaboration
3. Share final report of
group suggestions.
4. Prepare subcontract for
local libraries
5. Hire student intern
6. Update records, Digitize
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7. Update catalog/OPAC
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3. Innovation: How will the program introduce new ideas, capabilities and/or capacity for
the institution or country? How the program would serve as a model for others.

This project will enable two of the most prestigious libraries in Haiti to provide electronic access

to their catalogs for the first time. While both the BHPSE and the BNH have their catalogs in

electronic form in CDS ISIS1, neither institution have had the resources to make this catalog

either searchable by patrons inside the library or electronically via an online catalog. As a result,

many of the libraries' most basic functions are dependent upon individual phone calls or emails

requesting copies of materials that have been located by outdated bibliographies, word of

mouth conversations or personal knowledge gained from those who have traveled to Port-au-

Prince to conduct research.


For researchers, providing access to the holdings of these two institutions will make conducting

work on Haiti more efficient and thorough. Currently, significant time is spent reading

bibliographies and struggling to make the personal connections necessary to know what

materials are available and then which library might have the resource. In addition, providing

access to these catalogs online will encourage new scholars to undertake research that

incorporate intelligent retrieval tools that rely on sophisticated cross-references or methods

such as searching for phrases with similar spellings.


For the libraries, enabling researchers to search the collections electronically will decrease the

number of basic information requests by patrons and allow the library staff to dedicate more

resources to the development and maintenance of the collections and the catalogs.


4. Impact: The significance of the program's intended impact on science, health and society
in that country or globally.

Access to electronically search library catalogs is vital for any research program. Dominique

Coulombe, Senior Scholarly Resources Librarian at Brown and a specialist in Francophone

African and Caribbean Studies stated that "online access to resources held in the National



1 Unesco's CDS ISIS (Computerised Documentation Service / Integrated Set of Information Systems) is library
automation software package developed, maintained and disseminated free of charge by UNESCO. Released in
1985, the software is used by many small and medium sized collections in developing nations to catalog and
control their collections.


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Library of Haiti and Bibliotheque haTtienne des Peres du Saint-Esprit would facilitate the

discovery of texts and documents held in these libraries and greatly enhance the teaching and

scholarly work of the Caribbean region." While many important materials on Haitian history are

held in international libraries, there are many significant publications and manuscript collections

that are only accessible in country.

Enabling these resources to be easily discoverable will enable researchers to more easily find

and consult the resources. Researchers are steadily working to uncover new primary resources

to better understand the various perspectives of Haitian history including the colonization,

revolution, post-revolution internal and external politics, environment, health issues, culture

and many more. These collections include rare historical documents and sources of pertinent

and rich information on society, health, and disease, with exacting documentation on the

movement of people into and through Haiti, the living conditions under slavery, prior crop and

disease cycles, on underlying infrastructure for various cities, and more. These unique materials

on Haiti are exceedingly valuable even now, with core information brokers like Google lacking

adequate maps for use during disasters. It is through continued support of the local libraries in

Haiti that the information for this research will be made accessible today and to future

researchers. Investments in the technology and training of the staffs of these libraries better

prepares them to serve this vital role in the research process.


When asked to discuss what having access to these catalogs would mean for research and

scholarship, Kate Ramsey, an Assistant Professor of History at the University of Miami replied:

I am thrilled to learn of the Digital Library of the Caribbean's efforts to enable
electronic access, both locally and online, to the catalogs of the Bibliotheque
National d'Haiti and the Bibliotheque haTtienne des Peres du Saint-Esprit.
These are extremely significant initiatives that will greatly benefit students and
scholars in Haiti as well as internationally. It will be invaluable for researchers
who work on Haiti to be able to access information about these collections
remotely, and through key word searches. I am certain that this will enable new
discoveries about these extremely rich collections, even on the parts of those
who already know them well. For students, having electronic access to these
catalogs will be an enormous boon for their studies, and will enable, I am sure,
greater and better use of these collections in years to come. In short, I cannot
stress enough the important of the Digital Library of the Caribbean's initiative,
and its worthiness of generous funding.


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This new access to electronic information will impact the scientific scholarship in Haiti

across disciplines and in the public sector through easier and more thorough access to

historical information necessary to conduct research or make policy decisions.


5. Sustainability: How will the benefits of the program be sustained after the grant has been
expended.

This project will create local electronic access to the catalog for patrons inside the library and

online access for both the BNH and the BHPSE. Both library partners in Haiti have already

created their bibliographic database in CDS ISIS. Once the Greenstone interface is developed

and the process for updating the records is established, the current staff at the library will be

able to maintain the software. The U.S. partners in this project are committed to providing

continued support for these Haitian libraries. Through the Digital Library of the Caribbean, both

FlU and UF have proven that they can provide continued support to international partners in

collaborative projects. In addition, both libraries in Haiti are partners in another four year

project (October 2009-September 2013) funded by the U.S. Department of Education to

establish a Caribbean Newspaper Digital Library which will ensure ongoing collaboration and

contact even after this grant has been expended.


6. Budget: The total amount of the grant requested and justification for the requested
amount, including a clear budget overview spreadsheet that indicates in as much detail as
possible intended expenditures and other sources of funding, if any.

The budget for this project is based on the experience of FlU in administering library projects in

Haiti. The hardware, travel and staff support for Haiti will ensure that the U.S. and Haitian

libraries successfully complete this project within the projected timeline. Please see the budget

overview spreadsheet for more details.


In addition to this funding for the development of the electronic access to the library catalogs,

the Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC), a federally funded grant shared between FIU and UF,

will support two additional digitization training opportunities with these two partner

institutions. In addition, the U.S. Embassy in Haiti has just purchased a state of the art overhead

scanner for brittle materials, financed the training for dLOC partners in Haiti, and continues to

support the preservation of and access to Haitian historical resources.


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7. Evaluation: How the program will be measured and evaluated and how its results will be
reported.

This program has four clearly defined tasks that serve as the basis for the evaluation of the

project. The implementation plan outlines clear tasks and the dLOC project coordinator will

follow-up with people responsible for each task to ensure consistent progress on each of the

following tasks. The implementation plan identifies dates for final reports and the compilation

of the technical documentation. These reports will serve as the basis for the final evaluation

report prepared by the project coordinator for the Foundation.


8. Organization and partnership: A description of the organization requesting the grant,
confirmation of its status as a non-profit entity, and a listing of key officers and staff who
will direct the implementation of the program. Description of key program partners, if
any.

Florida International University is a major public research university in Miami, FL, and was

established by Chapter 65-297, Laws of Florida, which was approved by the Governor and filed

with the Secretary of State's office on June 22, 1965. Chapter 65-297 was codified into Section

240.523 of the Florida Statutes (1997) and is currently codified in Section 1000.21, Florida

Statutes (2004). The Library at FIU actively collects Caribbean materials for both its general and

special collection holdings. In addition, the FlU Latin American and Caribbean Services Librarian

developed the framework for dLOC and this position continues to serve as the co-Director of the

program. In coordination with the Latin American and Caribbean Center, the FlU Libraries

manages the over $400,000 grant that is developing dLOC, houses the project coordinator, and

will begin a new four year project digitizing Caribbean newspapers in the fall.


UF has worked closely with FlU as co-recipients of the U.S. Department of Education Title VI

Latin American Area Studies Center grant for 12 years. The UF Libraries have one of the

strongest Caribbean and Haitian collections in the United States, and has historically focused on

collecting Caribbean materials. UF was designated as the Caribbean collector by the U.S.

government's Farmington Plan in the 1950s. In addition, the UF Digital Library Center (UFDC)

has developed one of the nation's premier digital libraries, and has successfully completed

multiple grant funded collaborative projects. UFDC serves as the technical lead on the

Technological Innovation and Cooperation for Foreign Information Access grant funded Digital


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Library of the Caribbean since 2004, and its staff has trained all of the dLOC partners in the

standards of digital preservation and metadata creation.






Additional Partners

Global Resources Network of the Center for Research Libraries' Collaborative Initiative
for French Language Collections (CIFNAL)
Working group to promote and facilitate the cooperative exchange of ideas and
resources between French and North American libraries.

Bibliotheque haitienne des Peres du Saint-Esprit (BHPSE)
15,000 titles of Haitian history, French colonization, slavery and emancipation, including
manuscript collections of Haitian revolutionaries: Toussaint, Dessaline, Christophe, etc.

Bibliotheque national d'Haiti (BNH)
23,000 titles, of which approximately 1,000 are rare.
Library holdings document Haitian culture, social studies and ecosystems

Key Project Personnel:

The key personnel from the U.S. partner institutions associated with this project have

significant experience working the Caribbean through professional experience in their

field as well as involvement with dLOC. The two key personnel from the Haitian

Libraries are directors of their respective institutions and have the knowledge and will to

ensure this project's success.

Gayle Williams, Latin American and Caribbean Services Librarian, FlU, dLOC Co-Director
Matthew Loving, Romance Languages Librarian, UF, dLOC/CIFNAL Coordinator
Mark Sullivan, Systems Programmer, UF, dLOC Programmer
Brooke Wooldridge, dLOC Project Coordinator, FIU
Franciose Thybulle, Director, National Library of Haiti
Patrick Tardieu, Director, Fathers of the Holy Spirit Library


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Detailed Budget Overview

Budget Categories Year 1
Travel
a. Initial Network Set up and Test in Haiti 3,220
b. Launch Library Network 2,480

Equipment
a. 2 OPAC Serving Computers 3,598
b. 6 Computer Workstations 2,796
c. 2 Linksys Etherfast Cable/DSL Router with 4 Port Switch 100
d. Ethernet Cable 100

Contractual
2 Interns at Partner Libraries to update catalog / digitize holdings 8,000

Other
Shipping 1,500

Total Direct 21,794
Indirect Costs 1,900
Total Costs $23,694

Travel a: Initial Network Set up and Test in Haiti will take place in the fourth month. The network specialist and
librarian will build the network and test the first version of the local catalog. Six days are required to test the new
software and collect feedback. Breakdown of expenses per person Flight: $500, Hotel: $720, Per Diem: $240,
Incidentals: $150
Travel b: Launch Library network will take place in the seventh month. The network specialist and librarian will travel
implement the revisions from the initial test and launch the local library network. Four days will allow the team time to
revise the initial network and address any on-site complications. Breakdown of expenses per person Flight: $500,
Hotel: $480, Per Diem: $160, Incidentals: $150

Equipment a: Base: Dual Precision T5500 Workstation
Processor: Dual (2) Dual Core Intel Xeon Processors E5502, 1.86Ghx, 4M L3, 4.8 GT/s
Chassis Configuration: Mini-Tower Chassis
Memory: 2 GB, DDR3 Memory, 1066 Mhz, ECC (2 DIMMS)
Warranty: 3 year
Video Card: 356MB NVIDIA Quadro NVS 295
RAID Configuration: All SATA drives, RAID 0, 2 drive total
Hard Drive 1: 80GB SATA 3.0 GB/s
Hard Drive 2: 80GB SATA 3.0 GB/s
No monitor
Equipment b: Base: Optiplex 360 Desktop Base
Processor: Intel Celeron Processor 450 ( 2.2Ghx, 512k, 800Mhz FSB)
Warranty: 3 year warranty
Memory: 1.0 GB DDR2 Non-ECC SDRAM, 800Mhz
Hard Drive: 80 GB 7200 RPOM SATA 3.0 GB/S
Video Card: Integrated
Monitor: Dell E170SB, 17 inch, Flat Panel
Contractual: Intern to update CDS ISIS catalog and digitize out of copyright materials. 10 months x $400 x 2
people = $8,000
Shipping Costs: To ship materials from manufacturer to Miami and then to Port au Prince, Haiti.
Indirect Costs: Rate of 10%, not including the computers over $1000


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UF FLORIDA

George A. Smathers Libraries 535 Library West
Office of the Dean of University Libraries PO Box 117000
Gainesville, FL 32611-7000
352-273-2505
352-392-7251 Fax
www.uflib.ufl.edu

August 6, 2009

The Elsevier Foundation
360 Park Avenue South
New York, NY 10010-1710

Dear Program for Innovative Libraries in Developing Countries Reviewers:

Please accept this letter of support for Florida International University (FIU) Libraries' proposal to the
Elsevier Foundation. This project will create the first online public access catalogs (OPACs) for two
prestigious libraries in Haiti: the National Library of Haiti (Bibliothbque Nationale d'Haiti, BNH) and the
Brothers of the Holy Spirit Haitian Library (Bibliotheque Haitienne des Peres du Saint-Esprit, BHPSE).

The proposed technology infrastructure to create OPACs is an important step towards increasing
accessibility of Haiti's collections to diverse audiences. As libraries of national importance, BNH and
BHPSE use their collections to support researchers worldwide. Providing online access to up-to-date
information on their holdings will advance research by facilitating greater access for scholars, faculty, and
students around the world. Also, making collections information available online will facilitate
development of teaching resources for study abroad, internships, and other projects. Providing information
on these collections will allow researchers to more immediately locate and access needed resources.

Further, this project will build on prior and ongoing collaboration among the FIU Libraries, University of
Florida Libraries (UF), Collaborative Initiative for French Language Collections (CIFNAL), BNH and
BHPSE. These partners have worked together over decades to share and preserve collections, and are
currently building the Digital Library of the Caribbean (www.dloc.com). Collaborative efforts have
focused on sharing copies of collection items through microfilm and digitization. While the Digital Library
of the Caribbean provides an optimal framework for digitization of materials, it can only provide access to
items after digitization. BNH and BHPSE's vast, rich holdings remain hidden. Access is dependent on
personal connections and physical travel to Haiti.

The UF Libraries' participation in this project will strengthen the collaborative network among Florida and
Caribbean libraries by facilitating greater access to collections. The UF Libraries staff from Romance
Languages & Area Studies and the Digital Library Center will aid in training, technological installation
and configuration, and ensure regular data backups so that this project's new infrastructure cannot be lost.

FIU Libraries' proposed plan to create OPACs for two libraries in Haiti has my highest endorsement.

Sincerely,


J dith C. Russell
ean of University Libraries

cc: Laura K. Probst, Dean, Florida International University Libraries
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August 9, 2009

The Elsevier Foundation
360 Park Avenue South
New York, NY 10010-1710


Dear Program for Innovative Libraries in Developing Countries,

The Collaborative Initiative for French Language Collections (CIFNAL) would like to urge the Elsevier
Foundation to approve the support the development of local catalog networks and online catalogs for the
National Library and the Fathers of the Holy Spirit Library in Haiti. CIFNAL is a working group under
the aegis of the Global Resources Network of the Center for Research Libraries working to promote and
facilitate the cooperative exchange of ideas and resources between French and North American libraries.
CIFNAL recently entered into an agreement with the Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC) to improve
electronic access to francophone library and archive collections in the French Caribbean, and we see this
proposal as an important first step in improving awareness and access to these important collections.

CIFNAL has appointed Matthew Loving, Romance Languages Librarian at the University of Florida, as
the project coordinator for the Digital Library of the Caribbean. It is with his leadership that CIFNAL will
support the exchanges outlined in the proposal such as the listserv, community workspace, and
professional exchanges. The librarians that collaborate with CIFNAL have shown significant interest in
supporting collaborations that will increase awareness of materials held in Haiti, and will gladly
participate in the exchanges outlined in the proposal.

More generally, providing researchers with access to electronically search for materials held in these two
important libraries in Haiti will support new, more efficient production of research on Haiti. In addition,
creating a user friendly programming option for the many users of CDS ISIS worldwide will enable other
institutions to also present their holdings to their local and international users electronically.

I fully endorse this project and recommend it for funding as part of the Innovative Libraries in
Developing Countries Program.

Sincerely,

Claude H. Potts
Librarian for Romance Language Collections











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It is my pleasure to offer this letter of support for the Elsevier Foundation's Grant Program for
Innovative Libraries in Developing Countries. We have a history of successfully working
through the Digital Library of the Caribbean Collaborative framework, and I am confident that
this partnership will allow us to develop both an internally searchable library catalog and an
online version.

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has not enabled us to make our collection searchable for our users. In addi*-:-, thel. k
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11200 SW 8th St.
Green Library 835
Miami, FL 33199

Dear Dean Probst,

It is my pleasure to offer this letter of support for the FIU proposal to Establish Electronic Access
for Library Patrons in Haiti and Abroad for the Elsevier Foundation's Grant Program for Innovative
Libraries in Developing Countries. We have a history of successfully working through the Digital
Library of the Caribbean collaborative framework, and I am confident that this partnership will
allow us to develop both an internally searchable library catalogue and an online version.

While our records are currently catalogued using CDS ISIS, the user interface for that program
has not enabled us to make our collection searchable for our users. In addition, the lack of
consistent power and internet access make locally searching an online catalogue not viable.
Therefore, this combination of a local network and online catalogue will be the most useful given
our current situation.

The opportunity to develop inter-library relationships between staff in the Haiti and the United
States will continue to develop new partnerships that will improve research and teaching in both
countries. In addition, having the funds to support an intern in our location will allow the library
to build local interest and talent in the field of library science.

Sincerely,


Patrick Tardieu, conservateur




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