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Caribbean Newspaper Digital Library Awarded Prestigious TICFIA Grant, July 2009
The Latin American and Caribbean Center (LACC) at Florida International University and the Center
for Latin American Studies at the University of Florida (UF), in consortium with the libraries at FlU,
UF, the University of Central Florida (UCF), the University of South Florida (USF), the University of
the Virgin Islands (UVI), and 15 Caribbean institutions and publishers, have been awarded a U.S.
Department of Education Technological Innovation and Cooperation for Foreign Information Access
(TICFIA) grant to build the Caribbean Newspaper Digital Library (CNDL). This project will foster an
understanding of the Caribbean region through increased research assisted by advanced
technology, shared collections and inter-institutional collaboration.
The Caribbean Newspaper Digital Library will be built within the Digital Library of the Caribbean and
will establish a collaborative international digital newspaper library that will preserve and increase
access to valuable resources for the study of the Caribbean and the advancement of Caribbean
Studies. CNDL will be an umbrella for regional newspaper digitization including literary news
journals, traditional newspapers, government gazettes, and other works in newsprint. The project
partners will create a critical mass of endangered resources that are currently available with only
limited access to researchers.
The CNDL will use Federal funds to meet the following goals:
Increase access to and preserve Caribbean newspapers of note in English, French, Haitian
Creole, Spanish, Dutch, and Papiamento by digitizing, archiving and making them searchable
through a centralized interface;
Digitize complete runs of individual Caribbean newspaper titles, whenever possible, to unite
Build capacity for newspaper preservation and access in the Caribbean region by developing
a multi-layered, comprehensive digital preservation and metadata creation training
program with guidelines for negotiating Internet distribution permissions from targeted
Cultivate new research initiatives among Caribbean scholars by providing increased access
through full text searching and article-level indexing;
Create tools to assist with overall newspaper digitization and create software to assist with
newspaper segmentation, both manually and automatically, into the individual article level;
Ensure sustainability of the CNDL by consolidating existing organizational and technical
frameworks established by the Digital Library of the Caribbean and assist local partners in
incorporating newspaper digitization into national public policy agendas, and support for
secondary grant-writing and other fundraising activities.
This award grants approximately $440,000 for a four-year period beginning in October 2009 and
running through September 2013. The CNDL is one of thirteen awards granted in this cycle.
Key Personnel on this project include:
Principal Investigator: Dr. Cristina Eguizabal, LACC, FlU; Co- Principal Investigator: Dr. Philip J. Williams,
Center for Latin American Studies, UF; Project Director (s): Gayle Williams, Latin American and Caribbean
Information Services Librarian, FlU; Co-Project Director: Judith Rogers, Campus Librarian, UVI; Digital Library
of the Caribbean Project Coordinator: Brooke Wooldridge, FlU; Technical Director: Dr. Laurie Taylor, Interim
Director, Digital Library Center, UF; Metadata Control Director: Laila Miletic-Vejzovic, Special Collections &
University Archives, UCF
Please contact Gayle Williams with any questions, (305) 348-2228, firstname.lastname@example.org.