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Protecting Haitian Patrimony Initiative
Initial Assessment and Recommendations


Protecting Haitian Patrimony Initiative
The Digital Library of the Caribbean's Initiative to
Support the Vulnerable Libraries and Archives of Haiti
Initial Assessment and Recommendations
February 26, 2010


Photographer: Matthew J. Smith
Dramatic contrast that shows the damage from the earthquake and the hope for
another Port-au-Prince that existed even before the earthquake.
Executive Summary:

The Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC) developed the Protecting Haitian Patrimony (PHP)
Initiative to bring together international contributors to assist Haiti with the preservation of
Haitian cultural patrimony while respecting local sovereignty. From February 11-17, 2010, the
dLOC Project Coordinator travelled to Haiti to meet with local leadership and determine the
short, medium and long term goals for the initiative.

This report summarizes the current actions taken in regard to the specific patrimonial
collections in Haiti. It also provides the background necessary to develop coherent,
complementary plans to assist local institutions as they protect the collections and develop
resources to preserve and ensure that the future generations will have access to these
resources. For more details on the PHP Initiative, go to www.dloc.com.

Prepared by Brooke Wooldridge
dLOC Project Coordinator, Florida International University


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CONTENTS:


Background
Summary
How Interested People/Institutions Can Help
Project Timeline
Partner Updates
Groups in Communication with dLOC
Recovery Plans/Needs as Identified by Local Institutions
Acknowledgements
Appendix 1: Report from Jean Wilfrid Bertrand and Francoise Thybulle
Appendix 2: Schedule of Meetings/Appointments


LIST OF ACRONYMS:


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ALA American Library Association
ANH Archives Nationales d'Haiti -- the National Archives of Haiti
BHFIC Bibliotheque ha'tienne des Freres de I'lnstruction
Chretienne -- The library at Saint Louis de Gonzague.
BNH Bibliotheque National d'Haiti -- the National Library of Haiti
BNPHU Biblioteca Nacional Pedro Henriquez Ureia National
Library of the Dominican Republic
BHPSE Bibliotheque ha'tienne des Peres du Saint-Esprit -- The
library at the College Saint Martial
BSF Bibliotheques Sans Frontieres -- Libraries Without Borders
CARBICA Caribbean Regional Branch of the International Council on
Archives
DLOC Digital Library of the Caribbean
ICA International Council on Archives
ICOM International Council of Museums
IFLA International Federation of Library Associations
PHP Initiative Protecting Haitian Patrimony Initiative
TICFIA Technological Innovation and Cooperation for Foreign
Information Access
UNESCO United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural
Organization


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BACKGROUND:

In response to the earthquake on January 12, 2010,
many institutions and individuals have expressed an
interest in supporting Haitian libraries and archives as
they begin the difficult and costly process of rebuilding
and working towards the future. The Digital Library of
the Caribbean (dLOC) has been working closely with its
partner institutions in Port-au-Prince and is poised to "
play a vital role in helping them coordinate their efforts Initial visit to downtown Port-au-Prince.
to rebuild and implement a long-term plan of for Left to Right: Matthew Smith, FrancoiseThybulle, Luis
Medrano, Jean Wilfrid Bertrand, Brooke Wooldridge
sustainability in the future. The Protecting Haitian
Patrimony (PHP) Initiative builds on strong, long term partnerships, with an emphasis on
accountability and transparency. The mission of this Initiative is to bring together international
contributors to assist Haiti with the preservation of Haitian cultural patrimony while respecting
local sovereignty.

Based on the reports provided by the directors in Haiti, dLOC project coordinator Brooke
Wooldridge has been sharing information as it becomes available via the dLOC website and
listservs. The Florida International University (FlU) Dean of Libraries, Laura Probst, convened a
conference call where library directors from multiple universities in the North America and the
Caribbean received updates and discussed opportunities for collaboration. FlU established an
online mechanism to collect funds and organize volunteers to provide for the immediate and
long term assistance of the partners in Haiti (www.dloc.com). Brown University has also
developed a fundraising initiative and has invited Patrick Tardieu of the College Saint Martial
Library in Haiti to join the John Carter Brown Library as a visiting scholar. Duke University will
host a two day conference April 22-23, 2010, to discuss Haiti's history and possible ways to
assist its libraries. Many other universities and groups are interested and willing to help, and
are waiting for more information and direction before deciding the best course of action.

After the encouragement of Haitian historian Thorald
Burnham, Ph.D., University of British Columbia, and with
the invitation from Francoise Thybulle, Director, National
Library of Haiti, the FlU Libraries agreed to send Brooke
Wooldridge to Haiti to express solidarity with local
partners and gather the information needed to
determine the next steps for the PHP Initiative. Brooke
travelled to Haiti with historian Matthew J. Smith, Ph.D., Private collection in need of assistance now
from the University of the West Indies Mona (UWI). receiving emergency assistance by UNESCO.
Both were well received by a delegation of the National Library in the Dominican Republic and
were fortunate to hear its experience and have a staff member join them in Port-au-Prince.


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The dLOC/UWI team arrived in Port-au-Prince the day after the Libraries without Borders (BSF)
delegation completed its very productive mission to Haiti. You can see the report online at
http://webl.dloc.com/ufdc/design/aggregations/dlocl/html/info/Rapport-mission-light.pdf.

SUMMARY:

The local leadership in Haiti began working as quickly as possible to develop plans to ensure
that as many collections as possible are saved from further damage after the earthquake
destroyed buildings housing collections leaving them exposed to the elements, knocked over
shelves and dumped valuable historical materials to the floor. Through the work of ICOM
(International Council of Museums)/Archives Nationales, the National Library, Bibliotheque
ha'itienne des Peres du Saint-Esprit (Library at Saint Louis de Gonzague), Bibliotheque ha'itienne
des Peres du Saint-Esprit (Library at College Saint Martial), private collectors and interested
citizens many endangered collections have already been saved from exposure to the elements.
The immediate intervention was supported by UNESCO, Libraries without Borders and others
who contributed basic supplies like boxes and plastic covers. The needs for the protection of
these resources continue. It is now important for the leaders in Haiti and interested
institutions/people to begin to develop joint projects to preserve and perpetuate these
collections.

This report summarizes the current situation in the three main patrimonial libraries and the
National Archives. Based on the information provided by the local leaders in this report,
interested institutions/individuals can decide how they may be able to offer assistance to these
collections. The PHP Initiative will continue to share opportunities for collaboration with
Haitian libraries/National Archives and funding agencies.

How Interested People/Institutions Can Help:

If you would like to support the protection of these important libraries, archives and personal
collections, sign up online at www.dloc.com. The PHP Initiative is looking for people to donate
money, organize fundraisers, collect and ship requested materials, and travel to Haiti to help if
requested by the local partners.

To date, the PHP Initiative has over 50 registered volunteers and almost $5,000 collected.


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PROJECT TIMELINE:

It is important to think about the recovery in the short, medium and long term. In keeping with
this objective, the PHP Initiative encourages a focus on the protection, preservation and
perpetuation of these collections.

Phase 1 Protect

SAfter the earthquake, the libraries and archives entered
into this first phase of the recovery focusing on
protecting the vital collections, both public and private,
from any further damage as a result of the disaster. In
just over a month, a number of groups are well
..underway working to secure and prevent further
,,, damage to the patrimonial collections. The urgent needs
Library at Saint Louis de Gonzague. for this first phase include money for additional staffing,
recovery materials like boxes, archival boxes, gloves,
masks, boots and helmets. In addition, resources for the transportation and temporary storage
of the materials are also required.



Phase 2 Preserve

Once all the collections are safe from the elements, the preservation phase of the recovery can
begin. Due to the need to act quickly, the collections were boxed in without proper cleaning in
standard cardboard boxes. So, it will be necessary to repair the current facilities or locate an
alternative processing facility in Port-au-Prince for the collections to be processed as quickly as
possible.

The National Archives, the National Library and the
library at Saint Louis de Gonzague should not require
major repairs. The library at College Saint Martial will
require more extensive renovation or a new facility so
an interim site for processing would be ideal. In all
cases, the availability of architectural engineers and r
construction supplies may lead to delays in the
physical repairs of the buildings. A

In addition to damage to the building, much of the Staircase at the College of Saint Martial.
furniture, shelving and equipment will need to be Photographer: Dominique Franck Simon.
replaced in order for the libraries to resume services
to the public.
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As the physical infrastructure is being repaired, a parallel initiative to clean, repair and restore
the collections to pre-earthquake condition or better must also be implemented. In order to
process these collections, the preservation department at the National Archives must be
supported and a parallel preservation department should be created at the National Library.

Phase 3 Perpetuate


Equipment provided to the
ANH as a part of the initial
dLOC TICFIA funding.


The local institutions should naturally grow stronger as they
respond to the challenges of the protection and preservation
phases of the earthquake recovery. However, a special emphasis
on reinforcing the local institutions will ensure that these
collections become better protected and more accessible for future
generations of patrons. These actions include the development of
a joint online catalog for the three main libraries, the expansion or
development of preservation activities, including document
restoration and digitization, general initiatives to support staff
development and the strengthening of physical and technical
infrastructure for the collections.


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UPDATES ON THE HAITIAN INSTITUTIONS

This information is generated from meetings that were conducted in Port-au-Prince from
February 11-17, 2010. Because the situation in Haiti continues to evolve quickly, the following
is only a snapshot of the current needs.

More photographs and videos documenting the status and needs of the libraries and archives
will be available on the dLOC website and in the dLOC Facebook Group.

Archives Nationales d'Haiti, the National Archives of Haiti, (ANH) houses both civil and state
records, including births, marriage and death certificates, documentation of social works, civil
governance and records of the Office of the President and most government ministries.
Director, National Archives: Jean Wilfrid Bertrand

ANH has the responsibility to protect both the Historical and Civil Archives and the collections
of the thirty downed ministry buildings and the National Palace. In addition, it has created a
collaborative group inside Haiti, including the National Archives and the International Council of
Museums (ICOM), to address the immediate needs in the aftermath of the earthquake and
ensure that materials are rescued as quickly as possible. This group needs significant funding
for the rescue efforts and sustained support as the rescued materials enter the preservation
phase.



Bibliotheque haltienne des Peres du Saint-Esprit, the library at
the College Saint Martial, was founded in 1873 by the Fathers of
the Holy Spirit. The library holds resources documenting the
history of Haiti, French colonization, slavery and emancipation,
and 20th Century records, as well as newspapers and periodicals.

Director, Alumni: Dominique Franck Simon
Curator: Patrick Tardieu

The library at the College Saint Martial sustained the most severe
structural damage of the four institutions named here. The
collections were successfully evacuated from the third floor library
over the last two weeks under the direction of the school with
help from ICOM/ANH and Libraries without Borders (among Patrick Tardieu, Curator, BHPSE,
others). The school which houses the library suffered significant with rare books from the collection.
loss and is still determining the best long term plan for the institution as a whole. It is vital that
a temporary space to clean and process the materials be secured.


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Bibliotheque haTtienne des Freres de I'lnstruction Chrdtienne, the library at Saint Louis de
Gonzague, was founded in 1912 by the Christian Brothers. It served as a depository-library for
Haitian imprints and holds titles not even available in the National Library. It also has one of
the most important collections of Haitian newspapers. Curator: Freres Ernest Even

The library at Saint Louis de Gonzague suffered some structural damage to the building and
many shelves were knocked over, dumped on the ground and materials were covered in
concrete debris. As with College Saint Martial, the school has suffered significant loss. The
building that houses the Saint Louis de Gonzague collection is damaged but still strong.
Through collaboration with ICOM/ANH and the National Library, many of the materials that
were tossed to the ground have been boxed and the shelves are back upright. The building will
need repairs and the collections must be cleaned and preserved in the near future.

Bibliotheque National d'Haiti, the National Library of Haiti, (BNH) was established in 1939. It
serves as a public library providing resources, study space and research support and has a large
collection of rare books, manuscripts and newspapers. Director: Francoise Beaulieu-Thybulle

BNH suffered minor physical damage to the building
but significant damage to the materials and

to the floor. The staff of the National Library has
already boxed the collection and provided assistance
to the neighboring Saint Louis private collection. As
with the ANH, the National Library will present a radio
announcement stating it is prepared to offer its staff
S" to support not only its collection but other
patrimonial collections in danger.
Municipal Library of the BNH in Petit Goave.


Private Collections are also significant repositories of cultural patrimony in Haiti. Any plan to
support cultural patrimony must recognize this need and help find creative solutions to support
these important collections. ICOM/National Archives, the National Library and UNESCO are all
providing support to endangered private collections by initially packing the collections and
assisting with temporary storage.

A number of significant private collections will also require external assistance as a result of the
earthquake. These collections are sometimes the only sources of valuable records vital to
understanding Haitian history. ICOM/National Archives, the National Library and UNESCO will
all need additional support to ensure these collections receive the attention they deserve.


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GROUPS IN COMMUNICATION WITH DLOC ABOUT ASSISTANCE TO HAITIAN
LIBRARIES/ARCHIVES

This list is preliminary, and the PHP Initiative welcomes additional partners. Please contact
Brooke Wooldridge at dloc@fiu.edu for more information.

Association of Caribbean University Research and Institutional Libraries

Blue Shield / International Federation of Library Associations / American Library
Association

International Council on Archives / CARBICA

Collaborative Initiative for French North American Libraries

Libraries without Borders

National Library of the Dominican Republic

Society of Florida Archivists

UNESCO

U.S. Universities Brown University, Duke University, Florida International University,
New York University, Tulane University, University of Central Florida, University of
Florida, University of Miami, University of the Virgin Islands

University des Antilles et de la Guyane / Manioc

University of British Columbia

University of the West Indies Mona


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RECOVERY PLANS/NEEDS AS IDENTIFIED BY LOCAL INSTITUTIONS

Even before the earthquake, the needs for each of these institutions were great. The chronic
underfunding of these institutions makes intervention in the aftermath of the earthquake even
more necessary. At the same time, it makes it even
more difficult to separate pre- and post-quake needs.
The needs below focus directly on assistance that is
required as a result of the effects of the earthquake.
However, it is impossible to only address these new
needs and not look at the larger preservation and
perpetuation of these important protectors of Haitian
historical and cultural memory.

Documents in process at the National The ICOM, the National Archives and National Library
Archives before the earthquake. are working diligently, as is the UNESCO field office, to
provide services to the private collections as they are identified.

Archives Nationales d'Hai'ti (National Archives)/ICOM

The ANH/ICOM is addressing the broad needs of cultural/historical preservation including
monuments, fallen government buildings and private historical and cultural collections. This
group immediately identified a number of urgent needs outlined in a report published on
January 26, 2010, and available at www.dloc.com. We have an updated plan that identifies the
revised immediate needs of the Archives that is in Appendix 1 of this report. The basic needs
from the initial report still stand. The director reiterated the following urgent needs last week.

Standard Boxes, Archival Boxes, Document Trays, Plastic Gloves, Face Masks, Tape
20 Laptops
Two Servers
100 Tents for Temporary Shelter
20 Two-way communication devices
200 Shipping Containers (Forty Feet)
Additional Temporary Space to provide services to public (for five years)
Networking cables for three archive buildings
Logistical Transportation/Compensation for Volunteers through April 30, 2010


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Bibliotheque National d'Haiti (National Library)

The National Library continues to address the needs of its collection both in Port-au-Prince and
the affected municipal libraries while assisting outside collections on its own and in
collaboration with ICOM/ANH.

The summary of the needs of the library for equipment and rebuilding as a result of the
earthquake are as follows:

Shelves 60,000
Hardware 25,000
U.S. Server 2,000
Other (Computer circuit) 2,500
Furniture 37,00
TOTAL (in US $) 137,000


Bibliotheque haTtienne des Freres de I'lnstruction Chrdtienne (Library at Saint Louis de
Gonzague)

The needs include clean up and physical repairs to the building, clean up and repair of damaged
documents, replacement of one of the shelving cabinets and display cases, and assistance for
additional staffing to address the needs presented by the earthquake. With the proper
support, the librarian is hopeful that the collection will reopen to the public by August, 2010.

Bibliotheque haitienne des Peres du Saint-Esprit (Library at College Saint Martial)

The leadership has the materials in temporary safekeeping and is still considering the best
course for mid to long term action. The library will need funding for the temporary storage and
clean up of the materials until a more permanent library can be created.


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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS:


This report is based on meetings conducted from February 11-17, 2010 by Brooke Wooldridge, dLOC
Project Coordinator, Florida International University and Dr. Matthew Smith, Lecturer, UWI-Mona,
Jamaica.

A special thanks to the United States Department of Education TICFIA program for funding projects that
develop infrastructure for foreign content exchange. Without the TICFIA funding, dLOC would not exist.
Thank you to the early founders of the Digital Library of the Caribbean and those who have supported it
over the years, especially to the University of Florida Digital Library Center. Thank you to the Florida
International University Libraries, Latin American and Caribbean Center, FIU Professor and dLOC
Academic Advisory Board member Chantalle Verna and FIU President Rosenberg for supporting the idea
for the PHP Initiative from the very beginning. Thank you to the director and staff of the National
Library in the Dominican Republic.

My deepest thanks and appreciation, however, go to the directors and owners of the cultural and
historical collections in Haiti. You have all protected your collections for decades. I am confident you
will succeed in doing so after the earthquake. The level of professionalism and collaboration among the
interested parties before the earthquake was strong, and in the wake of these difficulties presented in
the last few weeks has been remarkable. I thank you for your friendship and hospitality. I look forward
to working with you as we develop this Initiative to recover and strengthen these important collections.

























DIGITAL LIBRARY OF THE CARIBBEAN (DLOC) is a cooperative digital library for resources from and about the
Caribbean and circum-Caribbean. dLOC provides access to digitized versions of Caribbean cultural, historical and
research materials currently held in archives, libraries, and private collections.
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APPENDIX 1:

Haitian Cultural Heritage in Danger after the Earthquake of 12 January 2010

Follow-up Report to the 26 January 2010 ICOM/Archives Nationales Report

-- Seisme devastateur/ Haiti 12janvier 2010

http://webl.dloc.com/ufdc/design/aqqregations/dlocl/html/info/Seisme devastateur.pdf

Prepared by Jean Wilfrid Bertrand with assistance from Francoise Thybulle

Translated into English by dLOC (From handwritten report)

1. Context and Justification

The earthquake of 12 January was a shock to all the world. It is no surprise however that all
means have been put to work to save human lives. Nevertheless it is unfortunate that our
cultural artifacts have not been the object of attention of government authorities and civil
society.

This catastrophe is without precedent in the history of Haiti. One twentieth of public buildings
are destroyed, thousands of private homes are damaged, along with the archives, books,
numerous documents and art. The response most appropriate has been the creation of a crisis
management group named ICOM-Haiti/Archives Nationals d'Haiti.

2. Organizational Structure

ICOM-Haiti/The National Archives of Haiti is a mixed entity, private and public, international
and nation, created 25 January 2010 from the leadership of the Movement to Safeguard the
Cultural Patrimony of Haiti.

This organization is co-led by Harold Jaspard, president of ICOM-Haiti, Jean Wilfred Bertrand,
general supervisor at the National Archives of Haiti, and Francois B. Thybulle, director of the
National Library. The Executive Secretary of the crisis management group is A. Lewis Clormeus,
of ICOM-Haiti.

One week after we were joined by all of the cultural leaders under the Ministry of Culture and
Communication, in particular the National Library, the Bureau of Ethnology, Musee du
Pantheon National Haitien, the National Office of Books, and also by the leaders of private
patrimony collections and other foundations, such as the Library of the Fathers of the Holy
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Spirit (Library at College Saint Martial), the Library of the Christian Brothers (Library at Saint
Louis de Gonzague), the Fondation Iconographique, the Foundation of Culture Creation, the
Foundation Canez-Auguste, the Haitian Art Museum of the St. Pierre College, the Center of Art.



3. Action Already Underway

3.1 The printing of 200 notices and 100 letters for identifying our rescue work on the following
different sites.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs
The Office of Posts
The Ministry of the Interior
The Direction General of Imports
The Ministry of Justice
TELECO
The Bank National of Credit
The Foundation for the Creation of Culture


3.2 Formation of six teams of volunteers with the archivists as the coordinators, with gloves,
face masks, cover for archival collections, books, other documents. The fees for paying and
transporting 36 volunteers are $15 (US) per person per day.

3.3 The Distribution of about 800 boxes and cartons to the institutions under us an to other
private collections in danger (Library of the Father of the Holy Spirit, Library of the Christian
Brothers, Foundation for the Creation of Culture, Library of the Haitian Society of History and
Geography.



4. Action to Undertake

4.1 Take action in sites still untouched

4.2 Recover documents from thirty affected government ministries which contain civil records
from 1950-2009

4.3 Preserve documents affected by the earthquake in the temporary custody of the Archive.

4.4 Mobilize personnel to process these collections


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4.5 Classify and inventory of collections

4.6 Transport of collections as defined in the plan for reconstruction

4.7 Digitization of essential and patrimonial resources

5. Urgent Needs

Boxes and cartons for provisional storage
Acid-free boxes
Plastic gloves, face masks, and adhesive tape
20 laptops
2 servers
Trays for protecting documents
100 tents for temporary shelter
20 radio communication devices
200 forty-foot shipping containers
A location to offer service to clientele and for immediate delivery of material from the
state for the next five years
Connection cable for the three sites for the National Archives (the central building, the
annex, and the new space)
Pay for student volunteers and archivists of the National Archives until 30 April 2010
2 overhead scanners (Copibook) to digitize patrimonial items in danger of being ruined


6. Management of Technical and Financial Assistance for ICOM-Haiti and the National
Archives

ICOM-Haiti/National Archives receives gifts in equipment, materials, and cash. Gifts are used
for urgent and middle- to long-term needs. The urgent needs are not limited to those
mentioned earlier and are divided into two group, those of all the patrimonial institutions and
those exclusively of the National Archives. The use of funds will be participative and
transparent.

Send gifts of equipment and materials to the following address.

ICOM/Haiti-Archives Naitonales

22 Angle Rues Borgella et Geffrard

Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

For gifts of money, make checks out to "Archives Naitonales d'Haiti."
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For deposits: Archives Naitonals d'Haiti at Banque de la Republic d'Haiti, account no. 111-
006038.

7. Management of Activities

a. ICOM-HAITI, via Harold Gaspard, is responsible for activities related to the museums.

b. The National Archives, via Jean Wilfred Bertrand, is in charge of activities related to the
archives.

c. The National Library, via Francois B. Thybulle, is occupied with activities related to the
libraries.


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APPENDIX 2:

Schedule of Meetings/Appointments

February 10
o Flight to Santo Domingo
o Dinner Meeting with National Library of the Dominican Republic (BNPHU) -- To
discuss impressions from the early BNPHU visit and the DR Library's intentions
for collaboration.
Participants: Diomedes Nunez, Director, Pepe Castro (BNPHU),
Maritza Merejo Vicioso (BNPHU), Luis Medrano (BNPHU), Ricardo
Vega (BNPHU), Matthew Smith (University of the West Indies),
Brooke Wooldridge (dLOC)

February 11
o Meeting with Patrick Tardieu/Team from Libraries without Borders (Hotel in
Santo Domingo)
o Participants: Jeremy Lachal (Director, Libraries without Borders), Frederic
Auclair, Architect, Delphine Mercier, Patrimoine Sans Frontieres
o Bus to Port-au-Prince
o Dinner/Informal meeting with Francoise Thybulle

February 12
o Initial tour of downtown Port-au-Prince and assessment of buildings
National Library, National Historical Archive (Post Marchand), Saint Louis
(outside)
Participants: Jean Wilfrid Bertrand (National Archives), Francoise
Thybulle (National Library), Luis Medrano (National Library Dominican
Republic), Frere Milo (Saint Louis), Matthew Smith (University of the
West Indies), Brooke Wooldridge (dLOC)

February 13
o Meeting with ICOM/National Archives of Haiti
Participants: Jean Wilfrid Bertrand (National Archives), Harold Gaspard,
Ruth (Ministry of Culture), George Michel (Physician/Historian), Matthew
Smith (University of the West Indies), Brooke Wooldridge (dLOC)
Review plans and discuss possible collaborations

February 15
o Francoise Thybulle and team (National Library)
o Brother Ernest Even (Library at Saint Louis de Gonzague)


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Review and develop plans for collaboration
o State University of Haiti H6rard Jadotte (Director of Publications), Nixon Calixte
(Library)
Discuss possible collaborations with the University Library
o Thor Burnham (University of British Columbia) to discuss private collection
Discuss private collections in danger
o Jean-Vernet Henry (Rector, State University of Haiti)
Discuss possible collaborations with the University Library

* February 16
o UNESCO Meeting to discuss the needs of the archival/library resources
o Participants: Sylvie Coudray (UNESCO, Paris), Michele Oriol (Consultant-
UNESCO), Francoise Thybulle (National Library Haiti), Freres Ernest (BHFIC),
Dominique Franck Simon (BHPSE), Jean Wilfrid Bertrand (ANH), Lewis Clormeus
(ICOM), Matthew Smith (University of the West Indies), Brooke Wooldridge
(dLOC)
Discuss the challenges faced by each institution and the opportunities for
collaboration
o One Laptop per Child Representative
o Private Collection Visit

* February 17
o Quick Meeting with Nathalie Gardere, Information Resource Center Director, US
Embassy in Port-au-Prince
o Bus to Santo Domingo
o Follow up meeting with National Library DR
Participants: Diomedes Nunez, Director, Pepe Castro, Barbara Perez, Luis
Medrano, Matthew Smith (University of the West Indies), Brooke
Wooldridge (dLOC)

* February 18
o Site Visit National Library DR (International Collaboration Team)
o Participants: Barbara Perez (National Library Dominican Republic), Pepe Castro
(National Library Dominican Republic), Matthew Smith (University of the West
Indies), Brooke Wooldridge (dLOC)


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