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Protecting Haitian Patrimony (PHP) Initiative Report

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Protecting Haitian Patrimony (PHP) Initiative Report
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Protecting Haitian Patrimony (PHP) Initiative Report
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English
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Wooldridge, Brooke
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FIU Libraries
Place of Publication:
Miami, FL
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FIU: Special Collections
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FIU: Special Collections
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All applicable rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
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UF00098694:00010


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DIGITAL
LIBRARY
OF THE
CARIBBEAN
Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC) BIBLIOTECA
Protecting Haitian Patrimony Initiative (PHPI) DIGITALEL
Update - June 2011 BIBLIOTHEQUE
NUMERIQUE
DES CARAIBES

The Digital Library of the Caribbean (www.dloc.com) Protecting Haitian Patrimony Initiative (PHPI),
organized by the Florida International University (FIU) Libraries and Latin American and Caribbean
Center (LACC), continues to provide much needed assistance to the heritage libraries and historical
archives in Haiti. dLOC visited the partners in Haiti and compiled this report thanks to funding from the
FIU Hope for Haiti Task Force.

In the last six months, these institutions have seen great progress.
However, they still face many challenges as they work to protect their
collections and serve their constituencies. Thankfully, the National
Library of Haiti and the Brothers of Christian Instruction / Saint Louis
de Gonzague Library are now both open to the public. The Fathers of
the Holy Spirit Library built a small library, but has much work to do
before it can reopen. The Civil Archives section of the National
Archives has developed many new services, including, the regional
delivery of documents. The Historical Section of the National Archives
remains closed to the public but the digitization team is working to National Library of Haiti Reading Room
preserve and make some key documents available online. ay2011

The initial support from PHPI included emergency supplies for the National Library, compensation for
food for volunteers helping to recover documents immediately after the earthquake for the National
Archives, support for the building repairs at the Christian Brothers of Instruction/Saint Louis de
Gonzague Library. In the fall, PHPI sent a large shipment care of the National Library of Haiti with
computers and archival boxes that are now in place and being used by the libraries. In the next six
months, we will bring five technical staff from the Haiti partners to the University of Florida for a ten day
intensive preservation and digitization workshop (more details below). This investment in the capacity
building of the digitization staff will serve to improve the quality and productivity of the digitization
program already in place in Haiti.

dLOC Content Online from Partners in Haiti
National Library of Haiti 20 Items 5000 Pages 13,985 Hits
http://dloc.com/ibnh
National Archives of Haiti 385 Items 566 Pages 40,500 Hits
http://dloc.com/ianh
Fathers of the Holy Spirit 46 Items 11,750 Pages 28,351 Hits
http://dloc.com/ibhpse
Brothers of Christian Instruction Not Online Yet


The libraries and archives still need your support so that they can protect their collections and ensure they
are available to the public for years to come. PHPI has an additional forty computers and a significant
donation of library shelving to send to Haiti. Please contact the project coordinator at dloc@fiu.edu if
you would like to discuss contribution of much needed archival supplies.










In addition, a dLOC training team will travel to Haiti in late October for an on-site training and
installation of the equipment purchased with funding from the Organization of American States Pan
American Institute of Geography and History.

To support this work, please consider organizing a local fundraiser or make an online donation here:

http://dloc.com/dlocl/haitianlibdonate.


PHPI Haiti Partner Photographs

This selection of photographs highlights the work of the dLOC partner libraries.














Above: National Archives of Haiti, Historical Section,
dLOC Lab Fenton Charles and Bernado Alexis with new
scanner donated from the National Archives of the Dominican
l ~Republic; Johnny Saintelus and Bemado Alexis with scanner


Above: On January 17, 2011 the
Brothers of Christian Instruction
Library reopened to the public. Brooke
Wooldridge and Fr. Ernest Even, Curator


Right: The Fathers of the Holy Spirit Library completed
construction on its new facility and is awaiting furnishings and
funding for staff Photo courtesy of Patrick Tardieu.










Above: From left to right: Mme. Frannoise Thybulle, Director, National Library of Haiti, with the general
collection; Mme. Gerta Caf6 in Technical Services; Computers in the Reading Room; National Library Courtyard










PHPI Fundraising Update


On February 17, 2011, the Florida International University Latin American and
Caribbean Center (LACC), the Florida International University Libraries, the
University of Miami Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) and the
University of Miami Libraries hosted a community film screening of Egalitefor
All: Toussaint Louverture and the Haitian Revolution, a PBS documentary
produced by Koval Films, as a fundraiser. dLOC extends a special thanks to
author Edwidge Danticat, performance artist Erol Josue and history professor,
Chantalle Verna, who participated in the evening's program and are featured in
the documentary. The event raised $1,875 for PHPI and through a partnership
with the FIU Student Government Association that amount was generously
matched by Columbus Networks for a total of $3,750.

Fundraising efforts are still needed. Please consider organizing a local fundraiser to support the
libraries/archives. Contact the dLOC coordinator at dloc@fiu.edu if you would like to plan a local event.


PHPI Expenses

First Response Requests $3,830
Emergency supplies (National Library), Compensation for food for
volunteers helping to recover documents immediately after the earthquake
(National Archives), Building Repair (Saint Louis de Gonzague Library)

First PHPI Shipment $3,500
35 Computers from Florida International University College of Business;
1,500 Archival Boxes from Hollinger Metal Edge and others from Florida
State University, The Jim Moran Foundation, the University of Florida and
the University of Miami (value $30,000)

Second Shipment (Pending) PENDING (possible donation)
Shelving; 40 Computers from Florida International University College of
Business; Archival Supplies (various)

10 Day Intensive Partner Training for Haiti Partners PENDING (budgeted $7,000)


Partner Training
Preservation of the archival collections continues to be an important objective of dLOC and PHPI. dLOC
and the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, Jamaica, continue to explore opportunities to
develop joint training. In addition, through collaboration with Bradley Coleman, Command Historian,
US Southern Command, the University of the West Indies, the National Archives in Haiti, and dLOC, the
National Archives has received $8,000 of support from the Pan-American Institute of Geography and
History for equipment to continue document preservation and digital preservation efforts. dLOC and
PHPI continue to seek funding and volunteers to support for library and archival preservation work in
Haiti.

The University of Florida Digital Library Center will host five staff from dLOC Haiti Partners
from July 10-20, 2011. The attachment will include training in processes and techniques for
digitization, current practices and lessons learned, and digital preservation. After the May 2011
dLOC visit to Haiti and in response to partner requests, project leadership determined that intensive










digitization training would best contribute to a significant long-term impact on the digitization
program to ensure preservation and access to Haitian patrimony. The training will continue to
develop capacity in Haiti and in support of this effort; PHPI will cover the cost of airfare, hotel, and
per diem for the following individuals:

Volvick Noel Fenton Charles Marie Cerette Lubin
National Archives of Haiti National Archives of Haiti Brothers of Christian Instruction
Bernado Alexis Luc Steve Honore
National Archives of Haiti National Library of Haiti

Promoting Awareness of the Needs
PHPI presented the situation of the heritage libraries and archives at the following events:

Association of Caribbean University Research Institutional Libraries
Tampa, FL, June 2, 2011
"Cultural Preservation Projects as the Basis for Community Building in Post-Earthquake Haiti"
Bertram Lyons, Folklife Specialist Digital Assets Manager, American Folklife Center, Library of
Congress
Brooke Wooldridge, Coordinator, Digital Library of the Caribbean, FIU
Society of Florida Archivists Annual Meeting
Flagler College, St. Augustine, FL, May 4, 2011
"Digital Library of the Caribbean and the Protecting Haitian Patrimony Initiative"
Brooke Wooldridge, Coordinator, Digital Library of the Caribbean, FIU
Florida International University Tuesday Times Roundtable
Miami, FL, April 12, 2011
"Protecting Haiti's Cultural Heritage"
Liesl B. Picard, Associate Director, Latin American and Caribbean Center, FIU
Brooke Wooldridge, Coordinator, Digital Library of the Caribbean, FIU
Dartmouth College Latin American, Latino, and Caribbean Studies Symposium
New Hanover, NH, April 8, 2011
Return to Haiti: Cultural Recovery
"Digital Library of the Caribbean and the Protecting Haitian Patrimony Initiative"
Brooke Wooldridge, Coordinator, Digital Library of the Caribbean, FIU

Upcoming Conferences:

American Library Association Romance Languages Discussion Group
New Orleans, LA, June 25, 2011
"Natural Disasters and Scholarly Research: Testimonies and Frameworks for Disaster Risk
Reduction"
Brooke Wooldridge, Coordinator, Digital Library of the Caribbean, FIU
Records and Information Management Professionals Australia inFORUM 2011
Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia, September 11-14, 2011
"Relationships Matter: Saving memory after the Haitian earthquake"
Brooke Wooldridge, Coordinator, Digital Library of the Caribbean, FIU

The Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC) is a cooperative of partners within the Caribbean and circum-Caribbean that will
provide users with access to Caribbean cultural, historical and research materials held in archives, libraries, and private
collections. dLOC comprises collections that speak to the similarities and lirrii ..., in histories, cultures, languages and
governmental systems. For more ',d, ..; r ,i..o go to www.dloc.com.