Title: Protecting Haitian Patrimony Initiative ( PHP ) - August 2010
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Title: Protecting Haitian Patrimony Initiative ( PHP ) - August 2010
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Language: English
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Creator: Wooldridge, Brooke
Publisher: Digital Library of the Caribbean
Place of Publication: Miami, FL
Publication Date: August 2010
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Digital Library of the Caribbean
Protecting Haitian Patrimony Initiative (PHP)
Update August 2010







Photographs by: Matthew J. Smith

The Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC) Protecting Haitian Patrimony Initiative organized by
the FlU Libraries and Latin American and Caribbean Center continues to provide much needed
assistance to the damaged libraries and archives in Haiti. Despite the complexity of operating
in Haiti after the earthquake, our partner libraries and archives have made significant progress
and continue to work to repair their facilities, restore their collections, and work to reopen to
the public.

When established just after the earthquake, the PHP Initiative established three goals: to
encourage collaboration, coordinate technical and in-kind assistance and raise money to
support recovery and preservation projects in Haiti. Six months after the earthquake, the
Initiative continues to grow stronger and deliver results with the support of many individuals,
institutions and professional associations. With leadership from the directors of the local
libraries and archives, dLOC has been able to share information and encourage collaboration
across many groups interested in supporting the libraries and archives. Working together with
groups like the Blue Shield, American Library Association, the Society of Florida Archivists,
Libraries without Borders, Digital Library of the Caribbean Partners, the Haitian Heritage
Museum, Duke University, Florida International University, the John Carter Brown Library, the
University of the Antilles and the Guianas, the University of Miami, the University of Miami and
the University of the West Indies, PHP has helped to maximize assistance and avoid duplication
of efforts.

In collaboration with these partners, individuals and libraries across the Caribbean, the PHP has
helped to directly raise over $8,000 which has been allocated to cover for emergency supplies,
compensation for food for volunteers helping to recover documents immediately after the
earthquake, repairs to shelving and shipping costs for in-kind donations. The first major
shipment of in-kind donations, valued at approximately $30,000, should leave for Haiti in
July. This will include 35 computers from the FlU College of Business, over 1,500 archival boxes
donated from the Society of Florida Archivists and Metal Edge Hollinger and a generator and
books provided by the Haitian Heritage Museum. In July, a three person preservation team
from the University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica, provided a five day preservation
workshop for the libraries and archives in Haiti. The emergency protection of many collections
has been achieved and the real preservation work is just beginning. New needs for
preservation supplies will become more concrete, and it is vital that the PHP continue to raise
monetary, in-kind and technical assistance for the libraries and archives.


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Saint Martial, Photographs by: Dominique Simon


Updates for other library/archives efforts
The efforts of the International and National Committees for the Blue Shield/Smithsonian to
create emergency preservation assistance have been finalized and more details about how PHP
can assist these important projects should materialize soon. The American Library Association
has raised over $20,000 through corporate and individual donations for three libraries in
Haiti. The John Carter Brown Library at Brown University has raised substantial funding for the
Fathers of the Holy Spirit/Saint Martial Library. Libraries without Borders has established an
office in Port-au-Prince to provide library assistance to the camps and develop a virtual library
for the State University. The University of the West Indies and Guyanas has received two
trainees from the National Library for one month in Martinique and Guadeloupe. FOKAL is
working within its network to rebuild many of its partner libraries. There are so many players it
is very likely that I have missed important projects here. Please contact dLOC at dloc@fiu.edu
to share what you are doing.

















National Library of Haiti, Images Courtesy of the National Library of Haiti


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