Cover Letter: Update on Celebrating Cuba! Collaborative Digital Collections of Cuban Patrimony January 2019 In 2016, the Smathers Libraries announced its partnership with the Biblioteca Nacional de Cuba Jos Mart (BNJM) to create broad and deep open access to digital collections of Cuban materials. Under the 2016 agreement, the University of Florida and the BNJ M initially identified four major projects for the development and exchange of digital content from and about Cuba: Cuban monographs; Cuban journals and newspapers; Cuban legal materials (being developed under the direction of LLMC Digital); and Maps of Cuba The BNJM serves as an advisor to each project and contribute s digitized copies of materials not held elsewhere. As they are digitized, these materials ar e available to all participating libraries and to users worldwide interested in studying and re searching the history, literature and culture of Cuba. The digital collection will be available at BNJM and th rough Celebrating Cuba! Collaborative Digital Collections of Cuban Patrimony ( http://www.ufdc.ufl.edu/CUBA ) which is part of the Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC). Digital files are also be available to partner institutions who wish to locally host materials. As is often the case with such initiatives, some additional projects have been added since 2016. Among these are: Development of Cuba Libro, a database to manage the bibliographic records associated with the various projects and track the partner commitments for contributing the digital content; Establishing an OCLC symbol (BNCJM) for the Bibli oteca Nacional and loading its records into WorldCat; Signing a Convenio with the Fundacin Antonio Nez Jimnez para el hombre y la naturaleza ( http://www.fanj.org ) to include digitized content from its collections; C reating a Center of Excellence for U.S. Government publications about Cuba as part of the ASERL Collaborative Federal Depository Program; and Scanning publications related to Judaism in Cuba, the Caribbean and Latin America from the library of the Synagogue Bet Shalom in Havana. ARL and ASERL partner institutions include: Duke University Florida International University Harvard University Library of Congress New York Public Library University of California, Los Angeles University of California, Riverside University of Kentucky University of Miami University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill Yale University
The attached document provides a brief status report on each project. Please contact the team for additional information on any if these initiatives and to become a partner in this ambitious effort: CubaS email@example.com
Celebrating Cuba! Collaborative Digital Collections of Cuban Patrimony In 2016, the University of Florida expanded its historical collaboration with Cuban institutions by signing an agreement with the Biblioteca Nacional de Cuba Jos Mart (BNJM) to create broad and deep open access to Cuban Heritage materials through Celebrating Cuba! Collaborative Digital Collections of Cuban Patrimony Materials from the Cuban Heritage i nitiatives are available at BNJM and th rough Celebrating Cuba! Collaborative Digital Collections of Cuban Patrimony ( www.ufdc.ufl.edu/CUBA ) which is part of the Digital Library of the Caribbean. Digital files are also be available to partner institutions who wish to locally host materials. Spe cific current priority projects and links to digital collections for each one are below. If you are interested in learning more about specific initiatives or wish to participate in one or more of the projects, please contact CubaSteering@uflib.ufl.edu Celebrating Cuba! Collaborative Digital Collections of Cuban Patrimony as of January 2019 Cuban Newspapers and Periodicals www.ufdc.ufl.edu/cubanserials The goal is to collaborate with international partners to identify and digitize serials, primarily newspapers and journals, published in Cuba for which we have or can secure the right/permission to reproduce and provide public access. Collection highlights include important newspapers and magazines published in Cuba including Bo hemia Diario de la Marina Noticias de Hoy, and Revista de Cayo Hueso We are working with partners to digitize Carteles, El Crisol, and Prensa Libre and we will be expanding the collection to include other Cuban and Cuban exile newspapers There are already over 4,800 issues of the cultural magazine Bohemia available online ( http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00029010/00001 ) Cuban Monographs www.ufdc.ufl.edu/cubanimp The goal is to collaborate with international partners to identify and digitize Cuban imprints for which we have the right/permission to reproduce and provide public access. The scope includes all monographs published in Cuba, as well as the publications of important Cuban intellec tuals published outside of Cuba There are already 554 digitized monographs available online. Embedded in the collection of Cuban monographs is a special collection of the work s of Cuban Thinkers and Intellectuals whose works are showcased to raise awareness and understanding of the evolution of Cuban thinking. These philosophers, scholars, clergy, scientists, and other intellectuals advocated new ideas and significantly influenced the development of Cuba, particularly in the 19th Century Several were interested in human rights and many, including Father Flix Varela, were abolitionists who had to publish in the United States because their writings on slavery were contrary to Cuban policy The works published outside of Cuba are included to document the full range of their ideas and influence. In addition to Father Varela, the leading Cuban thinkers represented in this collection include Jos Marti, Jos Antonio Saco, Jos de la Luz y
Caballero, and Domingo Del Monte, among others. These volumes are part of the Cuban monographs collection, but also accessible as a separate collection ( www.ufdc.ufl.edu/cubanthinkers ). Cuban Judaica Materials www.ufdc.ufl.edu/caribbeanjudaica The goal is to collaborate with international partners to identify and digitize Jewish cultural heritage and historical materials published in Cuba or relating Juda ism to Cuba This initiative began with digitization of the publications of the Agrupacin Cultural Hebreo Cubana, a group that was founded by members of the Synagogue Bet Shalom in Havana Prominent among its publications is Mart y Las Discriminaciones Raciales The Agrupacin also published the Cat logo de la Exhibici n de Publicaciones Hebreas de Cuba and UF is digitizing all items listed in catalog. In 2018, UF began a project with the Synagogue Bet S halom which is part of the Patronato de la Casa de la Comunidad Hebrea de Cuba, to digitize materials from its library that have been identified as Cuban Judaica. The top priority is t he unique and rare holdings of the library, which include the newspaper Vida Habanera ( Habanera Lebn), the newspaper Israelia and other community commemorative pamphlets and publications. A second phase of scanning will prioritize works published in Cuba relating to Jewish life in general or outside of Cuba. To date, 63 titles have been scanned and added to the online collection. These include extremely rare ephemeral materials relating to the history of the Jewish community of Havana such as The Golden Anniversary, 1906 1956 and Sintesis Histrica de los hebreos de Cuba (both of which are only available in a few world libraries) items representing the rich social and cultural life of the community, such as the journal Hebraica as well as works of literature reproduced and read by the community, such as the rare El Hebreo de Verona a work of Italian Jewish fiction. Cuban Legal Materials (Cuban Legal Patrimony Project) www.ufdc.ufl.edu/cubanlaw The goal to collaborate with international partners to identify and digitize Cuban legal materials, including Cubas constitutions, laws, statutes, and regulations. This project was initiated by LLMC Digital ( www.llmc.com ) in 2016 in collaboration with UF. To date LLMC has identified ov er 1,000 titles for digitization and the collection already contains nearly half a million pages of Cuban legal content, including versions of Cubas numerous constitutions, a number of early treatises, and longer series like the Coleccin Legislativa In addition to LLMC member libraries and other U.S. based collaborators, the BNJM has agreed to assist in identifying and adding documents to the collection that cannot be found elsewhere. Once digitized these materials are available to users worldwide interested in studying and researching Cubas legal history from LLMC Digital BNJM and Celebrating Cuba! 323 titles are already online, r epresenting 3,973 volumes.
Maps of Cuba http://www.ufdc.ufl.edu/cubanmaps The goal of Maps of Cuba is to collaborate with international partners t o identify and digitize maps of Cuba and to make them publicly accessible through a shared digital collection The main geographic focus of the collection is the area now known as Cuba. Regional maps of the Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean, Antilles, and West Indies are also included. Maps of other geographic areas may also be included when Cuba is specifically depicted or implied. The collection now includes over 500 maps spanning five centuries In the Fall of 2018, 136 new maps of Cuba were added to the collection through our partnership with the Library of Congress and 105 maps from the University of Miami. US Government Documents Relating to Cuba www.ufdc.ufl.edu/cubancoe The goal is to collaborate with inter national partners to identify, catalog, and digitize US government documents relating to Cuba. In 2017, UF agreed to serve as a Center of Excellence (COE) for the Collaborative Federal Depository Program managed by the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL) As the COE for Cuba, UF will catalog, preserve and make available both print and digital collections of all available U.S. government documents relating to Cuba, regardless of the publishing agency. To date, over 7,800 items within 73 titles have been added to the digital collection NOTE: Access to Catalog Records of the Biblioteca Nacional de Cuba Jos Mart (BNJM) Over 135,450 c atalog records from BNJM are now in OCLC WorldCat to enable global discovery, to facilitate the creation of a comprehensive bibliography of Cuban resources, and to assist efforts t o identify unique BNJM holdings to prioritize for digitization. O ver 97,000 of the records contributed to date show BNJM as the source of the cataloging record UF contributed the records to OCLC and established the new BNCJM holding library code as a sublibrary of UF At some future time, when BNJM is able to become an OCLC me mber, these records will be transferred to and managed by the BNJM, but currently the records include the holding location, University of Florida BNCJM. Interlibrary Loan is not available for these items, but the digital surrogates for many of th ese items will be come available for public access through these initiatives