Access to Cuban Heritage sources in times of COVID-19

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Access to Cuban Heritage sources in times of COVID-19
Paula de la Cruz-Fernández
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In the tab Downloads, you will find the PPT and the transcript (as a PDF) of the webinar.


The purpose of this presentation is to highlight some of the George A. Smathers Libraries’s and the Latin American and Caribbean Collection’s remote access resources.
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Paula de la Cruz Fernndez March 24 , 2020 Access to Cuban Heritage sources in times of COVID 19 Transcript [SLIDE 1] Hello. My name is Paula de la Cruz Fernndez, I manage the digital collections of Cuban heritage, a group of online collections that are currently available under a single project entitled Celebrating Cuba! Collaborative Digital Collections of Cuban Patrimony, hosted under the University of Florida Digital Collections or UFDC. I have prepared this webinar to support the University of Flori da’s community during the semesters of Spring and Summer 2020. [SLIDE 2] Introduction. With this presentation, I want to introduce you to the rich and extraordinary content that is part of the Celebrating Cuba! project. The content of these collections is available to faculty, students, and the general public to use for research and teaching. All of the collections and sources can be accessed freely; no connection to UF is needed for most of the content. In the second part of this presentation, I will pr ovide a brief guide about how to refer to the sources in your papers and publications. The Cuban Collections is a group of online content under UFDC's World Collections . The link where I am located right now will take you to the main page of UFDC. Scroll down until you reach the World Collections section. By clicking on Cuban Collections, or on the link where my mouse is currently located, the user will open the gallery of Cuban Collections available, The re are ten collections under Celebrating Cuba: Archives and Manuscripts, Cuban Monographs, Cuban Ephemera, Cuban Law, Cuban Thinkers and Intellectual Leaders, Maps of Cuba, Newspapers and Periodicals, Theses and Dissertat ions about Cuba, U.S. Government Publications About Cuba, and Cuban Judaica . [SLIDE 3] The user may search by each separate collection or in all of the collections at once. In the main Cuban Collection site, click on each separate collection to sharpen your search if needed. [SLIDE 4] Let's try it out by doing a few searches . First, I will search on the Cuban Thinkers online collection. When I am there , I type Jos Antonio Saco. I am looking for sources related to the Cuban Thinker Jos Antonio Saco. I write the name in the Cuban Collections search box and press enter or click 'go.' I get 15 different results. I can filter my search by subject terms or chronology by clicking on the different options on the column on the left of your screen. [SLIDE 5] Another example might be "family code." An important partner of the Celebrating Cuba! is LLMC Digital, formerly known as the Law Library Microform Consortium. I might be interested in know ing more about how the Revolution shaped


family relations after 1959. Click on the link to the Cuban Law collection. T ype “ family code. ” Th ese search term s take me to only one item in the collection. When I click on the item, the site also tells me in which collection that document is located, in this case , the C uban Law collection. If I think this is what I need, I may decide to click on the Cuban Law collection link . [SLIDE 6] Next, I am going to search the Maps of Cuba collection. The home site of this collection shows the partners that have contributed maps as well as the scope of the digital collection . This section focuses on digital maps of the area now known as Cuba but also in cludes regional maps of the Gulf of Mexico, the Caribbean, Antilles, and West Indies where Cuba or part of the island is depicted. Let’s use the term “ Havana. ” There are many results, and I choose to see one of the items. This time I want to point out the use of bilingual metadata, a key feature of the Cuban Collections. I found a map about the Henry Reeve campaign in Cuba, [Campaa de Henry Reeve en Cuba]. This item contains bilingual keywords or subject headings, which opens up its discoverability to Spanish speakers but also gives me ideas to continue my search. [SLIDE 7] There are 7 more collections where we can find great sources to write our papers. The Cuban Archives & Manuscripts collection includes archival content that document s the history and culture of Cuba; it includes holdings that relate to Cuba and Cubans since the seventeenth century. The home site of the Cuban Archives and Manuscripts collection also contains a link to Cuban Archives finding aids in both Spanish and Engl ish. T he Cuban Monographs collection includes monographs published in Cuba, with a focus on nineteenth century works, as well as the publications of important Cuban intellectuals published outside of Cuba. The Cuban Newspapers and Periodicals is the larges t within the Celebrating Cuba! project, with thousands of issues of print and borndigital newspapers, yearbooks, scholarly journals, magazines, bulletins, newsletters, and periodicals published in Cuba, the United States and other countries. [SLIDE 8] The Cuban Ephemera collection includes ephemeral materials produced in Cuba such as photographs, posters, pamphlets, scrap books, membership cards, newspaper clippings, and postcards from partner collections. The Theses and Dissertations about Cuba collect ion includes works by graduate students on topics relating to Cuba. T he US Government Documents about Cuba comprises publications by the US government on the subject of Cuba. And finally, the Cuban Judaica collection contains material related to the experi ence of the Cuban Jewish community both inside and outside of Cuba. [SLIDE 9 ] Now. How do I make sure I cite sources from UFDC properly? L et’s say I am going to use one of Jos Antonio Saco's authored manuscripts, for example Algunas reformas en la isla de Cuba, I follow standard citation styles guidelines and add the UFDC url. The information I need is also provided on the Description tab.


[SLIDE 10] The map that we found before should be cited as follows. Almost all the information that you need is in the first sight of the item in UFDC. However, to know the scale, you need to click on the item’s description. Now, this is the form that your reference should take: Author. Map Title. Scale. Date created/published. (date accessed). Since this is not a manuscript, to cite it, we might need to follow our publisher's general guidelines or even create our own standardized format to cite primary documents. Also, for more information on how to cite maps, access this useful LibGuide. https :// [SLIDE 1 1 ] I am going to conclude this brief presentation here. You may download the slides, the transcript, or the video by clicking on this link. I am happy to answer any questions that you might have concerning the Celebrating Cuba! project. Email me to . To follow the libraries developments due to the coronavirus crisis please check . Also, if you ne ed further guidance, please refer to . Thank you, Paula.