Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC) Scholar Update, 2014


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Rosenberg, Leah
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Draft of the dLOC Scholar Update for recent scholar activities and selected research and teaching projects, loaded on 5/20/2014, which will be part of the full dLOC Executive Packet, which will be loaded for ACURIL 2014 in The Bahamas.

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ACURIL IT SIG (Information T echnology, Special Interest Group) Meetings for June 2014 The following are the ACURIL IT SIG presentations for the ACURIL 2014 m eeting: Monday, June 9, 11:30 12:30 Conversations on Digital Public Library of America; Digital Library of the Caribbean partner reports: Archives Nationales d'Hati, Bibliothque Hatienne des Frres de l'Instruction Chrtienne, US Virgin Islands Digit al Collection; and Collection Development for digital collectio ns to enhance cultural literacy. This is also a meeting of the Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC) Pa r t ners. Wednesday, June 11th, 9:30 10:30am Digital Library of the Caribbean: Tips for Longevity in the Contemporary Technological World, presented by Ashley Till, Uni versity of the Virgin Islands


ACURIL IT SIG and dLOC Partner Meeting Nassau, The Bahamas Monday, June 9, 11:30 12:30 Overview for meeting: Monday, June 9, 11:30 12:30 Conversations on Digital Public Library of America; Digital Library of the Caribbean partner reports: Archives Nationales d'Hati, Bibliothque Hatienne des Frres de l'Instruction Chrtienne, US Virgin Islands Digit al Collection; and Collection Development for digital collections to enhance cultural literacy Draft Agenda 1. Welcome 2. Introductions by all attendees 3. Information for Potential New Partners 4. Updates from Partners a. Partner Projects i. Archives Nationales d' Hati ii. Bibliothque Hatienne des Frres de l'Instruction Chrtienne iii. US Virgin Islands iv. Other s TBA b. Scholar Collaborations c. Collection Development /Plans i. CNDL d. Other topics to be added 5. Technical a. Technical updates and enhancements b. Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) c. Questions/Concerns 6. Additional Business


Page | 1 Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC) Scholar Update, June 2014 Welcome to the dLOC Scholar Update The dLOC Newsletter ( ) covers new collections, partners, partner projects, technical updates, training resources and recent training activitie s, and related highlights. The dLOC Scholar Update started in June 2014 as a complement to the dLOC Newsletter because of the wealth and wide variety of dLOC activities and projects with scholars for research and teaching. The dLOC Scholar Update covers new scholarship projects and activities, teaching with dLOC, scholarly collaborators, publications about and featuring dLOC, and more. P rojects highlighted in this dLOC Scholar Update s how the wealth of complementary collaborative activities with dLOC partners and with scholars around the world. Call for Contributions to Future Issues, and Note For this first issue, many projects are not yet included or covered. Please forgive any omissions for this first issue, and please help us by contributing entries for future issues. Please contact to contribute to the next issue In this Issue: New Collaborations o E arly Caribbean Digital Archive New Digital Scholarship Projects o Haiti: An Island Luminous o Stereographs from the Panama Canal Teaching with dLOC o Panama Silver, Asian Gold DOCC (A Distributed Online Collaborative Course), Amherst College, University of Miami, and University of Florida o Syllabi, Assignments, Video Lectures, and More o Teaching and Archival Research in Cuba New Collaborative Opportunities o Discussions on Regional Florida/Caribbean Digital Humanities Collaborative o Caribbean Digital: a small axe event o dLOC Scholarly Advisory Board Publications & Presentations About and Featuring dLOC


Page | 2 New Collaborations The Early Caribbean Digital Archive (ECDA) The Early Caribbean Digital Archive (ECDA) is housed in NULab for Texts, Maps, and Networks (NULabTMN, ), and ECDA has partnered with dLOC. ECDA is a highly interactive digital scholarly lab for the collaborative research and study of pre C20 Caribbean lite rature. The ECDA is identifying texts for digitization and digitized texts, collecting these as a research set with the developing innovative tools that build from the digitized texts and enable users both scholars in the interdisciplinary study of the Caribbean as well as undergraduate and graduate students to view the materials as networks of related texts. The goal is to build and manage an open access inte rface, what we are calling a digital text analytics lab, for providing interested publics access to both texts of the Caribbean and our analytical and visual tools. The ECDA invites contributions and collaborators. Contact the ECDA for more on collaborat ive opportunities, including transcribing, the Idea Wall, Workbench, exhibits, and investigations and continued study of the ways in which scholars and students collaborate and interact with each other and the materials in the archive for collaboration on developing and designing digital research platform and project development spaces. ECDA Scholar Commons: scholars commons ECDA collections in d LOC:


Page | 3 New Digital Scholarship Projects Haiti: An Island Luminous Created by historian Adam M. Silvia and hosted online by Digital Library of the Caribbean, Haiti: An Island Luminous is designed to help readers learn Haiti: An Island Luminous combines rare books, manuscripts, and photos scanned by archives and libraries in Haiti and the United States with scholarly comment ary. Haiti: An Island Luminous is perhaps best described as an online exhibit and an annotated edited collection because it includes commentary by over 100 s cholars and the scholarly commentary links to relevant historical materials in dLOC. Users can thus read and explore Haiti: An Island Luminous for a rich and broad sense of Haitian history and culture, and can click on linked full text and image items to see historical artifacts and understand the si gnificance of these materials within the larger context of a particular historical moment and in relation to the full history of Haiti. See and explore Haiti: An Island Luminous : http://www.dloc. com/exhibits/islandluminous The Panama Canal Related Stereographs Collection includes 200 stereographs of the Panama Canal from the Keystone View Company, Underwood and Underwood, and E. and H.T. Anthony Company. The Panama Canal Related Stereograph Collection is a pilot project for creating a model for digitizing resources from t he Panama Canal Museum while leveraging the talents of an eager group of knowledgeable student volunteers for record creation. The project seeks to p romot e use and interest in the collection by various academic departments through the construction of a var iety of educational and teaching resources. See the over 200 stereographs from the Panama Canal: Haiti: An Island Luminous first page


Page | 4 Teaching with dLOC Many scholars, teachers, students, and learners around the world benefit from the important intellectual, creative, research, historical, and other materials in dLOC. In addition to teaching with dLOC as a location and source for materials, scholars are embedding dLOC in the research and teaching practices. Doing so cr eates opportunities for undergraduate and graduate student research that makes a contribution to Caribbean Studies by enriching existing resources in dLOC and creating new works that are shared through dLOC. This section highlights recent teaching collabo rations with dLOC. Panama Silver, Asian Gold: Migration, Money, and the Making of the Modern Caribbean DOCC (A Distributed Online Collaborative Course): Amherst College, University of Miami, and University of Florida (Fall 2013); Spring 2014 Version, Uni versity of Florida Rhonda Cobham Sander (Amherst College), Donette Francis (University of Miami), and Leah Rosenberg (University of Florida) collaboratively created and taught a course, Panama Silver, Asian Gold: Migration, Money, & the Making of the Modern Caribbean in fal l 2013 at all three institutions. The course faculty, librarians and instructional designers at each institution, and all three classes of students collaborated together on the course. The collaboration enriched the courses for all involved as well as enla rging available resources with each professor successfully requesting funding to bring in guest speakers. The course content covers two often overlooked labor migrations that profoundly affected the emergence of modern Caribbean literature: The immigration of indentured laborers from India and China into the West Indies and the emigration and return of the Afro Caribbean workers who built the Panama Canal. The course sought to illuminate: Relationship the migration of indentured workers from Ind ia and China to the Caribbean and of West Indians to Panama and the rise of the Caribbean middle class, nationalism, and national literatures. Limitations and biases of colonial and imperial archival materials Course Wiki Page : Faculty and Librarians (not pictured: Judith Roberts, Instructional Designer, UF Libraries)


Page | 5 Techniques used by Caribbean scholars and wri ters to employ and extend these colonial historical sources to illuminate the experience of indentured Asian immigrants and West Indians working in Panama Challenges of the digital archive: How can we not reproduce the colonial structure of existing histor ical archival materials? Course Assignments Activities & Products The course was designed to help build dLOC as academic infrastructure for Caribbean S tudies : Making course materials (s yllabus, exer cises, guest lectures, hands on assignments, presentation slides, guides to digital humanities tools, etc. ) available in dLOC and Chinese in the Caribbean Providing assignments as opportunities for s tudent produc ed research contributions including: finding gui des for historical documents, guides to the cultura l and historical references in contemporary novels, digital humanities projects on the two migrations Resources Now Available All materials (currently, with more in process): Syllabi for all thre e institutions: Video: Victor Chang reading his short stories: Student project (more are being added): The course is the first of many in a broader initiative to support teachers and scholars in using archival material s for Caribbean Studies. Teaching and Archival Research in Cuba Lillian Guerra, UF Professor of Cuban History, recently collaborated with institutions of Cuba and has now shared her research materials including transcriptions and photographs of archival materials from the Nation al Library of Cuba ( ) and the Archivo Nacional, Museo de la Educacin, and others ( ). Guerra led students on a r ecent research trip to Cuba, with writing and presenting on the research trip ( 05 /16/una nuevo dias en los cubano estudios beginning this spring/ ). Many ongoing activities are underway in collaboration with institutions in Cuba for access and preservation of library materials, teaching, and research activities.


Page | 6 New Collaborative Opportunities Digital Humanities Collaborative Network At the 2014 THATCamp Florida conference, the University of Central Florida began a discussion on statewide Digital Humanities collaboration in Florida. The model discussed is based on the NY C DH Collaborative Portal ( ) and discussions on it with Alex Gil at Columbia University. See the draft portal for the possible Florida Digital Humanities collaboration: http:// The conversation continued at the THATCamp Gainesville conference in April 2014 P articipants discussed the possibility of expanding to a regional Digital Humanities collaboration including any interested institutions in the Caribbean, possibly having multiple complementary collaborative groups with one for Florida and another or others for the larger Caribbean based on interest. More recent conversations with scholars from the University of Puerto Rico and University of Maryland demonstrate i nterest in collaboration from Puerto Rico for a larger regional Caribbean Digital Humanities collaborative group Discussions are still in an exploratory phase and are ongoing. P lease email if you may be interested in the collaboration or are interested in participating in the evolving discussion. The Caribbean Digital: a s mall axe event (5 Dec. 2014, Barnard College/Columbia Univ.) the academy by the digital revolution presents challenges to customary ways of learning, teaching, conducting research, and presenting small axe event will bring together scholars of the Caribbean, Digital, and other areas on adapting research and pedagogical methods in an age of information abundance. The Caribbean Digital will serve as a unique one day public forum intended to engage critically with the digital as practice and as historicized societal phenomenon, reflecting on the challenges and opportunities presented by the media technologies that evermore intensely reconfigure the social and geographic contours of the Caribbean. In addition to activities during the public forum, selected proceedings will be published in the inaugural issue (September 2015) of sx:archipelagos an interactive, born digital, print possible, peer reviewed Small Axe Project publication. See the CFP for more: caribbean digital/ For more, contact Kaiama L. Glover and Kelly Baker Josephs at


Page | 7 dLOC Scholarly Advisory Board In collaborating with scholars, dLOC provides hosting for materials for preservation and access. Perhaps most importantly, dLOC also provides the socio technical or the human infrastructure supports, including various forms of assistance to practical advice and technological training to help faculty and students bring together their resources to produce new knowledge for the field. The dLOC Scholarly Advisory Board currently consists of seven representatives skilled in relevant academic disciplines, in curriculum developme nt, and/or in technical issues. The Scholarly Advisory Board initially provide d guidance focused on collections to the dLOC Executive Committee ( reviewing proposals for collections, nominating collections for inclusion, reviewing standards developed by subcommittees and assisting with future funding sources ) The role of the dLOC Scholarly Advisory Board and other scholars collaborating with dLOC has greatly expanded with many existing and new collaborations among scholars and support for various activities, including: Review ing individual and collected materials to ensure a balance of perspectives Identifying priority materials for digitization a nd digital acquisition S upporting intellectual access: s elect ing, digitizing, curating, and supporting curation activities Helping to make sense of materials and clarifying their significance Help ing to get permissions for materials Providing pedagogical and teaching support Providing support to instructors teaching Caribbean subject matter, particularly dLOC materials Encouraging libraries and other institutions with Caribbean holdings to join as dLOC content contributing partners and those interested in Caribbean materials as fi scally supporting members Community Building for Caribbean Studies through Academic Infrastructure Much as the Caribbean is fragmented geographically, linguist ically, Caribbean studies and scholar s are fragme nted among departme n ts and disciplines. M any live and work with few if any colleagues in the field at their local institution dLOC can provide a place for scholars to meet, share knowledge and resources create knowledge and reso urces, make resources available to others, and thus enable others to continue the process of producing knowledge and resources for the far flung, interdis ci plinary c ommunity of Caribbean scholars and the general public interested in the Caribbean. Materials in dLOC are availa ble to anyone with internet access and ar e available in perpetuity. Thus, what is in dLOC and how it is presented will shape the understanding of Caribbean culture and history now and long into the future. Scholars have the opportunity for identifying gaps and working to fill them. As dLOC collaboration with scholars continues to grow in various areas, the role of the dLOC Scholarly Advisory Board is expected to grow as well, and may include: Bringing people from different institutions and countries to gether to pool knowledge & resources Bringing faculty and students together to produce knowledge for everyone with internet access Collabor ating and planning to p rovide invaluable context to make sense of these diverse materials Collaborating planning identifying, and help ing ameliorate critical gaps in the collection


Page | 8 Publications & Presentations About and Featuring dLOC Recent Publications Putnam, Lara. (2014). "The Transnational and the Text Searchable: Digitized Sources and the Shadows They Cast." http://d wsPrePrint.pdf Ramdathsingh, Krystel. (2014). "Does U.S. Counter drug Policy Affect Nationalism in the Anglophone Caribbean? A Comparative Study on the Impact of Counter drug Policy on Nationalism in Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago." FIU Electronic Theses and Dissertations. Paper 1257. Nixon, Angelique V. and Rosamond S. King. (2013). "Embodied Theories: Local Knowledge(s), Community Organizing, and Feminist Met hodologies in Caribbean Sexuality Studies." Caribbean Review of Gender Studies (7): Cobha m Sander, Rhonda (2013) "Going with the Flow," Anthurium: A Caribbean Studies Journal (10: 2): Francis, Donette A. (2013) "Intellectual Formations: Locating a Caribbean Critical Tradition. Anthurium: A Caribbean Studies Journal (10: 2) : /1 Taylor, Laurie N., Brooke Wooldridge, Lourdes Santamara Wheeler, Mark V. Sullivan, Benjamin Hebblethwaite, & Megan Raitano. (2013). "Scholarly Publishing in the Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC)." Library Publishing Toolkit : and Please email with publications to include. Recent & Upcoming Presentations Rosenberg, Leah. (2015). "Teaching using digital textual scholarship in the classroom." Modern Language Association Convention. Taylor, Laurie N. ACURIL Conference 2014: Sullivan, Mark V. Socio Technical Practices with dLOC." Open Repositories 2014: THATCamp Gainesville (April 2014) : Abstract on page 8: Szok, Peter (March 2014). Cent UF the Past, Embracing the Future ( events/annual conference ) :


Page | 9 Vargas Antilleans in the Panama Canal Museum 13th International Conference on Caribbean Literature (ICCL) Panama in the Caribbean: The Caribbean in Panama. University of Panama, Panama City: http://www.dl Library and Why Scholars need to Partner with th Annual Conference of the Caribbean Studies. Grand Anse, Grenada. Wooldridge, Brooke, Laurie N. Taylor, Judith C. Russell, and Lillian Guerra. (2013). "Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC)." THATCamp Caribe 2, Hav ana, Cuba: Taylor, Laurie N., Margarita Vargas Scholarly and Research Communication (4: 3): http://src Please email with p resentat ions to include.