2019 July dLOC Newsletter English

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2019 July dLOC Newsletter English
Asencio, Miguel
St. Hubert, Hadassah
Aguirrechu, Gabriela
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dLOC Mid-Year News July, 2019 Digital Library of the Caribbean 1 DLOC NEWS Summer Edition It was at the thirty-fourth ACURIL conference in May 2004 that three librarians organized a working group to propose a digital library of the Caribbean. Cathy Marsicek Florida International University, Judith Rogers University of the Virgin Islands, and Erich Kesse University of Florida, discussed the idea of creating "a cooperative digital library among partners in the Caribbean and circum-Caribbean," which would provide "users access to cultural, historical and research materials held in archives, libraries and private collections." By July of that year a planning committee met in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and the Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC) had its founding partners: Archives Nationale d'Ha•ti, Caribbean Community Secretariat (CARICOM), Florida International University, La Fundaci—n Global Democracia y Desarrollo (FUNGLODE), National Library of Jamaica, Universidad de Oriente, Venezuela, University of Central Florida, the University of Florida, and University of the Virgin Islands. From this initial beginning dLOC has grown and now has over seventy partners, hosts 41,000 titles constituting more than four million pages of content and we average over seven million users per month. As we celebrate this milestone anniversary we thank our supporters, our partners, and our administration and sta" Please click the link for information on the dLOC Working Group The photo above is the planning committee, which met in July, 2004 in San Juan Puerto Rico ( UF00093611/00006 ). To support our work, donate at Under FIU Libraries, click on Digital Library of the Caribbean as your designation. #! Celebrating Fifteen Years! Perhaps one of the rst digital humanities projects undertaken by dLOC, Haiti: An Island Luminous is a site where users can learn about Haiti's long history. Hosted by dLOC, Haiti: An Island Luminous, brings together rare books, manuscripts and photos scanned by librarians and archivists in Haiti and the United States. Accompanying the curated collection is commentary by over one hundred scholars from universities around the world. On Friday, May 3, in an event sponsored by the Green Family Foundation, An Island Luminous Kiosk was unveiled in its new location at the North Miami Library. The library serves a large Haitian population and thus is a highly appropriate home for the Kiosk. The Kiosk is dedicated to providing library patrons access to the Island Luminous site and is housed in a cabinet designed by Miami-based Haitian artist, Edouard Duval-CarriŽ. The unveiling reception was attended by Island Luminous creator, Dr. Adam Silvia, former dLOC director, Brooke Wooldridge, Dr. Kimberly J. Green and Mireille LouisCharles from the Green Family Foundation, and NoMi Library patrons. Attendees were treated to music by Guitars over Guns. As stated by current dLOC director, Miguel Asencio, without the support of the Green Family Foundation a project like Haiti: An Island Luminous would not be possible. We thank the Foundation for its continuing support and encouragement of dLOC's work. Haiti: An Island Luminous Kiosk at NoMi Photo Courtesy of KL Collective Dr. Adam Silvia, Brooke Wooldrige, Paul Bazile, Miguel Asencio, Dr. Kimberly Green, and Mireille Louis-Charles. Photo Courtesy of KL Collective


dLOC Mid-Year News July, 2019 Digital Library of the Caribbean 2 January June 2019 dLOC Stats: Total Views: 31,409,294 Top Title: 29,707,650 (Diario de la Marina) Top Item: 3,484,512 (Indice Alfabetico y Defunciones del Ejercito Libertador de Cuba) Social Media Stats Twitter: Followers: 692 Engagement: 284 Facebook: Followers: 135 Engagement: 67 Instagram: Followers: 118 Engagement: 109 Migration, Mobility, and Sustainability: Caribbean Studies and Digital Humanities #! For a week in May,#a group of#Caribbean scholars#from the US and abroad#participated in an in-person Digital Humanities workshop#hosted by#the University of Florida#Smathers #Library in collaboration with #dLOC. #Funded by a grant from the#National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) twenty-six participants, a mix of faculty and#graduate #students, #learned about#di erent#Digital Humanities (DH) tools and how to incorporate these into their teaching#and research. Speakers#discussed a range of topics including identifying and organizing data, copyright, implementing DH tools in the classroom, and#using resources and collaborating with Caribbean Studies repositories.#Representing#dLOC#were director,#Miguel #Asencio, #and CLIR Post-Doctoral Fellow,#Dr. Hadassah St. Hubert.#Also speaking were University of Florida's#Dr.#Laurie Taylor, Chair of the Digital Partnership and Strategies Department, Dr. HŽlne #Huet, European Studies Librarian, and Paul Ortiz, Director of the Samuel Proctor Oral History program.#Participants received hands-on experience working with Timeline JS,#Storymap #JS, and Google Maps. Dr. Crystal A.#Felima, CLIR Post-Doctoral Fellow in Caribbean Studies Data Curation at the University of Florida, who was one of the participants,#immediately #employed #what she had learned at the Institute into her class. Working in Puerto Rico, Dr.#Felima's#students entered tracking data into Google Maps and conducted oral interviews about Hurricane Maria and its aftermath. Materials and presentations from the NEH funded DH Institute are available on#dLOC #by clicking Migration, Mobility, and Sustainability: Caribbean Studies and Digital Humanities ##! Migration, Mobility, and Sustainability: Caribbean Studies and Digital Humanities"


dLOC Mid-Year News July, 2019 $ Digital Library of the Caribbean 3 Dr. Alex Gil, Digital Humanities, and the Caribbean #! On February 18, Dr. Alex Gil, Digital Scholarship Librarian at Columbia University, presented a talk and workshop sponsored by # dLOC. In his presentation,# Gil stressed that humans have been deciding what kind of past is being preserved and what stories are told for millennia. In the twenty-rst century this data and information curation, largely carried out by librarians and scholars, is increasingly becoming digital. Highlighting the work being done with Caribbean materials, Gil discussed the importance of preserving history and culture in digital form. Following lunch, sponsored by FIU's Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center (LACC), Gil conducted a Digital Humanities Workshop. Using some of his digital projects Gil gave practical examples how scholars use digital tools to, as he said, "build the narratives of our past." Dr. Gil's talk and workshop was made possible through the generosity of the Green Family Foundation and#by LACC's Title VI grant from the US Department of Education. # CLIR Fellow Dr. Alex Galarza! at FIU Dr. Alex Galarza,# CLIR #Postdoctoral Fellow at#Haverford College in Pennsylvania,#presented two talks sponsored by#dLOC, and the Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center (LACC). In the morning of January 24 th #Dr. Galarza discussed the collaborative digital preservation work being carried out between# Haverford College and Guatemala's Grupo de#Apoyo #Mutuo The project is creating a digital archive of National Police les which document stories of abuses during the 1960-1996 Civil War. In the afternoon Dr. Galarza talked about his research on soccer and urban politics in Argentina,#" Soccer and Urban Politics in Buenos Aires: Boca Juniors' Ciudad#Deportiva ," which was presented in conjunction with Haverford College's Digital Scholarship Team, addressed Boca Juniors' e" orts in the 1960s to build a large sports and recreational complex in the neighborhood. Both of Dr. Galarza's talks were made possible by LACC's Title VI grant from the US Department of Education. dLOC Sponsored and Co! Sponsored Speakers Dr. Preeya Mohan on Hurricanes and Development in the Caribbean #! Dr.#Preeya#Mohan from the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine campus, presented a talk on April 25 to#an audience consisting of#visiting #dLOC #partners and#members of#the University community. Dr. Mohan#focused on how Caribbean sugar exports were a ected by hurricanes over the course of two-hundred sixty years, 1700-1960.#Dr. Mohan specically discussed how she gathered the data on sugar exports for her study which largely focused on the British Caribbean. As she explained, her research approach was two-fold: prior to the 1850s it included reviewing preserved newspaper accounts, letters, and diaries of violent storms in the Caribbean. Post-1850s her evidence became more scientic when o % cial data on weather began to be recorded.#Speaking to several archivists from the French Caribbean she stressed how important their preservation and digitization work was for scholars conducting research. As she stated, scholars cannot begin to ask questions if they do not know the material sources exist. Dr. Mohan's talk was sponsored by #dLOC #and the Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center #(LACC) #as part of the LACC/UWI International Linkage Program, and was #also #made possible with support from the Green Family Foundation.##!


dLOC Mid-Year News July, 2019 Digital Library of the Caribbean 4 dLOC hosted a week-long digitization training in April at Florida International University. Sta" from dLOC founding partner, Archives National d'Ha•ti and new partners from Institut de Sauvegarde du Patrimoine National ( ISPAN ), the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad campus, and the University of Guyana, learned the fundamentals of digitization from dLOC director, Miguel Asencio. Participants received hands-on training using atbed scanners and saw how to set up a camera stand and lights for optimal results. Dr. Hadassah St. Hubert, led two sessions one on the Digital Humanities and the other on Grant Writing for Caribbean Institutions. Later in the week attendees visited dLOC partner History Miami and the Wolfson Archives and learned about preserving audio and video les. At the end of the week participants left with a fuller understanding of the highest digitization standards. They also received copies of all material discussed during the week. The partner digitization training was made possible through the support of FIU Libraries. Additions to the dLOC Community Welcome to our new Partners! We are pleased to welcome the following partners to the dLOC community: & Columbia University Libraries & Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts (CCAHA) & Institute for Haitian Studies, University of Kansas & KOSANBA & Le Centre International de Documentation et d'Information Ha•tienne, Car•bŽenne et Afrocanadienne (CIDIHCA) & Nomadic Archivist Project (NAP)! & University of the West Indies, Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies (SALISES) New Sta ! Please join us in welcoming our new student workers and summer intern:! & Eloy Beaucejour & Medjyna Moreau! & Irene Vega! Bastien Craipain Ph.D. Candidate in French and Francophone Studies at the University of Chicago, is completing a six-week summer internship with dLOC. As our Digital Humanities Data Curation Intern Bastien will assist in the digitization of Caribbean collections. dLOC Technical Updates Partners, do we have your technical contact on our Technical Contacts email list? Please make sure you are part of this list by sending your information to ), or please email Chelsea Dinsmore ( ) to be added. dLOC site more secure! In a recent update the dloc site now uses https as part of the url, the S indicating that the site is secure. Now to access dLOC type Users will see no di erence but know that your visit to dLOC is now more secure. Biblioteca Nacional Aruba (BNA), now has their own digital collection with many new items. The dLOC technical team is hard at work processing these les so they will soon be discoverable in dLOC. Click the link to access BNA's digital collection. Partner Training @ FIU


dLOC Mid-Year News July, 2019 Digital Library of the Caribbean 5 DLOC Partnerships and Projects Highlighted at Conferences #! June found#dLOC's#Laurie N. Taylor, Hadassah St. Hubert, and M. Stephanie Chancy at international conferences discussing the work being done#with #two #dLOC #partners. Taylor, Digital Scholarship Director at#dLOC #and Chair of the University Florida's Digital Partnerships and Strategies, presented at the Association of Caribbean University Research and Institutional Libraries ( ACURIL ) in #Oranjestad, #Aruba on the project# Celebrating Cuba! Collaborative Digital Collections of Cuban Patrimony This is a joint endeavor with#Biblioteca #Nacional de Cuba JosÂŽ MartÂ’ #( BNJM ), #dLOC, and the University of Florida. As Taylor explained, the aim is to create a collaborative, comprehensive collection on Cuba, catalog published historical works and share that information through# WorldCat Moreover, the project digitizes current periodicals with the goal of having complete years available online. #Taylor concluded by explaining how part#of the program#includes #dLOC #and UF bringing#hard drives lled with digitized materials to Cuba.# Celebrating Cuba! #builds from and contributes content in#dLOC. Taylor's presentation can be found on#dLOC #at, # When Lines Are Down: Celebrating Cuba! #! #! Around the same time, St. Hubert, CLIR Postdoctoral Fellow in Data Curation for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at#dLOC,#and Chancy, Green Family Foundation/ dLOC #Fellow,#were presenting at the Caribbean Studies Association ( CSA ) annual conference in Santa Marta, Colombia. Their panel focused#on "Digitizing Caribbean Artists: Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator (DVCAI) and Digital Library of the Caribbean's Partnership." St. Hubert opened the session by discussing#dLOC's#work in general and more specically in terms of the partnership with DVCAI. For her part, Chancy outlined how digitization is changing archives, what is preserved and the signicance of a digital archive like DVCAI's, which foregrounds emerging Caribbean and Latin American artists. Click the link for more information on# DVCAI #and look for#some #of the early digitized les from their archive on# dLOC # soon. #! Librarians on a "Boat" Representing! dLOC at Home and On the Road #! Dr. Hadassah St. Hubert, CLIR Post-Doctoral Fellow in Data Curation for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at#dLOC, has traveled extensively to talk about #dLOC's#work and Digital Humanities during the rst half of 2019. In a January lecture and workshop at FIU presented as part of the Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Study Center's (LAAC) weeklong conference, "Digitizing the Americas: Exploring Cuba Through Miami, Media and Technology," Dr. St. Hubert introduced a group of faculty members from minority serving institutions and community colleges to the Digital Humanities (DH). She dened and explained what can be considered DH and how the eld is developing and changing. In the after-noon,#participants had an opportunity for hands-on DH practice when Dr. St. Hubert led a session on#using # Timeline JS Using gures from Cuban history,#breakout#groups built #timelines and had a chance to detail their experience with the program and how they resolved any issues encountered. Later in January, traveling for and under the auspices of#dLOC, Dr. St. Hubert led similar sessions with#dLOC's#partner Barbados Archives Department in Bridgetown, Barbados, this time using Bussa's Rebellion as the subject for the #historical #timelines. February found her back in Miami leading a session on Working with#Tropy#for Historic Images for FIU's HASTAC Scholars. In April Dr. St. Hubert presented on#dLOC's#Protecting Haitian Patrimony initiative at LLILAS Benson at the University of Texas at Austin.#Also #in April, with University of Florida's Dr. Laurie Taylor, Dr. St. Hubert conducted a#partner #needs #assessment and training # with # dLOC # partners # in Kingston, Jamaica. ##! Flashback Fun Fact In 2019 dLOC's librarians did not travel the Caribbean by boat. Once upon a time, in the 1950s and 1960s, librarians from dLOC founding partner, University of Florida, did circumnavigate the Caribbean. Armed with microlm cameras their mission was to preserve documents and newspapers all over the region. Their work lives on in digital form as a result of a grant from CLIR Hidden Collections *Information for this item comes from: UF Libraries, Twitter Post, May 1, 2019, 2:11 p.m.!


dLOC Mid-Year News July, 2019 Digital Library of the Caribbean 6 In March and April, Florida International University's rst two HASTAC Scholars, Nat‡lia Marques da Silva, Ph.D. Student in Global and Sociocultural Studies, and M. Stephanie Chancy, Ph.D. Candidate in History, introduced the University community to two digital tools for the humanities, and recontextualized a third.##! On March 5, Marques da Silva discussed the communitycentered digitization tool Mukurtu CMS. Mukurtu, a collaborative tool, is used by individuals working with grassroots, activist and indigenous communities. In the hands-on workshop led by Marques da Silva, participants created a community and worked through uploading, organizing, and sharing data. As Marques da Silva explained, Mukurtu is designed to help locally-based organizers and community residents maintain control, protect and share their information in a digital environment. Click the link for more information on Mukurtu #! #! On April 2, Chancy talked about Microsoft Excel as a digital tool for organizing humanities data, demonstrating how it has uses beyond adding, subtracting, and multiplying numbers. Using examples from her dissertation research, Chancy illustrated how she uses Excel as a digital organization tool for her sources, highlighting the exibility of arranging them in myriad ways with the click of a button. The presentation concluded with an introduction to the time tracking and time management tool Toggl. Toggl allows the user to see how much time is spent on each project and task allowing them to'make adjustments'as they plan their days. Excel is available as part of the Microsoft O% ce suite, click the link for more information on Toggl '#! '#! Mukurtu is available for free as is the basic version of Toggl. 'Marques da Silva's and 'Chancy's 'talks were presented under the auspices of' dLOC' and the FIU Digital Collections Center.'# dLOC in the Community: dLOC Presents FIU's HASTAC Scholars Happy Birthday Frederick Douglass!! On February 19, dLOC in conjunction with FIU Libraries Digital Collection Center, and the Department of African and African American Diaspora Studies, sponsored a transcribe-a-thon in celebration of Frederick Douglass' two-hundred and rst birthday. Participants gathered to transcribe digitized handwritten texts from the Freedmen's Bureau, which document the black experience following the U.S. Civil War. dLOC's transcribe-a-thon was part of the nationwide Douglass Day celebrations. Douglass Day, which may have been an early inspiration for Black History Month, was revived by the Colored Conventions Project based at the University of Delaware in 2017. dLOC's Douglass Day brought together FIU students, faculty, and sta" for a half day of laughter, learning, and warmth. The event was made sweeter with delicious treats crafted by Sweet Delights Cheesecakes, a black-owned bakery by an FIU Alum and StartUp FIU Food participant, Nadia Decius.! FIU Students and Employees transcribing documents from the Freedmen's Bureau during the Douglass Day Transcribe-a-Thon.