dLOC Summer News June, 2020 ! Digital Library of the Caribbean 1 DLOC NEWS Summer Edition O ne of the last in-person public events at Florida International University was held on the evening of Tuesday, March 10. Members of the local and University communities gathered to remember and celebrate Bernard Diederich, a longtime FIU friend and supporter. The gathering, as Edwidge Danticat describes in her New Yorker article, " The Ripple Effects of the Coronavius on Immigrant Communities ," seemed a harbinger of what was to come. Attendees attempted to practice the then foreign concept of physical distancing Ã no kissing and no hugging, maybe a handshake, elbow bump or mutually agreed upon hip bump, deÃžnitely scrupulous hand washing and liberal use of anti-bacterial gel. By March 16, 2020, just six days later, following a State of Florida mandate all public universities transitioned to remote teaching and working to "ÃŸatten the curve" in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, a world-wide pandemic. dLOC's administrative staff, led by Director Miguel Asencio, and CLIR Post-Doctoral Fellow Dr. Hadassah St. Hubert, devised a work plan to keep graduate fellows and undergraduate student employees working through the Ãžnal six weeks of the semester. Graduate fellows continued their ongoing projects, including the development of a Caribbean Studies Bibliography , and the creation of an Adobe Lightroom instruction manual for use by dLOC staff and partners. Undergraduate student workers, who typically scan and prepare documents for upload to the dLOC website, were assigned a variety of tasks they could complete remotely. One of these was a transcription project for the Barbados Mercury and Bridge-Town Gazette , part of dLOC's Caribbean Newspaper collection . Dating between 1783 and 1848, printing in the Gazette can be difÃžcult to read, especially for optical recognition programs, the transcriptions, which Asencio describes as "an important project that under usual work circumstances does not receive priority," will increase access to this valuable resource on Barbadian history. dLOC staff will continue to work remotely until it is deemed safe for public universities to reopen. To dLOC partners and afÃžliated communities, we hope you and your families remain safe and healthy during this time. dLOC Moves to Remote Work in Response to Covid! 19 Pandemic Usually teeming with students, faculty and staff, the Circulation Desk at FIU's Green Library stands empty. Photo by Miguel Asencio
dLOC Summer News June, 2020 ! Digital Library of the Caribbean 2 January ! June 2020 dLOC Stats: Total Views: 19,561,917 Top Title: 41,742,272* (Diario de la Marina) Top Item: 3,580,218** (Indice AlfabÂŽtico y Defunciones del EjÂŽrcito Libertador de Cuba) *September 2015-June 2020 **August 2009-June 2020 Social Media Stats Twitter: Followers: 987 Engagement: 888 Facebook: Followers: 210 Engagement: 487 Instagram: Followers: 151 Engagement: 982 Douglass Day Celebrations ! Year Two! For the second year the Florida International University community came together, on February 18, 2020, to celebrate nineteenth-century abolitionist and activist, Frederick Douglass' birthday. As part of the nationwide Douglass Day celebration FIU undergraduate and graduate students, along with faculty and staff gathered in the Digital Scholar Studio at FIU's Green Library to transcribe documents belonging to and written by Anna Julia Cooper. Cooper, an African American woman, was born into slavery in 1858 and, until her death in 1964, was known as an author, educator and civil rights activist. Her writing dates from the Reconstruction period to the Civil Rights era. Throughout her career Cooper fought against segregated education and advocated for the higher education of African Americans. After serving as principal of M Street High School in Washington, DC, Cooper completed her Ph.D. in History at the University of Paris Ã Sorbonne in 1924, she was sixty-six years old. Her dissertation, "L'Attitude de la France a l'egard de l'esclavage pendant la Revolution" ("French Attitudes Toward Slavery During the Revolution") focuses on the Haitian Revolution and how it inÃŸuenced French views on slavery; dLOC's Dr. Hadassah St. Hubert and M. Stephanie Chancy transcribed several pages of this document. "Transcribe Cooper," the theme of this year's Douglass Day, was undertaken to expand access to Cooper's important work and is part of the initiative to #CiteBlackWomen. "Transcribe Cooper" was presented nationwide by: the Colored Conventions Project , Howard University's Anna Julia Cooper Digital Project and Moorland Spingarn Research Center , the Princeton Center for Digital Humanities , and Penn State University Libraries and the College of Liberal Arts . The Douglass Day Transcribe-a-Thon, a Black History Month event at FIU Libraries, was sponsored by dLOC and FIU Libraries Digital Collections Center . Special thanks to FIU OfÃžce of Engagement for generously underwriting the refreshments including treats from Sweet Delights Cheesecakes , a bakery owned by Nadia Decius an FIU alum and StartUp FIU participant. FIU Students, Faculty and Staff Transcribe Cooper for Douglass Day i If you have a U.S. Passport issued in 2016 or later, check out pages 26 and 27, you'll Ãžnd the following quote from Anna Julia Cooper: "The cause of freedom is not the cause of a race or a sect, a party or a class ! it is the cause of humankind, the very birthright of humanity."
dLOC Summer News June, 2020 ! Digital Library of the Caribbean 3 The Haiti Reader Scholars, students, and those who want to learn more about Haiti and its history have a new resource, The Haiti Reader . Published in January 2020 by Duke University Press , The Haiti Reader is an introduction to Haiti's vibrant history and culture, bringing together material that spans the centuries from Haiti's indigenous era up to the 2010 earthquake. Uniquely, Haitian voices on topics ranging from history, culture, and politics are highlighted discussing well-known as well as lesser-known historical episodes, many in English for the Ãžrst time. The Haiti Reader was launched on March 11, 2020, at Books and Books , Coral Gables with three of its editors in attendance: Laurent Dubois, Professor of Romance Studies and History Duke University; Kaiama L. Glover, Professor of French and Africana Studies , Barnard College; and Chantalle F. Verna, Associate Professor of History and International Relations , Florida International University. They discussed the years-long process of bringing the volume to fruition. Each read a favorite excerpt from the book and took questions from the audience. The event was moderated by Dr. Kate Ramsey, Associate Professor of History , University of Miami. Drs. Dubois, Glover, Verna, and Ramsey as well as the Reader's two other co-editors Dr. NadÂve MÂŽnard, Professor of Literature, Âƒcole Normale SupÂŽrieure, UniversitÂŽ d'Âƒtat d'HaÂ•ti and Dr. Millery PolynÂŽ, Associate Professor of History, Gallatin School of Individualized Study , New York University, are all long-time dLOC supporters and collaborators. The Haiti Reader is available in hardcover, paperback or e-book from your local book seller or online. Laurent Dubois, Kaiama Glover, and Chantalle Verna, editors of The Haiti Reader. Photo, Hadassah St. Hubert dLOC Partner News In the very early morning hours on Monday, April 13, 2020 the iconic black dome topping the Royal Church in Milot was destroyed by Ãžre. The Royal Chapel of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, as the Church is ofÃžcially known, is part of the Sans-Souci Palace complex in Haiti's northern city of Milot. The Royal Church was built for the Republic's only king, Henry Christophe (reigned 1811-1820) and has the distinction of being one of the Ãžrst buildings constructed in newly independent Haiti. The original dome collapsed in an 1842 earthquake and was restored in 1934 following the U.S. Occupation of Haiti (1915-1934). The 1934 reconstruction was undertaken by President StÂŽnio Vincent in an effort to reclaim Haiti's historic heritage. The Royal Church was the only building in the Sans-Souci complex to be rebuilt. Most recently, in 2017, the dome underwent another series of repairs and restoration managed by dLOC partner Institut de Sauvegarde du Patrimoine National ( ISPAN ). Following the Ãžre only the walls of the Royal Church remain. Discussions and assessments are in progress to determine how to proceed. Photos of the Royal Church taken during the 2017 restoration can be found on dLOC, as can images of the dome's internal construction . The Royal Church along with the Sans-Souci Palace, the Citadelle La FerriÂre, and the sites at Ramiers make-up Haiti's only National History Park, a UNESCO designated World Heritage Site since 1982. Fire Destroys Historic Haitian Church's Iconic Dome Royal Chapel of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, Milot, Haiti. Photo, FrÂŽdÂŽrick Mangones, July 2017
dLOC Summer News June, 2020 " Digital Library of the Caribbean 4 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 firstname.lastname@example.org ), or please email Chelsea Dinsmore ( chelseaz@uÃŸ.edu ) to be added. Have a favorite Caribbean source? Add it to the crowdsourced dLOC Caribbean Bibliography Project. The Bibliography covers various facets of Caribbean history and culture and helps students, academics, and the general public who want to read, research and learn more. Follow the link to see or contribute to the dLOC Caribbean Bibliography Project . A dLOC Introduction and Tutorial video intended to help users become familiar with and conduct searches on the site is now available. Currently the video is only available in French, but discussions are underway to complete English and Spanish versions. dLOC Partner Spotlight ! DVCAI Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator ( DVCAI ), is a Miami-based-arts organization founded in 1996. DVCAI's ongoing mission is to nurture, cultivate the vision and diverse talents of emerging artists from the Caribbean and Latin American diaspora. They joined dLOC in 2018 and the organization's dLOC collection features information about DVCAI artists as well as examples of their work. One such is Michael Elliott's virtual exhibition, The Wind at the Docks . Elliott's series of paintings are Ãžlled with symbolism and center on the Windrush generation of West Indian Britons of color who were drawn across the Atlantic in 1948 by a sense of duty as British citizens and with promises of better opportunities as the United Kingdom rebuilt following the destruction wrought during World War II. Elliott's narration details the racism and suppressed human rights these migrants encountered. Michael Elliott is just one of the artists DVCAI has worked with over the last twenty-four years. More DVCAI artists are featured on dLOC and others are being added even as remote work continues. Congratulations to dLOC's 2020 Graduates! On Friday, May 8 four of dLOC's undergraduate student workers graduated from FIU: ! # David Calle, BA Psychology ! # D'Jodens Conserve, BS Civil Engineering ! # Medjyna Moreau, BS Biology! # Imari Sandoval, BS Criminal Justice ! David and Medjyna intend to pursue advanced degrees in law and medicine respectively. D'Jodens and Imari plan on entering the workforce; D'Jodens designing and building roads and highways, and Imari in law enforcement. We wish them well as they begin this new phase in their life. Class of 2020
dLOC Summer News June, 2020 " Digital Library of the Caribbean 5 Capacity Assessment of Latin American and Caribbean Partners: A Symposium about Open Access, Technological Needs, and Institutional Sustainability, was organized by four Council on Library and Information Resources ( CLIR ) Post-Doctoral Fellows in Latin American and Caribbean Studies. The organizers included Dr. Hadassah St. Hubert, Florida International University, dLOC; Dr. Jennifer Isasi, Penn State University (formerly with the University of Texas, Austin); Dr. NictÂŽ Fuller Medina, University of California, Los Angeles; and Dr. Margie MontaÂ–ez, University of New Mexico. The April 16 and 17 Symposium focused on Caribbean and Latin American organizations that work with U.S.-based institutions. The aim was to identify successes and issues in these relationships, while also pinpointing obstacles in terms of open access, technological needs and sustainability. Six partner institutions from the Caribbean and Latin America were invited to participate: the Institute of Social and Cultural Research ( NICH ) from Belize, Proceso de Comunidades Negras de Colombia from Colombia, HeritEdge Connection from Barbados, Institut de Sauvegarde du Patrimoine National ( ISPAN ) from Haiti, Fideicomiso Archivos Plutarco Elias Calles y Fernando Torreblanca ( FAPECT ) from Mexico, and the National Library of Jamaica ( NLJ ) from Jamaica. As Liesl Picard, Assistant Director of FIU's Kimberly Green Latin and American and Caribbean Center ( LACC ), and Moderator of the Ãžrst panel pointed out, the invited participants provided "a fantastic representation of different organizations from different nations in Latin America and the Caribbean." The Symposium featured several public panels during the two days. In the Partner Panel , representatives from the invited institutions introduced their organizations, the work they do, and the difÃžculties they face in accomplishing that work. The Keynote address , by Dr. Gimena del Rio Riande, centered on open access and the myriad ways this can be deÃžned and approached. A highlight of the Ãžrst day's events was the virtual tour of Florida International University's Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum led by Chief Curator, Dr. Amy Galpin. The Symposium's second day featured a Funders Panel on Cultural Preservation, which generated quite a bit of interest by both the invited partners and attendees. Panelists made themselves available to answer both speciÃžc and general questions about their funding models, application process, and criteria. The public panels concluded with a Wrap Up session where the organizers, invited partners, and attendees discussed the Symposium proceedings and next steps in developing cooperative relationships, encouraging open access, funding, and sustainability. Originally planned as a series of in-person panel discussions, the Coronavirus pandemic and its accompanying shutdowns meant that everything had to be transitioned to a virtual setting. The virtual symposium was well attended and well received. Because it was virtual, the public panel discussions can be viewed by clicking the links above, or via dLOC's Facebook page, @dlocaribbean under the Videos tab. The symposium was made possible by a Mellon funded CLIR Microgrant and through the participation and support of the Green Family Foundation, UCLA Libraries, University of New Mexico Libraries, LLILAS Benson Libraries of the University of Texas, Austin, and the following departments at Florida International University: FIU Libraries, Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center, and the Wolfsonian Public Humanities Lab. Open Access, Technological Needs, and Institutional Sustainability in the Caribbean and Latin America Screenshot of the Symposium's Wrap-up Session via Zoom
dLOC Summer News June, 2020 Digital Library of the Caribbean 6 From March 5-8, 2020 Dr. Hadassah St. Hubert, CLIR Post-Doctoral Fellow in Data Curation for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and M. Stephanie Chancy, Green Family Foundation/dLOC Graduate Fellow, joined a group of scholars, artists, and museum professionals in Iowa for the workshop, Haitian Art: A Digital Crossroads ( HADC ). The workshop, organized by Dr. Alfredo Rivera, Assistant Professor of Art History at Grinnell College, is part of a collaborative National Endowment for the Humanities funded project to digitize the Waterloo Center for the Arts' ( WCA ) extensive Haitian art collection. The collection, which includes beaded ÃŸags, paintings, and metal sculptures by some of the best-known Haitian artists, is the largest public Haitian art collection in the world, outside of Haiti. Over the course of three days participants from the United States and Haiti discussed Haitian art, art history, and history with a focus on accessibility to sources and artwork. The goal of the workshop was to determine strategic ways the digital humanities can be used to support academic and curatorial research on Haitian art. As part of the panel "Digital Archives and Haiti," Hadassah discussed dLOC's work in the Caribbean, Haiti and the U.S. For her part Stephanie spoke more speciÃžcally about dLOC's important role in giving scholars greater access to historical and art historical sources. Co-panelist, Dr. Laura Wagner, discussed the Radio Haiti Archive , an audio archive housed at Duke University, and available on dLOC. Other panels featured conversations on Haitian art collections, and the study of Haitian art and its evolution. One of the highlights of the weekend was the tour of WCA's permanent Haitian art exhibition. WCA's Director Kent Shankle, Curator, Chawne Paige, and Registrar, Elizabeth Andrews welcomed participants and even opened their storage areas allowing the gathered scholars to see pieces that were not on view. Collaborative relationships and friendships were formed by the end of the workshop with Grinnell College on track to become a dLOC partner formalizing the cooperative relationship as this important digitization project moves forward. Digitizing Haitian Art Workshop Follow dLOC on Social Media WAC Curator, Chawne Paige leads HADC Workshop participants on a tour of the Haitian Art Galleries. Photo, M. Stephanie Chancy Keep up with dLOC news and events on social media, our handle is @dLOCaribbean on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.