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dLOC Winter News February, 2021 ! ! Digital Library of the Caribbean 1 DLOC NEWS Winter Edition W hen Covid-19 was Þrst documented in the United States in late January/early February 2020, the pandemic's impact on our daily lives could not have been imagined. None of us pictured that face masks would become a necessary accessory. We all washed our hands regularly, but who envisioned that we would be washing them with such frequency? Did anyone think that one of the hardest things would be to avoid touching your face? When Florida International University (FIU), dLOC, and other universities in Florida transitioned to remote work and learning in March 2020, little did we believe that nearly one year later so many of us would still be away from our ofÞces and classrooms. Some regular activities, including classes, have resumed on university campuses in Florida and across the United States. dLOC's administrative team at FIU, and its technical team at the University of Florida (UF), however, are still largely based at home, though team members do make regular visits to their campus ofÞces. Work continues, albeit with adjustments, to keep everyone safe. Today, email, video conferencing, and the telephone, are vital tools helping to keep dLOC partners and staff connected. These technologies also ensure that projects move forward. Digital content is regularly added to the dLOC website (see "Recently Uploaded to dLOC" below). The availability of scholarly digitized material is even more important now that students, teachers and researchers may not be able to access resources in libraries and archives in the ways they had in prepandemic days. At dLOC our priorities are to keep staff healthy and safe, while we continue to make Caribbean books, documents, newspapers and numerous other sources available to our users. We also recognize that the pandemic has taken a toll on people's health and has affected families. If you contracted Covid-19, we hope you are well on the way to recovery. To any who lost loved ones in the last year, we extend our sincere condolences. dLOC Continues Remote Work dLOC Director, Miguel Asencio, has the stacks to himself at FIU's Green Library. Students, faculty and employees continue to study and work remotely. Anyone who comes to campus must wear a mask covering their nose and mouth, and must follow physical distancing protocols. Photo by Miguel Asencio, February 2021.


dLOC Winter News February, 2021 Digital Library of the Caribbean 2 July 2020 ! January 2021 dLOC Stats: Total Views: 17,533,246 Top Title: 44,426,086* (Diario de la Marina) Top Item: 3,653,155** (Indice AlfabŽtico y Defunciones del EjŽrcito Libertador de Cuba) *September 2015-January 2021 **August 2009-January 2021 Social Media Stats Twitter: Followers: 987 Engagement: 378 Facebook: Followers: 210 Engagement: 96 Instagram: Followers: 151 Engagement: 314 Congratulations and Thank You Dr. Hadassah St. Hubert After two and a half years with dLOC, Dr. Hadassah St. Hubert has taken a permanent position in civil service. Dr. St. Hubert was the Þrst CLIR Post-Doctoral Fellow for Data Curation in Latin American and Caribbean Studies in the dLOC administrative ofÞce at Florida International University. dLOC and its partners beneÞted from her expertise in cultural preservation, digital humanities, capacity building, and organizational development. Her accomplishments with dLOC are numerous and thanks to her efforts several new relationships and partnerships have been established, while long-standing associations with partners and funding organizations in the Caribbean, the United States, Canada and Europe have been strengthened. During her tenure, and through her leadership, dLOC and its partners increased access and preserved many resources focused on the Caribbean. The latter in large part because of her grant writing skills, which resulted in several partners in the Caribbean and the United States receiving prestigious grant awards. In coordination with dLOC's Director, Miguel Asencio, and the technical team at the University of Florida, Dr. St. Hubert developed a multi-layered and comprehensive digitization training program for international partners that will continue to guide our training procedures well into the future. Moreover, several ongoing projects at dLOC, which beneÞt the user, began because of her behind the scenes efforts and her focus on forging cooperative relationships. Many of the projects she spearheaded improve accessibility to and the searchability of Caribbean newspapers. The dLOC family will greatly miss Dr. St. Hubert's leadership and guidance. We are, at the same time, thrilled for her as she embarks on this new and exciting professional endeavor.


dLOC Winter News February, 2021 ! Digital Library of the Caribbean 3 dLOC Ongoing Projects Growing collections and making information more accessible and useful to dLOC users are fundamental aspects of our mission. Our guest contributors discuss two such projects focused on dLOC's Caribbean Newspaper Collection. In 2019, the University of Florida ( UF ) and the University of Puerto Rico Rio Piedras ( UPR ) received a three-year Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives Grant from the Council of Library and Information Resources ( CLIR ) to digitize approximately 800,000 pages of historic newspaper content from the Caribbean and to make it freely accessible through the Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC). The goal of the "Film on a Boat: Digitizing Historical newspapers of the Caribbean" grant is to transform the investments that UF and UPR made in creating master microÞlm holdings over the past seventy years, converting the microÞlmed images into fully text-searchable digital Þles. The impetus for the project stemmed from concerns about the aging and long-term stability of UF's master microÞlms which were suffering from " vinegar syndrome ." In order to preserve these microÞlm holdings and make their contents more accessible to local and diaspora communities, UF and UPR decided to partner on a mass digitization project. Titles were selected from both institutions to focus on public domain materials that represent longer runs of newspaper content from each partners' respective collections. UPR focused on Puerto Rican titles, and UF focused on Anglo-Caribbean titles to best Þt within the scope of the project. Once the selected titles are processed, the digitized Þles are uploaded into dLOC and La Biblioteca Digital Puertorique–a for open access to researchers and the public. This has been a challenging year to undertake a project with multiple partners, and work has been slow going. However, we are excited to announce that to date, the project has digitized 183,557 pages of newspaper content, from Þfteen titles representing the Bahamas, Dominica, St. Lucia, and Trinidad. This includes the Nassau Guardian (1849-1922), the Voice of St. Lucia (1885-1904), the Dominican (1842-1907), and a substantial portion of the Port of Spain Gazette (1825-1922). The completed Þlm is in process of being uploaded and can be found in the Caribbean Newspaper Digital Collection in dLOC. Film on a Boat: Digitizing Historical Newspapers of the Caribbean, by Fletcher Durant As dLOC's collections of newspapers have grown to over a million pages, the possibilities for research and teaching continue to expand. But the volume of material can also be difÞcult to navigate, especially for scholars and students seeking to use digital humanities tools to understand patterns and networks across the collections. For instance, what kinds of words do newspapers use to describe people of different social classes? Which cities or neighborhoods are mentioned most often, and which least? Led by a team of librarians and scholars at Florida International University ( FIU ) and the University of Florida ( UF ), dLOC as Data: A Thematic Approach to Caribbean Newspapers is addressing the challenge of accessing newspaper data for emerging types of research by: (1) Making it possible to quickly download all issues of interestÑacross title, geography, time period, or languageÑas sources for text analysis or visualization projects (2) Creating a digital toolkit as a starting point for research and teaching, focusing on how Caribbean newspapers have covered hurricanes and their impacts over time The project, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation through the " Collections as Data " initiative, will launch access to these resources throughout 2021. During the Þrst year of the project, our team consulted with a scholarly advisory committee to select nearly twenty titles and to improve the quality of these papers' searchable text using recent software. FIU's data repository will make available these text and PDF Þles for public download. Alongside technological exploration, the Collections as Data program emphasizes collaboration and attention to the ethical use of cultural heritage materials. An upcoming event series will embrace this approach by complementing hands-on workshops with dialogue on topics such as studentdriven digital research and addressing gaps in newspaper data. Information about the series will be posted on the project website in early March. Project Update: dLOC as Data, by Perry Collins


dLOC Winter News February, 2021 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 ), or please email Laura Perry ( lauraperry@uß.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 . Three short Introduction to dLOC videos are now available. Get tips for navigating the site and for Þnding information on the site. Introduction videos in French and Spanish are in production.! 1. Creating a User Account & Setting Up Digital Bookshelf 2. Browsing Collections 3. Simple, Advanced & Text Searches dLOC Sta" News Welcome! Gremaud Angee joined dLOC in Fall 2020 as the Agrupaci—n Cat—lica Universitaria ( ACU ) Graduate Fellow. Gremaud is completing a PhD in History, and is in the o" ce regularly digitizing ACU's collection of documents and photographs. Congratulations! ! On December 13, 2020 Irene Vega, one of dLOC's student workers, graduated from Florida International University with a Bachelor of Arts in History. Irene joined dLOC in spring 2019 and assisted with administrative tasks. We wish her well as she enters the workforce. Recently Uploaded to dLOC Between October 2020 and January 2021 the following resources were uploaded to dLOC: Partner Collections Check these partner pages for new material: • Caribbean International Resource Network ( Caribbean IRN ) • Centre International de Documentation et d'Information Ha•tienne, CaribŽenne et Afro-Canadienne ( CIDIHCA ) • Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator ( DVCAI ) • Florida International University, Latin American and Caribbean Center, Haitian Art Digital Archive ( FIU LACC HADA ) • University of the Bahamas ( UB ) Caribbean Newspapers Our Caribbean Newspaper Collection continues to grow with the addition of the following titles: • Bahamas: Nassau Guardian (1849-1922) • Dominica: Dominica Guardian (1893-1924) and the Dominican (1873) • Puerto Rico: Bolet’n Mercantil (1871-1913) Miscellaneous The following items may be of interest to teachers and researchers: • Link to the digital resource, Les Marrons by Richard and Sally Price • Teaching Resources on Morant Bay, Jamaica as identiÞed by dLOC Scholarly Advisory Board member, Dr. Leah Rosenberg Be sure to visit dLOC regularly to View Recently Added Items . Follow dLOC on Social Media Keep up with dLOC news and events on social media, our handle is @dLOCaribbean on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Don't forget to Tag us when you Þnd something fabulous on our site.


dLOC Winter News February, 2021 Digital Library of the Caribbean 5 dLOC Partner Spotlight ! Caribbean Diaspora Digital Humanities Center dLOC Partner News In the summer edition of dLOC News we shared that the Royal Chapel of our Lady of the Immaculate Conception in Milot, Haiti had been severely damaged by a Þre. The iconic dome was destroyed and the structure undermined. Since our last report we received the good news that Collge national des ingŽnieurs et architectes ha•tiens ( CNIAH ) and l'UniversitŽ de Quisqueya have received grants from the Prince Claus Fund , in the Netherlands, and from the Smithsonian Institution , in the United States, to manage a restoration and reconstruction project of the Chapel. dLOC partner, Institut de Sauvegarde du Patrimoine National ( ISPAN ), which manages the site, will have a supervisory role ensuring that all work follows the guidelines for a UNESCO World Heritage site. The Royal Chapel was built for Haiti's only king, Henry Christophe, along with the Sans-Souci Palace and Citadele La Ferrire shortly after Haiti's independence. Updates will be provided as work progresses on this historically and culturally signiÞcant heritage site. dLOC New Partners Welcome to our new Partners! We are pleased to welcome the following partners to the dLOC Community:! # Grinnell College, Grinnell, Iowa ! # Haitian American Museum of Chicago (HAMOC), Chicago Illinois The partnership between the Caribbean Diaspora Digital Humanities Center at the University of Puerto Rico and dLOC is one of long standing. Part of the Caribbean Diaspora Project , this Digital Humanities initiative documents carnival practices and mobility in the Caribbean using primary and secondary sources, as well as artifacts. In these preservation and digitization efforts the Caribbean Diaspora Projects works with three community archives in Puerto Rico: The Vieques Historic Archive , Culebra Community Digital Archive , and Casa Pueblo Historic Archive . Currently the collection on dLOC includes over thirteen hundred photos, documents, and some audio and video Þles. The accompanying photo, from the 2013 Vieques Carnival , was taken by Camillo Carrion. These photos show people coming together during Carnival. In Vieques Carnival is celebrated in July with the last day dedicated to the Virgen del Carmen. The festivities include a parade to the Plaza Pœblica Luis Mu–oz. Follow the link to the Caribbean Diaspora Digital Humanities Center's dLOC page. To browse the entire collection simply click Go. 2013 Vieques Carnival, photo by Camillo Carrion Partner Update!


dLOC Winter News February, 2021 Digital Library of the Caribbean 6 The April 2020 symposium, Capacity Assessment of Latin American and Caribbean Partners: A Symposium About Open Access, Technological Needs and Institutional Sustainability was a success. In the ensuing months, the four organizers, Dr. Hadassah St. Hubert, Dr. Jennifer Isasi, Dr. NictŽ Fuller Medina, and Dr. Margie Monta–ez, all CLIR Post-Doctoral Fellows, have compiled their Þndings. Their Þnal report indicates the Symposium was well-received by the audience. Moreover, because of the virtual setting people from the United States, Canada, Central America, South America, the Caribbean and Europe were able to attend. A summary of the symposium's proceedings can be found in the summer 2020 edition of dLOC News . In brief, the symposium focused on partnerships and collaborative relationships between institutions in the United States and those in the Caribbean and Latin America. The preliminary surveys circulated to invited partners, and the conversations which took place over two days, sought to bring to light the barriers to digitization projects in the Caribbean and Latin America. The post symposium analysis revealed that in Latin America and the Caribbean language, funding, and technology are often obstacles when undertaking digitization projects. These complexities are encountered to different degrees depending on the speciÞcs of the project. The symposium further highlighted the need for transparency in decision-making and that more consideration needs to be given to the long-term sustainability of digitization projects in Latin America and the Caribbean. The completed Þnal report , in English, French, Krey˜l ayisyen, Portugus, and Spanish, includes recommendations for institutions in the Caribbean and Latin America, recommendations for U.S. based libraries, archives, and cultural heritage institutions, as well as recommendations for funding institutions. The full report is available on the Council for Library and Information Resources (CLIR) website and by following the link above. Follow Up!