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The Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC) is a cooperative of partners within the Caribbean and circum-Caribbean that provides users with access to Caribbean cultural, historical and research materials held in archives, libraries, and private collections.What kinds of materials are held in the library?
dLOC comprises collections that speak to the similarities and differences in histories, cultures, languages and governmental systems. Types of collections include but are not limited to: newspapers, archives of Caribbean leaders and governments, official documents, documentation and numeric data for ecosystems, scientific scholarship, historic and contemporary maps, oral and popular histories, travel accounts, literature and poetry, musical expressions, and artifacts.
dLOC is an open access digital library; no institutional affiliations or subscriptions are required to access the materials available in dLOC. However, users can register for free for a MydLOC account to use enhanced features.
The easiest way to start searching in dLOC is from the home page. The basic search now allows you to access bibliographic citation information of the items in dLOC and receive results in record time. In addition, users can explore the topical collections or take advantage of any of the advanced search options described below:
Registered users of dLOC can save search results and create bookshelves and share these via email or by posting links. Users can reference saved searches, add comments to items and organize public and private bookshelves via the MydLOC home page. Users can also share items through a variety of popular channels, including Facebook, Twitter, DIGG, StumbleUpon, Yahoo, Yahoo Buzz, Google Bookmarks, Browser favorites, and others
Many of the resources you find on the Internet are copyright protected. You may use all or part of a copyrighted work only if you have the copyright owner's permission or your use falls under a legal exemption. Although the Internet is a different medium than printed text, ownership and intellectual property rights still exist. Check the citations of documents you are viewing for appropriate statements indicating copyright ownership and what the person or entity holding those rights is asserting. It is your responsibility to respect these rights including all copyrights. You may retrieve and save these materials for educational purposes. Please check each page for information (photo credits, etc.) about the owners and about permission to copy the images and documents they contain.
Copyright laws vary across the Caribbean. dLOC relies on its partner institutions to research the copyright and ensure compliance. It is the local partners who can best determine if a resource is in the public domain or negotiate the permissions for online distribution, if possible. The holding or source instiutions retain all rights to the resources and only grant dLOC non-exclusive digital distriubtion rights for non-commercial educational use. If the copyright status of an item online is challenged, we immediately remove the item and attempt to seek permission. If a user seeks to use an item in a publication or in another commerical use, he/she must contact the holding institution.
The partner holding the material usually performs the digitization. We have also experienced collaboration between our current partners who have digitized content for “silent” members. In that case, the holding institution identifies where the item can be found and the source institution performed the digitization. This information is found in the bibliographic citation.
The dLOC Toolkit and myDLOC online submission tool facilitates the archiving of partner contributions on disk at the partner’s institution. Contributions are also maintained in the dark (no access to the public) at the University of Florida (UF) and in the Florida Digital Archive (FDA) to ensure content survival against hurricanes, earthquakes, fires and other disasters. Both FDA and UF migrate content forward based on media, hardware and format obsolescence; and both new and old formats are archived. The digital archive technology of FDA is free to dLOC as the result of the collaboration of Florida partners. But, commercial vendors charge annually for similar technology and attendant services.
Through collaboration with the Title VI National Resource Centers for Latin American Studies at Florida International University and the University of Florida, dLOC provides teacher training workshops, presentations and booths at local and national conferences and a nation-wide lesson plan competition have reached thousands of K-12 teachers. The Teaching Guides collection now hosts 36 titles with over 6,500 hits. dLOC continues to work with teachers and seek contributions to encourage the study of the Caribbean at the K-12 level.
Membership in the Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC) is free and is open to all archives, libraries, museums, governmental institutions, associations, organizations, research centers, and publishers that meet the eligibility criteria (availability of collections with Caribbean content; willingness to contribute collections and to make these freely available to the project; willingness to designate representatives; and willingness to comply with common standards, primarily for digitization and for copyright).
In addition to the benefits mentioned above, partners in dLOC gain access to the already operating dLOC website built upon the University of Florida Digital Collectionr technologies which includes: highly advanced OCR/text conversion; zoom image technologies; a sophisticated digital library system and interface; and access to the Florida Digital Archive (FDA).
The tri-lingual digitization training manual, online videos and other supports provide partners with the skills to build local digitization programs. Since 2005, dLOC has delivered on-site training to more than 375 people during 25 in-country trainings. Through training at the Caribbean Library Association (ACURIL) conference, dLOC reached 100 people through workshops and 600 with poster presentations.
Details and training materials: http://dloc.com/info/training
The governance structures of dLOC ensure the project’s future. The Executive Board determines policy-making, planning and fundraising efforts while the Academic Advisory Board is an active, guiding force that bridges dLOC with broader academic communities.