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The University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) lies in the heart of the beautiful Caribbean and is a public, coed, land-grant HBCU in the United States Virgin Islands (USVI). Chartered as the College of the Virgin Islands on March 16, 1962 by Act No. 862 of the Fourth Legislature of the U.S. Virgin Islands, UVI continues today to offer a high-quality, affordable liberal arts education and professional programs in a culturally diverse environment to approximately 2,500 undergraduate and graduate students in 43 degree programs on our St. Thomas and St. Croix campuses.
On July 17 2004, the University of the Virgin Islands Library became one of the ten founding partners that officially established the Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC) at a Planning Committee at a meeting held in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Funding from the U.S. Department of Education (TICFIA), along with cost share from the partner institutions, dLOC developed the technical infrastructure, training materials and network of active partners that have collaboratively built this resource. With continued institutional support and outside funding through grants and donations, the Digital Library of the Caribbean continues to support its goals of ensuring digital preservation of Caribbean materials and providing increased access.
Materials are drawn from the Universities libraries' collections and include items that enhance access to sources of information on Virgin Islands' history and culture for scholars, students, historians, and researchers in the territory and abroad. Collections include Funeral Booklets developed for memorial services detailing life and family history of the deceased; photographs documenting events in political and social life of Virgin Islanders; commentaries written by local ecologist Olasee Davis to highlighting environmental, historical, and cultural issues, University research reports and papers and the Project Introspection materials - developed by the Virgin Islands' Department of Education to document and explain history and customs. A National Leadership digitization grant was awarded in 2000 by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) partnering with the Virgin Islands Division of Libraries, Archives & Museums (DLAM). Today, UVI's contribution to dLOC includes over 1300 items, all sources of information on Virgin Islands' history and culture.
|Virgin Islands Caribbean Cultural Center (VICCC)||Olasee Davis Newspaper Articles||Funeral Booklets/Memorial Programs|
|Project Introspection Teacher Resources||Historical Photographs||Research Reports from the University of the Virgin Islands|