Chair, Library Technology Services
University of Florida
The University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries is engaged in a multi-year project with international partners to identify and digitize published materials pertaining to Cuba and to make those materials available in the Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC) as part of the Cuban Heritage Digital Collection led by the University of Florida (UF). Through this partnership, a coordinated digitization effort will focus on digitizing maps, legal materials, and monographs, as well as journals and newspapers, in consultation and cooperation with the Biblioteca Nacional de Cuba José Martí (BNJM). The complexities of managing this collaborative digitization effort across partner institutions have resulted in the need to develop a specialized bibliographic database focused on the management of this process and workflow. This database focuses on gathering bibliographic holdings, which partners can then identify items and claim their intention to digitize these items, which lessen the likelihood of duplicative digitization efforts taking place. This project briefing will include a progress update on the Cuban bibliographic database development, a demonstration of the features and partner interface, and an opportunity to engage in discussion about collaborative cross-institutional digitalization projects.
Digitized materials can be found at http://ufdc.ufl.edu/cuba.
Actual workflow database is not publicly accessible but will be shown during the presentation.