Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC) / Biblioteca Digital del Caribe (dLOC)


Making a presentation and facilitating a discussion the Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC) with  Brooke Wooldridge (dLOC Director), Laurie Taylor (Technical Director; Digital Humanities Librarian), Judy Russell (Dean, University of Florida Libraries), and Lillian Guerra (UF History Faculty).

This workshop will introduce you to Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC).  dLOC is a cooperative digital library for resources from and about the Caribbean and circum-Caribbean, providing access to digitized versions and curated digital versions of Caribbean cultural, historical and research materials currently held in archives, libraries, and private collections. We will cover a range of topics, including: partnership model; permissions-based infrastructure; dLOC as a scholarly platform; resources already included; basic functionality; and user tools.


Una presentación sobre la Biblioteca Digital del Caribe (dLOC) con Brooke Wooldridge (Directora de la Biblioteca Digital del Caribe), Laurie Taylor (Directora Técnica y Bibliotecaria de Humanidades Digitales), Judy Russell (Decana de las Bibliotecas George A. Smathers, Universidad de la Florida) y Lillian Guerra (Profesora de Historia, Universidad de la Florida).

La Biblioteca Digital del Caribe (dLOC), es una biblioteca digital cooperativa de recursos relacionados con el Caribe y sus alrededores. dLOC ofrece acceso a versiones digitales de materiales culturales, históricos y de investigación, que son físicamente mantenidos en archivos, bibliotecas y colecciones privadas. Vamos a cubrir varios temas diversos, incluyendo: modelo de asociación, la infraestructura basada en permisos; dLOC como una plataforma académica, los recursos incluidos; funciones básicas y herramientas de usuario.


Registration is now open!

Registration is now open! …and free, of course! To register simply access the register page from the menu above and fill out the form. We will take care of the rest. The unconference runs from November 4 to November 7, 2013. The first two days will be used for workshops and the last two for the unconference proper.

Detailed travel information is coming soon for campers from abroad. In the meantime here’s some important things to keep in mind. Those traveling from the United States will need to start processing their travel documents with the State Department 2 months in advance of the conference (i.e. in early September). As can be expected the process is less complicated everywhere else. A travel agency is not a bad idea in case of travel to Cuba. In the United States most people use Marazul.


Registration opens soon!

Mark your calendars, folks. We are happy to announce that registration will open June 3rd, 2013!

We were waiting for confirmation before delving into the planning in earnest. We have also settled on the dates for the event: November 4 to November 7, 2013.

Monday the 4th and Tuesday the 5th, will be workshop days. If you would like to volunteer to run a workshop, let us know ASAP. Wednesday the 6th and Thursday the 7th will be our unconference proper.

As we announced earlier, Casa de las Americas recently agreed to host the event and they are doing a fantastic job behind the scenes to welcome us!


April Update

We have great news to report! Casa de las Americas recently agreed to host the event. We were waiting for confirmation before delving into the planning in earnest. The event will likely take place on the second week of November. Our organizing committee is fully formed, with two teams, one in Cuba, one international.

The Cuban team:
Sandra Alvarez Ramírez
Yasmín S. Portales Machado
Milena Recio Silva
Luis Rondón Paz
Maité Hernádez Lorenzo

The International team:
Sonya Donaldson (Jamaica)
Rachel Finn (USA)
Amanda French (USA)
Alex Gil (Republica Dominicana)
James Neal (USA)
Amilcar Priestley (Panama)
Mamyrah Prosper (Haiti)
Marta S. Rivera Monclova (Puerto Rico)
German Vargas (Puerto Rico)

The Cuban team will be in charge of local logistics and local advertising. We will try to arrange for hotels and room rentals (a more economic option). Casa de las Americas is centrally located and it is easy to reach it from many different quarters. Local advertising will hopefully draw campers from the cities and the countryside.

The international team will be in charge of fundraising and running the site. The site will be run in both Spanish and English. We are still working out the translation duties. We will also try to have a version of the site that can operate on low bandwidths. Fundraising is a major goal of this THATCamp because it helps us attract scholars and students from the Caribbean. We hope to be even more aggressive than on last year’s THATCamp. We are also placing few limits on the range of possible funders. We do have to consider that some funders are out of the question because on their relationship to Cuba.

The whole team will soon meet to decide on registration dates and admission caps! Stay tuned for more.


We’re going to Cuba!

There’s a new THATCampCaribe being planned! We’re taking our play to Cuba in the first week of November. We have a team working on the ground and some of last year’s veterans ready to go at it again.

Meanwhile, read more about the THATCamp movement and browse other THATCamps at thatcamp.org.

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