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YALE LIBRARY NEWS RELEASE
AMEEL - Arabic and Middle Eastern Electronic Library
Yale University Library
130 Wall Street
P. O. Box 208240
New Haven, Connecticut 06520-8240
YALE LIBRARY SIGNS DIGITAL LIBRARY AGREEMENTS WITH INTERNATIONAL PARTNERS
New Haven, CT. November 2006. The Yale University Library today
announced key international collaborations with partners in Egypt,
Germany, and the Netherlands in two granted projects: Project AMEEL
(Arabic and Middle Eastern Electronic Library) and Iraq ReCollection.
Project AMEEL is developing a Web-based portal, which will integrate new
or existing scholarly digital content covering the history, culture, and
development in this vibrant region. The Iraq ReCollection project will
digitize a select group of the most important scholarly humanistic Iraqi
journals held by Yale and the University of Pennsylvania. These digitized
journals, digitally preserved and accessible via the Internet, will form
part of the AMEEL electronic archive. Both projects propose to develop
"best practices" for scanning Arabic language-based humanistic content and
to share this expertise with academic libraries worldwide.
* The Bibliotheca Alexandrina (Alexandria, Egypt) is the modern recreation
of that city's ancient and formidable library. Today, the BA is a world
leader in library and cultural technological innovations and contributes
its considerable expertise to Yale's digital projects, particularly in the
digitization of Arabic texts.
* The Universitäts-und Landesbibliothek of Sachsen-Anhalt (Halle, Germany)
has a long and significant history of contributions to and library
leadership in Middle Eastern studies. Halle's university library will
contribute to the AMEEL portal with digital fulltext materials created
from printed documents of its Middle East collection and with data from
its electronic database called ALMISBAH.
* Brill Publishers, founded in the 17th century (Leiden, the Netherlands)
produces essential scholarly materials concerning the Middle East,
including the notable Encyclopedia of Islam. Brill will share its
metadata holdings with AMEEL, thus expanding searchable information for
Middle Eastern scholars.
About Project AMEEL:
This grant was awarded under the U.S. Department of Education's Title VI
TICFIA Program, which fosters innovative techniques or programs that
address national teaching and research needs in international education
and foreign languages by using technologies to access, collect, organize,
preserve, and widely disseminate information on world regions and
countries other than the United States.
About Iraq ReCollection:
In response to the damage sustained by museums, libraries, and other
cultural institutions in Iraq, the National Endowment for the Humanities
funded an initiative called "Recovering Iraq's Past," to preserve and
document resources which, because of their intellectual content and
cultural value, are deemed vital for research and education.
For Additional Information, Please Contact:
Associate University Librarian, Collections & International Programs
130 Wall Street
P. O. Box 208240
New Haven, CT 06520-8240
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