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Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture (AGORA) is a program to provide free or low cost access to major scientific journals in agriculture and related biological, environmental and social sciences to public institutions in developing countries. Launched in October 2003, AGORA provides access to more than one thousand journals from the world's leading academic publishers. Led by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the goal of AGORA is to improve the quality and effectiveness of agricultural research, education and training in low-income countries, and in turn, to improve food security. Through AGORA, researchers, policy-makers, educators, students, technical workers and extension specialists have access to high-quality, relevant and timely agricultural information via the Internet. Yale University Library is one of the institutional partners.


The Arabic and Middle Eastern Electronic Library (AMEEL) is a project funded for four years (ending October 2009) by a U.S. Department of Education Title VI Grant. AMEEL enlarges and expands the work of OACIS (see below), which is the bibliographical building block for AMEEL goals. These include: digitizing of about 240,000 pages of scholarly journal content from 10 Middle Eastern countries; providing for training sessions in Arabic digitization; developing workshops to facilitate technologically delivered interlibrary-loan between U.S. and Middle Eastern libraries; and building a substantial amount of technology infrastructure to partner with other information providers (of scholarly journals) to link their resources into AMEEL as a portal for scholarly Middle Eastern information. Partners include the Bibliotheca Alexandrina (Egypt), the Universitäts- und Landesbibliothek (Halle, Germany), the School of Oriental and African Studies (London), as well as several publishers and U.S. libraries. Tishreen University (Syria), Balamand University, and American University in Beirut (Lebanon) are early partners in the document delivery parts of this effort.

Contact: Elizabeth Beaudin, International Digital Projects Group

Cambodian Genocide Program

Started in 1994, the Cambodian Genocide Program, a project of the Genocide Studies Program at the Yale Center for International and Area Studies, has been studying these events to learn as much as possible about the tragedy. Yale University Library has microfilmed and made available to scholars worldwide the 100,000-page archive of the Pol Pot regime's security police, the Santebal. The Library has also filmed other key sources from the DC-CAM offices in Pnom Phenh and made these available at cost recovery to the research library community.

Time frame: 1994 onward

Contact: Rich Richie, Curator, Southeast Asia Collection

CAMP (Cooperative Africana Microform Project)

The Cooperative Africana Microform Project (CAMP), founded in 1963, is a joint effort by research libraries throughout the world and the Center for Research Libraries (CRL), in Chicago, to promote the preservation of publications and archives concerning the nearly fifty nations of Sub-Saharan Africa and to make these materials in microform available to researchers.

CAMP acquires expensive microform sets and authorizes original filming of unique research materials in North America, Africa, and Europe. The microform collections of CAMP form a large pool of historical, political, linguistic, economic and geographical data and primary source materials that are not available elsewhere. Member libraries can rely on the vast microform collections of newspapers and journals and, thereby, avoid the high costs of acquiring, cataloging, and storing these materials locally.

Time-frame: 1963-onward

Contact: Dorothy Woodson, Curator, African Collection

DCAP (Documenting Christianity in Asia Programme)

DCAP is a consortium focused on improving documentation of Christianity in Asia. Each of the Asian partners is assuming responsibility for increasing awareness of the need to gather and preserve the documentation of Christianity in their region. They will do such things as holding consultations for area denominational groups and institutions of higher education, as well as sponsoring training events. The work of the DCAP will be coordinated via a website sponsored by Yale.

Time frame: 2005 onward

Contact: Paul Stuehrenberg, Divinity Librarian


The Health InterNetwork Access to Research Initiative (HINARI), of which the Yale Library is one of the institutional partners, is a World Health Organization (WHO)-sponsored program providing free or very low cost online access to the major journals in biomedical and related social sciences to local, not-for-profit institutions in developing countries. The initiative was developed in the framework of the Health InterNetwork, introduced by UN Secretary General Kofi Annan at the Millennium Summit in 2000, and officially launched in 2002. There are currently 1300 institutions in 103 countries registered for HINARI. During 2003, users at these institutions downloaded over one million articles.

Time frame: 2002-onward

Iraq ReCollection

This $100,000 project is funded by a two-year grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), ending December 2007. The grant will allow Yale Library to: (1) digitize and character-scan about 100,000 pages of some of the most important scholarly humanistic Iraqi journals; (2) create an electronic archive of the digitized journals that both allows them to be accessed via the Internet and at the same time lets them be integrated into other electronic library systems; (3) develop in this pilot project standards and practices for digitizing Arabic and Middle-East language-based books and journals in the humanities, in order to facilitate future work which, by adhering to standards, will be cost-effective and will have as wide scholarly and general use as possible.

Kwok Library Fellowships

Three-year program launched in January 2006 with funding from the Kwok Foundation of Hong Kong, to bring librarians from two Chinese universities to the Yale Library for six to twelve months each. The five fellows came from Fudan Unieversity Library in Shanghai, and ZongShan (Sun Yat-sen) University Library in Guangzhou.

Time frame: 2006-09

Contact: Ellen Hammond, Curator, East Asia Library

LAMP (Latin American Microform Project)

The Latin American Microform Project (LAMP) was established in 1975 to acquire, preserve and maintain for its subscribers microform collections of unique, scarce, rare and/or bulky and voluminous research materials pertaining to Latin America. The Project emphasizes original filming, though it may also purchase existing microfilm. The Project conducts its activities on the basis of annual subscription fees, plus outside resources including grant funds as appropriate.

LAMP has conducted projects in cooperation with Latin American repositories and is devoting greater attention to filming primary source materials such as political archives. While its holdings are widely representative of the region, LAMP's Brazilian materials, annual ministerial reports from all countries and Haitian imprints are particularly extensive. LAMP has digitized a substantial body of Brazilian materials already in microform, as a means of expanding access.

Time frame: 1975 onward

Contact: Dorothy Woodson, Interim Curator, Latin American Collection

MEMP (Middle East Microform Project)

The Middle East Microform Project (MEMP) was established in 1987 by the Middle East Librarians Association with the purpose of cooperatively acquiring microform copies of unique, scarce, rare and unusually bulky and expensive research material pertaining to the field of Middle Eastern studies; and to preserve deteriorating printed and manuscript materials of scholarly value. The geographic coverage of MEMP includes materials from or on the Arab countries, Israel, Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, Central Asia and other related areas not covered in other cooperative microform projects.

Since its inception, MEMP has acquired approximately 100 newspaper titles in Arabic, Turkish, and English, including a large collection of Sudanese and Turkish papers. Other projects include the microfilming of a large pamphlet file of materials on the Middle East at the Library of Congress and the microfilming of the Cosro Chaqeri Collection of Iranian Left-wing Materials.

Time frame: 1987 onward

Contact: Rich Richie, Interim Curator, Near East Collection

Microfilming of the Sudan United Mission Archives

The archives of the Sudan United Mission are currently held at the Centre for the Study of Christianity in the Non-Western World at the University of Edinburgh. With income from the Latourette Initiative for the Documentation of World Christianity, the Yale Divinity School Library has agreed to underwrite the cost of filming this archive. Adam Matthew Publications will be the vendor.

Time frame: 2005-06

Contact: Paul Stuehrenberg, Divinity Librarian


The Online Access to Consolidated Information on Serials (OACIS) is a project funded for three years plus one extension year (2002-Oct. 2006) by a U.S. Department of Education Title VI Grant. OACIS is a partnership project which is creating a large bibliographical database of records for journals and serials from and about the Middle East. Beginning initially with a handful of 6-7 contributing U.S. partner libraries, OACIS has grown now to 20 international contributors, including the Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Alexandria, Egypt; the University of Jordan; Tishreen University (Syria); and the Universitäts- und Landesbibliothek (ULB) in Halle, Germany. OACIS now holds over 40,000 detailed records representing 18,000 distinctive titles, from the 22 countries of the Middle East plus Western/U.S. partners.

Contact: Elizabeth Beaudin, International Digital Projects Group


The Online Access to Research in the Environment (OARE) program is jointly operated by Yale University, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and leading science and technology publishers, to enable developing countries to gain free access to one of the world's largest collections of environmental science research literature. Through the OARE partnership—launched at the end of October, 2006—the world’s largest publishers are offering their resources to approximately one thousand environmental institutions in the least developed countries throughout the world, in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, and Latin America.

OARE Information Sheet [pdf] | OARE Leaflet [pdf]

Time frame: 2006-onward

Pacific Manuscripts Bureau

The Pacific Manuscripts Bureau (Pambu) is a consortium of academic and national libraries that sponsors the microfilming of archival resources throughout the Islands of the Pacific. They produce approximately 100 reels of microfilm per year, and have an archive of ca. 3,300 reels. Current member libraries are the Australian National University Library, the State Library of New South Wales (Mitchell Library), the National Library of Australia, the National Library of New Zealand, the University of Auckland Library, the University of Hawaii at Manoa Library, the University of California San Diego Libraries, the University of Michigan Library, and Yale University Library. Yale participates in this project because a sizable portion of the film they produce documents Christianity in the Pacific. Once every two years Paul Stuehrenberg, Divinity Librarian, attends a management committee meeting, usually held in conjunction with the biennial meetings of the Pacific History Association: Canberra, Australia (2000), Apia, Samoa (2002), Nouméa, New Caledonia (2004), Dunedin, New Zealand (2006).

Contact: Paul Stuehrenberg, Divinity Librarian

The Records of the Church of Uganda

The Divinity School Library is partnering with Uganda Christian University (UCU) to archive and microfilm Christian records in Uganda and the Great Lakes region of East Africa. The records cover the history of the Anglican Church of Uganda and are kept at the UCU archives located in Mukono, about fifteen miles northeast of Kampala. The project is being financed under the Latourette Initiative for the Documentation of World Christianity. The microfilming is expected to begin in September 2006.

Time frame: 2006 onward

Contact: Paul Stuehrenberg, Divinity Librarian

SAMP (South Asia Microform Project)

The South Asia Microform Project (SAMP) is a cooperative program that seeks to acquire and maintain a readily accessible collection of unique materials in microform related to the study of South Asia. Materials are collected both through the filming efforts of the project and through the purchase of positive copies of materials filmed by other groups, institutions and companies.

SAMP strives to cooperate with libraries and archives worldwide in preserving unique or endangered materials for the study of South Asia. Created in 1967 and affiliated with the Association for Asian Studies, the subscribing members of SAMP acquire and maintain materials from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, and the Maldives in microform. To provide convenient access to subscribers, the collection is housed and administered by the Center for Research Libraries (CRL) in Chicago.

Time frame: 1967 onward

Contact: Rich Richie, Curator, Southeast Asia Collection

SEAM (Southeast Asia Microform Project)

The Southeast Asia Microform Project (SEAM) is a cooperative endeavor established to provide subscribing institutions with better coverage of research materials related to the study of Southeast Asia. SEAM will film or acquire films of such research materials and make them readily available to subscribers to the project. From an initial focus on cost-effective sharing of resources in microformat, SEAM has become, with cooperating institutions and foundations, a major sponsor of efforts to preserve and provide access to rare or unique resources from Southeast Asia. Rich Richie, Curator of the Southeast Asia Collection, is member of the Executive Committee (2004-07).

Time frame: 1970 onward

Contact: Rich Richie, Curator, Southeast Asia Collection

SEEMP (Slavic and East European Microform Project)

The purpose of the project is to acquire microform copies of unique, scarce, rare and/or unusually bulky and expensive research material pertaining to the field of Slavic and East European studies; and to preserve deteriorating printed and manuscript materials of scholarly value. Curator Tajana Lorkovic chaired the program in 2002-2004 and continues to be a member. Geographically its areas of interest include the countries of Eastern and Central Europe (Albania, Belarus, Bulgaria, Bosnia & Hercegovina, Croatia, Czech Repbulic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Republic of Macedonia, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Serbia & Montenegro, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ukraine), Russia, the Transcaucasian countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia), and the Central Asian countries that were formerly part of the Soviet Union (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan).

Time frame: 1995 onward

Contact: Tatjana Lorković, Curator, Slavic and East European Collection

SEEC (Slavic and East European Collection) Library Fellowships

Started by the Slavic and East European Collection (SEEC) in 1993, this is the oldest and most seasoned fellowship program at the Yale Library. It brings one library professional from Eastern Europe and former Yugoslavia every year, for a four-month period coinciding with the fall semester. The first 14 fellows came from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, and Ukraine. Funding for this program has been provided by the U.S. Department of Education Title VI Grant (1993-95), the Chopivsky Family Fund (1996-97), the Open Society Institute (1999), and the Keggi Foundation (2000-).

Time frame: 1993 onward

Contact: Tatjana Lorković, Curator, Slavic and East European Collection