Survey of Middle Eastern Libraries: Cover Letter in English













Dear Sir or Madam:


Thank you for agreeing to respond to a survey for our OACIS Project.


The OACIS (Online Access to Consolidated Information on Serials) Project strives to improve access to Middle Eastern serials in libraries in the United States, Europe, and the Middle East.  OACIS, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, includes a "union list" of serials (serials are continuing publications such as magazines, journals, annual reports, etc.) in Middle Eastern Languages, or in other languages published in the Middle East, or about Middle Eastern subjects.  The union list includes titles held by libraries participating in Project OACIS and also identifies the serial holdings of each library.  OACIS also identifies online journals from the Middle East and facilitates opportunities for interlibrary sharing of copies of serial articles.


You may find more information about the OACIS Project at:  <>, and you can search OACIS at:  <>


The purpose of this survey is to identify the barriers to participation of Middle Eastern libraries in Project OACIS and to identify opportunities for OACIS Partners, including Yale University Library, to assist in overcoming those barriers. Any responses will be kept confidential and the results will only ever be reported in the aggregate.


The current list of members includes libraries from the Middle East, Europe, and the United States:


American University of Beirut; University of Balamand, Beirut; Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Egypt; Cornell University (United States); New York University (United States); Ohio State University (United States); Princeton University (United States); Tishreen University, Syria; Universitaets-und Landesbibliothek of Sachsen-Anhalt in Halle, Germany; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (United States); University of Jordan; University of Pennsylvania (United States); University of Michigan (United States); University of Texas (United States); University of Washington (United States); and Yale University (United States)


We are very pleased that you are willing to assist us by responding to the survey.  Thank you in advance for your help


Sincerely yours,




Ann Okerson

Associate University Librarian

Yale University Library


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