Partners' Survey - Base Expectations for Project OACIS




ranked response (1= strongly agree; 5=strongly disagree)

1 2 3 4 5

Improve the visibility of the Middle-East serials in my library

4 2      

Improve the ability of researchers at my institution to discover the availability of known Middle-East serials in other institutions

4 2      

Permit researchers at my institution to become aware of Middle-East serials which they did not know existed

3 2 1    

Help my library make the holdings statements from our Middle-East serials more accurate

1 2 3    

Make the document delivery of Middle-East serials more efficient

2 3 1    

Expose serials written in some of the rarer Middle-East languages.

3 2 1    

Improve cooperation and joint-ventures with libraries in the Middle East

3 2 1    

To grow quickly with many United States participants by 2005

2 3 1    

To grow quickly with many European participants by 2005

  5 1    

To grow quickly with many Middle-East participants by 2005

1 3 2    

To be well integrated with the MENALIB project by 2004

3 1 2    


Yes No      

Is the prototype system ready to unveil at MELA 2003?



Yes No      

Based on demonstration of the prototype system at partnersí meeting (7/2003), is the project on track for year 1?


ranked response(1 = most important 5 = least important)

1 2 3 4 5

Please rank the priority of Year 3 goals listed below:


Vernacular script

4     1 1

European mirror site

  1 1 2 2

Document delivery

1 2 2 1  


1 1 2 2  

Cross-collection searching

2 3     1


2 8 16 32  

How many hours per month do you believe partners should dedicate to this project?

1 2 2 1  





Please rate the communications to date between the OACIS team and the advisory group?






Needs improvement



Perhaps it would be helpful, if the OACIS team at Yale could inform participating institutions on current developments on a regular basis (once a month?) and ask partners to respond to this short report if they have comments. This could be useful even if progress during one month may be comparatively small. Such a report could function as a reminder for all to pursue OACIS aims continuously in their local contexts and as an orientation where in the scheme we currently are.
17. If a participating institution decides to leave the OACIS project should the data from that institution be:
  Archived (held in a separate database) 2    
  Deleted (removed entirely from OACIS database) 1    
  comments:     Deletion is to ensure that only the most up-to-date information is available.
  Retained (kept in the database, as is) 2    
  comments:     retained as is but marked as "frozen"
        These and other particulars of the project should be part of a written cooperation agreement which all current (and later new) partners could sign.
  Other 1    
  comments:     Institution should decide about own data
18. Possible methods to achieve / foster sustainability (circle all that apply)
  Auxiliary grant funding 3    
  IMLS grants for digitization 2    
  Title VI second phase funding 2    
  Other 1    
  o Suggestions?
        All of the above, plus one should consider funding from the Gulf States and/or Saudi (if these havenít been approached already); esp. in countries where librarianship and library science education are growing or in demand.
        Apply for new, but related, grants
        There was a program of joint funding sponsored by NSF and DFG (German Research Foundation) in the field of digital libraries last year. I have asked the DFG whether there will be a second phase to that program but have not received any response from there until now. I will send information on the result of my inquiry to OACIS.
19. Methods of promoting the OACIS project (circle all that apply)
  Article publication 6    
  o Suggest where?     MELA NOTES / MESA Confer
        higher education and Middle East studies journals
        MELA notes, MESA Bulletin news
        Library Journal, MESA Journal, College and Research Libraries News, IFLA Journal, something in American Libraries wouldnít hurt either. o Also consider having a blurb or two published in some of the Arabic daily newspapers/magazines once partner institutions from the region get on board. This will go a long way in attracting others to the project.
        MELA Notes
        D-LIB Magazine (
  Presentation delivery 5    
  o Suggest where?     MELA / MESA Confer
        MESA Conference, ALA Conference, IFLA Conference, MELCOM, Arab Federation for Libraries and Information conference, etc
        Middle East Librarians Associationís Annual Meeting and in the MELA NOTES
        middle east countries
        MESA, MELA, AOS, MELCOM conferences (OACIS was part of Halleís presentation at this years MELCOM conference in Beirut already, we will continue to point to the fact that MENALIB cooperates with other strong Middle East collections within the framework of OACIS)
  Website announcement 5    
  o Suggest where?     on partner sites
        each participantís web site
        all participating institution websites
        DLF web site
        OACIS is mentioned on the MENALIB website as partner, further announcements on MESA, MELA, AOS, LOC (?) websites would be useful, all Middle East librarians at least in the U.S: should be invited to put a link to OACIS on their websites
  Other 1    
        Mailing lists like Adabiyat, MELANET, LIS-Middle-East (MELCOM), H-MIDEAST-MEDIEVAL@H-NET.MSU.EDU .
  # partners reporting 6
  Cornell University x
  Ohio State University  
  Universitaets-und Landesbibliothek of Sachsen-Anhalt in Halle, Germany x
  University of Pennsylvania x
  University of Michigan x
  University of Texas x
  University of Washington  
  Yale University x
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