• Establishing a Digital Library Infrastructure in Afghanistan

      Rawan, Atifa; Han, Yan; University of Arizona Libraries (2008-05-02)
      Afghanistan workshop attendees seeing their digital access on the computer for the first time. This program will focus on the creation of an Integrated Library System using an Open Source Software for Afghanistan Academic Libraries and on the digitization of Afghanistan's unique resources. Since April 2002, the University of Arizona Libraries' staff have been involved in building capacity for libraries and librarians in Afghanistan. In this program, we will discuss our efforts in working with open source digital libraries’ platforms and customization of the integrated library system interface into both English and the native language of Afghanistan (Persian, Dari), providing and enhancing access to scholarly information resources, and digitizing unique resources, and setting up digitization infrastructure in the country to meet their teaching and research needs. The presentation specifically will reflect on digitization efforts including challenges, problems and barriers with language and lack of technological infrastructure. We will also discuss our virtual training efforts in the absence of training on the ground due to security issues in the country and collaboration efforts with other governmental and non-government entities in Afghanistan and abroad.