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The Local Archives and Libraries at Overseas Research Centers (LALORC) was developed for the Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC) with the intention of making international collections more accessible to researchers in other countries via digital means. To this extent it collaborates with the Digital Library for International Research (DLIR). It is funded by a U.S. Department of Education Technological Innovation and Cooperation for Foreign Information Access (TICFIA) matching grant.

Collaborating institutions[edit]

Below is a list of some of the collaborating institutions:

  • Cambodia AORC: Center for Khmer Studies (CKS), Siem Reap, Cambodia
    • Project: Survey of holdings and selective digitization of materials in the National Library
    • Partner: The National Library of Cambodia, with technical assistance provided by KhmerDev
  • Iraq AORC: The American Academic Research Institute in Iraq (TAARII), currently located in Amman, Jordan
    • Project: Survey of Iraqi-published journals in various scientific fields
  • Israel AORC: W.F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research (AIAR), Jerusalem, Israel
    • Project: Survey of libraries in Jerusalem
    • Partner: AIAR will correlate its project with the complementary project of the Palestinian American Research Center (PARC)
  • Mexico AORC: Mexico-North Research Network
    • Project: Digitization, with appropriate metadata, of field recordings of Mexico's indigenous languages.
    • Partners: Mexico's National Institute of Indigenous Languages (Instituto Nacional de Lenguas Indigenas, INALI), and the University of Chicago's Center for Latin American Studies
  • Mongolia AORC: American Center for Mongolian Studies
    • Project: Survey, cataloging, and selective preservation and digitization of materials held in collaborating libraries
    • Partners The Mongolian Academy of Sciences (Library, Archives, and Institutes of History and Language); Mongolian National University (various libraries); Ulaanbaatar City Library (various collections); Antoon Mostart Center; International Mongolian Studies Association; Library of Congress
  • Morocco AORC: Tangier American Legation Museum (AIMS-TALM), Tangier, Morocco
    • Project: Survey, cataloging, and selective digitization of materials held in the Hasna Daoud Library of Tatouan
    • Partner: Hasna Daoud Library, Tatouan
  • Pakistan AORC: American Institute of Pakistan Studies
    • Project: AIPS will survey libraries not included in its initial survey program (Private Libraries and Archives Survey Project (PLASP)), primarily libraries belonging to the Directorate-General of Archaeology and Museums, as well as several university libraries
    • Partner: The Center for South Asia Libraries
  • Palestinian Authority AORC: Palestinian American Research Center
    • Project: Survey of archives in Jerusalem, with detailed information on access
    • Partner: PARC will coordinate its project with the complementary project of the Albright Institute (AIAR)
  • South Asia: library and archival materials from the following countries: India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Pakistan AORC: Center for South Asian Libraries
    • Project: The LALORC project coordinator will work with CSAL staff to organize the content of already-completed surveys, and to pave the way for further surveying work to be initiated in future projects.
    • Partner: In Pakistan CSAL will cooperate with the American Institute of Pakistan Studies' Private Libraries and Archives Survey
  • Sri Lanka AORC: American Institute for Sri Lankan Studies (AISLS), Columbo, Sri Lanka
    • Project: Survey, digitization, cataloging, and posting of decorative art collections held by national museums in Sri Lanka
    • Partners: National Museums of Sri Lanka
  • Tunisia AORC: Centre d'Études Maghrébines à Tunis (AIMS-CEMAT), Tunis, Tunisia
    • AORC: Survey of the libraries of the Diocese of Tunis, the long-established Institut de Belles Lettres Arabes (IBLA) and the much newer Bibliothèque de la Medina
    • Partner: Diocese of Tunis
  • Turkey: Ankara and Istanbul AORC: American Research Institute in Turkey (ARIT)
    • Project: Survey of private libraries in Turkey
    • Partner: Vehbi Koc Ankara Research Center (VEKAM)
  • West Africa: Senegal, Burkina Faso, Guinea, Niger, Mali, Côte d'Ivoire, Togo, and Cape Verde. AORC: West African Research Center (WARC)
    • Project: Build up the African Language Materials Archive (ALMA), part of the E-Books section of the Digital Library for International Research.
    • Partner: Digital Library for International Research
  • Yemen AORC: American Institute for Yemeni Studies (AIYS), Sana'a, Yemen
    • Project: Survey, cataloging, and selective digitization of holdings in government research libraries
    • Partner: Yemen Center for Studies and Research