Anna Robinson | 27 Jan 01:34 2015
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new position

Dear MELA colleagues,

I am pleased to announce that next week, I will start my new position as the Islamic Studies and South Asian Studies Librarian at Washington University in St. Louis. I am very thankful for the encouragement, advice, and support I have received from the MELA community and am excited to continue working with you all in furthering the field of Middle East Librarianship. I look forward to seeing you all again in Denver come November.

Thank you,

Anna Robinson

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David Faust | 26 Jan 20:03 2015
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Pre-WWI Arabic Newspapers?

We have a professor who is considering a project on the representation of the US in Arabic writings before WWI. He has found some interesting texts, but he also needs to get a better grasp of the intellectual climate around them, and he would like to use pre- WWI newspapers.  I'm finding very little in WorldCat and nothing in CRL or HathiTrust.  This list of open access resources looks as if it might be useful http://amirmideast.blogspot.com/2013/10/alphabetical-list-of-open-access.html

I'd really appreciate any other suggestions.

Thanks,
David

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Mohammed Bin Hamad Center for Muslim Contribution to Civilization

Can someone confirm if the Center for Muslim Contribution to Civilization has actually changed its name to the Mohammed Bin Hamad Center for Muslim Contribution to Civilization.  The web site for the Mohammed Bin Hamad Center for Muslim Contribution to Civilization makes no mention of it originally being called just the Center for Muslim Contribution to Civilization.

 

Any information would be appreciated.

 

Thanks.

 

Elizabeth Plantz

NLM

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MCCUTCHEON, SEVIM | 24 Jan 20:04 2015
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GIS files with Ottoman boundaries in the Balkans

I’m forwarding with the poster’s permission from the MAPS-L list to the MELA list.

When you reply, please include wintersc-Pk69UvjDft83r0Ub5QXD9Q@public.gmane.org among the recipients, as Chris Winters, the original poster, isn’t subscribed to this list.

 

Sevim McCutcheon

Catalog Librarian; Assoc. Prof.

Kent State University Libraries

330-672-1703

Lmccutch <at> kent.edu

 

From the MAPS-L list:

 

On Oct 25, 2014, at 6:00 AM, Christopher Winters <wintersc-Pk69UvjDft83r0Ub5QXD9Q@public.gmane.org<mailto:wintersc-Pk69UvjDft83r0Ub5QXD9Q@public.gmane.org>> wrote:

 

 

 

> Hi,

 

>

 

 

> I'd be very grateful to hear if anyone knows of a source of free or inexpensive GIS files with Ottoman boundaries (including first- and second-order internal administrative boundaries) in the Balkans between roughly 1600 and 1914. I'm guess I'm hoping (fantasizing?) to learn of an institution or group comparable to the Ancient World Mapping Center that's concentrated on the Ottoman Empire.

 

>

 

 

> Yes, I know of Euratlas, but we can't afford it!

 

>

 

 

> Many thanks for any help you can provide.

 

>

 

 

> Best,

 

>

 

 

> Chris Winters

 

> Map Collection

 

> University of Chicago Library

 

 

 

 

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Hirsch, David | 23 Jan 22:43 2015

OCR for persian

Has anyone had any recent positive experience with Persian OCR? ABBY Fine Reader? Iris? Others

Thanks!

David

 

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Dagher, Iman | 22 Jan 18:45 2015

FW: Grants Deadline: 1 Feb - The Islamic Manuscript Association

FYI.

 

From: Middle Eastern and Islamic Library Collections and Bibliography [mailto:LIS-MIDDLE-EAST-fDUS8cNZx2jrfANEuwkQdg@public.gmane.org] On Behalf Of Armin Yavari
Sent: Thursday, January 22, 2015 8:22 AM
To: LIS-MIDDLE-EAST-fDUS8cNZx2jrfANEuwkQdg@public.gmane.org
Subject: Grants Deadline: 1 Feb - The Islamic Manuscript Association

 

Dear Colleagues,

 

The Islamic Manuscript Association’s Annual Grant Scheme closes at 18.00 on Sunday 1 February, 2015. It is designed to further any activities that support the needs of manuscript collections, particularly in the area of collection care and management and in advancing scholarship related to Islamic manuscripts. Work that we support includes but is by no means limited to:

 

»              Activities related to preservation, conservation and digitisation;

»              Conservation and art supplies;

»              Art historical research;

»              Facilitating access to digital and microfilm images of manuscripts;

»              The cataloguing of collections;

»              Publishing subventions and editing costs;

»              Financial support for image reprographic and copyright expenses;

»              Research materials;

»              Participation in conferences and courses.

 

The maximum available grant is 5,000 GBP per project. Through the Annual Grant Scheme, the Association has extended expert assistance and funded over 50 different projects in more than 20 countries including Yemen, Mali, Nigeria, Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco, Malaysia, Indonesia, Pakistan, India, Turkey, the United States, Great Britain, France, Germany and Spain.

 

Further information and forms are available on our website, while a sample model application can also be found here. If you have any queries, please contact us at grants-+y2CIIvbkN21crEExYZi8yArTJg8pnb9@public.gmane.orgg

 

We look forward to receiving your applications.

 

Best wishes,

 

Armin

 

 

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Joyce E. Bell | 21 Jan 21:59 2015
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RDA documents

RDA cataloging documents available

The Committee on Cataloging is happy to present two draft documents on RDA cataloging for community review and comment.  Comments, suggestions for additions, and corrections are all welcome.  Please submit your comments by April 1st to cataloging-nKL4qXb96vI@public.gmane.org.

Arabic Cataloging using RDA

Prepared by Joyce Bell and Joan Biella, this manual highlights RDA rules of particular relevance to Arabic cataloging and how they apply to common situations in Arabic publications.

Annotated RDA example records

Compiled and annotated by Joyce Bell, these are MARC records in a mixture of Middle Eastern languages with explanatory notes and rule citations.

Both documents are linked from the ConC site:

https://sites.google.com/site/melacataloging/resources/rda

 

 

Direct link to the manual:

https://sites.google.com/site/melacataloging/archive/Bell_Arabic%20Cataloging_2014_draft.pdf

 

Direct link to the annotated examples:

https://sites.google.com/site/melacataloging/archive/Bell_Annotated%20Examples_2014_draft.pdf

 

 

 

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Lowe, Daniel | 21 Jan 10:40 2015
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British Library and Qatar Foundation extend partnership to digitise 1.1 million images of Gulf history

Dear MELA,

 

The British Library has recently announced a second phase for its partnership with the Qatar Foundation to digitise 1.1 million images related to the history of the Persian Gulf and Arabic scientific manuscripts.

 

See here for a press release and a selection of items in scope for the second phase: http://www.bl.uk/press-releases/2015/january/british-library-and-qatar-foundation-extend-partnership-to-digitise-images-of-gulf-history

 

Digitised material and contextual essays from the first phase of the partnership is available online at http://www.qdl.qa/en.

 

Best,

 

Daniel

 

 

Daniel Lowe
Gulf History and Arabic Language Specialist

BL/QF Partnership

 

daniel.lowe-GQ1u1P0XH+Q@public.gmane.org

Follow us on Twitter: <at> BLQatar/

 

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Khabibullaev, Akram | 20 Jan 04:16 2015
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OCLC 23509926

Dear Colleagues,

We don't have this book in our library. As you see, OCLC record shows two different dates of publication: 2001 in Arabic subfield,  1937-38 in English. I would be grateful if someone could help me to find out which one is correct. The scanned title page is more appreciated.

Title:
إحياء علوم الدين /

Iḥyāʼ ʻulūm al-dīn.
Author(s):
غزالي.
Ghazzālī, 1058-1111. 
ʻIrāqī, ʻAbd al-Raḥīm ibn al-Ḥusayn,; 1325-1404. ; Mughnī.
Publication:
بيروت : دار الكتب العلمية، 2001.
Year: 1937-1938
Description: 16 parts in 5 volumes ; 29 cm

Thanks,
Akram

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eric.van.lit | 16 Jan 20:06 2015
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List of Full-Text Arabic Databases

Hello,

I am compiling a list of online databases that contain full-text Arabic materials, i.e., which allow for searching within the texts. I posted a preliminary list at http://digitalorientalist.com/2015/01/16/full-text-online-arabic-sources-a-preliminary-list/

I am unaware of previous attempts at compiling such a list. I would like to ask you, 1) Do you know of any other resources I could add to this list? 

Ideally I would like to expand this into more than just a list, but actually a descriptive guide to these resources. This leads me to another question: 2) In case you have experience with any of these websites, would you be willing to write down your experience?

Your input is much needed and appreciated.
Eric van Lit - The Digital Orientalist

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RIFAT BALI | 16 Jan 17:53 2015
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"Turkey intends to set up a new presidential library with 4 million books"

http://www.todayszaman.com/national_report-name-of-presidential-palace-may-be-changed-to-kulliye_369863.html

"Erdoğan met with academics during a dinner held at the new presidential palace on Wednesday. According to a report from the Hürriyet daily, Erdoğan told the academics that the name of the presidential palace might be changed to “presidential külliye,” when the constructions of a large library that will include about 4 million books and a mosque in the current presidential complex are completed".

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