The Carberry Collection: Transformation and Discoverability

  • Jane Darcovich University of Illinois at Chicago
Keywords: Caribbean literature, cultural studies, ethnic studies, visual studies, design, illustration


The Carberry Collection of Caribbean Studies, comprised of many out-of-print and rare first edition volumes by Caribbean authors held in the Special Collections Department at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), is a key resource for the study of the Caribbean diaspora during the second half of the twentieth century. The collection has benefitted from both extensive outreach and digital exposure, including a project to digitize the fragile book jackets and subsequently make these images available through three online databases. The UIC Library has just joined the Digital Library of the Caribbean and the collection of book jacket images will also be hosted there, providing wider discoverability. Tracing the path of the iterative process for digitization and access provides an understanding of the dynamics of transformative change and enhancements for this unique collection.

Author Biography

Jane Darcovich, University of Illinois at Chicago

Jane Darcovich is Liaison Librarian for Architecture and Art at the Richard J. Daley Library, University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). She previously served as the Director of the Visual Resources Library at UIC. A VRA member since 2000, she has served the Association in various capacities including Treasurer, Co-Chair of the Development Committee, and Chair of the Midwest Chapter.

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