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  •  Country # of InstitutionsAfghanistan1Australia12Belgium3Brazil1Canada82Colombia1Czech Republic1Egypt3France39Germany13Hong Kong3Hungary1India2Iraq4Ireland9Israel15Italy8Japan8Kuwait1Lebanon3Malaysia2Mexico1Morocco1Namibia1Netherlands6New Zealand26Poland4Qatar4Saudi Arabia1Singapore6South Africa15Spain13Sweden6Switzerland6Taiwan3Thailand1Trinidad & Tobago1Turkey5United Arab Emirates2United Kingdom58United States1307 
  • Institutions with Holdings on Records for Arabic-language Resources Country # of InstitutionsAfghanistan2Algeria1Argentina2Armenia1Aruba1Australia267Austria1Bahrain2Bangladesh1Barbados2Belarus1Belgium3Bolivia1Bosnia & Hercegovina1Botswana3Brazil6Brunei1Bulgaria2Cameroon1Canada261Chile1China4Colombia4Costa Rica2Cyprus3Czech Republic3Denmark2Dominican Republic1Egypt7Ethiopia2Finland1France570French Guiana1Georgia1Germany231Ghana1Greece8Guadeloupe1Guatemala1Guyana1Honduras2Hong Kong10Hungary3Iceland1India6Indonesia2Iraq7Ireland16Israel33Italy28Ivory Coast1Jamaica2Japan58Jordan10Kuwait1Latvia2Lebanon7Lithuania1Malaysia6Mexico11Montenegro1Morocco3Namibia3Netherlands73New Zealand57Nigeria2Norway2Oman2Pakistan1Peru1Poland8Qatar7Romania1Russia2Saudi Arabia14Singapore22Slovenia12South Africa59South Korea7Spain19Sri Lanka1Swaziland1Sweden8Switzerland123Taiwan24Thailand6Togo1Trinidad & Tobago4Turkey33Ukraine1United Arab Emirates12United Kingdom252United States5089Uruguay1Venezuela2Zimbabwe2
  • NRCIG_OCLC

    1. 1. OCLC Global Council  November 2013 NRCIG Cendrella Habre University Librarian, Lebanese American University EMEARC Delegate
    2. 2. Mission The mission of the Non-Roman Characters Interest Group (NRCIG) is to inform the Cooperative and OCLC’s strategic development about the issues of making OCLC’s products and services “work” in languages that use non-Roman characters.
    3. 3. Charge To provide background information to the OCLC Board and SLT regarding the locations, sizes and importance of major Arabic-language collections and to investigate and report on the status of Arabic language in OCLC’s product development plans.
    4. 4. Members • Cendrella Habre, Chair • Omar Farhoud, Information Management Manager, LAU (Lebanon) • Fares Jureidini, Logos (Distributor_Lebanon) • Asma Al-Kanan, Director, Library, American University of Kuwait • William Kopycki, Field Director, Library of Congress, Egypt • Magda El-Sherbini, Associate Professor and head of Cataloging Department, Ohio State University Libraries • Martha Speirs, EMEARC Alternate Delegate, Dean, Library and Information Services, Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy • Rebecca Youth, Catalog Librarian, University of Iowa Libraries & MELA member OCLC Staff • Janet Lees • Bemal Rajapatirana • Arthur Smith
    5. 5. Institutions that Create Records for Arabic-Languages Resources 82 58 1,307 51+ 11-50 1-10
    6. 6. Institutions with Holdings on Records for Arabic-language Resources 101+ 11-100 1-10
    7. 7. Issues and Challenges • Transliteration/Romanization   Tools are unknown to users  • Tools are not user-friendly Inconsistencies (In the US for example Romanization is performed by non-Arabic speaking staff) Subject Headings   Translation of LCSH with modifications  • Limited LCSH Different Arabic SH Lists Arabic topics Undiscoverable Names   • Similar to SH Complexities in Name Structure Users (Western vs. Arab)  • What do they want? Technological lags  OCLC’s Z39.50 server is not enabled to search records in Arabic  Inconsistent use of MARC fields for Romanized diacritics  UNICODE  Indexing (non-filing characters for the ) and the Hamza on the Alef ( )
    8. 8. Suggested Solutions • Transliteration/Romanization LINKED DATA • Subject Headings LINKED DATA UNIFIED LIST OF SUBJECT HEADINGS (a project that should be sponsored by OCLC) • Names VIAF LINKED DATA • Users (Western vs. Arab) LINKED DATA • Technological lags Experts from the Arab World
    9. 9. THANK YOU Q&A

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