May 17, 2022

Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) Receives State Department Grant to Collaborate on Digitizing Kurdish Archives, Project Will Be Implemented by the Digital Library of the Middle East (DLME)

From a CLIR Announcement:

The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) has received a $149,880 grant from the US Embassy in Baghdad for a project to digitize collections of the Kurdish Heritage Institute (KHI) in Sulaymaniyah in Iraqi Kurdistan. The project, undertaken jointly with KHI, will digitize their extensive collection of books, culturally significant photos, and audio and video files.

The Digital Library of the Middle East (DLME) will implement the project. DLME project director Peter Herdrich and internationally recognized librarian Amed Demirhan of the Barzani National Memorial in Erbil, Kurdistan, are co-principal investigators and will oversee the 12-month project and work with the Kurdish Heritage Institute staff to catalog, document, digitize, and store the KHI collection of Kurdish language books and other cultural materials. The goal is to establish the first open, online portal for Kurdish heritage materials in Iraq. The DLME will also federate files into its digital platform, amplifying access to these materials for global users.


The DLME is a searchable, web-based platform that federates digital cultural heritage collections from the Middle East and North Africa, along with other global collections of materials relevant to the MENA region. The DLME works with a broad alliance of partners to inventory, catalog, document, and digitize cultural heritage objects and collections and make them accessible to a global audience through its website.

Read the Complete Announcement

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