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PRL Project (ongoing)

The PRL project was a collaborative venture begun in 2006. The aim was to provide an aggregation of PRRLA members’ metadata from digital collections to enhance discovery, create a shared resource, and to promote our collections and our alliance. The next generation PRL Project builds on this model of a flagship shared collection, but will integrate updated technology and new content. On behalf of PRRLA, the UCLA Library will begin work on the first phase starting July 2016, and thereafter will help implement and maintain the next generation PRL. This is still a work-in-progress as metadata from more PRRLA members is being harvested.

A PRL Metadata Working Group has been formed to identify and/or develop metadata guidelines and help address any metadata and discovery issues leading towards the successful launch of the next generation of PRL. Members include:

  • Haiqing Lin (Co-Chair), University of California, Berkeley
  • Rosalie Lack (Co-Chair), University of California, Los Angeles
  • Jennifer Beamer, University of Hawaii at Manoa
  • Su Chen, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Gandhimathy Durairaj, National University of Singapore
  • Vicki Grahame, University of California, Irvine
  • Louisa Lam, Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Sonya MaLaurin, University of Otago, New Zealand
  • Dongyun Ni, University of Hawaii at Manoa

The group has come up with a PRL Guidelines for Descriptive Metadata endorsed by the Steering Committee.

Previously, a PRL Collection Development Working Group (CDWG) was formed with the charge to decide on the substance of the shared collections. Members included:

  • Lorelei Tanji, University of California, Irvine (chair)
  • Su Chen, University of California, Los  Angeles
  • Adriene Lim, University of Oregon
  • Nie Hua, Peking University
  • Sim Chuin Peng, National University of Singapore
  • Louisa Lam, Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Dore Minatodani, University of Hawaii at Manoa
  • Simon Neame, University of British Columbia

The CDWG has drafted a Collection Development Policy, which was endorsed by the PRRLA membership during the 2016 annual meeting. The document can be accessed here: Draft PRL Collection Development and Metadata Policy

Oceania Digital Library
The University of Auckland, the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and the University of California, San Diego have collaborated to create a single point of access for researchers seeking information about the cultures and history of Oceania (Australasia, Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia).

Pacific Rim Library (PRL – pronounced “pearl”)
The OAI Pilot Project was launched in 2005 to harvest metadata about digital collections created by PRDLA member institutions. PRL, hosted by Hong Kong University, contains the metadata only (not complete digital objects) of at least one digital collection from 24 PRDLA member institutions.

PRDLA Interlibrary Loan Pilot Project
At the 2005 PRDLA meeting in Hawaii, it was decided that PRDLA would attempt an interlibrary loan pilot project as a means of sharing resources among members of the alliance. The project, headed by Director Xue Fangyu of Tsinghua University, was a one-year experiment with no-fee, non-returnable interlibrary loans between PRDLA member institutions on opposite sides of the Pacific Ocean. The pilot concluded in 2007.

Chinese Digital Archive, 1966-1976
A project at Australia National University was established to develop an electronic gateway to a number of unique and in some cases rare and fragile collections in both print and microfilm relating to the Chinese Cultural Revolution period (1966 to 1976). This web-based database not only makes this material accessible globally to the academic community but preserves the contents of some very fragile and rare material.