OACIS for the Middle East
(Online Access to Consolidated Information
on Serials)
Simon Samoeil, Near East Curator, Yale University Library
Elizabeth Beaudin, OACIS Technical Administrator, Yale
University Library
Presentation to the Middle East Libraries Association
November 2004
Review of Goals
• To create a freely available publicly accessible
web site featuring a continuously updated union
list of Middle Eastern serials
– In all formats (including live web links)
– From 20+ countries (ME as defined by LC)
• To lay foundations for the future, delivering
widest possible information access
– Expanded cooperation and participation
– Document delivery/ILL
– Digitization and preservation
Founding Libraries
• Cornell University
• Ohio State University
• Universitaets- und Landesbibliothek SachsenAnhalt, Halle, Germany
• University of Michigan
• University of Pennsylvania
• University of Texas
• University of Washington
• Yale University
New Members
New York University
Princeton University
University of Jordan
Tishreen University
Yale Law School
Simon Samoeil and Ann Okerson met with the directors of
the following libraries in April 2004:
• Egypt
– Alexandria Library
– Cairo University Library
– National Library of Egypt
• Lebanon - American University of Beirut Library
• Jordan - University of Jordan in Amman
• Syria
– Assad Library (National Library of Syria)
– Syrian Minister of Higher Education
– University of Damascus.
Commitment from
Middle Eastern Libraries
• Egypt:
The National Library of Egypt.
• Lebanon:
The American University of Beirut.
• Syria:
Assad National Library of Syria.
All university libraries in Syria.
• Atef Al-Jundi, Head of Serials Division,
University of Jordan Library, Amman, Jordan
May 3, 2004 – July 31, 2004
– Vernacular collections
– Training with collection and section heads at Yale
– Exchange visit to UPenn
• Adib Khoury, Head of Acquistions,
Tishreen University, Latakia, Syria
August 1, 2004 – October 31, 2004
– Vernacular collections, holdings, call numbers
– Training with collection and section heads at Yale
– Exchange visits to UPenn and Harvard
Interested in Joining
Harvard University
New York Public Library
SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies)
University of Arizona—Tucson
University of California – Los Angeles
University of Utah
OACIS Summary
• OACIS titles are published in 45 different languages; the
top five are: Arabic, English, Persian, Turkish, French.
• There are 83 countries of publication in OACIS; the top
ten are: Egypt, Turkey, Iran, Lebanon, Pakistan, Morocco,
Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Syria, and Tunisia.
• As of November 2004, there are approximately 25,000
titles held in OACIS of which close to 14,000 are unique,
along with 45,000 holdings records.
• Average 700 searches per month; average hits per month
7,000 with peak months of April and September over
11,000 hits.
Home Page - http://www.library.yale.edu/oacis/
Basic Search
Arabic Examples
Advanced Search
• Boolean logic
– Plans to expand beyond title, subject, place of
publication to allow searching by language
• “Limit to” logic for holding institutions
• Wider search results (no truncation)
What’s Next?
• Inter Library Loan
– Survey conducted amongst partners
– Pilot ILL project to start in January
• Digitization
– Discovery project underway with Bibliotheca
– Ab¯u Na.z.zarah, Paris : J. S¯anuw¯a, -1910 (10 vols,
complete run) – selected because we have 2 copies and
• Sustainability
Data Beginnings – MARC 21
Bibliographic Record
Data Transformations
On the Inside
More Data – MARC 21
Holdings Record
Display post Parsing
Browser Independence
Modifications – Display and Flexibility
Modifications – Maximize Display
Additions – Advanced Search
Additions – Customizing Results
System Specifications
The Open Source system consists of the following components:
- Server operating system: Linux 2.4.21-4.EL
via Red Hat 9.0 Enterprise
- Web server: Apache 2.0.46
- Database: MySQL 3.23.58
-Application languages: PHP 4.3.2, JavaScript 2.0, HTML
This system currently runs on a DELL Precision Workstation 650n
with 2 CPUs (2.4 GHz), 2 GB memory, 80 GB ATA-100 IDE HD

OACIS Partner Meeting - Yale University Library