The Latin Americanist Research Resources Project is a cooperative initiative that seeks to improve access to the array of research resources published in Latin America. Its goals are to restructure access to collections and resources on a comprehensive scale and to improve electronic access and document delivery systems for Latin Americanist resources. Launched in 1994 as one of three pilot projects recommended by the Task Force on the Acquisition and Distribution of Foreign Language and Area Studies Materials of AAU’s Research Libraries Project, its membership has more than doubled from the initial group of twenty institutions. The Participating Libraries are composed of fifty ARL institutions and three non-ARL libraries. A growing number of Latin American partners also participate in LARRP.
The Latin Americanist Research Resources Project is funded by the participating institutions and by the support of other organizations. Participating institutions contribute an initial membership fee of $3,000 and provide institutional support to acquire and maintain the collections and services initiated by the project. The project instituted an annual fee beginning in 2004 to maintain the database projects once grant funding ends. A matching grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation launched many of the Project’s initiatives. During the period 1999–2002, a $405,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education under the Technological Innovation and Cooperation for Foreign Information Access (TICFIA) program supported the development of a Latin American partnerships program and the enhancement of the Project’s database. The University of Texas at Austin General Libraries serves as the lead institution for the TICFIA grant. Under a second U.S. Department of Education TICFIA grant for 2002–05, LARRP received $585,000 to improve access to Latin American grey literature in the social sciences through an Open Archives Portal. The UCLA Library is the lead institution for this project.