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National Library News 2010

 

December, 2010

The National Library & Archives of Bhutan is deeply saddened to hear the news about the sudden death of E. Gene Smith on 16thDecember, 2010. He is the foremost scholar who had saved largest collections of Tibetan books from disappearing into oblivion and helped National Library of Bhutan during 1975 to 1985 to build the collection of Buddhist literature, immensely benefiting the users.. We offer our heartfelt condolences to late Mr. Smith’s family. May he attain the state of Buddhahood!

Mr. Smith was born on 10th Aug, 1936, and had an advanced study in Sanskrit and Pali at Leiden University in the Netherlands. He was the field director in the Library of Congress field office based in New Delhi; it was during that time that he visited National & Archives of Bhutan.

In 1999 he founded the center, where he served as executive director until last year. The center houses nearly 25,000 books dating from the 12th century. Besides containing many of the seminal texts of Tibetan Buddhism, the collection comprises secular works on a range of topics. The center has begun to digitize its collection, making the texts accessible online. Almost 14,000 volumes; more than seven million pages are available on its Web site, www.tbrc.org. National Library of Bhutan is glad to receive a disk containing about 4,000 volumes of treasured religious texts stored in PDF format.

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November, 2010

Appointments

Harka Bahadur Gurung, formerly Chief Administrative Officer of the National Environment Commission Secretariat was appointed as the Director of the National Library & Archives of Bhutan in accordance with the order declared by the RCSC, with effect from 1st November, 2010.

The following appointments in the National Library & Archives of Bhutan have been made in accordance with the order declared by the RCSC;

Dr. Yonten Dargye, formerly Dy. Chief Research Officer, National Library & Archives་, has now been appointed as Chief Research Officer, w.e.f. 1 st November, 2010.

kungzang Delek, formerly Dy. Chief Archivist, National Library & Archives, has now been appointed as Chief Archivist, w.e.f. 15 th October, 2010.

 

October, 2010

Simple Ceremony Marking the Closing of Twinning Project at the National Library & Archives of Bhutan

The Twinning project between the National Library of Bhutan and the Royal Library of Denmark was formally closed on 11th October, 2010 in a simple ceremony held at the National Library of Bhutan. The ceremony was graced by the Vice Chancellor, Royal University of Bhutan, the Director General, Department of Culture, the Representative Co-ordinator, Liaison of Denmark, two project consultants Prof. P.K Soerensen and Ms Anne Burchardi, heads of the divisions under the Ministry of Home and Cultural Affairs and Department of Culture, and the staff members of the National Library.

The project period spanning almost 14 years (from 1996 – 2010) had achieved a number of milestones with the last phase coming to an end. Speaking to the audience, the Director General of Culture said that, over the period of 14 years of the Danish Project, the National Library was able to achieve many things, the most important being data inputting of the entire collections of the National Library, and he expressed his gratitude to the Royal Library for its generous support. He also pointed out that the National Library still needs support in building knowledge resources and enhancing service delivery through further collaboration with external agency.

Highlighting his personal experience as a project consultant over many years, Prof. P.K. Soerensen said that the National Library has come a long way in fulfilling its objectives and goals under the project. He made special mention of how the project was initially launched and how the working atmosphere picked up slowly but steadily, and of the success of the entire phases of the project due to the cooperation and support given by the staff members of the National Library.

Dr. Yonten Dargye, Project Manager, presented a brief report on the entire phases of the project, touching upon the following areas:
            • Cataloging and Classification

            • Research and Exchange of Researchers

            • Documentation and digitization

            • Up-gradation of ICT infrastructure

            • Procurement of Equipment

            • Library book shelves and Flooring

            • Publication and dissemination

            • Regional Study Tours and Training

            • Participation in international conferences/workshops/meetings

            • Acquisition of texts/reference materials

He reported that the project had made a landmark achievement in institutional strengthening and capacity enhancement of the National Library of Bhutan.

Ms. Anne Burchardi presented a brief report on the planned future collaboration between the Royal University of Bhutan, the National Library of Bhutan and the Royal Library of Denmark and formation of a consortium for setting up a University Library Function System (ULFS). `

The ceremony was ended with a dinner and light cultural programme showcased by the Royal Academy of Performing Arts.

 

April, 2010

Visit of Nepalese Prime Minister, Madhav Kumar Nepal

From left to right: National Library Director, Gyonpo Tshering;
Nepalese Prime Minister, Madhav Kumar Nepal;
Home Minister, Minjur Dorji; Archivist, Kunzang Delek

The Prime Minister of Nepal, Madhav Kumar Nepal visited the National Library & Archives on April 29, 2010, while in Thimphu for the 16thSAARC summit. It was a great pleasure to receive the Honourable Prime Minister, and we were honoured that he took time out from his busy schedule to call on us.

Mr. Madhav Kumar Nepal is from the Rautahat district of southern Nepal. He graduated from Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu in 1973 and worked in banking and the civil service before turning to full-time politics. He became the Prime Minister of Nepal on May 25, 2009.

 

 

 

 

 

 

February, 2010

Gift of books

The government of India has gifted more than 100 books worth about Nu. 47, 000 to the National Library & Archives of Bhutan . India Ambassador to Bhutan, His excellency Pavan K. Verma formally presented the gift to Lyonpo Minjur Dorji, Minister of Home and Cultural Affairs during the simple formal handing over ceremony held at the National Library & Archives on 8th February, 2010.

The books, worth about Nu.47, 000, are mostly on Buddhism and related to Buddhist philosophy. During the ceremony, Ambassdor Pravan K. Verma said that a National Library is a place where a nation’s culture is preserved and they feel honoured to be making this modest contribution towards preservation of cultural heritage.

In his closing speech Lyonpo Minjur Dorji thanked the Government of India, and said that the books would not only help to realize the Ministry’s objectives in collection development and enhancement of library holding, but also immensely benefit students, scholars, teachers, authors and journalists coming to use the collection. The Minister also mentioned the importance of the mission of the National Library, and their hope of building a modern library.