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Phagan 543;  February 2012 PDL Newsletter
"Let us save what remains: not by vaults and locks which fence them from the public eye and use in consigning them to the waste of time, but by such a multiplication of copies, as shall place them beyond the reach of accident."
                                                               -- Thomas Jefferson

This month we are asking our readers to take a look back at the last 9 years of PDL's history, and then to look forward to our future plans. As we take the next steps to move our operations into a more permanent facility with the tools to facilitate the next stages of PDL's growth, we ask you to reflect on how far we've come and how far we could go with the critical support of people like you: People who recognize that what's important about preserving our history is not placing it in a lockbox where no one can read it or access it or learn from it, but rather to take on the truly humbling task of making it available to anyone and everyone in this generation, and for many more to come.

In this Issue
  • The Digital Scorecard
  • The Interdisciplinary Nature     of Digital Preservation of     Heritage
  • Reflecting on PDL's Past,     Looking to PDL's Future
  • Adopt-A-Book
  • How Can You Help PDL?
  • THANKS to our Donors
  • The Digital Scorecard
    Panjab Digital Library Archived Achievements for January:
    pile of books
    Manuscripts   42
    Books   194
    Magazines   46
    Photographs   107
    Pamphlets   10
    Total pages   1,09,879

    We'll keep you updated with our progress every month, but don't just stop at the numbers! Visit panjabdigitallibrary.org and browse the plethora of digital data now available to the world!

    The Interdisciplinary Nature of Digital Preservation of Heritage

    pile of books Recently, at MCM DAV College Daljit Ami made a presentation on behalf of PDL about their efforts to digitally preserve heritage. He especially emphasized the interdisciplinary nature of knowledge production, drawing on as an example, the fact that the Punjabi Literature and History department organized the talk that day. He brought into the discussion the academic choice to treat history and literature as separate disciplines in academics, while in life they are inseparable fields.

    Daljit shared the experience of PDL's growth into the institution it is today, from an initiative taken by Davinder Pal Singh and Harinder Singh nearly a decade ago, in 2003. In the early stages, PDL initially made digitizing manuscripts from rural areas a priority, as they were considered most vulnerable. Over the years though, PDL came to realize that heritage is not confined to disciplinary, linguistic, temporal or geographical boundaries, and in this way, the digital scope was expanded to include rare books, magazines, newspapers, photographs, paintings, maps and any kind of intellectual or creative expression.


    Reflecting on PDL's Past, Looking to PDL's Future
    In 2003, a few Panjabis decided to dedicate their time, energy and enthusiasm to preservation, so that future generations would have the capability of staying connected to their roots. With this commitment, they launched a project— the first of its kind in South Asia—to digitize rare heritage materials from the Panjab region. The self-funded project at that time started from a single room with single desktop computer, a single camera and a single volunteer. That same humble project today, has grown to a fulltime staff of 28 employees and 40 volunteers. To date, they have digitized over 6.5 million pages and launched the first digital library of South Asia, which is provides free access to centuries-old manuscripts, creative literature and other streams of the proud Panjabi intellectual tradition.


    We would like to present to our book-loving readers the opportunity to have a say in the selection and digitization of the books that PDL uploads for online public access.

    Click here to access a list of books that are available and ready for digitization. When you adopt a book at PDL, you sponsor the costs associated with digitization and accessibility, and through this gift, you make it available to the world!

    The costs are detailed for each book on the list. You can also send in a list of books of your choice, pay for its digitization and we will locate and digitize them to include in Panjab Digital Library database for all even future generations to read them. We can also put in an electronic bookplate to accompany the selected text which credits that book's sponsor (That could be you!)

    If you're interested, but not sure which title to sponsor, we're featuring three books here we think it would be most excellent to find sponsors for:

    Be a part of the digitization process; adopt a book for digitization…

    Masnavi-Mila-Ganeemat-Kanjahi Manuscript $28 Adopt
    Sabha Prakash Manuscript $117 Adopt
    Amar Vel Book $49 Adopt
    Vedant Vivek Granth Steek Manuscript $175 Adopt
    Chitarbilas & other compositions Manuscript $31 Adopt
    Akali Leaders Case - 2 Volumes Book $493 Adopt

    How Can You Help PDL?
    1. Spread awareness. Tell more people about us. Send the link to this newsletter, to our website, to our Facebook!
    2. Use the vast resources of PDL for an article, a research project or an academic paper you're writing, or just to satisfy your curiosity!
    3. Donate Money. One Dollar. That's all it takes to push a project a little further ahead. We're serious: One Dollar.
    4. Submit documents for digitization. Enrich our collection and the world's understanding of the Panjab and her people. Submissions can be returned upon request.
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    "Revealing the Invisible Heritage of Panjab"

    A Special THANK YOU to all our donors and supporters.
    Without your contributions to PDL, this organization's progress would be virtually impossible!

    To put our needs in perspective, and the impact your donation can have on our operations, it takes roughly $10,000 per month to do the work that PDL is doing at current levels. Every contribution keeps this enterprise dynamic and productive. Can you help us meet our goal of $10,000 to cover the work done this month?

    We'd like to thank our contributors:

    • Rs. 12,000          Sigma Vibracaustic (India) Pvt. Ltd.
    • USD 5,000          Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

    Every contribution, be it time, money, or a thoughtful comment on Facebook, makes a difference and is greatly appreciated! We'd especially like to extend our sincere gratitude to the volunteers who make PDL run so smoothly.

    REVEALING the Invisible Heritage of Panjab
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