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Saavan-Bhaadon 544;  July-August 2012 PDL Newsletter
"We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men."
                                                                     -- Herman Melville

A drop alone can never cover the distance to the ocean, but when it gets other similar drops going in the same direction, it reaches its goal. In the similar fashion, Panjab Digital Library has reached where it is today with the help of like-minded people from across the globe and PDL dedicates this newsletter to all those who have participated in growth of PDL, directly or indirectly.

PDL is the first digitization project that runs with the public support. The faith shown by the community is unmatched and PDL has been trying hard to meet the expectations of its supporters by putting in more and more efforts and energy to preserve the heritage of Panjab and take the drive of awareness to maximum people.

In this Issue
  • The Digital Scorecard
  • Panoramic View of
        Southasian Archives
  • A Librarian Speaks
  • Adopt-A-Book
  • How Can You Help PDL?
  • THANKS to our Donors
  • The Digital Scorecard
    Panjab Digital Library Archived Achievements for June and July:
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    Manuscripts   95
    Books   683
    Magazines   57
    Photographs   240
    Pamphlets   68
    Documents   40
    Total pages   216,514

    We'll keep you updated with our progress every month, but don't just stop at the numbers! Visit PanjabDigitalLibrary.org and browse through a slice of history!

    Panoramic View of Southasian Archives

    pile of books "If we go from Baluchistan to Arakan we may find that there are few similarities but if we travel between these places and notice the changes taking place then we can understand that there are lots of similarities. We need to take a panoramic view of Southasia to make sense of its rich diversity as well as unity of history and culture."


    A Librarian Speaks

    S. Prem Singh Bajaj Principal Prem Singh Bajaj, Director, Sahit Sabha Library, Punjabi Bhawan, Ludhiana shares his journey with the library. He tells about the richness of the library with many rare gems. An octogenarian, S. Bajaj is all for walking with the time and shares his views on digitization of the heritage and with his association with PDL. Here are excerpts from an interview with him.


    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...

    Hans Chog Book $62 Adopt
    Koksar Manuscript $46 Adopt
    Amar Vel Book $49 Adopt
    Puratan Janam Sakhi Manuscript $100 Adopt
    Sabha Prakash Manuscript $117 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. 2,00,000          Gurinder Pal Singh, New Delhi
    • Rs. 20,000             Mandhir Singh Uppal
    • Rs. 13,200             Chuhar Singh, Mohali
    • Rs. 10,000             Bibek Singh, Chandigarh
    • CAD 500                Gagandeep Singh, Canada
    • USD 72                  Jasjeet Singh Saluja, UK
    • USD 50                  Manjit Bajwa, USA
    • LED Lights             Deepinder Singh, USA
    • PC (used)              Mandeep Singh

    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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