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Chet 544;  March-April 2012 PDL Newsletter
The old man was peering intently at the shelves.
"I'll have to admit that he's a very competent scholar."
"Isn't he just a librarian?" Garion asked, "Somebody who looks after books?"
"That's where all the rest of scholarship starts, Garion. All the books in the world won't help you if they're just piled up in a heap."
                                   -- David Eddings, King of the Murgos

PDL is extremely happy to announce that the organization has been grated 501(c)3 nonprofit status in the United States. For all our US-based supporters out there, this means that your donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law and that PDL can begin to gather international donations directly though our site.

We would also like to take this chance to thank the Sikh Research Institute for acting as our fiduciary agent up to this point. We look forward to continued professional collaboration with the Sikh Research Institute on other matters, but we are pleased to be able to move the task of processing direct donation in-house.

 
In this Issue
  • The Digital Scorecard
  • PDL Spreads its Wings –
        Covers Articles under
        Digitization Project
  • The Historic value of
        Diaries Demands
        Preservation
  • Adopt-A-Book
  • How Can You Help PDL?
  • THANKS to our Donors
  • The Digital Scorecard
    Panjab Digital Library Archived Achievements for February and March:
    pile of books
      
    Manuscripts   34
    Books   426
    Magazines   49
    Photographs   311
    Pamphlets   20
    Documents   20
    Total pages   184,089

    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!

    PDL Spreads its Wings – Covers Articles under Digitization Project

    pile of books The history of research papers or articles can be traced back to the times when man started writing after developing alphabets. What started as graffiti on the walls of caves, has resulted in a vast and immeasurable history and knowledge by way of essays, articles, and books. While many books remain available through libraries for centuries, articles are too often lost in the dust of time. Even if these articles get published in journals which are preserved in archives, unless they are in a searchable database at this point, their titles will forever remain unknown to researchers. The simple truth may be that we have no idea that importance of historical articles.

    Read more...

    The Historic value of Diaries Demands Preservation

    pile of books When talking about personal histories, autobiographies and official biographies always seem to be first on the list. The most popular chronicle the lives and legacies of heads of states, military commanders, and members of royal families. But beyond these official or unofficial accounts of extraordinary lives, the personal diary of almost any individual are so critical to understanding the nuances of the time they lived in.

    It was in the process of digitizing Mann Singh Nirankari's diary from 1969, that those at PDL first began ruminating on the importance of diary preservation.

    Read more...

    Adopt-A-Book
    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...

    Sabha Prakash Manuscript $117 Adopt
    Chitarbilas & other compositions Manuscript $31 Adopt
    Barahmah Jog Book $10 Adopt
    Koksar or Kok Shastar Manuscript $46 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. 50,000          7 Con, New Delhi
    • Rs. 12,000          Sigma Vibracaustic (India) Pvt. Ltd.
    • Rs.   5,000          Almondz Global Securities Ltd. New Delhi
    • Rs.   2,500          Parminder Singh, Riverpool Holidays, Chandigarh
    • USD 79               Inderbir Singh, Australia

    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.

     
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