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Jeth-Haarh 544;  May-June 2012 PDL Newsletter
"Whatever good things we build, end up building us."
                                                                             -- Jim Rohn

Happy summer to our readers everywhere! Over in Chandigarh, the construction team is making progress on the new building for PDL's operations. We are being able to continue with the construction, thanks to donations from supporters of digital preservation all over the world. We couldn't be more excited.

We still need help for paying balance amount of the plot and continue with construction though, so enjoy a photo album of our progress and please consider a gift today in support of the vision so many have already thrown themselves into making a reality. When you read Parminder Singh's story in today's newsletter, you'll hear him tell of watching PDL growth over the last decade, and how valuable being able to expand into the new offices will be for PDL's future development.

In this Issue
  • The Digital Scorecard
  • Manto and Heritage
  • An Odyssey, Inside
  • Adopt-A-Book
  • How Can You Help PDL?
  • THANKS to our Donors
  • The Digital Scorecard
    Panjab Digital Library Archived Achievements for April and May:
    pile of books
    Manuscripts   48
    Books   364
    Magazines   53
    Photographs   63
    Pamphlets   11
    Documents   4
    Thesis   1
    Total pages   198,038

    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!

    Manto and Heritage

    pile of books Punjab is celebrating Saadat Hasan Manto's (May 11, 1912-January 18, 1955) birth centenary along with rest of the world. Manto wrote in Urdu and he is appreciated as one of the best in South Asia. When Salman Rushdie edited an anthology of best short stories of India, Manto's Toba Tek Singh was the only one representing Indian Languages.


    An Odyssey, Inside...

    pile of books I have seen PDL in its cradle. It was an informal meeting with Davinder Pal Singh back in 2003-04 when I met him through some common friends, with whom I had started playing volleyball near his residence in Sector 64, Mohali, the then office of Nanakshahi. We caught up a few times in next few years and I came to know about his plans to make it big with the idea of bringing out a digital library online.


    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...

    Indian Caste Vol. I Book $160 Adopt
    Gurubilas Patshahi X Manuscript $110 Adopt
    Danis Namaha Manuscript $72 Adopt
    The Sikh Religion Book $187 Adopt
    Hans Chog Book $62 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.
    • Rs. 10,000          Darshan Singh Maini Trust, New Delhi

    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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