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Katak 543 |   October 2011 PDL Newsletter
                          "ਯਾਦਾਂ ਜ਼ਿੰਦਗੀ ਹਨ, ਤੇ ਮਨ ਦੀ ਟੋਕਰੀ
                          ਵਿੱਚ ਫੁੱਲਾਂ ਨੂੰ, ਮਨੁੱਖਾਂ ਨੂੰ, ਤੇ ਸਿਤਾਰਿਆਂ ਨੂੰ
                          ਇਕੱਠਾ ਕਰੀ ਜਾਣਾ ਅਤਿ ਸ਼ਾਨਦਾਰ ਰੁਝੇਵਾਂ ਹੈ।"
                                                                            -ਪੂਰਨ ਸਿੰਘ


Image Memories and memorabilia of earlier civilizations, those from the ancient and more recent past, coupled with items from contemporary times, keep our engagement with the past vibrant and alive and give us a better opportunity to build an informed understanding of what the future may hold for us. Preservation of heritage material in whatever forms it is available has always meant that human understating has the potential to be more nuanced and multilayered.

Through preservation, we are able celebrate the past glories and draw the inspiration to continue the righteous way. PDL’s work is a constant effort to make the past relevant, and the future exciting. Please enjoy!
 
In this Issue
The Digital Scorecard
From Davinder's Desk
A PDL User shares her story
Adopt-A-Book
How Can You Help PDL?
THANKS to our Donors
The Digital Scorecard
Panjab Digital Library Archived Achievements for September:
• 124,710 Pages
• 64 Manuscripts
• 259 Books
• 342 Magazines
• 383 Photographs

We’ll keep you updated with our progress every month, but don’t just stop at the numbers! Visit panjabdigitallibrary.org

From the Desk of Davinder Pal Singh
Finding Pride in Improvisation, Working Always to Improve At PDL

I made the trip last month to the USA to attend the annual meeting of American Association for State and Local History (AASLH). The four day meeting-cum-conference was attended by over 900 delegates and offered the opportunity to attend over 100 workshops on heritage preservation and sharing. I was inspired by the discussions I had with friends and colleagues and many brought fresh ideas back to PDL.

pile of books I also took the opportunity during my visit to make it over to the Smithsonian in Washington DC, and to meet their curatorial and digitization staff and to observe the techniques used there to digitize the same types of material that we handle at PDL. Over the eight years that PDL has been growing, we have often had to improvise technology to suit our needs. We have developed stand-alone computer applications, including Content

Management Software and digitization hardware; in order to meet required technical standards PDL experimented with different cameras, lenses, computers, and others accessories required for quality management, data backup, and production speed; we created our own mobile dark rooms which can be transported via van, to remote locations, and the machines can be functional within an hour of arriving.

While we were often proud of our ingenuity, there was also an element of self-doubt in this experimentation. How did our improvised technology hope to compete with world class organizations working in the area of digitization and content management in the Western World?

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A PDL User shares her story
A few weeks ago, my brother was searching for a picture of Shri Dhani Ram Chatrik on the Internet when he came across the website for PDL. It was there that he found the picture! Not only that, but in the course of his searching, he also found the book Baadshahyan by S. S. Charan Singh Shaheed. This book has always been very special to our family, as the author had presented a copy in beautiful large print to my grandfather (Late) S. Sodagar Singh Bhikhari, soon after its original publication in 1932. However, in 1973, when I was doing my BSc in Government College for Women in Amritsar, I took this book to college to select a poem from it for recitation at a college functions, and there I lost the book.

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:

1. Akali Leaders Case $493.00 Adopt
2. Panj Granthi $84.00 Adopt
3. Adhiyatam Ramayan $243.00 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 channel!
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?

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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