The IT & Digitization section has been responsible for creating
a catalouge database of the National Library's entire collection.
In 2007 we began converting this data to ISO 10646 / Unicode encoding
and transfering it to an library management system hosted by the
Royal Libray of Denmark.
Public Access Catalouge is now available through the internet.
National Rare Text Documentation
In order to discover Bhutan's rich literary treasures and preserve
important and rare documents for the nation, the IT division
along with the Research
Division is carrying out a survey of rare texts and documents
throughout the country under a Danida funded
project. The survey includes the registration
of rare texts and their location the details of which are entered
into a database for future reference. Where particlarly rare
or important manuscript or xylograph texts are discovered, their
contents are catalouged and many are either digitised on location
by members of our survey team, or brought back to the National
Library for microfilming.
In addition to digitising rare texts as part of the documentation
survey, the IT section is also responsible for digitizing important
works held in the National Library & Archives
itself. Until now this has involved scanning, or photographing
these texts but in future we also hope to do data entry of the
content of some important works we hold so that these can be made
available in a more useful format which can be searched and indexed.
New York has donated to the National Library hard drives containing
several thousand volumes of scanned texts in Chöké.
TBRC also donated a laser printer so that we are able to print
out these texts and make them available to monastaries, shedras
and scholars in Bhutan.
This website is developed
and maintained by the IT section of the National Library. It is
one of the very first websites in the country using
Unicode character encoding for Dzongkha. - Most
pages on this are accessible in both Dzongkha and English.
The IT Section hopes to make digital images of some
of the material held in the National Library & Archives available online.
Other material may be made available later through the National
Digital Library of Bhutan project.
ICT Support & Development
We also provide ICT support, and training to other sections of
the library. We hope to make training material and documentation
developed by the NLB IT section which may useful for other users
in Bhutan available from this website.
to display Dzongkha in web browswers will be made freely available
through this website, along with instructions on configuring computer
systems to properly display Dzongkha web pages.