National Library & Archives News 2007
Sendoff ceremony for sacred artifacts
An invocation and appeasement ceremony, presided over by Tshugla Lopen,
was carried out at the library on November 24
for the safe journey and return of the religious artifacts which
will tour the world on exhibition over the next two years, starting
with an exhibition
at the Honolulu Academey of Arts in Hawaii.
Network Upgrade & Training
Conservation workshop participants.
From 5th to 12th September, the Royal Library of Denmark conducted
a workshop on conservation & preservation.
Staff from the National Library & Archives; Tratsang; Tango Monastery;
Department of Cultural Properties; National Museum, Paro; NIE,
Paro; NIE, Samtse; and RIM participated.
VSAT connection installed
VSAT connection was installed in our new Administration Building
to provide the National Library with a high speed internet connection.
One of the main purposes is to provide high-speed and reliable
communications with our
library, the Royal Library of Denmark, who will be hosting
our Aleph library catalogue system.
Construction of Administration Block
New Administration Building nearing completion
The earlier administration building of the National Library
was of semi-permanent structure. With the increasing activities
of the library, the need for the construction of a new building
had long been felt. However, due to lack of available funds,
the construction work could not be carried out as planned. Our
long plan of having a new administration building, finally
materialized when the Government of India graciously granted
Nu. 20 million for it's construction.
The groundbreaking ceremony was held on 8th Dec. 2005, graced
by His Excellency Shri Sudhir Vyas, the Embassador of India to
the Kingdom of Bhutan and His Excellency Jigme Y. Thinley, Minister
of Home and Culture Affairs. As of now, the exterior construction
work is near completion.
Up-gradation of Department of Culture to a Commission
A proposal to upgrade the department of Culture to a Commission was submitted by the chimis in the 87th session of the National Assembly. They said that with rapid economic development and the political changes the preservation and promotion of the country's unique culture and tradition may not receive the same importance in times to come. They felt that a bigger body with more members involved from other ministries and agencies would safeguard our cultural heritage.
However, the National Assembly on June 13 turned down the proposal. The decision was reached after the minister for home and cultural affairs. Lyonpo Jigme Y. Thinley, reasoned that the objectives of the department which were to preserve and promote culture and heritage, would be same whether it would function as a department or a commission. He said that both the government and the people place high importance to the preservation and promotion of culture and tradition, and regard it as a priority in the development plans.
The ongoing literary
survey of rare books will be continuing
to enrich the library's collections. So far, the survey team
has visited most of the lhakhangs, dzongs and temples in 10 dzongkhags, viz. Thimphu,
Paro, Haa, Chukha, Samtse, Wangdue, Gasa, Bumthang, Tashigang
and Dagana. Many rare documents have beed digitized and stored
in CD-ROMS and thousands of texts have been registered. This
list has been compiled in 21 volumes of records.
The team will now be visiting other dzongkhags in order to continue
Aleph training workshop
Jørgen Madsen of the Royal Library of Denmark conducted a two week
training workshop on the use of the ALEPH integrated library system
software. Paricipants included Ms. Tshewang Chozom, Ms. Ugyen
Choden, Mr. Daza and Mr. Bumpa Dorji from the National Library
and Archives and Ms. Dorji Yangdzom librarian from the Institute
Language and Cultural Studies, Royal University of Bhutan.
At the same time Søren Peter Skytte Andersen from the IT Department
of the Royal Library helped upgrade our network, installed
a wireless LAN and gave training to NLB IT staff.