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National Library & Archives News
Launching of a book on Intangible Cultural Heritage
A book titled INTANGIBLE CULTURAL HERITAGE of BHUTAN was launched on 30th July 2015 jointly by Mr. Kwon Huh, Director General, International Information and Networking Centre for International Cultural Heritage in the Asia-Pacific Region under the auspices of UNESCO (ICHCAP), Republic of Korea, Mr. Kim, Daehun, Director General , Heritage Promotion Bureau, Cultural Heritage Administration (CHA) of Korea and Lyonpo Damcho Dorji, Minister, Ministry of Home and Cultural Affairs, Royal Government of Bhutan at Thimphu. The book is an outcome of four years collaboration of the National Library & Archives/ Department of Culture from 2011 to 2014 with the ICHCAP, Korea and contains detailed inventory on intangible cultural heritage of Bhutan researched and documented to safeguard from the probable threat of disappearance.
It is available both in English and Dzongkha in the National Library & Archives for reference and research purpose
Visit of Egyptian Ambassador
His Excellency Mr. Hatem El Sayed Mohammad Tageldin, Ambassador of Arab Republic of Egypt to Bhutan visited the National Library & Archives of Bhutan on 5th March, 2015 and donated 34 books. He discussed and impressed for expeditious response on the draft Memorandum of Understanding in regard to collaboration between Biblithecca Alexandrania of Egypt and the National Library & Archives of Bhutan to co-operate in research and development in the areas of catalouging, automation, digitalization and interlibrary communications.
Staff News Update
Ms Ngawang Choden, Library Assistant left the National Library & Archives of Bhutan (NLAB) from the month of January 2015 to pursue Post Graduate Diploma in Public Administration on being selected by the Royal Service Commission. She is missed and remembered as a sociable, hardworking and committed colleague.
The NLAB family wishes her every success in all her endeavours in life.
It is indeed a matter of sadness that Mrs. Rinzin Om, Cleaner left for heavenly abode on 1st February 2015 after quite a long illness. Her demise is deeply mourned by all the colleagues.
MAY HER SOUL REST IN PEACE.
Records and Archives Management Training in Korea
Nine staff of the National Library & Archives of Bhutan (NLAB) recently had the privilege of visiting Daejon, Korea to attend a training course on Records and Archives Management which had been especially tailor-made for their group. The week-long course ran from November 8 to 15, 2014, and was fully funded by the National Archives of Korea which organized and mounted the program. The participants had an opportunity to gain knowledge of archives management in Korea, in a program covering such topics as records management tradition and culture, laws and regulations for records management, the records management process, archives arrangement and description, and electronic records management systems and standards. Field trips were also arranged in which participants visited conservation laboratories, archival collections of both printed and audiovisual materials, and museums and temples.
Gift of Books
Master Hung Chi-Sung, Taiwan donating the book on collection of his painting works to the
National Library & Archives of Bhutan on 26.6.2014 while Lyonpo (Dr.) Kinzang Dorji looks on
Training on Koha and Greenstone Softwares
A five day training workshop on Integrated System: Koha and Greenstone digital library software was conducted in the National Library & Archives of Bhutan from 24th to 28th March 2014 at Thimphu. This was in follow up and implementation of the decision taken by the Digital Library Network South Asia (DLNetSA), a regional libraries’ consortium of South Asia. The resource persons were: Ms Dilara Begum, Head of Library, East West University, Dhaka, Bangladesh/ Secretary General, DLNetSA and Mr. Md. Mamun-Or-Rashid, Assistant Librarian, East West University, Bangladesh.
While the main purpose of the training was to create an operational and sustainable digital library network with focus on providing support for integrated library system and digital library activities with use of Koha and Greenstone Digital Library software, it was also aimed to achieve following objectives:
- To form an active focal point in Bhutan for the DLNetSA activities
- To create awareness among the library professionals and libraries in Bhutan about the digital library and automation in libraries
A total of twenty library and IT professionals from the Royal Institute of Management, Semtokha, Royal Thimphu College, Jigme Dorji Wangchuk PublicLibrary, Paro College of Education, Ugyen Wangchuk Institute for Conservation of Environment, Bumthang, College of Science and Technology, Rinchending, Phuntsholing, Royal Society for Protection of Nature, Bhutan National Institute of Law, College of Education, Samtse and the National Library & Archives participated in the training workshop.
NLAB in collaboration with UNESCO organises final Intangible Cultural Heritage capacity building training workshop
To ensure that countries which have ratified the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (the Convention) are fully aware of how to benefit from it, UNESCO organises national capacity building workshops (funded through the Japan Funds-in-Trust program) aimed at efficient implementation of the Convention at the global level. Bhutan’s first workshop was held in Paro in May, 2012 and the second in Phuentsholing in April, 2013. In these first two training sessions, the 20-30 participants, drawn mainly from the civil service and including strong representation from NLAB, were introduced to the philosophy and mechanism of the ICH Convention and the methodologies of community-based inventory
Ten NLAB officers attended the third and final workshop, held at Hotel Drukchen, Paro from March 4-8, in which participants learned how to prepare nomination dossiers under two lists of the Convention, namely Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage and List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding. All three workshops were facilitated by UNESCO certified trainers, Dr. Subha Choudhary and Dr. Paritta.