National Library & Archives News 2007

November, 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.


October, 2007

Network Upgrade & Training


September, 2007

Conservation workshop participants.

Conservation Workshop

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.

August, 2007

VSAT dish.

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 partner library, the Royal Library of Denmark, who will be hosting our Aleph library catalogue system.




July, 2007

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.


June 2007

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.


May, 2007

Documentation Survey

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 this work.


March, 2007

Aleph training workshop

ALEPH Training

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.