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Sponsorship Opportunity December 2012 National Library of Mongolia: Saving Tibetan Books for Future Generations

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  1. 1. Sponsorship OpportunityDecember 2012National Library of Mongolia:Saving Tibetan Books for Future Generations
  2. 2. Fragile heritage
  3. 3. a jewel of humanitys wisdom
  4. 4. in need of protection.
  5. 5. Tibetan Buddhism in Mongolia Buddhism spread in waves from Tibet toMongolia starting as early as the 3rdcentury. Zanabazar (1635-1723) was recognizedas a reincarnate lama and became thefirst spiritual king of Mongolia and headof the Gelug sect of Tibetan Buddhism By the early 20th century there wereupwards of 700 monasteries and100,000 Mongolians living andpracticing as Buddhist monks For 200+ years during the Ming dynastyMongolian monasteries printed a hugebody of Tibetan Buddhist literature
  6. 6. Upheaval during Soviet period Beginning in 1921 and for the betterpart of two decades, Cultural Purgesled and inspired by the Sovietserased Buddhism from Mongolia All but a small handful of monasterieswere destroyed. Monks weremurdered, interned or secularized A vast majority of Buddhist literaturein Mongolia was lost at this time Some books were rescued and takento Ulaanbaatar, others hidden incaves or buried underground
  7. 7. National Library of Mongolia The National Library was founded in 1921and is the largest library in Mongolia In the 1980s and 1990s it beganreceiving large additions to its Tibetancollection as more people felt confidentthey would be protected It is thought to contain the largest singlecollection of Tibetan Buddhist booksanywhere in the world More than 80% of this collection remainsun-catalogued and housed in less thanideal conditions No one knows exactly what or how manybooks are in the collection
  8. 8. Asian Classics Input Project (ACIP)preserves wisdom traditions Since 1999 ACIP has worked to catalogue and digitizethe Tibetan Collection in Mongolia, paying the salaries oflocal Mongolian - Tibetan scholars most of whom have adegree in Textology and Tibetology from the NationalUniversity of Monoglia. This work was put on hold two years ago due toincreasing salary requirements and insufficient fundingfrom existing donors Books are digitally photographed and archived for futuretransliterations freely available to international scholars In addition to Mongolia, ACIP maintains input centres inBylakuppe, Hunsur and Sarnath, India creatingsearchable e-books has also worked in partnership withthe Russian Academy of Science in St. Petersberg. ACIP was launched with a grant from the David & LucilePackard Foundation and has been featured in WiredMagazine and documentaries made by Xerox and theLearning Channel For more information on the history and current work of
  9. 9. ACIP preserves wisdom traditions In addition to Mongolia, ACIP maintains Tibetaninput centres in Bylakuppe, Hunsur and Sarnath,India and previously in Leh, Ladakh creatingsearchable e-books freely accessible to scholarsaround the world ACIP has also worked in partnership with theRussian Academy of Sciences in St. Petersberg aswell as doing work to preserve Sanskrit texts fromvarious Hindu and yogic traditions in India. ACIP was launched with a grant from the David &Lucile Packard Foundation and has been featuredin Wired Magazine and in documentaries made byXerox Corporation and the Learning Channel For more information on the history and currentwork of ACIP please visit:
  10. 10. GIFT sponsors preservation efforts The Global Institute for Tomorrow (GIFT) is seeking sponsorship for thepreservation of the Tibetan collection in Mongolia GIFT has installed new hardware with capacity for up to 48 input operators,allowing the entire collection to be digitized in 3 years. In addition, GIFT issupporting six salaried employees including five input operators until additionalfunding is secured For more information about GIFT please visit:
  11. 11. Local support from Ministry of Culture Since July 2012 Mongolia has a newMinistry of Culture, Sports & Tourismresponsible for the National Library andother institutions containing items ofcultural heritage The Ministry has endorsed the work ofACIP in building a digital catalogue andpreserving the collection through digitalphotographing and transliteration National Library Director ChilajaavKhaidav and his management staff areavailable to meet with individuals andorganisations who are interested tosponsor the project
  12. 12. Saving Books, as Mongolia grows Mongolias economy is growing at a rate upwards of 15% per year and salaries ofgovernment workers are steadily increasingSince economic liberalisation in the early 1990s Buddhism has been overshadowed bythe dominant market mentality and modernisation The opportunity to help save Mongolian heritage and its Tibetan Buddhist roots isprecious and urgent, as sweeping changes are taking place in Ulaanbaatar Without financial resources and the awareness that comes with a higher domestic profilethis treasure is in danger of being lost...
  13. 13. An estimated 800,000 titles
  14. 14. waiting to be catalogued
  15. 15. Largest single collection of Tibetan books
  16. 16. anywhere in the world
  17. 17. Funding Requirements and Timing# of inputTotal Fixed costs -Monthly Estimated textsTotal time Estimated**operators employees* infrastructuresalaries input / month (months) project costs48 62$11,200 $31,00013,680 36 $1.1m20 27$4,000$13,5005,70087 $1.2m10 14$1,600 $7,0002,850 175$1.5m + 56$6,000 $3,0001,425 350 N/A* includes additional employees as checkers and compilers for maintaining quality and organizing physical collections** cost estimations beyond 3 years will be revised upwards for inflation and rising wages in MongoliaThe goal is to catalogue and digitize the entire Tibetan collection in 3-5 years at a total project cost of just over US$1 million
  18. 18. How you can be involved The priority is to hire additional input operators toincrease the speed of cataloguing and digitizing You may offer a one-time donation towards a number ofoperators, a number of titles or an ongoing monthly gift Using the newly installed server technology you will beable to directly monitor the results of your donation andthe exact number and titles which are preserved $1.1m = 48 operators + 14 staff x 36 months(total project cost) $120K = 10 operators x 12 months(est. 34,000 texts saved in 1 year) $6,200 = 1 operator x 12 months$500 = 1 operator x 1 monthYour contribution can be aligned with your specific interests and ability
  19. 19. Help preserve Tibetan Buddhist heritage in MongoliaTo make a donation or to discuss the options available for supporting the projectplease contact us. As a sponsor you are intimately involved in a historic efforttoward preserving Mongolian and Buddhist heritage for the benefit of everyone.Eric StrysonDirectorGlobal Institute for Tomorrow+852 3571 [email protected]
  20. 20. Thank you for your support!