Sponsorship Opportunity                                    December 2012        National Library of Mongolia:Saving Tibeta...
Fragile heritage…
a jewel of humanity’s wisdom
…in need of protection.
Tibetan Buddhism in Mongolia•   Buddhism spread in waves from Tibet to    Mongolia starting as early as the 3rd    century...
Upheaval during Soviet period• Beginning in 1921 and for the better  part of two decades, “Cultural Purges”  led and inspi...
National Library of Mongolia• The National Library was founded in 1921  and is the largest library in Mongolia• In the 198...
Asian Classics Input Project (ACIP)      preserves wisdom traditions• Since 1999 ACIP has worked to catalogue and digitize...
ACIP preserves wisdom traditions• In addition to Mongolia, ACIP maintains Tibetan  input centres in Bylakuppe, Hunsur and ...
GIFT sponsors preservation efforts• The Global Institute for Tomorrow (GIFT) is seeking sponsorship for the  preservation ...
Local support from Ministry of Culture• Since July 2012 Mongolia has a new  Ministry of Culture, Sports & Tourism  respons...
Saving Books, as Mongolia grows…• Mongolia’s economy is growing at a rate upwards of 15% per year and salaries of  governm...
An estimated 800,000 titles…
…waiting to be catalogued
Largest single collection of Tibetan books
…anywhere in the world
Funding Requirements and Timing  # of input          Total           Fixed costs -        Monthly         Estimated texts ...
How you can be involved• The priority is to hire additional input operators to  increase the speed of cataloguing and digi...
Help preserve Tibetan Buddhist           heritage in MongoliaTo make a donation or to discuss the options available for su...
Thank you for your support!
National Library of Mongolia - Tibetan Books Preservation - Sponsorship Opportunity, Jan 2013
National Library of Mongolia - Tibetan Books Preservation - Sponsorship Opportunity, Jan 2013
National Library of Mongolia - Tibetan Books Preservation - Sponsorship Opportunity, Jan 2013
National Library of Mongolia - Tibetan Books Preservation - Sponsorship Opportunity, Jan 2013
National Library of Mongolia - Tibetan Books Preservation - Sponsorship Opportunity, Jan 2013
National Library of Mongolia - Tibetan Books Preservation - Sponsorship Opportunity, Jan 2013
National Library of Mongolia - Tibetan Books Preservation - Sponsorship Opportunity, Jan 2013
National Library of Mongolia - Tibetan Books Preservation - Sponsorship Opportunity, Jan 2013
National Library of Mongolia - Tibetan Books Preservation - Sponsorship Opportunity, Jan 2013
National Library of Mongolia - Tibetan Books Preservation - Sponsorship Opportunity, Jan 2013
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National Library of Mongolia - Tibetan Books Preservation - Sponsorship Opportunity, Jan 2013

  1. 1. Sponsorship Opportunity December 2012 National Library of Mongolia:Saving Tibetan Books for Future Generations
  2. 2. Fragile heritage…
  3. 3. a jewel of humanity’s wisdom
  4. 4. …in need of protection.
  5. 5. Tibetan Buddhism in Mongolia• Buddhism spread in waves from Tibet to Mongolia starting as early as the 3rd century.• Zanabazar (1635-1723) was recognized as a reincarnate lama and became the first spiritual king of Mongolia and head of the Gelug sect of Tibetan Buddhism• By the early 20th century there were upwards of 700 monasteries and 100,000 Mongolians living and practicing as Buddhist monks• For 200+ years during the Ming dynasty Mongolian monasteries printed a huge body of Tibetan Buddhist literature
  6. 6. Upheaval during Soviet period• Beginning in 1921 and for the better part of two decades, “Cultural Purges” led and inspired by the Soviets erased Buddhism from Mongolia• All but a small handful of monasteries were destroyed. Monks were murdered, interned or secularized• A vast majority of Buddhist literature in Mongolia was lost at this time• Some books were rescued and taken to Ulaanbaatar, others hidden in caves or buried underground
  7. 7. National Library of Mongolia• The National Library was founded in 1921 and is the largest library in Mongolia• In the 1980’s and 1990’s it began receiving large additions to its Tibetan collection as more people felt confident they would be protected• It is thought to contain the largest single collection of Tibetan Buddhist books anywhere in the world• More than 80% of this collection remains un-catalogued and housed in less than ideal conditions• No one knows exactly what or how many books are in the collection
  8. 8. Asian Classics Input Project (ACIP) preserves wisdom traditions• Since 1999 ACIP has worked to catalogue and digitize the Tibetan Collection in Mongolia, paying the salaries of local Mongolian - Tibetan scholars most of whom have a degree in Textology and Tibetology from the National University of Monoglia.• This work was put on hold two years ago due to increasing salary requirements and insufficient funding from existing donors• Books are digitally photographed and archived for future transliterations freely available to international scholars• In addition to Mongolia, ACIP maintains input centres in Bylakuppe, Hunsur and Sarnath, India creating searchable e-books has also worked in partnership with the Russian Academy of Science in St. Petersberg.• ACIP was launched with a grant from the David & Lucile Packard Foundation and has been featured in Wired Magazine and documentaries made by Xerox and the Learning Channel• For more information on the history and current work of
  9. 9. ACIP preserves wisdom traditions• In addition to Mongolia, ACIP maintains Tibetan input centres in Bylakuppe, Hunsur and Sarnath, India and previously in Leh, Ladakh creating searchable e-books freely accessible to scholars around the world• ACIP has also worked in partnership with the Russian Academy of Sciences in St. Petersberg as well as doing work to preserve Sanskrit texts from various Hindu and yogic traditions in India.• ACIP was launched with a grant from the David & Lucile Packard Foundation and has been featured in Wired Magazine and in documentaries made by Xerox Corporation and the Learning Channel• For more information on the history and current work of ACIP please visit: www.asianclassics.org
  10. 10. GIFT sponsors preservation efforts• The Global Institute for Tomorrow (GIFT) is seeking sponsorship for the preservation 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 is supporting six salaried employees including five input operators until additional funding is secured• For more information about GIFT please visit: www.global-inst.com
  11. 11. Local support from Ministry of Culture• Since July 2012 Mongolia has a new Ministry of Culture, Sports & Tourism responsible for the National Library and other institutions containing items of cultural heritage• The Ministry has endorsed the work of ACIP in building a digital catalogue and preserving the collection through digital photographing and transliteration• National Library Director Chilajaav Khaidav and his management staff are available to meet with individuals and organisations who are interested to sponsor the project
  12. 12. Saving Books, as Mongolia grows…• Mongolia’s economy is growing at a rate upwards of 15% per year and salaries of government workers are steadily increasing• Since economic liberalisation in the early 1990’s Buddhism has been overshadowed by the dominant market mentality and modernisation• The opportunity to help save Mongolian heritage and its Tibetan Buddhist roots is precious and urgent, as sweeping changes are taking place in Ulaanbaatar• Without financial resources and the awareness that comes with a higher domestic profile this 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 input Total Fixed costs - Monthly Estimated texts Total time Estimated** operators employees* infrastructure salaries input / month (months) project costs 48 62 $11,200 $31,000 13,680 36 $1.1m 20 27 $4,000 $13,500 5,700 87 $1.2m 10 14 $1,600 $7,000 2,850 175 $1.5m + 5 6 $6,000 $3,000 1,425 350 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 Mongolia The 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 to increase the speed of cataloguing and digitizing• You may offer a one-time donation towards a number of operators, a number of titles or an ongoing monthly gift• Using the newly installed server technology you will be able to directly monitor the results of your donation and the 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 month Your 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 Stryson Director Global Institute for Tomorrow +852 3571 8104 estryson@global-inst.com
  20. 20. Thank you for your support!

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