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The Tibetan and Himalayan Library

The Tibetan and Himalayan Library (THL) is a publisher of websites, information services, and networking facilities relating to the Tibetan plateau and southern Himalayan regions. THL promotes the integration of knowledge and community across the divides of academic disciplines, the historical and the contemporary, the religious and the secular, the global and the local. In addition to more typical academic projects, THL promotes participatory knowledge that is created by and benefits local communities, while including contributors from all walks of life around the world. Data includes text, audio-video, images, maps, immersive objects, reference works, and interpretative essays. THL’s knowledge and technology are provided free of charge, and are built collaboratively by hundreds of people across the world who share this vision. We also have sister initiatives built by and for the communities in this region – the Tibetan Digital Library and the Bhutan National Digital Library. Explore our websites and services, and consider joining us as active participants.

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The Tibetan and Himalayan Library consists of a broad array of collaborating individuals, institutions, and communities. Its overall development is guided by an international advisory board consisting of prominent scholars, librarians, technologists, and community leaders in the field of Tibetan and Himalayan Studies from a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds, geographical/cultural foci, and institutional bases. In addition, there are a variety of editorial boards responsible for more hands-on design and content development in specific structural components of THL. In addition, THL’s structural components are populated by scores of individual projects with their own administration ranging from a single participant to a large team of participants.

While the content is the result of many institutions and individuals, the underlying technical infrastructure is supported at the University of Virginia with support from the University of Virginia’s Library, the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities, SHANTI, and ITC. Specific technical initiatives are also supported by a small but very talented group of volunteer technologists who have played a crucial role in the development of THL. We would also make special note of THL’s technical collaboration with Tibet University’s Engineering School and the Bhutan Ministry of Information and Communication.

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