I am writing to invite you to celebrate with us the completion of the
digitization of Syriac books (Phase 1) for eBethArké: The Syriac Digital
Library. The celebration will take place on October 7 (Thursday) at 4:00
P.M. at The Catholic University of America, Washington D.C. Please RSVP by
October 5 so we know how many people will be there.
Last January our Institute was informed by The Catholic University of
America (CUA) that we can now go ahead and digitize from their collection
books related to Syriac studies for inclusion in our Syriac Digital Library
Project. We were given a window of 5 months to complete this task as the
library is under major renovation. Within a short period of time, we had to
come up with the money to purchase expensive equipment, hire staff, and
carry out the digitization task. Through your generous contributions we
managed to collect the necessary funds and we executed the plan most
efficiently. 511 materials have been scanned which are about 53,745 images
making up nearly 100,000 pages. These scanned materials consist of many
books and reading material.
In addition to the operation at CUA, we also managed to digitize 110 books
from my own library. We have plans to digitize many number of books and
manuscripts from private sources.
Our current challenge is to process all the scanned images and fashion from
them an online digital library. As this is a rather demanding task on its
own, we plan to devote the rest of this year and first half of next year to
it. Despite these challenges on the horizon, we are certain to attain a
fruitful outcome which will result in the largest digital collection of all
printed matter in and of Syriac, in addition to many manuscripts.
The Syriac Institute thanks sincerely all those who contributed to turn this
project into a reality.
Please RSVP by October 5.
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You can find more information regarding The Syriac Digital Library Project
and Beth Mardutho's efforts in preserving Syriac heritage in our "Appeal
Newsletter". Read it in HTML <http://www.bethmardutho.org/appeal2004.php
or PDF <http://www.bethmardutho.org/files/appeal2004.pdf
George A. Kiraz, M.St. (Oxon), M.Phil., Ph.D. (Cantab)
Beth Mardutho: The Syriac Institute
46 Orris Ave., Piscataway, NJ 08854, USA
Tel. +1 732-699-0343. Fax. +1 732-699-0342
Fellow of the Institute of Christian Oriental Research, The Catholic
University of America