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Columbia Libraries Receives Support to Preserve Tibet Information Network Archives

February 8, 2010

Libraries/Information Services NEWS
Columbia University
February 6, 2010

-- For Immediate Release --

Contact: Laura Kenna, 212-854-4692,

Columbia Libraries Receives Support to Preserve
Tibet Information Network Archives

NEW YORK, February 5, 2010 ­ Columbia University
Libraries has received a one-year grant of
$10,000 from The Shelley & Donald Rubin
Foundation in support of processing and
digitizing the TIN/Modern Tibetan History
Archive. The archive is held by the C. V. Starr East Asian Library.

Dr. Robert Barnett, research scholar at
Columbia’s Weatherhead East Asian Institute,
facilitated the Starr Library's acquisition of
the archives of the Tibet Information Network
(TIN) in England. For some fifteen years, TIN
amassed invaluable and unique resources for the
study of modern Tibet until the organization's
closing in 2005. In December 2007, the Starr
Library received the large majority of the TIN
research archives, totaling some 285 cartons of material.

The C. V. Starr East Asian Library is one of the
major collections for the study of East Asia in
the United States, with over 820,000 volumes of
Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Tibetan, and Western
language materials, as well as some holdings in
Mongol and Manchu, and over 6,500 periodical
titles. The collection, established in 1902, is
particularly strong in Chinese history,
literature, and social sciences; Japanese
literature, history, and religion, particularly
Buddhism; and Korean history. The Library’s
website is located at:

Columbia University Libraries/Information
Services is one of the top five academic research
library systems in North America. The collections
include over 10 million volumes, over 100,000
journals and serials, as well as extensive
electronic resources, manuscripts, rare books,
microforms, maps, graphic and audio-visual
materials. The services and collections are
organized into 22 libraries and various academic
technology centers. The Libraries employs more
than 550 professional and support staff. The
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