Temple Associate Professor Nguyễn Thị Điểu spent two weeks this summer participating in a project sponsored by Temple University Libraries, Temple Center of Vietnamese Philosophy, Culture, and Society, and the Thừa Thiên Huế Library. It took place in the former imperial capital of Vietnam, Huế, and involved digitizing royal documents, genealogies, medical treatises, land ownship titles, etc., going back hundreds of years, kept at village and family temples. Made of fragile materials (mulberry paper, silk, etc.), kept in challenging conditions in a climate of high humidity and temperatures, these documents are fast disintegrating, taking with them the memory of an ancient past. A mobile unit of librarians and IT specialists went to villages and temples where the documents are kept to digitize and integrate them directly into the library system using the latest technology and library science procedures.
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