As standard library practices cannot adequately classify Tibetan texts, TBRC has developed new methods to address their unique configuration. These cataloging methods create a map of the structure, intent, and historical context of the literature. Scholars and librarians continually update and improve these maps, add detailed information, and in the process create a vital and enduring Tibetan library.
The models and methods used by TBRC capture and implement Gene Smith’s special bibliographic approach to Tibetan texts.
Standard Library Access Points
The TBRC incorporates standard library access points for readers. These commonly known traditional library features include:
- Publication Information – including library cataloging information such as LC Call Number if it is available.
- Location (Call Number) – digital call number to locate texts in the archive.
The goal of the Text Preservation Department is to manage and create standard library access points.
Annotated Research Library
Extending far beyond standard library access points, the annotated research library seeks to capture information specific to Tibetan literary culture. These access points define the overarching sets of information Gene Smith thought were important in properly identifying texts.
The goal of the Research Department is to build and maintain the rich set of access points created in the annotated research library.
A Work, is a Tibetan bibliographical unit that contains detailed information specific to Tibetan texts including title variants, controlled authorship and subject classifications, annotations and links archival documents and detailed indices (outlines).
An Outline is a XML representation of Gene Smith’s scholarly approach set forth in his Green Books. Scholars and librarians at TBRC use outlines to identify the contents of Tibetan collections using a flexible data structure. The outline can be used to create indices (dkar chag) or topical outlines (sa bcad), and can contain extensive title, subject, authorship classifications, or brief title descriptions. Each Work can have one or more Outlines associated with it.
The Topic database defines standard library subject headings but also a plethora of indigenous Tibetan subject classifications. Topics allow scholars and libraries to define the form (genre) and function of texts using a indigenous Tibetan semantic model. Topics are organized by taxonomies. Click here to see the subject and genre taxonomies.
The Persons database contains information about the biographical dimension of Tibetan culture. Person records are used to properly identify Tibetan identities and include name variants, kin relationships, student-teacher relationships, lineage transmission relationships and an event model that connects person to place.
The Place database contains information about the geographic dimension of Tibetan culture. Included in Place records is information about what place a place is contained by, name variants for places, as well as a geographic information system coordinate annotations so that traditional places can be included on a contemporary map. Click here to see the types of places.