The National Library of Vietnam, previously the Central Library, was founded in 11/29/1917. The National Library is an important force in fields of culture, ideology, science, and education. In its desire to meet the demands of a growing readership, the National Library has developed a strong administrative and library science organization. Its experienced librarians seek the enhancement of its collections, the preservation of its materials, and provide for the circulation of books and newspapers.
The Vietnamese Nom Preservation Foundation (VNPF) was begun to increase worldwide access to the endangered writing system invented by Vietnamese to represent their language, used for 1000 years, and abandoned in 1920 in favor of the roman alphabet. Since 1999 the Foundation has led the way in the digitization of Nom.
The Foundation seeks to preserve Viet Nam's ancient written heritage by developing computer tools for its digitization, its bibliographic identification, its study, and its internet exchange. In Viet Nam, the Foundation has sponsored two international Nom conferences following its publication of the first modern dictionary of Nom in True Type fonts.
The Foundation is a tax-deductible, not-for-profit, 501c3 charity, incorporated in the United States. Its Board of Directors, Officers, and Advisory Council are all volunteers and come from the U.S., Viet Nam, and Europe. In Ha Noi, the Foundation's work is carried out by the four employees of its Nom Na office.
Acknowledgements: The Foundation wishes to thank the following: The Chino Cienega Foundation, The Ford Foundation (Vietnam), Mr. Donald L. Holley, The International Music and Arts Foundation, The North Carolina State University Libraries, The Neil A. McConnell Foundation, Yale University, and the many other individuals who have supported our work.
*** The North Carolina State Universities Libraries, Susan Nutter, Director.