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Sunday, December 19, 2004

Peace on Earth, Goodwill...

Small private libraries in Iraq.
Fadl Abid Oda, 30 years old, has taken it upon himself to do something that western companies in Iraq have failed to do. In a tiny room off a busy street in the Orfali district of Baghdad, Fadl stands in his small library. From Jessamyn (famous library blogger)

Harvard to provide assistance to libraries in Iraq
News releases indicate that Harvard and Simmons College will collaborate to provide professional development opportunities for Iraqi librarians, collection development expertise, and cataloging and preservation assistance for rare materials. Books ransacked from libraries are now being sold by street vendors. From the Crimson

More Iraqi library news
Saad Eskander, library director, discusses the challenges (death threats to the staff, an approximate loss of 90% of the general collection, and 60% of the archive lost) and the opportunities..."we have removed all the barriers that prevented leftwing books, Shia books, Kurdish books - all are available now." from the Guardian


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