The situation is appalling, but far from a new one. May I recommend chapter VII, The complaint of books against wars, in The 'Philobiblon' of Richard de Bury, written in the early C14th and available on-line at: http://www.gutenberg.org/catalog/world/readfile?fk_files=36410
? It is as valid a bibliophile's grief now as then.
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Date: Sunday, December 2, 2007 12:45 am
Subject: [ANE-2] "Iraqi Libraries and Archives in Peril: Survival in a time of Invasion, Chaos, and Civil Conflict, A Report. 2007"
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> Iraqi Libraries and Archives in Peril: Survival in a time of Invasion,
> Chaos, and Civil Conflict, A Report. 2007, by Jeff Spurr.
> Summary: "Excerpt from the report: The purpose of this report
> is to provide an accurate assessment of the status of Iraqi
> academic libraries and principal archives in the post-Saddam,
> post-invasion, post-looting period. It is an update of Indispensable
> yet Vulnerable: The Library in Dangerous Times. A Report on the Status
> of Iraqi Academic Libraries, and a Survey of Efforts to
> Assist Them, with Historical Introduction, posted to the
> IraqCrisis/Middle East Librarians Association website in July 2005. A
> reading of history suggests the role that libraries have played as a
> barometer for the status of civilization, revealing that a
> flourishing and developing society has always been one that privileged
> libraries, despite destructive and totalitarian episodes.
> Perhaps because of their importance, such critical cultural
> institutions have been especially vulnerable when power has been
> exercised arbitrarily, or when those seeking it have resorted to
> violent means to achieve their ends, or when the normal controls
> imposed by authority have been overthrown. This condition applies as
> well to contemporary Iraq as anywhere. That Iraq's
> principal libraries and archives are in such a desperate state is a
> critical symptom of the profound crisis facing this nation and its
> people. One cause of this plight is the horrifying phenomenon of
> looting subsequent to the 2003 invasion, to which Iraqi libraries
> owe much of their present condition, and which receives a close look
> in this report."
> Publication Year: 2007
> Type of Material: Article
> Publisher: ArchNet
> Place of Publication: Cambridge
> Online access:
> -Chuck Jones-