Iraq National Library follow up

Sent: 10 December 2006 18:46

To: Iraq Crisis List

Subject: [Iraqcrisis] Re-opening of the Iraq National Library and Archive

Friends and colleagues,

The latest news from Dr. Saad Eskander, Director-General of the Iraq National Library and Archive, is that he and the department heads have met. Despite the fact that the security situation is not one whit better than it has been of late, they have decided to re-open their institution. Dr. Eskander has divided the librarians and archivists into two groups; each group will work a three-day week, permitting access throughout the week. As he put it in an e-mail communication, "We all felt that it was vital to serve our people regardless of the
security situation." Given that all citizens of Baghdad--and other places in Iraq--face many challenges simply trying to make their way,
day to day, our Iraqi colleagues deserve sympathy, admiration, and honor for risking their lives in service of their institution and the commonweal.




Jeffrey B. Spurr

Islamic and Middle East Specialist

Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture Fine Arts Library, Harvard University Fogg Art Museum