Working in a library it’s easy to feel that your job is difficult and start to complain. This is especially true this morning when a card-swipe box went defective causing an ear-splitting ringing sound in the reading room (which library patrons blamed on us naturally). Then I read the following article from the New York Times which Susan sent me and it put things into perspective. At least I don’t work in a library in Baghdad.
Saad Eskander’s Web diary details the daily hurdles of keeping Iraq’s central library open, preserving the surviving archives and books and, oh yes, staying alive.
Dr. Saad Eskander’s library diary is available online through the British Library website.