Thank you for brining attention to the sad state of libraries in Iraq. I would like to add that Simmons College has endeavored to aide Iraqi librarians since 2004. Funding has been difficult to obtain, but Simmons has nonetheless provided training sessions for more than fifty-five Iraqi librarians (sessions were held in neighboring countries and were conducted in collaboration with a number of other universities). Funding was provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities (05/06 sessions) and the US Department of State (07 session).
More recently, Simmons worked to bring two Iraqi professors of library science to Boston to pursue doctoral degrees. They arrived in Boston in late December and have begun their course of studies. A third candidate will hopefully arrive next fall.
Without a significant increase in funding it will be impossible to take on more systematic change and support. Nevertheless, American librarians have not completely abandoned their Iraqi colleagues.
Apr 16 2008 - 9:27pm