Donkeys and Digitization Save Manuscripts, Flora Bagenal in Bamako, how librarians thwarted al-Qa'ida, Librarian, librarians and donkey carts, librarians back up ancient manuscripts digitally, Mali, manuscripts saved in Ahmed Baba Centre for Documentation and Research in Timbuktu, Marilyn Johnson wrote This Book is Overdue: How Librarians Can Save Us All, outsmart the radical Islamists, The Librarian of Basra by Jeanette Winter, This Book is Overdue: How Librarians Can Save Us All, Timbuktu
Librarians and a donkey cart take on al Qaedas–
a victory in Timbuktu.
Those Neanderthals* torched ancient papers as they were driven out,
but what they didn’t know,
is that the librarians had backed up the papers digitally
and smuggled 300,000 of the most ancient artifacts off in a donkey cart.
Every beleagured city needs such relief.
We need some librarian-and-the-donkey-cart actions here at home.
*My apologies to the Neaderthals; I know their star has risen and we all probably have Neaderthal genes within us, I mean, look at my forehead! (www.huffingtonpost.com/…/surprising-way-your-neand_b_568455….; news.softpedia.com › News › Science › Behavior/Humans)
**Just read that the NYT is onto this story too…http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/04/world/africa/saving-timbuktus-priceless-artifacts-from-militants-clutches.html?ref=todayspaper&_r=0
A worker looks after Islamic manuscripts in Timbuktu’s Ahmed Baba Institute in 2004.
Photograph by Ben Curtis; Article by Peter Gwin inNational Geographic News
(Below are two books that celebrate librarians.)