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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Digitization in Iraq

Facing Islamic State Threat, Iraq Digitizes National Library

Vivian Salama | August 4, 2015

The dimly lit, dust-caked stacks of the Baghdad National Library hide a treasure of the ages: crinkled, yellowing papers holding the true stories of sultans and kings; imperialists and socialists; occupation and liberation; war and peace.
These are the original chronicles of Iraq's rich and tumultuous history — and now librarians and academics in Baghdad are working feverishly to preserve what's left after thousands of documents were lost or damaged at the height of the U.S.-led invasion.

Iraq national library
This Tuesday, July 28, 2015 photo shows restored books and documents at the Baghdad National Library in Iraq. Source:

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