January 20, 2021

Video: Book Talk at NARA: “The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu: And Their Race to Save the World’s Most Precious Manuscripts”

The book talk by Joshua Hammer embedded below was recorded earlier today at the National Archives in Washington D.C.

Description of the Talk:

In 2012, thousands of Al Qaeda militants from northwest Africa seized control of most of Mali, including Timbuktu, threatening to destroy tens of thousands of ancient Islamic and secular manuscripts. In his book, journalist Joshua Hammer tells the incredible story of how librarian Abdel Kader Haidara and his associates rescued some 370,000 historical manuscripts.

Additional Resources

WSJ Profiles “The Librarian Who Saved Timbuktu’s Cultural Treasures From al Qaeda” (April 15, 2016)

Book Info: The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu: And Their Race to Save the World’s Most Precious Manuscripts via OCLC WorldCat ||| via Amazon

Library Journal’s Book Review

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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