Celebrate National Library Week: Question Authority
This year's National Library Week (April 14-20) theme is "Communities matter @ your library." In this vein, we're celebrating with a guest post from R. David Lankes, author of The Atlas of New Librarianship. Here, he explains that the true collection of any library is not on the stacks, but in the community itself.
In early 2011, Egyptians took to the streets to demand liberty, justice, and social equity. On January 28 at 6 pm in Alexandria, after the prisons had opened, releasing murderers and rapists onto the street, all security withdrew from the streets. Gangs of looters took advantage of the chaos, looting and destroying government buildings. Some looters began to move toward the Library of Alexandria, a modern library the Mubarak regime had built to “recapture the spirit of openness and scholarship of the original”—a wonder of the ancient world. Mubarak built it and even put his wife on its board, clearly tying the $220 million building to his regime.
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