Riedlmayer, Andras J. | 31 Aug 17:06 2015
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Risking death to build a library

30 August 2015


The Syrians defying napalm bombs and sniper fire to build a library


Syrians in the rebel-held town of Darayya have lived under siege from Assad's forces for three years. But some students are trying to create a place of peace among the rubble


BY MAIREAD DIXON


Syrians in the rebel-held town of Darayya have faced sniper fire, napalm bombing and indiscriminate killing at the hands of the Assad regime.


But among the destruction, one group of young men managed to create a place of sanctuary - a library.


After residents of the besieged town fled, the students rescued books from their abandoned private libraries. In some cases, the buildings were still burning. So far they’ve collected more than 11,000 books. 


One of the volunteers, Abu Al-Ezz, 23, told Humans of Syria: “One day we came up with the idea to collect all the books scattered throughout the city under the rubble of demolished homes.


“It’s been a daunting and dangerous task.


“We’ve spent long days cataloguing the books, so if the owners return after the war they can have them back.” [ ... ]


The volunteers take turns to work as librarians and have created a check out system to keep track of borrowed books. They also wrote the original owner’s name inside each book, in the hope of restoring them to them after the war.


The library contains 11,000 books including Arabic and foreign novels, religious and academic books.


Abu Malek Alshamy said: “We created an atmosphere inside the library of silence and light, with tables for the readers.


“In such a place, the most beautiful thing is getting away from the war and battles.” [ ... ]


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Riedlmayer, Andras J. | 28 Aug 16:38 2015
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British Library rejects Taliban trove fearing terror laws

Agence France-Presse
28 August 2015

British Library rejects Taliban trove fearing terror laws

By Eric Randolph

Paris (AFP) -- Academics have criticised the British government for creating a "climate of fear" after the national library declined to store the world's biggest collection of Taliban-related documents over concerns it could be prosecuted under terrorism laws.

A group of international researchers spent years putting together a trove of documents related to the Afghan Taliban, including official newspapers from their time in power, poems, maps, radio broadcasts, and several volumes of laws and edicts -- digitising the estimated two to three million words and translating everything into English.

It was hoped the project, which was launched in 2012 and included members of the British Library on its advisory board, would prove an unprecedented resource for academics and officials trying to understand the movement and the ongoing insurgency in Afghanistan.

But despite hopes that the library would host a master copy of the digital collection, it got cold feet at the last minute, telling the project's organisers that they feared they could be in breach of Britain's increasingly stringent counter-terrorism laws. 


[ ... ]

The Terrorism Acts of 2000 and 2006 make it an offence to "collect material which could be used by a person committing or preparing for an act of terrorism" and criminalise the "circulation of terrorist publications".

But under the laws, police must also prove that the owners share the views expressed in the publications and intended them to be used for terrorism.

- Other libraries interested -

James Fitzgerald, a professor at Dublin City University and editor of the Critical Studies on Terrorism journal, said the library's decision to turn down the Taliban archive was "completely, completely ridiculous".

"It goes against the foundations of good research," he said. "The whole point of a library is to house this kind of information, to house history. You can't have good or new research without primary data."

But he put the blame on the government for creating an atmosphere in which academics are increasingly nervous about touching anything to do with extremist groups.

"How much fear must there be to bring about a decision that is clearly ridiculous," he said.

"This is a symptom of a creeping orthodoxy of UK legislation that is trying to enforce so-called British values," said Fitzgerald, adding that the atmosphere has worsened since new guidelines were issued for universities calling on lecturers to look out for "potential radicals".
[ ... ]

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Rachel Simon | 28 Aug 15:46 2015
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Book for review in MELA notes

I received the following book for review in MELA notes. Please contact me directly if you are sure you can return a review WITHIN SIX MONTHS.

 

Daniel Monterescu, Jaffa: shared and shattered: contrived coexistence in Israel/Palestine. Indiana UP, 2015.

 

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Karl Schaefer | 27 Aug 22:56 2015

Sources for two books

Dear colleagues:


I am interested in purchasing the two volumes cited below. I am particularly anxious to acquire the first one listed and would appreciate any information about which of our stalwart suppliers in the Middle East might be able to provide them. I appreciate your assistance.


al-Buni, Ahmad ibn `Ali. Shams al-Ma`arif al-kubra. Beirut: al-Maktabah al-Thaqafiyah, 1990(?)


Jabiri, `Ali. Zubdat al-Mujarrabat fi Ayat wa-al-Ad`iyah wa-al-Adhkar wa-al-Tilasmat. Dimashq: Mu'assasat al-Balaghah, 2003.


Regards,


Karl


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Joyce E. Bell | 25 Aug 14:40 2015
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2015 ConC Workshop on Islamic manuscripts

MELA’s Committee on Cataloging Workshop 2015

Please join us for ConC’s workshop on cataloging Islamic manuscripts

This workshop will offer a practical treatment of manuscript cataloguing in a library environment. The focus will be on descriptive approach and bibliographic record creation according to AMREMM (Descriptive Cataloging of Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance, and Early Modern Manuscripts) with slight adaptations for RDA. Issues related to workflow strategies and resources will also be briefly addressed. The workshop will concentrate on essential ("minimal") description and will leave more detailed ("full") description to a future "advanced workshop." Sample records and exercises will reinforce the ideas being introduced. 

 

Evyn Kropf is Librarian for Near Eastern and Religious Studies and Curator, Islamic Manuscripts Collection at the University of Michigan Library. As cataloguer for the Library’s "Collaboration in Cataloging: Islamic Manuscripts at Michigan" project (2009-2012), she led the descriptive effort which realized the detailed, full cataloguing of 904 codex manuscripts from the Library’s Islamic Manuscripts Collection. She has trained in manuscript studies and book structures with Adam Gacek and Julia Miller.

Denise Soufi is the Middle Eastern Cataloger at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She previously held the position of Islamic Manuscript Cataloger in the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections at Princeton University (2009-2013), where she worked on a project to provide both full and preliminary bibliographic records for approximately 7000 codex manuscripts.

 

The Committee on Cataloging generally presents a workshop on a topic of interest during the annual conference.  Presentations are always made available following the conference in the Archives section on the Committee’s website:

https://sites.google.com/site/melacataloging/home

ConC also has a committee meeting during the conference which is open to all interested MELA members.  In addition to the Committee’s own agenda topics, input and additional topics from guests are welcome, time permitting.  MELA members interested in being considered for membership on the Committee can notify a Committee member or e-mail:  cataloging-nKL4qXb96vI@public.gmane.org

 

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Ali Houissa | 24 Aug 20:47 2015
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Qatar National Library Officially Announced as the Regional Arabic Speaking Preservation and Conservation Centre

Qatar National Library Officially Announced as the Regional Arabic Speaking Preservation and Conservation Centre

  • From: Press Releases

  • Published: August 20, 2015

The International Federation of Library Association and Institutions (IFLA) has officially selected Qatar National Library (QNL) as the Regional Arabic Speaking Preservation and Conservation Centre (PAC).

The announcement came during this month’s 81st IFLA General Conference and Assembly, held in Cape Town, South Africa.

IFLA currently has a network of 13 Preservation and Conservation (PAC) Centres worldwide. The goal of the PAC Strategic Programme is to ensure that library and archive materials, published and unpublished, in all formats will be preserved in accessible form for as long as possible according to IFLA PAC principles.

As part of the appointment, QNL will represent the 25 countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) where Arabic is one of the official languages. Therefore, by serving as the PAC, Qatar National Library is supporting QF’s vision of protecting and, preserving the region’s heritage and culture, and making them accessible for future generations.

 

MORE:->Qatar National Library Officially

 

 

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Carl Sandler Berkowitz | 21 Aug 20:46 2015
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Fw: [Cohsl-list] Survey re Social Media

This appeared on a Greek-interest list serve.  Clearly, they are Library Science students and perhaps do not know of the various other list servs for those interested in books and libraries.  So I am forwarding this to you and hope that some of you will help out with their survey.  Please forgive any cross-posting. 
 
Sent: Friday, August 21, 2015 12:35 PM
Subject: [Cohsl-list] Survey re Social Media
 
 
Anastasia Dimitriou
Student at Technological Educational Institute of Athens.
 
 
Dear Colleagues,

We are the students Emmanouilidi Maroulia and Dimitriou Anastasia. We study Library Science and Information Systems at department of the Technological Educational Institute of Athens.

Within the IC-ININFO conference which held annually, we conduct a research for the technique of anchoring pricing on social media. Will you kindly complete the following questionnaire if you can, in order to help us with the survey.

Your help will be invaluable! More details on this subject can be found in our introductory note (including our e-mail in case you need anything).

The link to the questionnaire is:https://docs.google.com/forms/d/18caBTVD8HAhNtu3p95Pv1bTFaAk0gA-P6ADR2G_Md9U/viewform 

Thank you very much in advance.
With respect,

Dimitriou Anastasia
Emmanouilidi Maroulia
 
 
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Karl Schaefer | 19 Aug 22:22 2015

Call for nominations

Dear colleagues:


Under Article 4, Section 8 B, the Nominating Committee is  charged with submitting a list of candidates for officer positions to the membership by September 22nd. As many of you will already have seen Robin Dougherty has already posted the names of the committee's members on this list so please forgive the redundancy. Again, the nominating committee consists of: 


Karl Schaefer (Chair)
Justin Parrott (NYU Abu Dhabi)
Nora Avetyan (UCLA)
Laila Hussein Moustafa (Illinois)


The positions for which the committee is seeking candidates are:


MELA V.P./Program Chair/President-Elect (2 years + 2 years as past prez)
MELA Webmaster (3 years)
MELA Member-at-Large (1 position) (3 years)


Both nominations and self-nominations are acceptable. Please give thoughtful consideration to serving as a MELA officer.


You may contact me at this e-mail address or by phone at (515) 988-1814. Or you may contact any member of the committee.


Cordially,


Karl Schaefer




Dr. Karl R. Schaefer

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Cowles Library
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Rachel Simon | 19 Aug 20:47 2015
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Books for review in MELA notes

I didn’t get anything new yet, but still have several books anxious  to be reviewed in MELA notes (see attachment). Any volunteers? It doesn’t have to be too long, but it will make publishers happy with us (especially if the review isn’t bad …) and they’ll keep sending us books. And if you volunteer, please send back a review WITHIN SIX MONTHS.

 

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Ali Houissa | 19 Aug 18:40 2015
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Why Istanbul Should Be Called Catstantinople --- Turkish city can't quit delighting in felines; 'like being a cow in India'

Why Istanbul Should Be Called Catstantinople --- Turkish city can't quit delighting in felines; 'like being a cow in India'
By Joe Parkinson
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ISTANBUL -- In this ancient city once ruled by sultans and emperors, the real king is the humble alley cat.
In historic neighborhoods along Istanbul's Bosporus and Golden Horn waterways, an army of furry-tailed street cats are fed, sheltered and cooed at by an adoring public. Hundreds of fleece-lined houses have been erected at street corners by cat-mad residents. Most are flanked by makeshift feeding stations fashioned from yogurt pots or plastic bottles and overflowing with tasty scraps.
In some districts, ground-floor windowsills are lined with pillows and blankets, offering a cozy place for the discerning kitty to recline. In restaurants and cafes, cats are often part of the furniture, curling up next to dining tables or patiently waiting for leftovers from patrons.
Visitors to the city can dine at one of several cat-theme cafes or stay a night at the Stray Cat Hostel. During a 2009 visit here, President Barack Obama paused to pet Gli, one of dozens of cats living in Hagia Sophia, Istanbul's most famous mosque.
"Being a cat in Istanbul is like being a cow in India," said Sibel Resimci, a musician and confessed cat junkie who says her husband often walks nearly 2 miles to work rather than disturb street cats sleeping on his moped. "For generations, they've had a special place in the city's soul."
Now, Istanbul's feline fetish is adapting to the digital age.
 
 
 

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Dougherty, Robin | 19 Aug 03:51 2015
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MELA webmaster update

Dear all,

I should have updated you before now: in June Anais stepped down (for happy reasons) from the post of MELA webmaster. In accordance with the MELA bylaws (with a soupcon of "executive overreach") I summarily appointed Justin Parrott of NYU in Abu Dhabi, a MELA member in good standing, to fill in for Anais during her leave, as he was the sole MELA member to step up with an interest in joining Anais & me in the committee Anais envisioned would work on updating the website.

I ask you to welcome Justin as the interim MELA webmaster, until the elections for new officers are finalized. He will be updating various parts of the website soon, his e-mail is: justin.parrott-RWB/UN2hA5c@public.gmane.org --please be sure to send any comments or updates to him directly.

I am overdue in sending you July's update and I apologize. I hope that you are all doing well this summer.

Robin D.
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