Hello Bluebook Worms,
Welcome to the discussion for our first non-fiction read, The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu. To get things started, please introduce yourself and share what you thought of the book.
Here’s to a lively discussion!
Such a different world from the everything's online and disposing of books by the cartload that law libraries are now that on some of his adventures by camel and donkey, I had to remind myself that this was a couple of decades ago, not a couple of centuries.
Instructions for Fridays call-in discussion:
Organizer: Chris Tighe
Subject: MAALL book group
Date and Time 04/14/2017 11:00 PM US/Central (GMT-0500)
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The title is a little misleading, as only about 1/3-1/2 of the book dealt with the librarians. I found the librarian parts interesting and the rest alternately boring and disturbing. Also, the author had a disjointed method of storytelling that did not appeal to me. I was also left wanting to know the current state of the manuscripts, which I will have to research on my own.
I thought people might enjoy some images of the library in Mali. Here are some of the manuscripts. The New York Times has a great book review with pictures of the footlockers.