Thanks to the assistance of member David Hirsch, Librarian for Middle Eastern Studies at UCLA’s Charles Young Research Library, ALA was able to again connect with the staff at the Basra Central Library in the fall of 2012 to transfer $13,000 in donations from members and library supporters to help the library expand their collection with over 600 new titles. This is ALA’s second and final donation from its Iraq Fund to help the Library.
The first donation was made in 2006, spurred by a $20,000 grant ALA received from the Working Assets Grant making Fund of the Tides Foundation to provide children's books to public libraries in Iraq. The Near East and South Asia Subcommittee of the ALA International Relations Committee (IRC) will oversaw the project, connecting with Iraqi librarians to select children's books in Arabic, Kurdish and other languages.
ALA Resolutions on Iraq
Resolution on the Connection Between the Iraq War and Libraries (a Word document opens in a new window)