The ATG News Channel Book of the Week of February 21, 2011
Library: An Unquiet History by Matthew Battles. New York: W.W. Norton, 2003. 0393020290. 245 pages.
What an elegant and optimistic book in the midst of all the doubt and change surrounding libraries these days! Battles, who works at Houghton Library, the rare books library at Harvard, takes us through the history of libraries “from the clay-tablet collections of ancient Mesopotamia to the storied Alexandria libraries of Egypt, from the buried scrolls of China’s Qing Dynasty to the book pyres of the Hitler Youth, from the great medieval library in Baghdad to the multi-cultural Bosnian National Library in Sarajevo.” Says Battles, “Such changes are part of that endless cycle of renewal for which the library has its readers to thank.”
Leah was appointed Executive Director of the Charleston Conference in 2017, and has served in various roles with the Charleston Information Group, LLC, since 2004. Prior to working for the conference, she was Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions for the College of Charleston for four years. She lives in a small town near Columbia, SC, with her husband and two kids where they raise a menagerie of farm animals.