SOC Student Panel
Link to Materials at GitHub
George Mason University
Cultural Studies Department
Historic architecture and cultural collections destroyed as a form of genocide.
Libraries in Sarajevo destroyed by shelling in 1992.
National & University Library of Bosnia-Herzegovina
1.5m volumes | 155,000 rarities
Oriental Institute in Sarajevo
5,263 manuscripts | 7,000 Ottoman documents
Librarians around the world were shocked.
Collections have become wartime targets.
Written manuscripts & records especially vulnerable.
IFLA | UNESCO
Legacies of Exclusion
Fragility of Collections
Need for Planning
Need for Digitization
Difficulty of Recovery
Primary Source Literacy
Control of the Sources
Holdings in specific collections
114 tweets on selected terms since start of 2007
c. 1% of the tweets from 64 accounts
4 librarians, major collections, libraries near Sarajevans
“Islamic Manuscripts” by far largest topic
Search for specific terms was a weak approach
Some terms had few results
Tweets coded for sentiment
Qualitative data processing
Used weighted analysis
More support for the idea that librarians remain focused on their own institutions and immediate users.
Increasing access & volume tricks us into thinking that data is forever and paper is safe.
More understandable updates will be posted at my Sarajevo page on my student site.