From Arabs in China to Syrians in Panama, librarian documents cultures worldwide


If your idea of a university librarian is someone who spends days among books and manuscripts in a dimly lit, hidden alcove, think again. Imagine someone with three degrees who is proficient in six diverse languages (and can get by in several more), has traveled six of the world’s seven continents and forged personal connections with vast numbers of people, including a Persian scholar, Islamic cleric and Turkish bookshop owner.

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