Emma Cunliffe, of the Blue Shield International Secretariat, was privileged to be invited to speak at the conference Libraries in the Time of War, hosted by Uppsala University in Collaboration with IFLA Rare Books and Special Collections Section and the Consortium of European Research Libraries (CERL). Conference talks are available online now.
Dr Cunliffe closed the day by looking to the future. Her talk, which was picked up in the Washington Post Book Club, looked at historical examples of accidental and deliberate damage to libraries, and the extreme measures librarians were forced to go to in order to try and save their collections. Those measures, whilst heroic, resulted in at least one known death (Aida Buturovic, who was killed by a mortar shrapnel on her way home after dodging snipers trying to save books from the burning National Library of Sarajevo).
Looking back to the words of George Mackenzie, Cunliffe highlighted: