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When you can immediately diagnose a book’s “special pain” without even having to open it first.  Somebody was overly “helpful” with the hinge tape application on this poor baby. Over time it dries, and becomes stiff, which restricts the “drape” of the paper, and causes it to crack along the edges of the hardened tape. Hence, why you […]

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They have the most adorable traditional paper toys here in Myanmar! I miiiiiiiiiiight have gone a little overboard while shopping. 

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Don’t look down! This library has metal grating instead of a solid floor. So you can see all the way to the bottom, three stories down! But hey, there’s complimentary flip flops so you don’t have to walk on the grating in bare feet. This is the University of Yangon Library in Myanmar. And the […]

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Library dog in Mandalay

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I was able to visit the famous Ludu Library and Archive, which is located in Mandalay, Myanmar. One of the library staff knew I was going to visiting, so he showed me this Burmese-language bookbinding manual when I arrived. You have no idea how excited I was to look through this book! 

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Library preservation demonstration materials in Yangon, Myanmar.

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Even in Myanmar, there are minions. But at least these minions are aware of library preservation issues.

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That’s uh…that’s a rough week if you ask me.

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I can’t make this stuff up, it practically writes itself… in the margins of this book. Seriously, stop writing in library books!

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I’m traveling in Asia right now, and managed to find not one but TWO museums in the Narita airport! Check out these origami dinosaurs!