African Research & Documentation

The journal of the Standing Conference on Library Materials in Africa (SCOLMA). It is published three times a year.

Articles from No. 102, 2007

Africa Conflict, Peace and Governance Monitor, 2005
Africa Conflict, Peace and Governance Monitor, 2005. Ibadan: Dokon Publishing House, 2006. 215 pp. ISBN 978-36937-8-6. $29.95.This is emphatically the kind of publication that every library with a declared interest in the political scenario of contemporary...
Awakening African Women: The Dynamics of Change
Awakening African Women: The Dynamics of Change, by Ginette Curry. London: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2004. 195 pp. ISBN 1-904303-34-X. £29.99.Ginette Curry's Awakening African Women: the Dynamics of Change is a comparative analysis of African films and...
Confessions of a Reviews Editor
This paper should perhaps be entitled "Confessions of a Reviews Editor". It has its origins in a moment of existential angst. I've been involved in this business for years. The very first assignment I was given, when training as a librarian, was to write...
Dust Suspended: A Memoir of Colonial, Overseas and Diplomatic Service Life 1953 to 1986
Dust suspended: a memoir of colonial, overseas and diplomatic service life 1953 to 1986, by Sir Francis Kennedy, Stanhope, County Durham: The Memoir Club, 2006, xiv + 254pp, ISBN 1841041092. £19.50In his memoir, Sir Francis Kennedy provides a clear and...
Historical Evidence and Argument
Historical Evidence and Argument; by David Henige. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2006. xiii + 325 pp. 0-299-21410-9. $45In the UK scholar-librarians are an endangered if not yet extinct species. This volume is evidence that things are different...
Journals and Book Reviews: The Experience of African Books Collective (Abc)
The values of book reviews to ABC - the African publishers' marketing organisationReviews work is an important element of the overall marketing strategy. ABC shares the industry view that reviews do sell books. Reviews - along with catalogues, monthly...
Ngugi Wa Thiongo Speaks: Interviews
Ngugi wa Thiongo Speaks: Interviews edited by Reinhard Sander and Bernth Lindfors Oxford, James Currey, 2006, pp 445, ISBN (paperback) 10:0-85255-580-6. £19.95.This is a landmark book by any standards. Appearing at about the same time as the English...
Notes and News
SCOLMA NEWSThe SCOLMA Conference and AGM will be held at the British Library on 12 June 2007. The conference will reflect on resources and research associated with the parliamentary abolition of the slave trade, and modern emancipation movements. Speakers...
Reviews: A Librarian's View
Terry Barringer has already quoted David Henige, and I should like to start by doing so again. He wrote:"No research libraries these days depend on reviews to aid in their selection process, since few reviews appear less than a year after a work is published....
The Anglo-Africa Who's Who: A Biographical Sketchbook 1907
The Anglo-Africa Who's Who: a biographical sketchbook 1907, edited by Walter H. Wills. London: Jeppestown Press, 2006. 471 pp. ISBN-13: 9780955393631 [first published by L. Upcott Gill, London 1907] £18.95.This is a very welcome reprint of this most...
The Eagle in Ascendance: More Papers from the Chinua Achebe International Symposium 1990, with New Papers Added
The Eagle in Ascendance: more papers from the Chinua Achebe International Symposium 1990, with new papers added, edited by Damian U. Opata. Ibadan: Heinemann, 2005. xiv +174 pp. ISBN 978129 666 6. £17.95Damian Opata, no doubt, fitly stepped into the...
The Early Photographs of Edmond Fortier: Documenting Postcards from Senegal
Francois Edmond Portier (1862-1928) was undoubtedly the most prolific photographer working in French West Africa in the first decade of the 20th century. He produced well over 3300 photographs, almost all in postcard form. He was born in France and appears...
The Future of UK-Africa Collaboration in Humanities and Social Science Research
Presidential Address to African Studies Association of the UK, 11 September 2006A retiring Presidential address provides the opportunity for some personal reflections on the issues and concerns that have preoccupied the Association in the immediate two-year...
The Troublemaker: Michael Scott and His Lonely Struggle against Injustice
The Troublemaker: Michael Scott and His Lonely Struggle Against Injustice, by Anne Yates and Lewis Chester, with a foreword by Desmond Tutu. London: Aurum, 2006. xiv + 338. ISBN pbk 1-84513-080-4. £14.99.Michael Scott was born in England in 1907. He...
Workshop on the Politics of Digital Initiatives concerning Africa
4-5 August 2006, University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignSummary of issuesTechnology, funding, selection, free accessibility, partnership models, power/political relationships, priority setting, who decides, who benefits, who carries out the work,...