Academic journal article African Research & Documentation

Notes and News

Academic journal article African Research & Documentation

Notes and News

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SCOLMA held its annual conference and AGM at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies on 71'1 June 2006. The theme for this year was "Africa in Libraries ... Libraries in Africa", and presentations were heard on: the Southern Africa Book Development Trust; the UK Somali community and the establishment of a public library in Mogadishu; information and civil society in Ghana; and on race and diversity in childrens' literature in UK libraries.

The AGM was held afterwards, and the following members were elected to the SCOLMA committee:

Chair: David Blake (Commonwealth Secretariat)

Secretary: Ros Buck (OXFAM)

Treasurer: Ian Cooke (Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London)

Business Manager: Marion Wallace (British Library)

Members were pleased to hear that Terry Barringer, Barbara Spina (SOAS) and Clive Wilson (LSE) had all agreed to continue as respectively: Editor of ARD; Seminar Programme Secretary; and Webmaster.

Other Committee members elected this year were: Marilyn Glanfield (Centre for African Studies, Cambridge), and Dawn Wright (SOAS).

Bridget McBean (European Centre for Development Policy Management) and John Pinfold (Rhodes House, Oxford) had both completed three years as committee members, but it was the intention to co-opt them for future meetings and activities.


Graham Furniss gave his retiring presidential address to the African Studies Association UK on 11th September 2006. Titled, 'The future of UK-Africa collaboration in Humanities and Social Science research', the paper can be read online at:

Graham is succeeded as President of ASAUK by Tunde Zack-Williams, Professor of Sociology at the University of Central Lancashire.

Amongst other news from the ASAUK 2006 Conference, Anthony Kirk-Greene received the 2006 Distinguished Africanist award.

The British Empire and Commonwealth Museum has announced that it has secured funding from the Arts and Humanities Research council to catalogue its archive relating to the Rhodesian Army. The work is being carried out in cooperation with the University of the West of England, who will also be hosting the completed catalogue.

The museum has recently revised its prospectus of collections, and this can be found on their website at:

JSTOR has announced an "Open Africa Initiative", which will enable access without charge to all of the JSTOR archive from institutions in Africa. JSTOR is a digital archive of past issues of scholarly journals, covering the arts, science and social sciences. More details on the Open Africa Initiative may be found at:

The Library of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) has completed a project to catalogue its collection of 18th and 19th century anti-slavery literature. This includes records for more than 2,000 items, and anti-slavery periodicals. The catalogue can be found at:

More information about the Library, which is located in Friends House in London, is available at:

The Herbarium of the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew have launched an online public catalogue at:

The catalogue has links to digitised images for some of its collections, and has over 69,000 images relating to African specimens. More images are being added to the catalogue, and, next year, there are plans to begin digitising notebooks and illustrations from Kew's archives.


The Nordic Africa Institute Library has been named Library of the Year. The award has been made annually since 1986 by DIK, the Swedish Federation of Employees in the Documentation, Information and Cultural fields. …

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