Academic journal article African Research & Documentation

Editorial

Academic journal article African Research & Documentation

Editorial

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This issue of African Research and Documentation looks to the past, the present and the future. It provides a retrospective through Tony Kirk-Greene's overview of fifty years of African Studies and ASAUK in the UK, and looks forwards and outwards in its reports of developments in African Studies and Africana librarianship, not only in the UK but across much of Europe.

ARD has always prided itself on its appeal not only to librarians, archivists and information scientists but also to the wider constituency of scholars and researchers working in, on and for Africa. It is vital that all these groups continue to talk to each other and to keep each other informed about their established and evolving interests, resources and technologies; SCOLMA and the editorial team are looking to further develop ARD as a forum in which they can do so.

As reported in ARD 103, 2007 (pp. 117-118), librarians and others from ten European countries met last year in the congenial surroundings of the Afrika Studiecentrum, Leiden, to exchange ideas and experience.

This issue of ARD publishes the papers and presentations from that conference. It also reproduces the reflections and perspectives of two distinguished European Africaniste, Stephen Ellis and Holgar Bernt Hansen. Both are supremely qualified to comment on the European scene as a whole, and to give us librarians and archivists insights into how our users /readers /customers /colleagues /friends see us.

The country presentations highlight the very different legacies and institutions with which Africana librarians work (and sometimes struggle) across Europe, and disseminate information about resources and networks of which many of us (especially those who usually confine themselves to Anglophone circles) were hitherto unaware. …

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