Academic journal article African Research & Documentation

European Librarians in African Studies Conference

Academic journal article African Research & Documentation

European Librarians in African Studies Conference

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10-11 July 2008, Paris Nanterre

The second meeting of the European Librarians in African Studies (ELLAS) was held on 10 and 11 July 2008 at the Bibliothèque Eric-de-Dampierre (Laboratoire d'Ethnologie et de Sociologie Comparative) at the Paris X University Nanterre. More than 30 academic librarians, archivists and information specialists from all over Europe - Basel, Bordeaux, Brussels, Cambridge, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Leiden, Lisbon, London (British Library), Marseilles, Paris, Uppsala, ASAUK and others - were present.

Three presentations were given on the Thursday morning:

Eric Jolly (Université Paris X, Nanterre) talked about new research themes and the influence of the Internet on research practices. The history of the reception of well-known works was one of the important new themes he covered and he also discussed how searching the Internet can lead to the discovery of other non-academic material. Libraries should consider adapting their acquisition policies by collecting non-academic materials of first-generation ethnologists and by archiving Africa-related websites. Jolly also gave same striking examples from the work of Marcel Griaule on the Dogon in Mali.

David Kerr (Birmingham University) presented an important ASAUK Internet project that is bringing together information from three UKbased institutes (ASAUK, SCOLMA and the British Academy). Information about British Africa researchers will thus be more easily available and a list of journals will be compiled (editorial policy, address, URL).

Jos Damen (African Studies Centre, Leiden) talked about the Connecting-Africa web portal for African Studies ( which has data on more than 10,000 online Africana publications. The importance of repositories for Africana publications was stressed and the need to ensure that online publications are accessible and have persistent (=consistent) URLs. …

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