Academic journal article African Research & Documentation

Editorial

Academic journal article African Research & Documentation

Editorial

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Africa and the Moving Image: the role of libraries and archives, held at Newnham College, Cambridge, on 17th June 2009, was one of the most successful and popular annual conferences ever held by SCOLMA. It attracted an authence beyond the usual constituency of librarians and archivists, as academics and practitioners were eager to exchange experience and knowledge of resources. For the first time in over a decade the annual conference has blossomed into a special issue of ARD. The last was also concerned with the visual: Images of Africa: the Pictorial Record (ARD 68, 1995). That issue, remaining copies of which sold well at the conference, contained just one article on film and one on television.1 In the intervening fifteen years, the relevant technology has changed almost beyond recognition, bringing new opportunities of viewing moving images in teaching and research as well as entertainment but also raising many new problems of conservation and analysis, of location, access and ethics.

The Conference reinforced the view of the SCOLMA Committee that at this stage we had more questions than answers but that as librarians, archivists and information managers, we should be equipping ourselves to deal with these issues.

This special issue contains three papers from the seven given at the conference (those of Guido Convents, Vivian Bickford-Smith and Emma Hunter). …

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