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. 105, 2007

African Studies in the Uk: Measuring What We Have Achieved in the Past 50 Years
This article does not attempt to give a full answer to the question of what has been achieved in African Studies. It does attempt to give a preliminary checklist of measurement indices which might be helpful especially as the African Studies Association...
Belgium
[Editorial NoteCountry reports given in Leiden on 10 July 2007 varied considerably in style and content and this variety is preserved in the published versions. Some have been adapted from Powerpoint presentations, others follow the oral text. This record...
Building Area Studies Collections
Building area studies collections; edited by Dan Hazen & James Henry Spohrer. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag, 2007. (Beitrage zum Buch- und Bibliothekswesen, 52). viii, 163pp. ISBN: 978-344-705-512-3. _68.In the U.K. use of the term "area studies"...
Denmark
PresentationMy name is Katrine Schroder, and I have been working at and responsible for the library for about a year now. To do the job I have eight hours a week and a student assistant for eight hours a week. Twenty hours a week I work in the library...
Editorial
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...
End of a Dynasty: The Last Days of the Prince Imperial, Zululand 1879
End of a dynasty: the last days of the Prince Imperial, Zululand 1879, by Paul Deléage; translated by Fleur Webb. Scottsville: University of KwaZulu-Natal Press, 2008. xx, 212pp. ISBN 978-1-86914-138-7.Paul Deléage, a young newspaper reporter attached...
France
An examination of Africana collections in France reveals certain strengths and weaknesses, the causes of which can be traced back to the history of colonisation and the vagaries of research in this field.On the whole, the collections go back to the beginning...
Germany
African Studies in GermanyLet me begin with some background information about African Studies in Germany. In terms of professorships and institutes it is a very small part of the academic community. There are around twelve Professors for African Languages,...
Historical Dictionary of Burundi/Historical Dictionary of Madagascar/Historical Dictionary of Ghana
Historical dictionary of Burundi, compiled by Ellen K. Eggers. 3rd ed. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2006. (Historical dictionaries of Africa, 103). xlv, 207pp. ISBN 978-08108-5302-7. $75.Historical dictionary of Madagascar, compiled by Philip M. Allen...
Living Love: In Conversation with the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Series
Living love: in conversation with the No. 1 Ladies' Detective agency series, by John Inge. Werrington: Inspire, 2007. xv, 122pp. ISBN 978-1-905958-04-7. £5.99..John Inge, now Bishop of Worcester, has cleverly drawn on the first seven of Alexander McCaIl...
Miriam Alman (12 August 1913 - 27 December 2007)
Miriam Alman was one of the earliest and most active of SCOLMA's bibliographical stalwarts and was responsible for or associated with the majority of SCOLMA's earliest publications.In 1963, a year after SCOLMA's foundation, the Committee successfully...
Mpumalanga: History and Heritage
Mpumalanga: history and heritage; edited by Peter Delius. Scottsville: University of KwaZulu-Natal Press, 2007. xxi, 522pp. ISBN 978-1-86914-121-9. R425.One of the most significant decisions of the first post- Apartheid government in South Africa was...
Reflections on Libraries and Archives I
I am very pleased to be asked to say a few words to this meeting of archivists and librarians. I am myself a historian, and therefore I love archives. I actually find it a sensual experience to see and feel old documents. Terry Barringer, who invited...
Reflections on Libraries and Archives II
If I start with my national origin the colonial legacy is very limited. Regarding Africa Denmark had a kind of colony on the Guinea Coast in West Africa, called the Gold Coast. It was sold to Britain in 1850, at a time when there was still some money...
Scolma
(the UK Libraries and Archives Group on Africa)46th AGM, 10th June 2008Chair's reportSince our last AGM on 12th June 2007 much has happened in SCOLMA. It has really been a busy and productive year for the Committee.Name:Most public and obvious is perhaps...
Spain: Biblioteca "Dionisio Segura"
The Centro de Información y Documentación Africana (C.I.D.A.F) was founded in October 1979 by the missionaries of Africa, The White Fathers. Since then it has focussed all its efforts in spreading knowledge of African culture among Spanish society. After...
Sweden and the Nordic Countries
The Nordic Africa Institute (NAI) in Uppsala is a research, documentation and information centre on modern Africa for the Nordic countries. It promotes research and studies on Africa in the Nordic regions as well as collaboration between African and...
The Meinertzhagen Mystery: The Life and Legend of a Colossal Fraud
The Meinertzhagen mystery: the life and legend of a colossal fraud, by Brian Garfield. Washington, DC: Potomac Books, 2007. xiv, 353pp. ISBN 978-1-59797-041-9. US$27.50.Shortly after I had been appointed Librarian of Rhodes House in 1993, I was told...
The Netherlands
There are four important libraries with Africa as a special interest in the Netherlands:* African Studies Centre, Leidenhttp://www.ascleiden.nl* Royal Tropical Institute, Amsterdam (KIT)http://www.kit.nl* Zuid-Afrikahuis (South Africa House), Amsterdamhttp://www.zuidafrikahuis.nl*...
The Oxford Companion to Black British History
The Oxford Companion to Black British History; edited by David Dabydeen, John Gilmore and Cecily Jones. Oxford: OUP, 2007. xxiv, 562 pp. ISBN 978-0-19-280439-6. £30.00. Online (subscription required) at www.oxfordreference.com.Aimed at academics, researchers,...
The Slave Trade Debate: Contemporary Writings for and Against/The Memoirs of Captain Hugh Crow: The Life and Times of a Slave Trade Captain
The Slave Trade Debate: Contemporary Writings For and Against; introduction by John Pinfold. Oxford: Bodleian Library, 2007. 398 pp. ISBN 978-1-85124-316-7. £12.99.The Memoirs of Captain Hugh Crow: the Life and Times of a Slave Trade Captain; introduction...
Tom French (1943-2008): A Tribute
Tom was born and grew up in Worcester. He was a King's Scholar at the King's School there, won a state scholarship and an open exhibition to Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, where he read Modern and Medieval Languages and developed his lifelong passion...
Under the Tree of Talking: Leadership for Change in Africa
Under the tree of talking: leadership for change in Africa; edited by Onyekachi Wambu. London: Counterpoint, 2007, 291pp. ISBN: 0-86355-586-1; 978-0-86355-586-2. ?11-99.This collection of nineteen essays draws on the views of major African thinkers from...
United Kingdom
UK government policy through HEFCE (Higher Education Funding Council for England) increasingly emphasises cooperation amongst universities particularly in terms of access to library collections and of collection development - and funding is often targeted...
Writings in Nine Tongues. A Catalogue of Literature and Readers in Nine African Languages for South Africa
Writings in Nine Tongues. A Catalogue of Literature and Readers in Nine African Languages for South Africa. Green Point, South Africa: Publishers' Association of South Africa, 2007.631 pp. pap. + CD ISBN-13 9780620390330 * Print edition, with CD: £40.00...
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