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. 121, 2013

Approaching African History
Approaching African History, by Michael Brett. Woodbridge: James Currey, 2013, xi + 356 pp. ISBN 9781847010636. £50.Approaching African History treats Africa as a whole - Ancient Egypt and North Africa are as much part of Africa as any - and everywhere,...
Do We Need Museums in the Western Grassfields?1
IntroductionThis article was provoked by the recent creation of two major state of the art modern museums in the western Grassfields of Cameroon. The two museums in question are the Mankon museum, located at the fon's palace, and the Babungo museum,...
Dynamic Library Leadership for Sub-Saharan Africa: Investing in What Works
IntroductionThe continuous evolution of communication systems and the availability and accessibility to a wealth of instant information is promoting new ideas, issues, individualised learning and evoking curiosity. Today, being knowledgeable is not enough;...
Empire, Global Coloniality and African Subjectivity
Empire, Global Coloniality and African Subjectivity; by Sabelo J. Ndlovu-Gatsheni. New York: Berghahn Books, 2013. xiii, 272 p. ISBN 9780857459510. £60.00 Hbk. $90Sabelo Ndlovu-Gatsheni, director of the Archie Mafeje Research Institute at Unisa and author...
Obituary: Hans E. Panofsky
Hans E. Panofsky, Curator Emeritus of Northwestern University's Melville J. Herskovits Library of African Studies, died in Madison, Wisconsin, on July 1, 2013. Hans was appointed the Herskovits Library's first curator in 1959 and retired in 1991. His...
Oxford University Press in Postcolonial Africa: A Review Essay
Creating Postcolonial Literature: African Writers and British Publishers, by Caroline Davis. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013, 255 pp. ISBN 9780230369368 £50.Based on extensive oral testimonies and new archival research in, among others, the archives...
Photography and Exploration
Photography and Exploration, by James R. Ryan London: Reaktion, 2013, 192 pp. ISBN 1780231006978 £17.95This is the latest in the series 'Exposures' in which some twenty books are listed, covering geographical areas (for example Africa, Egypt), scholarly...
Supporting Capacity Building for Archives in Africa: Initiatives of the Cooperative Africana Materials Project (Camp) since 1995(1)
IntroductionIn May 1963, discussions between the African Studies Association (U.S.), the Midwest Interlibrary Center (now Center for Research Libraries), and Africana librarians from twelve North American institutions helped create the Cooperative Africana...
The Hidden History of South Africa's Book and Reading Cultures
The Hidden History of South Africa's Book and Reading Cultures, by Archie Dick. Scottsville: University of Kwazulu-Natal Press, 2012, xvi + 196 pp. ISBN 9781869142476. SAR215.This book should be read alongside Print, Text and Book Cultures in South Africa;...
Through a Glass Darkly: Photographs of the Leipzig Mission from East Africa, 1896-1939
Through a Glass Darkly: photographs of the Leipzig Mission from East Africa, 1896-1939; edited by Adam Jones, Leipzig: Leipziger Universitätverlag, 2013, 150 pp. ISBN 9783865837776. euro24.The past ten years have seen welcome commitment to cataloguing,...
Unhiding African Collections at the British Library for Development Studies1
IntroductionThe British Library for Development Studies2 serves as the library of the Institute of Development Studies,3 but it also has a wider remit in supporting development research globally, funded by the UK Department for International Development....
When and Why Is a Collection "Hidden"? Awakening Interest in the Hornung Papers at West Sussex Record Office1
IntroductionSCOLMA's 2013 conference was based on the Research Library UK (RLUK)'s 2012 report, Hidden Collections, which SCOLMA defined as "material for which there is no online presence" in its pre-conference publicity. Many researchers are made aware...
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