The 2007 Spring meeting of the African Studies Association took place at the Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, University of Pennsylvania, April 19-April 21. Members converged in small and large groups to report on activities (digitization projects in Northwestern University and Michigan State University), personnel changes (Library of Congress), new reference publications, and new projects (Ohio State University's Literary Map of Africa); to discuss collection development issues, trends and concerns; to compare notes on and negotiate a proposed pricing structure of a new electronic product. The Cataloging committee suggested the creation of more language codes; examined the use of certain adjectives (Ivoirian or Ivorian?) and headings ("Somalis" for both citizens and ethnic group); and discussed potential new subjects (chronological subdivisions of South Africa, Food security versus Food supply, Nigeria, Eastern versus Nigeria, Southeastern, etc.) Drafts of the full minutes of these meetings will be available on Upenn's website: http://www.library.upenn.edu/collections/africa/ALC/
It was during this Spring meeting that Marion Frank-Wilson's wish to step down as ALN's editor was announced. She had taken over the editorship from Joe Lauer in 1999 and has done a fine job over the years, culminating in the successful steering of the newsletter from print to the Web. She has now decided to move on to new challenges. Thank you, Marion and good luck!
After Marion suggested co-editorship of ALN, I joined in as co-editor in May 2006. And now I gladly welcome Timothy Johnson from New York University as the other co-editor starting with issue 121 (October 2007). In addition to a brief report on previous meetings, we plan to continue many of the categories established by Joe Lauer and Marion, e.g. literature on libraries and information science, personnel news, new publications, vendor news, conference dates, etc. The newsletter will be published twice a year (October and March) and deadlines for submission are August 31 and January 31.
- Bassey Irele
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