CYPRIAN EKWENSI (1921 - 2007)
Nigerian Novelist/Poet, Cyprian Ekwensi died on Sunday 4th November 2007 at the age of 86.
Mary Ryan, the first African Studies Bibliographer at UCLA, died July 28, 2007. Mary served as bibliographer from Jan. 1, 1960 to June 30, 1962, actively participating in some of the early Africana librarian meetings. She was recruited from the Library's government publications unit by James Coleman, the first director of UCLA's African Studies Center. Mary left the bibliographer position to be head of Government Publications. She was later Humanities Bibliographer (1976-ca. 1991). Through the *Farmington Plan assignments, Mary's persuasive personality was instrumental in securing Nigeria, thereby reinforcing her library's holdings of important Nigerian publications.
-Joe Lauer, MSU; Miki Goral, UCLA
*The Farmington Plan was established in 1942 as a cooperative model for collection development in research libraries for the purpose of ensuring acquisition of library materials from overseas.
For more information see:
A History of the Farmington Plan by Ralph D. Wagner. Lanham, Md.: Scarecrow Press, 2002. 454 p. ISBN 0-8108-4359-9
Farmington plan handbook by Edwin E. Williams. Bloomington, IN.: Association of Research Libraries, 1953. 170 p.
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