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AFRICAN STUDIES COLLECTION

AFRICANA LIBRARIES
NEWSLETTER

No. 101, Jan/Feb/March 2000

ISSN 0148-7868

From the Editor

In addition to various news items, this issue of ALN presents news from the African Studies Association Conference in Philadelphia in November 1999. It includes minutes of ALC meetings, as well as this year's winners of book awards. A special feature in this newsletter is the "Opinion Column," contributed by former ALN-editor Joe Lauer.

So that ALN can be a forum for the exchange of ideas and opinions, I encourage letters in response to the column as well as other opinions about issues in the profession.

Contributors to this issue include David Easterbrook, Karen Fung, Patty Kuntz, and Joe Lauer.
Electronic version of ALN at: http://www.indiana.edu/~libsalc/african/aln/
Contributions for the next issue of ALN are currently being accepted.

 

CATALOGING COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES (DRAFT OF DEC. 10, 1999)

Submitted by Joe Lauer (Michigan State U), summarized by the editor

November 10, 1999, 2:00-3:45pm, Philadelphia, PA

Present: Julianne Beall (Library of Congress), Joseph Caruso (Columbia), Andrew deHeer (Schomburg Center), Karen Fung (Stanford U), Miki Goral (UCLA), Beverly Gray (Library of Congress), David Hogarth, Joseph Lauer (Michigan State U), Deborah M. LaFond (SUNY Albany), Robert Lesh (Northwestern U), Ken Lohrentz (U of Kansas), Wonki Nam (Central State U), Razia Nanji (U of Florida), Lauris Olson (U of Pennsylvania), Loumona Petroff (Boston U), Elizabeth Plantz (Northwestern), Janet Stanley (National Museum of African Art), Ruth Thomas (Library of Congress, Nairobi), Gretchen Walsh (Boston U), Dorothy Woodson (SUNY-Buffalo/Yale), Joanne Zellers (Library of Congress).

Africana Subject Funnel (Plantz)

The Fall 1999 report lists 10 new subject headings plus 7 changes proposed since the Spring 1999 update. (LC reports that for FY99 (10/98-9/99) there were 22 new subject headings.) Tracking the progress of the proposals at LC is still a problem. Due to the implementation of the new system at LC, a large backlog of proposals has developed. Recently the SACO web site stated that 6 weeks is the normal time for approved headings to appear in the utilities (OCLC, RLIN).

Proposed headings in BIBCO records are assumed to be pre-approved unless LC notifies us of changes. Most editorial changes affect the reference structure rather than the 1xx. We are expected to update a BIBCO record if the heading changes.

July work done on the PCC (Program for Cooperative Cataloging) home page has increased our visibility. In addition to contact information, there is a link to our web site. Ana Christian consulted with Plantz on the content of a FAQ (frequently asked questions) statement about funnel projects. See: http://lcweb.loc.gov/catdir/pcc/funnelfaq.html. See also a FAQ about SACO at: http://lcweb.loc.gov/catdir/pcc/sacofaq.html.

African Language Materials Cataloging

On Oct. 1, 1999, Walsh sent a message to the AFLIB-L listserv, requesting volunteers to assist catalogers in identifying languages, translating title page information and providing short descriptions of the contents of works in African languages. There were 9 volunteers, mostly from southern Africa.

Discussion followed as to how to broaden the list (e.g., contact library associations and schools in Africa, contact linguists attending the ACAL (Annual Conference on African Linguistics) in Boston, etc.) and how others deal with African languages. DeHeer has recruited Africans living in New York. Caruso contacts teachers of African languages. Plantz will follow up on this.

ALC Web page

Discussion on the issue of how long to keep the minutes on the web was resumed and will be revisited in 2001.

Other Business

Lauer distributed a list of some recently changed and added language codes in the USMARC Code List for Languages. For example, Shona is now sna, not sho; Geez (Ethiopia) changed from eth to gez. The new list of codes makes no mention of superseded codes. Plantz learned the changes were made to bring codes in conformity with international standards. As far as we know it is not possible to make global changes at this time to bring records together but perhaps in a year or more this capability may become available. Users will need to be aware that a search by language code may not bring up all possible records.

LC Reports:

Dewey has changed the entries for Ndebele (South Africa). Work on revising Table 5 (Racial, ethnic and national groups) and Table 6 (Languages) will begin as will work on the ethnology section of the anthropology schedule.

ALA CC:AAM Report (Dawn Williams)

At the New Orleans meeting in June, a proposal by James Agenbroad to change certain rules in chapters 22-26 of AACR2 was considered. This proposal would allow the addition of non-romanized headings and references as optional additional access points in bibliographic and authority records. The proposal was reviewed by Non-Roman Access Point Subcommittee (NAPS). It was tabled at the meeting, but the new CC:AAM chair, Hideyuki Morimoto, decided afterwards that it would be better to forward a written report to CC:DA. An interim report will be prepared for review at the next meeting and comments from all of CC:AAM members will be incorporated into a final report for CC:DA.

Members passed a vote of thanks to Elizabeth Plantz for her years of work as chair of the Committee. (Lauer will chair the Committee, starting at the Spring meeting.)

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY COMMITTEE, AFRICANA LIBRARIANS COUNCIL MINUTES (DRAFT)

Submitted by Miki Goral (UCLA), summarized by the editor

Philadelphia, November 10, 1999

Present: Helene Baumann (Duke U), Julianne Beall (LC), RubyBell-Gam (UCLA), Phyllis Bischof (UC Berkeley), Simon Bockie (UC Berkeley), Joe Caruso (Columbia U), Moore Crossey (Yale), Andrew de Heer (NYPL), David Easterbrook (Northwestern), Greg Finnegan (Harvard), Karen Fung (Stanford), Miki Goral (UCLA), Beverly Gray (LC), Marieta Harper (LC), Al Kagan (U. of Illinois Urbana-Champaign), Patricia Kuntz (Indiana U), Deborah LaFond (SUNY Albany), Joe Lauer (Michigan State U), Bob Lesh (Northwestern U), Ken Lohrentz (U of Kansas), Peter Malanchuk (U. of Florida), Wonki Nam (Central State Univ), Razia Nanji (Uof Florida), Afeworki Paulos (Iowa), Lauris Olson (U. of Pennsylvania), Loumona Petroff (Boston U), Elizabeth Plantz (Northwestern), James T. Simon (CRL), Elisabeth Sinnott (NYU), Janet Stanley (Smithsonian), Ruth Thomas (LC Nairobi), Gretchen Walsh (Boston U), David Westley (Boston U), Marion Frank Wilson (Indiana U), Dorothy Woodson (SUNY/Buffalo), Joanne Zellers (LC)

K. Lohrentz (chair) announced that the 2000 Conover-Porter Award for Africana Bibliography or Reference Work will be presented at the ASA meeting in Nashville. He asked people to submit nominations for the award. The Award Committee comprises the ALC Chair, ALC Immediate Past Chair, and Vice Chair. They will make a report to the Spring ALC meeting and the award will be announced at the Fall meeting. J. Zellers, as ALC Chair, has been invited to the ASA Awards meeting. The Conover Porter guidelines are on the ALC website.

G. Walsh reported that Hans Zell has an agreement with James Curry to market his last few publications by Saur.

ALC Web page

As of November 1, 1999, J. Zellers will become the webmaster.

a. Bibliography Committee minutes will be kept online for foreseeable future to provide access for new members and officers.

b. Changes will be submitted to the ALC page webmaster through the Committee Chair.

c. Bowker will be contacted to see if the chapter on Africa from the 10th edition of Bill Katz's Magazines for Libraries can be included on the ALC Web page. Katz has agreed to serve as advocate and provided the name of Judith Salk as contact person at Bowker.

d. Suggestion to contact Saur about mounting the African Book Publishing Record section on African reference sources.

e. L. Olson suggested sending notices to H-Africa when we add new resources to the ALC Web page. P. Malanchuk amended this to include sending notice to ALC also.

f. A. Kagan suggested that the publishers might be more amenable to giving us the text of the next to current edition for mounting on our Web site.

g. G. Finnegan suggested including articles that discuss standards of good bibliography and reference works, such as those written by D. Henige, for the Web site.

ACTION: ALC will send inquiries to Bowker, Saur and ALA (Guide to Reference Works, 11th ed. Robert Balay, ed.)

Bibliography Projects

a. G. Walsh reported that the Title VI position paper prepared last spring for the Title VI directors has been revised to a more generic document which can be used as an ALC working document -- Opportunities and Challenges in Africana Library Service: A Framework for Cooperation and Development. It will be posted on the internal web at BU for comment and will be updated with a few more suggestions. The distribution of the final version will be on the ALC Web site with a notice sent to ASA News.

b. African Database Connection --- Discussion about the project, a culmination of many discussions on indexing new titles, consolidating existing databases, and making the information available to scholars and students. There will be a meeting to discuss ADC on November 12 at 7:45 a.m.

c. J. Lauer asked for opinions about whether he should contact NISC about his thesis database or just put it on the web himself.

d. D. Easterbrook announced that Bibliography of African Language Books in the Herskovitz collection will be published in 2000. These 11,000 items are not currently accessible except in a card catalog.

e. A. Kagan announced that Yvette Scheven just finished a bibliography of maps of Africa in books at the University of Illinois library.

f. D. Wiley is almost finished with a bibliography of films by and about Africa, with reviews, which will be put on the web.

g. K. Lohrentz reported on an idea for a new project. Bill Katz has invited someone from ALC to edit or co-edit an issue of Reference Librarian or Acquisitions Librarian (both from Haworth). These issues also get published as monographs.

h. A. Paulos announced that the Electronic Journal of African Bibliography has two new bibliographies online.

i. The new edition of African newspapers currently received by American libraries was distributed. A related work, African newspapers no longer received at Northwestern University, and selected other institutions, was also distributed. Both lists were compiled by Mette Shayne.

ASA Publications Committee

P. Malunchuk will present the position of ALC that the ASA Press should be sustained.

Institution Report

D. Easterbrook reported that 77 of 400 digitized posters are now on the web. Northwestern is looking for foundation support to digitize 3000 posters. Mette Shayne's position was abolished upon her retirement. Bob Lesh will be assuming responsibility for Francophone acquisitions.

 

AFRICAN DATABASE CONNECTION (ADC) REPORT

by Gretchen Walsh (Boston U), summarized by the editor

ADC met at the ASA conference in Philadelphia on Friday, 12 November, 1999, 7:45 am - 8:45 am, to determine the next steps we can take to further the goals previously identified: to consolidate and expand access to information about Africa, both by using new technologies and through indexing or otherwise treating materials currently without access.

The discussion this year resulted in the following task list:

** to send to gwalsh@bu.edu (Gretchen Walsh) notices of in-house database/Web projects underway or planned which fit the ADC goals. ** to send to gwalsh@bu.edu (Gretchen Walsh) notes on database/Web projects in Africa, Europe, the U.S., or elsewhere, which fit the ADC goals.

 **For Gretchen to consolidate these notes into two separate lists to be posted at first on the ALC list and in a more polished form on the ALC Web site.

**To investigate Procite and Reference Web Poster software via its website(www.risinc.com), its use on our campuses, and demos from ISI staff, and

**to invite ISI staff to the Spring 2000 meeting in Los Angeles for a specialized demo tailored to our anticipated use.

**To revisit at our next meeting (Spring 2000, Los Angeles) some of the questions raised at the November meeting.

**To plan the next steps at the Spring 2000 meeting, and to take those steps.

 

 

NEWS


CALENDAR OF FUTURE MEETINGS

ASA & ALC/CAMP

April 6-8, Los Angeles - ALC/CAMP Spring Meeting

November 16-19, 2000 - Nashville - ASA Annual Meeting

April 26-28, 2001 - Bloomington, Indiana - ALC/CAMP Spring Meeting

Fall 2001, Houston - ASA Meeting

Fall 2002, Washington, DC, or Detroit - ASA Annual Meeting

Fall 2003, Minneapolis - ASA Annual Meeting

 

IFLA ANNUAL CONFERENCES

Jerusalem, Israel, 13-18 August 2000

Boston, USA, 16-25 August 2001

Glasgow, UK, 2002

Berlin, Germany, 2003

 

ALA

July 6-12, 2000, Chicago - ALA Annual Conference

Feb. 9-14, 2001, Washington, DC - Midwinter Meeting

June 14-20, 2001, San Francisco - ALA Annual Conf.

Jan. 18-23, 2002, New Orleans - Midwinter Meeting

June 13-19, 2002, Atlanta - ALA Annual Conference

Apr. 8-15, 2003, Charlotte, NC - ACRL National Conf.

June 19-25, 2003,Toronto - ALA Annual Conference

2004, Orlando - ALA Annual Conference

 

ALC/CAMP SPRING 2000 MEETING AT UCLA

In order to facilitate planning, please use the online conference registration form at:
http://www.library.ucla.edu/libraries/url/referenc/alc/alcspring.html
In addition to registration forms, the conference schedule is also on the website.

 

EXHIBITIONS

FINE ARTS CENTER FOR EAST AFRICA OPENS IN SAN FRANCISCO
Inaugural exhibit: East Africa's Modern Art Movement

Newly opened, The Art Room establishes a center for East African fine painting in the Bay Area. Important original works by leading Ugandan artists James Kitamirike and David Kibuuka, among others, are exhibited. Through August 31, 2000.

RHYTHMS OF THE SOUL: AFRICAN INSTRUMENTS IN THE DIASPORA
California African American Museum, through June 11, 2000

MUSIC FOR THE EYES: THE FINE ART OF AFRICAN MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, through May 14, 2000

MUSIC IN THE LIFE OF AFRICA
UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History, through July 16, 2000

A CONCRETE VISION: OSHOGBO ART IN THE 1960'S
National Museum of African Art, Washington, DC, through October 22, 2000

THE ARTISTRY OF AFRICAN CURRENCY
National Museum of African Art, Washington, DC, March 12-July 23, 2000

AFRICAN VOICES
New permanent exhibit at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC opened in December 1999.

 


PEOPLE AND PLACES


Mette Shayne Retires from Northwestern University

At the end of last October, Mette Shayne retired from Northwestern University after 39 years of service. As Bibliographer for Francophone Africa in the Melville J. Herskovits Library of African Studies, Mette Shayne built a collection unsurpassed for its comprehensiveness and provided devoted assistance to all researchers using it. She has also been an active participant in and supporter of the work of the Africana Librarians Council (ALC) of the African Studies Association and the Cooperative Africana Microform Project (CAMP) of the Center for Research Libraries.

At a reception in her honor held at Northwestern University's Program of African Studies (PAS) on October 22nd, Mette was praised by Jane Guyer, PAS Director; Gregory Mann, PAS history Graduate Student; Betsy Baker, head of the Northwestern University Library's Reference Department; Hans Panofsky, retired Herskovits Library Curator and David Easterbrook, Herskovits Library Curator. A rare book was placed in the Herskovits Library's collection in Mette's honor. The book, Senegal et Niger: la France dans l'Afrique occidentale,1879-1883; Atlas (Paris: Challamel Ainé, 1884), includes a special bookplate which reads "Gift to the Melville J. Herskovits Library of African Studies in honor of Mette Shayne and her many years of service to this collection and all its researchers. Given by her colleagues at Northwestern University Library, October 1999."

Mette's individual contributions to the research of faculty, students and visiting researchers are legendary. Equally impressive, however, are the contributions she made to Africana librarianship. These contributions were made through actively participating in the work of the ALC and CAMP as well as enthusiastically encouraging others, especially new members to the group. For example, she compiled and kept up-to-date three important publications issued by Northwestern University Library: Censuses in the Melville J. Herskovits Library of African Studies, Development Plans in the Melville J. Herskovits Library of African Studies, and African Newspapers Currently Received by American Libraries. Each has as its most recent revision a 1999 date. The latter publication of these three has been compiled for many years in support of the work of the ALC.

Within the ALC, Mette held several positions including Secretary and Chairperson of its Bibliography Committee. She undertook many special projects in support of ALC work. Most recently she compiled a comparative analysis of indexes in African studies showing which journals are indexed and which ones are not. She was a co-compiler of Bibliographies for African Studies, 1987-1993 (London: Hans Zell, 1994). She also was co-compiler, and for a number of years editor, of the annual "Africana reference works: an annotated list of titles," published each year since 1986 in African Book Publishing Record. On at least two occasions, 1986 and 1993, she gave papers at ASA annual conferences at panels sponsored by the ALC.

Upon retirement, Mette was named Librarian Emeritus at Northwestern University. ALC colleagues will miss Mette's focus and energy and the ways in which she helped to move the work of the ALC ahead. ALC colleagues wish Mette the very best in retirement. --David L. Easterbrook, George and Mary LeCron Foster Curator, Melville J. Herskovits Library of African Studies, Northwestern University

 

Congratulations to Phyllis Bischof, Berkeley's Distinguished Librarian Award Winner

Phyllis Bischof, UC Berkeley's Librarian for African and African American Collections, received the University of California (Berkeley) Distinguished Librarian Award for 1999! The award can be made every two years but need not be awarded according to these guidelines. It was last awarded in 1997 to the University Archivist. A web site describing the award with encomiums to Phyllis is at http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/LAUC/#dist

 

BOOK AWARDS
Compiled by Patricia S. Kuntz

ASA awards:

Children's Book Award Winners

Ahiagble, G., Meyer, L., & Hernandez, N. (1998). Master weaver from Ghana. Seattle, WA: Open Hand Publishing.

Paye, W. & Lippert, M.H. (1998). Why leopard has spots: Dan stories from Liberia. Golden, CO: Fulcrum Publishing. (il. Ashley Bryan).

Honor Books

Wilson-Max, K. (1998). Halala means welcome: A book of Zulu words. New York: Hyperion Books for Children.

McKee, T. & Blackhaw, A. (1998). No more strangers now: Young voices from a new South Africa. New York: DK Ink Book.

Distinguished Africanist

Catherine Coquery-Vidrovitch (University of Paris, History)

Herskovits Award

Winner

Uvin, P. (1998). Aiding violence: The development enterprise in Rwanda. West Hartford, CT: Kumarian Press.

Finalists

Bay, E.G. (1998). Wives of the leopard: Gender, politics, and culture in the kingdom of Dahomey. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press.

Jules-Rosette, B. (1998). Black Paris: The African writers' landscape. Urbana: University of Illinois Press.

Klein, M.A. (1998). Slavery and colonial rule in French West Africa. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.

Strother, Z.S. (1998). Inventing masks: Agency and history in the art of the Central Pende. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Thornton, J.K. (1998). The Kongolese Saint Anthony: Dona Beatriz Kimpa Vita and the Antonian movement, 1684-1706. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Booker Award

Formerly known as Booker McConnell Prize, this award was established in 1968 by Booker PLC, an international food company in cooperation with the Book Trust and Publishers' Association. It is considered to be Britain's major literary prize for fiction and is given for recognition of a full-length novel. Publishers may submit up to three books which are written in English and have been published for the first time in the United Kingdom. Citizens of Britain or the British Commonwealth, the Republic of Ireland, and South Africa are eligible. A monetary prize of (L)20,000/ $35,000 is awarded. In 1999, J. M. Coetzee won for his book, Disgrace (London: Secker & Warburg, 1999).

Noma Award

The Noma Award was the idea of Shoichi Noma, the former president of a Japanese publishing company Kodansha. Mr. Noma created an endowment in 1979 which awarded indigenous African writers $3,000 for excellence in three categories: academic & scholarly writing, children's literature, and literature & creative writing. Books in any language (African, European, or Asian) are eligible. The Noma Award is administered by African Book Publishing Record. Referees include African scholars, book experts, and representatives of international book companies. Librarians also provide opinions. Presently, Savako Noma (daughter) is maintaining the endowment which currently provides a $10,000 award. The 1999 winner was Djibril Samb for his L'interpretation des reves dans la region Senegambienne. Suivi de la clef des songes de la Senegambie de l'Egypte pharaonique dt de la tradition islamique. (Dakar, Senegal: Les Nouvelles Editions Africaines, 1998). 1999 marks the twentieth anniversary of the Noma Award, and the winning publisher was also the publisher of the first Noma Award in 1980-Mariama Bâ's classic, Une si longue lettre, published in 1979.

Another book singled out for honorable mention in 1999 was Antjie Krog's, Country of my skull (Johannesburg, South Africa: Random House South Africa, 1998.)

Unesco Book Prize for Children's and Young People's Literature in the Service of Tolerance

Winner

Asare, M. (1998). Sosu's call. Accra, Ghana: Sub-Saharan Publishers.

Finalists

Al-Maadoul, F. (1997). Lines and circles. Cairo, Egypt: International Board on Books for Young People.

Peper, C.B. (1997). Contact. Cape Town, South Africa: Tafelberg.

The Voice of Africa

The Voice of Africa is an award made possible by the Swedish publishing houses Ordfront, Norstedis, Raben & Sjogren and the Book-of-the Month Club to honor the Swedish fiction writer Henning Mankell, whose commitment to Africa, its culture and literature, is well known in Sweden. The purpose of the prize is to promote a knowledge of African literature and its many distinguished writers. In 1999 the prize was awarded to Yvonne Vera of Zimbabwe.

These awards and others are listed on Indiana University's African Studies Collection website at http://www.indiana.edu/~libsalc/african/awards/

 

 

ZIBF NEWS


APPOINTMENT OF NEW ZIBF DIRECTOR

From: John Manyarara

ZIBF Chairman

Moses Samkange (52) is the new Executive Director for the Zimbabwe International Book Fair. Mr. Samkange takes over from Mrs. Trish Mbanga who left her post at the end of December. Mrs. Mbanga leaves the Book Fair after nearly 10 years of service as Executive Director. Mr. Samkange was appointed to the post of Executive Director by the Executive Committee of ZIBF. The announcement was made at a meeting of the Trustees held on Friday the 19 November. Mr. Samkange, who joined ZIBF at the beginning of March as Deputy Director, brings to the post vast experience acquired over three decades in the book industry. He

has worked with booksellers and publishers in countries in Southern Africa. Born in Zimbabwe, Mr Samkange worked for local publishers, Mambo Press, before joining Textbook Sales where he worked for seven years. In 1989, he moved to Botswana where he joined Century Office Supplies and subsequently, Botswana's largest book suppliers, the Botswana Book Centre. After six years in Botswana, he moved to South Africa where he worked for Exclusive Books in Johannesburg and then joined Hargraves Library Services, the largest library suppliers in Southern Africa, as General Manager.

 

AFRICAN IMPACT

A Celebration of Africa's 100 Best Books

From: Margaret Ling, ZIBF (UK)

The Zimbabwe International Book Fair invites you to be part of an historic celebration of African writing, publishing and research. Celebrations will reach their climax with the announcement of Africa's 100 best books at ZIBF2000. We would like you to nominate the books which you consider to have had the most powerful influence on you or your society.

NOMINATION CRITERIA

- nominated titles must have been published in the twentieth century whether they are still in print or not

- titles must have been written by an African defined for the purpose of this project as "someone who was either born in Africa or who became a citizen of an African country."

Books can be nominated in the following four categories:

* Fiction (including poetry and drama) in English, French, Portuguese, Arabic and Afrikaans

* Fiction (including poetry and drama) in an African language (including poetry and drama)

* Non-fiction in English, French, Portuguese, Arabic and Afrikaans

* Non-fiction in an African language

Each title must be accompanied by a rationale of a minimum of 50 words which may be written in French, English and Portuguese.

From the end of March, we will publicize the nominations that we have received to date on our website (www.zibf.org) and in the media throughout Africa. Organised in collaboration with APNET, PABA, Africa Writers Associations, Book Development Council, library associations and academics.

 

BULAWAYO BOOK FAIR 2000

From: Margaret Ling, ZIBF (UK)

The Bulawayo Book Fair will once again be taking place in Zimbabwe's second city on 16, 17 and 18 March, 2000. In response to suggestions by exhibitors, the Fair will be held at the Bulawayo City Hall situated in the centre of the City of Kings as opposed to the National Gallery which proved rather small for our purposes last year. Setting up day will be Wednesday 15 March and the Book Fair will be open from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm daily from Thursday to Saturday 16 - 18 March. As usual, the Fair will be open to traders only from 10.00 am to 1.00 pm on the Thursday. Admission will be free throughout the Fair. Exhibitors will be free to sell from their stands.

 

INDABA 2000 - MILLENIUM MARKETPLACE From: Margaret Ling, ZIBF(UK)

African Books in the Marketplace at Holiday Inn Crowne Plaza

Monomotapa Hotel at ZIBF2000, Harare, 29-30 July 2000

Indaba2000 is open to all attending the 2000 Zimbabwe International Book Fair. For registration please contact David at the ZIBF(UK) office, email zibf.kingstreet@dial.pipex.com

The ZIBF2000 Indaba will:

- focus on African publishing and writing in the international context

- examine the marketing of African books in the 21st century

- explore the relevance for Africa of present and future market trends in international publishing and marketing

- tackle the developmental issues and challenges that information technology presents to the African book and publishing sector

- sketch out the publishing strategies required for Africa by the historical shift from oral to written to electronic word

- bring together, in a unique debating forum, publishers, writers, booksellers, librarians, policy makers, donor agencies and other key industry players from throughout Africa and internationally- seek to contribute to the strength and viability of African publishing at the start of the new millennium.

 

ZIBF at LBF2000, 19-20-21 March, Olympia, London

From: Margaret Ling, ZIBF(UK)

The Zimbabwe International Book Fair will again be exhibiting at the London Book Fair, 19-20-21 March 2000. David Brine and Margaret Ling will be at Stand A155 in the National Hall. MARKETING AND SELLING BOOKS IN AFRICA, a two part seminar series will be held at the London Book Fair, organised by the Southern African Book Development Education Trust (SABDET) in association with the Zimbabwe International Book Fair Monday 20 March 2000 Club Room, Gallery, National Hall, Olympia, London W14

Seminar One, 10am - 12 noon

CHANGES IN GOVERNMENT PROCUREMENT - POLICY AND PRACTICE

Seminar Two, 2pm-4pm

BOOKSELLING AND BOOKSELLERS - ENTERPRISE AND SUCCESS

Speakers from West, East and Southern Africa, including:

RICHARD CRABBE, Chairman, African Publishers Network (APNET) and African Christian Press, Ghana

RUTH MAKOTSI, publishing consultant, Kenya

GIBRINE ADAM, EPP Book Services, Ghana (invited)

BOIFANG VON RUDLOFF, Botswana Book Centre, Botswana (invited)

Also of interest during the LBF2000 period:

On Saturday 18 March there will be a one day conference at the Institute of Education, Bedford Way, London WC1, on the implications of the Education For All (EFA) initiative for local publishing, writing, book distribution and information communications technology (ICT) in Africa. The programme includes workshops on the provision of learning resources, multinational and local publishing, the Internet, the representation of gender, structural adjustment and EFA, local languages and the impact of HIV/AIDS. The conference is open to all interested parties by registration. Ask for further details to be sent to you.

 

 

LITERATURE ON LIBRARIES
AND INFORMATION SERVICES


Grace Annoh, "Agricultural research in Ghana: the role of the Animal Research Institute Library," Information Development, vol. 15, no. 4, December 1999, pp. 223-227.

Kingo Mchomba, "Designing women oriented information resource centres in Africa," Information Development, vol. 15, no. 4, December 1999, pp. 212-216.

Ajibola Maxwell Oyinloye, "Electronic networking of libraries and the development of an information society in Africa," Information Development, vol. 15, no. 4, December 1999, pp. 217-222.

Paul Sturges and Suzanna Wallis, "Performance measurement and project evaluation for rural African information services," Information Development, vol. 15, no. 4, December 1999, pp. 205-211

African Research & Documentation

Musiker, Reuben. "South African bibliographical notes and news."

Rupley, Lawrence A. "A Sampling of the Literature on Burkina Faso."

Cook, Daniel. "Makerere University Main Library: a Status Report."

Dobronravin, Nikolai. "African and African-related sources in St. Petersburg, Russia."

McIlwaine, J.H. "Birds of Africa: Guide to Reference Material: Supplement 1."

McIlwaine, J.H. "Index to Writings on African Archives: Supplement 3." (ARD 79, 1999) Part 2.

Weissinger, Thomas. "Defining Black studies on the world wide web." Journal of academic librarianship, vol. 24, no. 4 (July 1999), pp. 288-293.

Colin Darch and Peter G. Underwood. "Dirt road or yellow brick superhighway? Information and communication technology in academic libraries of South Africa," in Library hi tech (Bradford, England), vol. 17, no. 3, (1999), pp. 285-297.

Adam, Lishan. "Web content for Africa." Information Development, v. 15 no. 2 (June 1999) p. 127-32

Aina,L.O; Mooko,Neo Patricia. "Research and publication patterns in library and information science in Africa." Information Development v. 15 no. 2 (June 1999) p. 114-19

Leach, Athol. "The provision of information to adults in rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, by non-governmental organisations." Libri v. 49 no. 2 (June 1999) p. 71-89.

Tawete, Felix-K. "Stakeholders, libraries and education in Africa: the story of Simangele, girl who went through South African education system without using a library." African Journal of Library, Archives and Information Science v. 9, no. 2 (Oct. 1999) p. 153-64.

Lwehabura,-Mugyabuso J.F. "User education and information skills: a need for a systematic programme in African university libraries." African Journal of Library, Archives and Information Science v. 9, no. 2 (Oct. 1999) p. 129-41.

Verbeek, Jennifer; Leach, Athol. "The development and evaluation of a new filing component for records and document control in the KwaZulu-Natal Province, South Africa in the Department of Land Affairs." African Journal of Library, Archives and Information Science v. 9, no. 2 (Oct. 1999) p. 103-17

Adeniran, Olatunde-R. "Library software in use in southern Africa: a comparative analysis of search engines, database fine-tuning and maintenance." The Electronic Library v. 17, no. 1 (Feb. 1999) p. 27-37.

Lanza, Sheri R. "Around the world in 80 sites: international business research, part 4: Sub-Saharan Africa." Searcher v. 7, no. 7 (July/Aug. 1999) p. 66-71.

Womboh, Benki; Simmons, H. "Education and training for subject specialization in academic and research libraries in Africa: a theoretical critical reappraisal." Journal of Education for Library and Information Science v. 40, no. 2 (Spring 1999) p. 75-91

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS


JAMES CURREY PUBLISHERS AND HANS ZELL TO TEAM UP

A new partnership has been announced between James Currey and Hans Zell that will ensure that there is at least a modest measure of continuity for the Hans Zell Publisher's list of African studies reference resources and following the discontinuation of the Hans Zell imprint under Bowker-Saur/Reed Business Information. A small range of new titles will be published as an imprint of James Currey Publishers, and, additionally, James Currey has also taken over stocks and distribution of four recently published Hans Zell backlist titles. The first title to be published by James Currey under the Hans Zell imprint will be the continuation of Bernth Lindfors' Black African Literature in English, and the new volume will cover a further five-year period, 1992-1996. The four volumes published to date provide comprehensive coverage of critical writing, and bibliographical material, interviews, etc. on Anglophone Black African literature. The 1992-1996 volume is scheduled for publication in August 2000. Further titles are expected to follow shortly thereafter, but the initial publishing programme will probably not amount to more than one or two new titles a year, and will primarily focus on the publication of new and revised editions of core bibliographic reference works published under the Hans Zell imprint over the past few years.

The following Hans Zell Publishers backlist titles will henceforth be stocked and distributed by James Currey, and will be available from their Plymouth-based UK warehouse:

John McIlwaine. Maps and mapping of Africa: a resource guide (1997).

John McIlwaine. Writings on African archives (1996) [Published on behalf of the Standing Conference on Library Materials on Africa (SCOLMA)]

Gretchen Walsh. The media in Africa and Africa in the media: an annotated bibliography (1996)

Hans M. Zell & Cécile Lomer. The African studies companion: a resource guide & directory. 2nd ed. (1997)

Rights for other Hans Zell titles have now reverted back to the authors, some of whom have taken over order processing for their books.

Distribution of Publishing and book development in Sub-Saharan Africa: an annotated bibliography, by Hans M. Zell & Cécile Lomer, published by Bowker-Saur in 1996, has been taken over by African Books Collective Ltd., Oxford. The last title published by Bowker-Saur under the Hans Zell imprint, Nigerian theatre in English: a critical bibliography (published in November 1998), will continue to be stocked by Bowker-Saur.

For more information contact:

Hans Zell, Hans Zell Publishing Consultants, 11 Richmond Road, PO Box 56, Oxford OX1 2SJ, UK

Telephone: +44-(0)1865-511428; Fax: +44-(0)1865-311534;

Email: hzell@dial.pipex.com Web site: http://www.hanszell.co.uk/

or James Currey, James Currey Publishers, 73 Botley Road, Oxford OX2 0BS, UK

 

DIGITAL LIBRARY FOR USERS IN AFRICA

A digital library for the benefit of users throughout Africa went on-line on November 3, 1999. In response to the need for library books in Africa, Technikon SA (TSA) has provided an initial sponsorship of Rim to set up the African Digital Library. It will provide Internet access to African users throughout the continent to a library of full-text books at no cost to the user. Over 60 publishers will provide full-text books. Persons in any African country with a server having an African domain, will be able to access the library via http://www.AfricaEducation.org/adl/

 

IU SEEKS FELLOW IN AFRICAN OR SLAVIC LIBRARIANSHIP

Indiana University Bloomington Libraries announce an academic-year post-doctoral fellowship program for the training of a Slavic or an African studies research librarian. Supported by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the fellowship offers one nine-month fellowship to a recent Ph.D., in any field specializing in either Slavic or African studies, who wishes to pursue a career as a Slavic or an African library specialist in a U.S. research library. Under the guidance of experienced librarians on the Bloomington campus, the fellow will participate in an apprenticeship, gaining knowledge of collection development and public services work.

A Ph.D. in a field specializing in either Slavic or African studies is required with working knowledge in one of the vernacular languages. Demonstrated ability to work effectively with the wider academic community and strong written and oral communication skills. Evidence of interdisciplinary course work is desirable as well as prior experience working in a research library or knowledge of scholarly publishing and the booktrade. Candidates are preferred who have developed a clear affinity for this alternative career path. Candidates must be U.S. citizens or eligible for long-term employment in the United States.

The fellowship salary is $28,500 with a benefits package that includes medical and life insurance, a retirement plan, sick leave, and 9 holidays annually.

To apply, submit a letter, along with a resume and the names of three references by May 3 to Yolanda Cooper-Birdine, Indiana University, Library Human Resources Office, 1320 East Tenth Street, Rm C-201, Bloomington, Indiana 47405-1801. Indiana University is an EOE/AAE.

 

MSU PROJECT FOR ELECTRONIC PUBLISHING AND INDEXING OF AFRICAN JOURNALS.

Accessing African Scholarly Journals:

Sustainable Electronic Publishing And Indexing Of African Journals Through International Cooperation

New collaborative project with ASA and various Michigan State University units (African Studies Center, Library, MATRIX (a project of H-Net), MSU Press), headed by David Wiley; inviting co-sponsorhip by CODESRIA (Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa), AAU (Association of African Universities), & AAS (African Academy of Sciences). Funded for one year, with possible renewal, by U.S. Dept. of Education under Title VI, Sec. 606: Technological Innovation and Cooperation for Foreign Information Access.

Three main features:

1) Pilot project over three years of web publishing 10 journals, adding another 10 if possible, with gratis access for African users and a cost recovery mechanism for others. These African journals will be initially drawn from the fields of the social sciences, humanities, and international development.

2) Work to insert or increase amount of African scholarship in the relevant international bibliographical databases.

3) Develop a national plan to ensure access to all journals by a) determining their availability in the US; & b) developing a plan for distributed acquisition and/or e-publishing of those not now available in the US. Joe Caruso (African Studies Librarian, Columbia University) was elected to represent the Board of Directors of the African Studies Association on the advisory board of the project.

 

NEW DISCUSSION FORUM

Discussion forum on the use of Internet technologies to meet information needs in developing countries - in particular Africa. To join the forum, send a blank message to: africa_web_content_owner-subscribe@egroups.com

 

MATERIALS AND VENDORS

African Imprint Library Services has recently received a shipment from Kenya. For a complete list of available titles, see http:// www.africanbooks.com/Kyweb1299.htm A shipment from Zambia has also been recently received. For a complete list of those available titles, see http://www.africanbooks.com/Zmweb0200.htm

Grands Livres promotes, distributes and sells books published in the Democratic Republic of CONGO and other parts of Africa. General Manager GRANDS LIVRES: KALOMBO DIYOKA, P.O. Box 146, KINSHASA 1, Democratic Republic of CONGO FAX: 419 844 4875 e-mail: ekalombo@hotmail.com

Bennett-Penvenne (162 Oak St., Duxbury, MA 02332, email: bennet-1@idt.net) has issued List 66.

Clarke's Bookshop (211 Long Street, Cape Town, South Africa) issued Catalogue 103 (1999).

Hadrian Books, Ltd./BAR (122 Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 7BP, England) issued its January 2000 catalog.

The African Books Collective, ABC, (The Jam Factory, 27 Park End St., Oxford OX1 1HU, UK email: abc@dial.pipex.com) has distributed its Fall 1999 catalogs: Autumn 1999 Catalogue; Education - New Titles; Politics, Economics and Development; African Literature and Languages; Anthropology, Sociology, Women's Studies and Creative Writing by African Women Writers (new titles); Religion and Theology & Philosophy

They have also issued their Autumn/Winter 1999/2000 Book Review (no. 14) with reviews, news and events in the African book trade and listings of new books from and about Africa.

The Agora Publishing and Academic Distribution Consortium is a distributor of critically acclaimed/high quality Commonwealth Studies titles for the United States and Canada. Sample List of high quality/critically acclaimed published titles, re: purchase order consideration: http://www.agorapublishing.com/

R.S., University of Toronto community Tel: (613) 565-2300/(613) 599-4739 U.S. and Canada toll-free tel: 1-888-377-2222

 

 WEB SITES OF INTEREST

http://www.AfricaBib.org
Free web site created in 1999 by Davis Bullwinkle (director of the Institute for Economic Advancement, IEA, Research Library, IEA at the University of Arkansas-Little Rock) as a way to disseminate information from two African studies databases as well as information on Africa from other sources.

It contains: -Africana Periodical Literature Bibliographic Database; -Africana Women's Database; -Women Travelers, Explorers, and Missionaries to Africa, 1763-1999: A Comprehensive English Language Bibliography

 

http://www.woyaa.com/topweb/index.html
for Unesco's top 50 African web sites

 

http://www.rafid.u-bordeaux.fr/litaf/
LITAF-Littérature africaine francophone
Searchable website for Francophone African literature

 

http://www.adamsbooks.co.za/index.html
Adams Bookshop
International ordering for South African stock and overseas publications

 

SELECTED NEW BOOKS

 

Barnes, Terri. "We women worked so hard": gender, urbanization, and social reproduction in colonial Harare, Zimbabwe. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann; Oxford: James Currey; Harare: Baobab/Academic; Cape Town: David Philip, c1999. 256p. (Social history of Africa series) 0325001731 (cloth): $59.95. 0325001723 (paper): $24.95.

 

From Greenwood Publishing Group

Brier, Bob, and Boyt Hobbs. Daily life of the ancient Egyptians. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1999. 253p. (The Greenwood Press "Daily life through history" series) 0313303134 $45.00. Reconstructions based on the hieroglyphic inscriptions, paintings from tombs, and scenes from the temple walls.

Taku, Thomas A. Framework for industrialization in Africa. Westport, Conn. : Praeger, 1999. 296p. 0275964981. $69.50 Author is manager/consultant with Camafric International Company and a specialist at Lincoln University.

Stepanek, Joseph F. Wringing success from failure in late-developing countries: lessons from the field. Westport, Conn. : Praeger, 1999. 246p. 0275965058. $59.95 Author's career with the United States Agency for International Development included time in Bangladesh, Indonesia, Kenya, Tanzania, and Zambia.

Bowditch, Nathaniel H. The last emerging market: from Asian tigers to African lions? the Ghana file. Westport, Conn.: Praeger, 1999. 201p. 0275965880. $55.00

Falola, Toyin. The history of Nigeria. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1999. 269p. (The Greenwood histories of the modern nations). 0313306826. $35.00

 

New title from Human Rights Watch:

Hostile to democracy: the movement system and political repression in Uganda. New York, 1999.

After years of turmoil the government of Uganda under President Yoweri Museveni has brought some stability and relative prosperity to Uganda. Whilst improvements have been made there is little room for democracy in Uganda as it is understood in northern pluralist democracies - opposition parties are barely tolerated and are not allowed to work freely. Their members can be harassed or imprisoned for uttering criticisms of the government. The National Resistance Movement and 'No-party' political system take up the state funding and political space pre-determined by the leadership of the new state. HRW argues that political freedom is needed.

Libraries may order from: GLOBAL BOOK MARKETING, 38 KING STREET, LONDON WC2E 8JT TEL +44 171 836 3020 FAX +44 171 497 0309 ea28@dial.pipex.com Book traders in Europe may order from Central Books, 99 Wallis Rd, London E9 E-mail Address(es): orders@centralbooks.com Distributed in Europe by Central Books Ltd, 99 Wallis Road, LONDON E9 5LN Tel +44 [0] 20 8986 4854 Fax +44 [0] 20 8533 5821

 

NEW JOURNALS 

Journal of African business, v. 1, no. 1 (2000). ISSN: 1522-8916. Published by International Business Press, an imprint of Haworth Press, 10 Alice St., Binghamton, NY 13904-1580. Email: getinfo@haworthpressinc.com Subscription: $85 (Libraries); $40, individuals. Editor: Sam C. Okoroafo, Univ. of Toledo. See: http://www.utoledo.edu/~jab/ Triannual (3 issues per vol/year).

 Modern practice journal of finance and investment law (Nigerian & international): quarterly comparative review of laws and practice

Publisher: Learned Publishments Limited, Lagos, Nigeria Scope: The Journal is aimed at accelerating research and development of the relevant law and practice in Constitutional law, Human Rights, Commerce, Finance, and Investment sectors. The Journal does not just describe a National phenomenon but encourages comparative analysis with international jurisdiction like the U.S.A. and Western Europe. Address of marketer and person to order from: Olufemi G. Salu, 222 Brookridge Drive, Jackson, Mississippi 39212, Tel/Fax: 601-372-8315 E-Mail: Saluog@Excite.Com Price: $400 USD per set (comprising up to date 8 volumes) Stocks available: 9 sets available in the U.S.A. for immediate clearance.

 SURJ (Solusi University Research Journal, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe) Vol. 1, no. 1 (2000). Refereed journal published by Solusi University's Office of Research, Information, and Publication.

 

OPINION


In this section, opinions on issues in Africana librarianship are published. The opinions expressed here are those of the writer. No endorsement by the editor, ALC, or Indiana University is implied.


HEAD TAXES &

LIBRARY (NON-)COOPERATION

by Joe Lauer, Michigan State University

There has been a lot of talk about library cooperation in recent years. There have been a few achievements, but the glass seems to be still largely empty. In our efforts to build the biggest/best collection or homepage (or grant application), little or no effort is made to focus on unique contributions and leave room for others to focus on what they do best. And we have taken a nineteenth-century approach to taxation (fees) for cooperative projects.

The nineteenth century approach was to place the same tax on each individual. It took an amendment to the US constitution to allow a tax on income, with those with more paying more. The debate in recent presidential campaigns is over whether to maintain the graduated taxes rates (with higher incomes paying a higher percentage of their income to the government) or to shift to a flat tax, with each individual paying the same percentage of their income. No one is proposing a head tax, with each individual paying the same dollar fee. Are ALC (Africana Librarians Council) librarians a bastion for ultra-conservative taxation?

Both CAMP (Cooperative Africana Microform Project) and the Title-6 projects charge the same for all libraries. The fee for the CAMP project was set in the early 1970s (by scholars) at $500 per institution. (The CAMP surcharge of $500 for non-CRL (Center for Research Libraries) members is really only an attempt to capture some of the funds locally available when CRL dues are not paid. ARL libraries that pay CRL dues are in effect cutting the local Africana budget by $500-$1000 or more.) The CAMP dues have not been raised since its creation, despite inflation and rising budgets. The CAMP budget has risen somewhat as more institutions are willing to pay the now nominal charge, but the real budget is falling; and the total brought in is far less than one could capture with a flat 1% tax on the Africana budgets of the core (active, meeting-attending) members. For active members, the cost of attending 2 meetings per year now must exceed the annual $500 dues. Most librarians have obviously concluded that CAMP spending is not important, although they are interested in trying to convince other parties to contribute to their goals.

In the early 1990s, the directors of the Title-6-funded African studies programs decided to set aside $1500 per year per program for a separate cooperative library project. Most of this has gone into CAMP, to fund a filming project in Senegal. While this has been a valued increase in contributions to CAMP, it suffers from the same fiction that all members are equal. The joint program at Stanford University and the University of California-Berkeley, with a combined Africana budget surpassing that of any individual Title-6 institution, paid the same as the University of Kansas ,with perhaps 1/10th of their budget.

At a minimum, I would argue that contributions should be based on a percentage of a program's Africana budget. This is already done with the CRL's overall program, although negotiations with individual institutions have meant that larger institutions pay a slightly smaller percentage than the smaller institutions. In order to reward the larger institutions willing to pay higher fees, and in order to benefit more from the wisdom of the collection management officers at the larger institutions, CRL and CAMP would do well to replace the single vote per institution with one vote for each $500 or $1000 contributed. In a real age of cooperation, the resources at CRL should be available to all libraries except for those few ARL (Association of Research Libraries) libraries who do not join CRL.

What would a progressive tax for CAMP look like? Exempt some amount (e.g., $50,000) that would represent core, absolutely essential spending (i.e., the threshold for being able to participate in cooperation), and tax the remainder at 1-3%. Is this unreasonable?