No. 102, Apr/May 2000

ISSN 0148-7868


Africana Librarians among the Palms

ALC Spring Meeting held at UCLA

Members of the Africana Librarians Council of the African Studies Association gathered in Los Angeles in April for three days of meetings during which members tended their ongoing projects and discussed ideas designed to bear fruit in the future. Some committees met at UCLA's Fowler Museum of Cultural History where each participant received a copy of their book, Isn't s/he a doll?: play and ritual in African sculpture, by Elisabeth L. Cameron (124 p., Los Angeles: UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History, c1996). Details on Africana Librarianship Council meetings are contained in the minutes in this issue of ALN and on the ALC website at

All wasn't spadework during the meeting though, participants took a break for an organized visit to the new Getty Center. Librarians at the Getty Research Library took the Africanists on a tour of their facility and showed them a special display of Africa-related books, early photo albums, and ephemera from the early to mid-twentieth century, mostly related to France's pré carré. Members were then treated to a bounteous spread at a reception overlooking some of the Getty Center Gardens.

These fertile minds will meet again at the annual meeting of the African Studies Association, November 16-19, 2000 in Nashville, Tennessee.

—Dorothy Ansart

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A Garden at the Getty Center




African Studies Association U.S.A.

WHEREAS Ruth Thomas has served as Field Director in the Nairobi Field Office of the Library of Congress 1990-2000, and earlier as Assistant Field Director for Bibliographic Services, and has performed with dedication and the highest standards of personal and professional judgment, she is therefore deserving of heartiest congratulations and highest commendations; and

WHEREAS Committed to making the publications of the area better known in Africa and to the Africana community as a whole, Ms. Thomas has created substantial, solid bibliographic tools of enduring value; and

WHEREAS She has contributed to and directed The Accessions List: Eastern Africa, conceived and executed on a more ambitious plan than the accessions lists of other LC field offices, in that it includes a serials supplement, and a publishers directory and an annual index; and she produced CD-ROM versions of the Accessions List 1992-96 and the Serial supplement for 1995-6; and she successfully fought to retain this valued publication while other Field Office Accessions Lists ceased publication; and

WHEREAS She initiated The Quarterly Index to Periodical Literature in Eastern and Southern Africa (1991-), a uniquely current index for the region's journals issued in print and on-line at; and

WHEREAS She created The Weekly Review Index, 1975-1989, a massive, essential compilation for anyone doing research on Kenya and East Africa during the period; and

WHEREAS She extended the geographic coverage of the Field Office and also much enlarged a cooperative acquisitions program, thereby enhancing the collections of Eastern and Southern African materials held by American research libraries; and

WHEREAS She established invaluable communications links amongst Africana librarian colleagues everywhere and has kept the Africana Librarians Council apprised of Eastern and Southern African information, conditions, and possibilities for action; and has promoted productive interactions with colleagues at home and abroad; and

WHEREAS Her achievements in Africana librarianship have greatly benefited research libraries everywhere, as well as the people of Eastern and Southern Africa, and exemplify the best in Africana librarianship and responsible professional leader-ship; now, therefore be it

RESOLVED BY THE AFRICANA LIBRARIANS COUNCIL, that the Members take pride in congratulating Ruth Thomas for her outstanding contributions in Africana librarianship, commend her exemplary display of sustained excellence in service to the profession, and extend best wishes in her future endeavors; and be further

RESOLVED, That a suitably prepared copy of this resolution be transmitted to Ruth Thomas and to the Board of Directors of the African Studies Association.

Approved by the Africana Librarians Council

This 7th day of April 2000, Los Angeles, California

Ruby Bell-Gam, Chair

This resolution was read by Phyllis Bischof at the Africana Librarians Council Meeting at the University of California, Los Angeles in April 2000.


1999 African Studies Association
Book Donation Awards

The ASA Book Donations Task Force is pleased to announce the winners of the 1999 awards to help pay for shipping books to Africa. This small fund of $3000 was divided among five recipients. The Task Force is organized through the ASA Africana Librarians Council, and its members are David Easterbrook (North-western U), Marieta Harper (LC), Alfred Kagan (U of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign), Deborah LaFond (U of Albany), Peter Malanchuk (U of Florida), and Gretchen Walsh (Boston U). Proposals for the current year are due by July 1st. See the announcement in this ASA News for further details.

The winners are:

1. Allegheny College for a project with Edo State University, Nigeria, $300. This modest award added to local funding to finish shipping 515 pounds of books and journals. The requester, Dr. Onaiwu Ogbomo, taught at Edo State (formerly Bendel State) from 1982 to 1993, and the current project builds on his past efforts through the Edo State University Librarian. Dr. Ogbomo has mobilized students and faculty at Allegheny making this a community effort with excellent support on both sides.

2. Michigan State University for a project with Addis Ababa University, $300. These two institutions have a long-standing relationship in both research and ex-changing students and faculty. The requester, Tim Carmichael, spent three years in Ethiopia, and developed a list of the specific books and journal issues needed at AAU. This small award almost covered the rest of their costs, and adds to local support from the MSU African Studies Center and History Department.

3. RAINBO for a project with African women’s NGOs and academic institutions, $750. RAINBO stands for Research, Action and Information Network for the Bodily Integrity of Women. This non-profit organization is based in New York City. They produce and freely distribute high quality text and graphic materials on reproductive health, focusing on female genital mutilation. They have partners in 28 African countries and reach 120 libraries. This award helps to widely distribute vitally needed high quality materials throughout the continent.

4. Renaissance Project, University of Texas-Pan American for a project with University of Yaounde 1, $825. This award helped ship about $20,000 worth of modern textbooks collected from faculty throughout the United States. The Renaissance Project developed as a national effort out of Dr. William Strong’s Fulbright stay at the University of Ibadan. His Yaounde partners are Dr. Ann Eno and Vice Rector Edward Ako.

5. SUNY Albany for a project with Douala University, $825. This project for shipping about 30 boxes came out of specific direct requests from Douala’s students and faculty. Douala was upgraded from a teacher’s college and trade school to a university in 1993, but the Library still has gaps related to the new curriculum. The relationship between the two institutions began in 1997/98 when Douala’s General Secretary, Dr. Therese Belle Wangue, visited Albany as a Fulbright Scholar. The requester, Dr. Shirley Jones, went to Douala in 1998 to establish a linkage program. Book donations have come from several university departments and the Friends of the Library.

Alfred Kagan
Chair, ASA Book Donations Task Force
African Studies Bibliographer and Professor of Library Administration
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign



The African Studies Association makes available up to $3000 annually to assist groups with shipping costs for book donations to African libraries and schools. The grants are intended to encourage innovative projects that incorporate essential elements, including:

1. Recipient participation

Ideally all book donation programs will be part of a broader academic liaison between institutions in Africa and the US. While large scale donations of container loads of books can be effective, the ASA is trying to fill a perceived gap by increasing the number of small to medium-sized projects that focus on specific, articulated needs.

2. High quality materials

While books need not be new, they should be in good condition and relevant to the recipient’s needs. Books can be procured from libraries’ duplicates, personal libraries, books stores, students and publishers.

3. Attention to details of logistics

The project plan should include a place to store books as they are being collected, a means of reviewing the books for physical quality and relevance to the recipient’s request, materials and staff for packing, a means of shipping to Africa, and all necessary paperwork for customs and shipping. The ASA cannot offer any services in arranging shipping or other logistics. Our role is to supply funding to the extent possible.

Applications for Funding

1. Project description

Send a 1-3 page description covering:

2. Budget

3. Deadline

A report on the project and brief summary for ASA News are required at the project’s completion. &





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


Jerusalem, Israel, 13-18 August 2000
Boston, USA, 16-25 August 2001
Glasgow, UK, 2002
Berlin, Germany, 2003


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



National Museum of African Art, Washington, DC

May 21-September 3, 2000

Explores the work of African artists who have lived or worked in Europe and America and African American artists who have visited Africa.



Internet site at


From: Margaret Ling, ZIBF(UK)


A quick reminder that the ZIBF2000 15 April early bird deadline is fast approaching. If you wish to take advantage of our 15% discount for ZIBF2000 exhibitors, please contact David at as soon as possible to make your booking. A list of international exhibitors to date follows.

All registered visitors and exhibitors should make sure that David has full details for the ZIBF2000 interim catalogue which will be compiled after 15 April. Please be in touch with him to check your entry - or if you are planning to attend as a visitor, would like to be listed in the interim catalogue for networking purposes and haven't yet registered for the Fair.

Bookings as of 2 April 2000

African Books Collective
Commonwealth Secretariat
Food & Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations
IFAD, International Fund for Agricultural Development
IFLA-ALP, Advancement of Librarianship in the Third World
Technical Centre for Agricultural & Rural Co-operation (CTA)
United Nations Publications
United Nations University Press
World Bank
World Health Organisation

International Development Research Centre

City of Munich
Frankfurt Book Fair

KIT Press

Norwegian Library Association

Swedish Library Association
Swedish Writers Union

Book Data
Caine Prize for African Writing
Global Book Marketing
Guinness Publishing
Heinemann Publishers
London Book Fair
Oxfam Publishing

Africa World Press/The Red Sea Press
Scholastic Inc.

Copyright Workshop at ZIBF2000

ZIBF, in association with KOPINOR and APNET, is proud to announce a second copyright workshop.


Monday 31 July 2000, 8.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m.

Function Room 6, Holiday Inn Crowne Plaza Monomotapa, Harare, Zimbabwe

Following the success of last year's Copyright Awareness Workshop, and the many calls for a continued African debate on copyright awareness, ZIBF2000 will feature a second, longer Copyright Workshop. An international panel of speakers will focus this time on copyright legislation - including legislation for the digital environment - and on the collective management of rights. This is an inter-active workshop, and there will be ample time for discussion and debate from the floor. Publishers, writers, librarians, academics, educationists and policy-makers are urged to attend and to participate in lively discussion around an important topic which affects all in the book chain. All copyright stakeholders are welcome and encouraged to express their views. Africa needs to become copyright-aware!

Fee: Zimbabwean residents Z$500; International 20 pds stlg; Africa/Asia US$20; South Africans R100. The fee includes documentation, lunch and teas.

Participants from Europe, North America and the Caribbean should register and pay to ZIBF(UK) - contact David Brine at <> for invoicing purposes.

South Africans should pay by cheque, made out to ZIBF (SA) and posted to PO Box 31134, Braamfontein, 2017.

All other participants should pay ZIBF Head Office, P O Box CY 1179, Causeway, Harare, Zimbabwe.


The Rural Libraries Resources and Development Project (RLRDP) are repeating their very popular Field Visit to the Eastern Highlands for ZIBF2000 participants who would like to see something of the reality of book and library development beyond Harare - and enjoy some spectacular natural scenery. In response to feedback from last year's participants, the RLRDP are offering two options:

Option 1 - two day trip (one night away) departing Harare Friday 4 August return Saturday 5 August

Option 2 - three day trip (two nights away), departing Harare Friday 4 August return Sunday 6 August.

The all-in prices (including all transport, accommodation, meals) are:

Option 1 - US$275

Option 2 - US$385

Bookings to David Brine at ZIBF(UK)


Theme: Celebrating African Books

Country of focus: Ghana

DRAFT - as of 6 March 2000

Please note: further events, dates and times will be added as details become available. Details may change.

NOTE: New additions include the Copyright Workshop on Monday 31 July, the announcement of the results of African Impact: Africa's 100 Best Books (31July), and the Open Forum on Marketing African Scholarship (4 August)



Pre-ZIBF2000 training/by invitation only events, including Women Writers Workshop:

Celebrating African Women Writers (27-28 July) and Marketing Skills Workshop for

African Publishers (26-27-28 July)


Arrivals for Indaba2000; registration & briefing for speakers and resource persons


0800-1700 Indaba2000: Millennium Market Place - Marketing African Books in the 21st Century (venue: Monomotapa Hotel, by registration)

1800-2000 Reception and official opening


0930-1700 Indaba2000: Millennium Market Place - Marketing African Books in the 21st Century (venue: Monomotapa Hotel, by registration)

1800 Millennium party


0900-1600 Exhibitors' setting up day at Book Fair Site, Harare Sculpture Garden

0830-1300 Writers Workshop: Celebrating African Writers (open, by registration)

0830-1700 Buyers/Sellers Meeting, African Print & Publishing Ind'y (by invitation)

0900-1700 Copyright Workshop (by registration)

1000-1500 CIVA/British Council workshop for African publishers, How to Publish a Best Seller

1630-1800 Official opening of ZIBF2000, & announcement of African Impact: 100 Best Books

1900-2100 Ghana High Commission reception


1000-1700 Book Fair Traders Day, Harare Sculpture Garden

1000-1730 CIVA/British Council workshop for African publishers, How to Publish a Best Seller

0830-1300 Writers Workshop: Celebrating African Writers (open, by registration)

1000-1700 Children's Reading Tent

1300-1700 Live Literature Centre


1000-1700 Book Fair Traders Day, Harare Sculpture Garden

0830-1300 Writers Workshop: Celebrating African Writers (open, by registration)

1000-1700 Children's Reading Tent

1300-1700 Live Literature Centre


1000-1700 Book Fair Traders Day, Harare Sculpture Garden

0800-1000 Journal Publishing in the New Millennium, AJSDC meeting (open)

0830-1300 Writers Workshop: Celebrating African Writers (open, by registration)

1000-1700 Children's Reading Tent

1300-1700 Live Literature Centre

1800-2000 Zimbabwe Book Publishers Association Literary Awards


1000-1700 Book Fair Public Day, Harare Sculpture Garden

08.30-1600 SABDET Open Forum on Marketing African Scholarship (open)

0830-1300 Writers Workshop: Celebrating African Writers (open, by registration)

1000-1700 Children's Reading Tent

1300-1700 Live Literature Centre


1000-1700 Book Fair Public Day, Harare Sculpture Garden

1000-1700 Children's Reading Tent

1300-1700 Live Literature Centre



We are expecting more South African exhibitors at the ZIBF this year than ever before, following an announcement by South Africa's Department of Trade and Industry of their support for ZIBF2000 and their intention to sponsor a South African national pavilion. Negotiations are under way to accommodate the DTI in the Book Fair Gardens.

The South African DTI supports a couple of international book fairs each year and this year the ZIBF has taken the place of Frankfurt.

South African librarians are showing strong interest in ZIBF2000 and we are expecting good representation from this sector as well.

ZIBF Executive Director Moses Samkange attended the Delhi World Book Fair last month and ZIBF is now looking forward to reaching agreement with the National Book Trust of India for an Indian pavilion.

The French Embassy in Zimbabwe through Alliance Française have also expressed their intention to have a bigger stand at the Book Fair this year, and will be accommodated in the Mayor's Garden where they will be readily accessible to the general public as well as to the trade.



Namibia Resource Centre - Southern Africa Library in Switzerland
PO Box 2037, CH 4001 Basel - Switzerland


Recently been compiled by Dag Henrichsen, this update covers monographs, periodicals, unpublished theses, papers and other materials as received by the BAB Namibia Resource Centre only. It is selective and annotations do not imply a comprehensive treatment of the title. For more detailed information kindly contact Dag Henrichsen at

BAB Acquisitions

Friends of BAB and students in Windhoek and Oshakati collected election material during the recent Presidential and Parliamentary Election for our archives. We received posters from most political parties, their manifestos and hand-outs as well as general voter education material. BAB maintains a large collection of election posters dating back to the 1978 election in Namibia. Other recent acquisitions include several private photo albums of German soldiers and settlers from the German colonial period.


Namibia- scholars - undergraduates, graduates and postgraduates, working in the social sciences and interested in Namibia, are invited to attend the workshop: " Namibia: developments in the former homelands since independence". The workshop will take place the 29 and 30 of June 2000, at the Institute for Geography, University of Wuerzburg, Germany.

Begin: 29.06.00: 01.00 p.m. Institute for Geography, "kleinen Übungsraum".
End: 30.06.00: 02.00 p.m.

Contact: Martine Prins

Eberhard Rothfuß

Geographisches Institut der Universitaet Wuerzburg
Am Hubland
D-97074 Wuerzburg

Tel: + 49-931-8885551
Fax: + 49-931-8885556



African Research and Documentation no. 81, 1999

Andrew Mickleburgh. "Asians and Uganda: a bibliography and introductory essay." p. 3-22

John McIlwaine. "Flora of Africa: guide to reference materials." p. 23-52

Oliver B. Pollak. "Eric M. Bonner, Africana bookseller." p. 53-62

Maryna Fraser. "Some highlights in AMLIB's 21 years of existence." p. 63-68

John McIlwaine. "Africa at IFLA 1999." (conference report) p. 69-80

African Publishing Review, vol 8, no. 2, March/April 2000 includes, "OAU Launches Decade of Education", "SILA - First Abidjan International Book Fair", African Illustrators at Bologna International Children's Book Fair", "Malian President Makes Africa Proud", "Country Reports: Publishing in Indigenous Languages in Lesotho, Publishing Science Books in Africa"

African Publishing Review, vol. 8, no. 3, May/June 1999 includes, "Welcome Change in World Bank Textbook Provision Policy", "Governments and National Book Development Policies", "Intercultural Library for the Future", "Wits Publishing Studies Profile"

African Publishing Review, vol. 8, no 4, July/August 1999 includes, "Gender-Sensitivity in Publishing: Lessons from Ghana", "The Printed Word and a Gender-Sensitive Society: The South African Experience", "Publishers and Child Abuse: The Zimbabwean Experience", "The Role of Facilitators in National Book Policies: Lessons from Jamaica"



African Imprint Library Services
has recently received a shipment from Kenya. For a complete list of available titles, they invite you to point your browser to
They have also recently received shipments from Algeria, Ethiopia, Malagasy Republic and Namibia. For complete lists of available titles, we invite you to point your browser to:
Malagasy Republic:

California Newsreel's Library of African Cinema has just published its 1999-2000 resource guide featuring 14 new releases. This expands the collection to 55 titles from 21 African nations. A highlight of the new collection is Mweze Ngangura's comic thriller, Pièces d'identités, winner of best film at the 1999 Pan-

African Film Festival in Ouagadougou and best foreign film at the 1999 Acapulco Black Film Festival. It also features the release of La Petite vendeuse de Soleil, the long-awaited final film from the late Senegalese master, Djibril Diop Mambety. For a free copy of this catalogue, please contact: California Newsreel, 149 Ninth Street/ 420, San Francisco CA 94103. Telephone: 415-621-6196; Fax: 415-621-6522; E-mail:; Web:

African Books Collective, New Titles April 2000

African Languages and Linguistics

Parry, Kate (ed.). Language and Literacy in Uganda. Towards a Sustainable Reading Culture. Fountain Publ., 2000. $18.95/£10.95


Ndunguru, S.N. Divine Providence. 1999 [publ. 2000] Mkuki na Nyota Publ. $9.95/£5.95

Abaidoo, Kodwo. Sealed Scroll. Afram Publ.Ltd. (Ghana), 2000. $13.95/£7.95

Literature: History and Criticism

Yankson, K.E. The Rot of the Land and the Birth of the Beautyful Ones. The

World of Ayi Kwei Armah's Novels. Ghana Univ. Press, 2000. $6.95/£3.95


Olafioye, Tayo. Arrowheads to my Heart. Malthouse Press, 1999 [publ. 2000]. $8.95/£4.95


Raftopoulos, Brian and Tsuneo Yoshikuni et. al. (eds.). Sites of Struggle: Essays in Zimbabwe's Urban History. Weaver Press, 1999 [publ. 2000]. $24.95/£14.

Further information about new titles can be found on the ABC web site under "New Titles:

The African Book Centre (38 King Street, London WC2E 8JT UK; email: issued its Book Review no. 14 (Autumn/Winter 1999/2000) and no. 15 (Spring 2000) with reviews, news and events in the African book trade and listings of new books from and about Africa

Michael Graves-Johnston (P.O. Box 532, 54, Stockwell Park Road, London SW9 0DR ; email: issued Catalogue 72 on African Ethnology.

McBlain Books (P.O. Box 185062, Hamden, CT 06518; email:; issued Catalog 145, an indexed list of 1414 items.

The Backlist (c/o Stephen Powell; P.O. Box 791, Doylestown, PA 18901; (215)340-1400; email: issued Catalog 139 (March 2000) with out-of-print & used books for African and Caribbean Literature.


New Serial Titles

Library of Congress, Nairobi Field Office

African Journal on Conflict Prevention, Managment and Resolution, vol. 1, no. 1 (Jan./Apr.1997). A quarterly O.A.U. survey of peace, security, peace operations and related topics in contemporary Africa. Published by OAU Conflict Management Division, PO Box 200246, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Gift.

Journal of Religion and Theology in Namibia, Vol. 1 (1999). Provides a forum for research and discussion on issues in religion, theology and ethics. Address: Ecumenical Institute for Namibia, University of Namibia, Private Bag 13301, Windhoek, Namibia. Subscription: US$ 15

La Gazette des Comores, no. 1 (15 juil. 1999). A weekly newspaper from Comoros. Address: La Gazette des Comores, Route du port Moroni, BP 2261, Moroni, Comoros. Email: Subscription: FF500 per year.

Law Review (Kampala, Uganda), Mar. 1998. A monthly publication on topical legal issues in Uganda. Address: Uganda Law Society, PO Box 426, Kampala, Uganda. Subscription: Ushs 7,500 per copy.

Laz: Law Assocation of Zambia Journal, vol. 1 (1998). A bi-annual journal providing a medium for legal practitioners in which to exchange and document practical experiences about practice of law. Law Association of Zambia, PO Box 35271, Lusaka, Zambia. Subscription: Zkw 20,000 per copy.

Malilime: Malawian Journal of Linguistics, no. 1 (1999). An annual journal publishing original research on theoretical and descriptive aspects of linguistics with a special focus on African languages. Published by Centre for Language Studies, University of Malawi, PO Box 108, Zomba, Malawi. Subscription: US$ 15.

Nkumba Business Journal, vol. 1, no. 1 (Jan. 1999). covers business and its related disciplines. Nkumba University Press, PO Box 237, Entebbe, Uganda, publishes it twice a year. Subscription: Ushs 5,000 per copy.

The Uganda Law Focus, vol.1 , no. 1 (Mar. 1998). A bilingual law journal of the Law Development Centre. Address: Law Development Centre, PO Box 7117, Kampala, Uganda. Subscription: Ushs 7,000 per copy.

University of Mauritius Research Journal. Science and Technology, vol.1 (1998). An annual publication aimed at disseminating both applied and pure research in the area of science and technology. Address: University Mauritius, Reduit, Mauritius. E-mail: Subscription: Individual US$ 20 per volume; Corporate US$ 30 per volume.

University of Mauritius Research Journal. Social Science & Humanities and Law & Management, vol. 1 (1998). An annual publication aimed at disseminating both applied and pure research in the area of social science, humanities, law and management. Address: University of Mauritius, Reduit Mauritius. Email: Subscription: Individual US$ 20 per volume; Corporate US$ 30 per volume.

Zambia Bird Report, 1997. An annual publication on various issues related to birds in Zambia. Published by Zambian Ornithological Society, PO Box 3394, Lusaka 10101, Zambia. Email:



The Library of Congress Africa and Middle Eastern Section has a new web site at: The ALC page can be accessed by clicking on "AMED Internet Resources"

The Sidama Concern, a web site that collates, analyses and disseminates information of relevance to the Sidama of North East Africa;

APNET now has a Web Site at:



Yoruba Diaspora

Dr. Ivor Miller, Scholar-in-Residence at the Schomburg Center, NYC, has co-authored a book with Dr. Wande Abimbola on the Yoruba diaspora entitled, Ifa will mend our broken world: thoughts on Yoruba religion and culture in Africa and the diaspora. To order, send a check made out to Aim Books, 125 School Street, Roxbury, MA 02119 for $19.95 + $3 for Priority Mail shipping.

From Praeger, Westport Connecticut, 2000.

Mungazi, Dickson A. In the footsteps of the masters: Desmond M. Tutu and Abel T. Muzorewa.

New Book and Exhibition Document West African Palace Sculptures

Palace sculptures of Abomey: history told on walls (Getty Conservation Institute and the J.Paul Getty Museum, $24.95 paper) by Francesca Piqué and Leslie H. Rainer, provides a portrait of exceptional sculptures and the people who crafted them.

New from P.Schlettwein Publishing in Switzerland

Haenger, Peter. Slaves and slave holders on the Gold Coast: towards an understanding of social bondage in West Africa, edited by J.J.Shaffer and Paul E.Lovejoy, translated from the German by Christina Handford. Basel, 2000.

Greenwood Press announces

Education and independence: education in South Africa, 1658-1988, by Simphiwe A. Hlatshawo. Westport, CT, 2000. (Contributions in Afro-American and African studies; no. 196) A work designed for historians and education professionals alike.


New books from other publishers

Liswaniso, Mufalo (ed.). Zambia Media Directory 1998-1999: The Biennial Reference Publication for Journalists and Publishers. Zambia Media Centre, 1999. £13.95 Includes: listings of the major independent and state-controlled media and related enterprises in Zambia; who's who in the news media and allied businesses; recognized journalism schools, colleges and other media training institutions in Eastern and Southern Africa.

Studies of Education in Ethiopia: 1994-1997 and Zimbabwe 1990-1996, published by the Working Group on Education Sector Analysis (WGESA) of ADEA; (Ethiopia ISBN 92-9178-004-9, 1999; Zimbabwe ISBN 92-9178-008-1, 1999).(contact: WGESA, UNESCO, 7 Place de Fontenoy, 75352 Paris 07 SP, France;Tel: +33 1 4568 0826; email:

Jansen, J and P. Christie. Changing curriculum: studies of outcomes-based education in South Africa, 1999. (contact: Juta Education Publishers, CapeTown, South Africa, email:

Chimera, Rocha. Kiswahili: past, present and future horizons. Nairobi University Press, 1999. ISBN 9966846352. (available from African Books Collective, The Jam Factory, 27 park End Street, Oxford OX1 1HU, UK (

Wise, Michael (ed.). Education for Librarianship and Information Science in Africa. IFLA/ALP project report. (contact: IFLA/ALP, c/o Uppsala University Library, Box 510, S-751 20 Uppsala, Sweden, email: includes papers about education for librarianship in numerous African countries including Mozambique, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

Trilingual Anthology of Akan Folktales, published by the Department of book Industries at UST, Kumasi (contact: Rev. Edem Tettey, Dept. of Book Industry, College of Art, UST, Kumasi, Ghana).

Women's information services and networks: a global source book, produced by the International Information Centre and Archives for the Women's Movement (IIAV) and the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT) (contact: KIT:

The African writers' handbook, James Gibbs and Jack Mapanje, eds. Oxford: African Books Collective, 1999. ISBN: 0952126966



CAMP Business Meeting Minutes

November 11, 1999 Meeting: 2:00p.m.-4:30p.m.

Marriott Hotel Salon L Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


Present: Helene Baumann, (Chair) Duke U; Peter Malanchuk, (Secretary) U of Florida; Ruby Bell-Gam, (UCLA); Phyllis Bischof, (Incoming Member-at-Large, U of California Berkeley); Simon Bockie, (U of California Berkeley); Joe Caruso, (Columbia University); Moore Crossey, (Yale University-retired); Andrew de Heer, (NYPL-Schomburg Center); David Easterbrook, (Member-at-Large, Northwestern University); Greg Finnegan, (Harvard University); Marion Frank-Wilson, (Indiana University), Karen Fung, (Member-at-Large-Outgoing-Stanford University); Dennis Galvan, (Faculty Representative-U of Florida); Miki Goral, (UCLA); Beverly Gray, (LC); Kathyre Greene, (Incoming Faculty Representative, California State San Bernadino); Al Kagan, (U of Illinois Champaign/Urbana); Patricia Kuntz, (Indiana U); Deborah LaFond, (SUNY-Albany); Joe Lauer, (Michigan State U); Robert Lesh, (Northwestern U); Nancy Pressman Levy, (Princeton); Ken Lohrentz, (U of Kansas-guest); Wonki Nam, (Central State U); Patricia Ogedengbe, (Northwestern U); Lauris Olson, (Incoming Secretary-U of Pennsylvania); Afeworki Paulos, (U of Iowa); Loumona Petroff, (Boston U); Wendy Simmons, (U.S. Department of State); Elisabeth Sinnott, (New York U); Ruth Thomas, (LC Nairobi); Gretchen Walsh, (Boston U); David Westley, (Boston); Dorothy Woodson, SUNY/Buffalo/Yale U; Joanne Zellers (LC)

1. Introductions: CAMP Executive (including newly elected members), CAMP Member representatives, Guests. Chair Helene Baumann recognized the new members elected to the CAMP Executive Committee. They include: Phyllis Bischof, elected as Member-at-Large, (U of California/Berkeley); Lauris Olson, elected as Secretary, (U of Pennsylvania); and Dr. Kathryn Green elected as Faculty Representative, (California State U at San Bernardino). The Chair also recognized the outgoing members of the Executive Committee who served so well in our collective behalf, Karen Fung, Member-at-Large, (Stanford U) and Peter Malanchuk, Secretary, (U of Florida).

2. Announcements and Additions/Deletions to the Agenda

The Chair recognized Ken Lohrentz for his important and recent article published in the African Studies Review, Volume 41 Number 2, (September 1998), pp.113-132, entitled "Africana in the Center for Research Libraries."

Agenda Items numbers 9, (ULAN Update) and 11 (Title VI Projects) were covered in detail during the ALC Business Meeting and were removed as agenda items. Al Kagan added a discussion/proposed purchase item, a microfilm backfile of Egyptian newspaper Al Ahram from 1876-1900. Gretchen Walsh and Beverly Gray are to prepare background information to lead a discussion dealing with African libraries joining, or being subsidized to join, CAMP during the Spring 2000 Meeting. The Church Missionary Society (CMS) Papers were removed from consideration for purchase from Adam Matthews at this meeting since Susan Rabe of CRL was completing a careful investigation to determine CAMP's precise holdings against what the Matthews Publishing Group is currently and projecting to offer. CAMP may purchase a number of the items offered to extend and complete gaps in its current holdings. Some CAMP members are also considering individual purchases,

3. Approval of the May 1, 1999, Washington, D.C. Minutes

Following minor correction suggestions, Phyllis Bischof moved to approve the minutes. The motion received a second, and the minutes were approved.

4. New by-laws; revisiting issues of Section III.

The proposed CAMP by-laws sent to the membership in an election ballot in early September 1999 were approved by a sizable majority of the membership. Section III was discussed during the CAMP Executive Committee Meeting prior to this Business Meeting. Despite a six year commitment by the Vice-Chair/Chair Elect, Chair, and Past Chair as stated in the newly passed by-laws ballot, it was the Executive Committee's position that the membership voted and approved the measure and we should carry it out. If it proves unworkable, then it can stand for amendment in the future. Ruby Bell-Gam explained her rationale for the two year terms for the Vice Chair/Chair Elect and Chair. The Vice-Chair will serve as an understudy to the Chair and the two year Chair appointment provides leadership, stability, and continuity. The Past Chair would serve in the role as a consultant and senior advisor. It becomes a significant responsibility for the Chair but to some extent will be supported by the Vice Chair and Past Chair positions. The new by-laws will be sent out by the current Chair and the Executive Committee considers the organizational and CAMP leadership operation a resolved issue. James Simon stated the revised by-laws are up at the CAMP Web Site.

5. CAMP Archival Assistance Statement Approval and Activation

Chair Baumann asked the membership how do we activate the Archival Assistance statement. James Simon read the statement to the membership. "CAMP expresses within our capacity and observing any copyright restrictions it will seek to provide copies of CAMP held materials to replace materials lost from African Archives through war, conflict, or natural disasters. This is a statement of general principles with specific details to be developed and voted upon by the CAMP membership on an individual basis." It was suggested that this statement should be attached to the by-laws and James Simon agreed to do so as an Appendix. Gretchen Walsh suggested the text of the statement should be sent to the American Archivist and other archives associations and publishers for general awareness of CAMP's position. The statement limits what we can provide as an organization. It was recommended that it also be placed on H-Africa. James Simon suggested sending a copy to the American Library Association's International Relations Committee, to the ASA, to other area microfilm projects, and IFLA's Regional Secretariat for Africa.

Afeworki Paulos inquired whether CAMP has a record of all African archives and their condition and does CAMP have a program to film archives prior to their experiencing problems. The general response was in the negative. However, the archive statement is an ad-hoc response to assist with refurbishing a specific archive with CAMP held or CAMP filmed materials that was included in that archive's holdings. The intent is not to film an entire archive in the anticipation of a future crisis or natural disaster. Chair Baumann stated, "In our capacity CAMP will lend assistance when we can on an ad-hoc basis. We have no blanket program."


6. CRL Report, including CAMP Budget (James Simon CRL)

James Simon reviewed the CAMP Budget. The beginning fund balance is $33,382.00. The ending fund balance is $48,225.45. The items on order, materials approved, and non-material expenses total $27,841.81 leaving an available funds balance of $20,383.64 for expenditures. The commitments were listed on pages three and four along with the approved projects with the total dollar amount listed on page one. CAMP received and recently cataloged a collection of Somali newspapers on fiche and they are now included in our catalog records. New receipts include Tanzanian newspapers, Liberian newspapers, CIC newspapers, and Justice indigène. We have Malawi newspapers on order from Nairobi are we are working on filming currently received newspapers. The papers of the SWAPO press secretary, an index to collated general public information speeches, press releases and internal documents have been received. SWAPO serial publications from this collection along with significant contributions from Michigan State U, Stanford, Indiana, Northwestern, Boston and the Vassler Library in South Africa will now be sent for filming in December 1999 or January 2000.

Metta Shayne's African Newspaper List (1999 edition) is at the CRL Web Site. The CAMP On-Line Proposal Form should become an active document. Since the last CAMP meeting (May 1999) it has not been used. It's current format is useful to purchase available microfilm but not well structured for new proposals of materials to be filmed.

Lauris Olson suggested that the CAMP proposal form should be advertised on H-Africa and in the ASA News to provide more exposure to the ASA membership and to other interested Africanists.

David Easterbrook posed the question are we willing to spend acquisitions dollars to make the site more interactive. James Simon will investigate whether there is a less expensive alternative to make the purchase form more computer interactive and report back to the membership at the spring 2000 meeting.

There is a leadership change at CRL. President Don Simpson has retired and Milton Wolf, second in command, will retire as well. Beverly Lynch of UCLA will become the interim President for the remainder of the calendar year 2000.

7. CIC-NEH Report (David Easterbrook)

The list of newspapers distributed at the CAMP Spring Meeting May 1999 have been filmed. The reels will be housed at CRL. Costs for filming were within the allocated budget. CIC has submitted a second grant proposal which, if successful, would become operational in November 2000 and if funded will be announced at the CAMP Spring 2000 Meeting. There are ten newspapers from the early 1990's that will be filmed from Northwestern's collection.

8. ASA Papers Update (David Easterbrook)

David Easterbrook presented a lucid description of the ASA Conference Papers and the ASA Archives issues from the Spring 1999 CAMP Meeting. ASA will return to the former protocol of issuing the ASA Annual Conference Papers in hard copy and in microfilm and no longer use the CD-ROM format. This will make the material easier to acquire and loan for libraries and will become effective for the (1998) Annual Meeting. According to Easterbrook neither the archival copy of the ASA Annual Conference Papers nor the Annual ASA Archives have been sent to Northwestern U for a span of years. When ASA moved from Emory U (Atlanta) to Rutgers U (New Brunswick, New Jersey), the ASA Archives were not received at Northwestern. David Wylie, ASA President, has promised to review the issue for ALC, CAMP, and Northwestern. David Easterbrook will report at the Spring 2000 Meeting regarding any new developments. The original agreement to deposit the ASA Archives at Northwestern was a gentleman's agreement between Hans Panofsky and James Duffy. There is not a written agreement at Northwestern nor at ASA formally establishing Northwestern U as the repository for the ASA Archives. There is no description or official agreement on what constitutes these archives. Easterbrook conversed with David Wiley regarding the need to create such a document from Northwestern's perspective and to have in place a deeded gift agreement, forms, and depository slips to formalize the relationship. Chair Helene Baumann reported that the CAMP Executive Committee is trying to establish whether or not the years when only CD-ROM format was available for the ASA Annual Conference Papers will now become available on microfilm as well. This would seem to be the years for 1996 and 1997.

9. CRL's Foreign Official Gazettes Task Force (Afeworki Paulos)

Afeworki Paulos (Iowa) reported on the Foreign Official Gazettes Task Force which met in July 1999. Patricia Finney CRL Collection Head for Area Studies presided over the meeting. Paulos discussed the importance of the gazettes for historians, economists, and political scientists and legal experts. The utilization of the rich repository of information contained within individual African country's gazettes becomes a treasure trove for serious researchers. Paulos presented his findings and provided specific country examples from the CAMP collection including Gambia, Zanzibar, and the East African High Commission. There are extensive information resources that can be used for topics such as city councils, nationalism, indirect rule, educational development, religious issues, and numerous other social science topic areas. Ways to promote the Gazette's use was discussed by the membership. The next meeting of the Task Force is scheduled for July 18, 2000 in Philadelphia and a local CAMP representative is encouraged to attend, since travel support by CRL for a CAMP member to attend these meetings is no longer feasible, according to James Simon.

10. Senegal Project (Joseph Caruso)

Joe Caruso (Columbia U) provided a complete Senegal Project update. Joe and Robert Mottice of UMI/Bell and Howell provided a four day training session for the personnel of the preservation/reproduction unit of the National Archives of Senegal this past summer. They assessed the Senegalese personnel abilities to microfilm and to run through the process of producing microfilm and making copies. While this training took place, CRL microfilmed the final segment of Justice Indigène and shipped it back to Senegal both the positive copy and the master negative. CRL has completed the filming of this project for our purposes. However, Part I when it was filmed included a positive copy for CAMP and the master negative for Senegal. Dakar does not have a positive copy of this segment. An interpreter was hired at a discounted rate since Mr. Mottice does not speak French. The session was a basic training unit in microform techniques through making a copy. The training session went very well with the technicians very much engaged in what was being taught. Mottice evaluated all the equipment, the film lab and film storage area. He mentioned that the heat, humidity, and dust were factors that detracted from optimal film working and storage conditions. The two cameras were of good quality and they purchased a duplicator last year but were unable to use it and thus could not make a positive copy. Mottice instructed them how to accomplish that. Mottice adjusted the processor which was fine.

The densitometer which CAMP purchased was not operational as the apertures were missing. We purchased new apertures subsequent to the trip, and they are functioning currently. Mottice made an aperture which enabled him to perform the necessary training. Other problems including the lack of darkroom lights as they attempted to process film in total darkness. There was a larger issue in that the personnel never had a training session onsite. One of the photographers was trained in France some years ago and a second photographer was learning on the job during this session. The training session was critical to the success of the project and they need additional training. Subsequent projects will require additional training and some timely oversight. They were interested in having one of their personnel sent to the U.S. for extended training in the latest techniques. It was requested and Joe Caruso acknowledged the overture but did not offer assistance for that venue at this time.

To standardize their film lab they need a microscope, light box, a magnifying glass - all of which are inexpensive items - and a formal letter from the director requesting that CAMP consider paying for the items. To continue the project they need closer monitoring of what their needs are and the willingness on our part to offer refresher training. An impact assessment needs to be completed based upon our training efforts to assess what they have done since the training. Mottice has agreed to review on an ad-hoc basis sample films, resolution tests charts, etc. in the U.S. For a new project to begin, Caruso would require new testing of their equipment and be more aggressive in soliciting their needs without giving the impression that CAMP will provide them everything. They understand that they will have to accept responsibility to perform the essential tasks to result in a successful program. The second element is to identify the key steps to carry out a successful microfilm project. Documentation of what has occurred through the life of this project is critical. We are trying to "get them to RLG guidelines" which is difficult given the context of their situation and to maintain. For this to become an ongoing project there will be an extended infrastructure commitment on our part.

Gretchen Walsh praised Joe Caruso's efforts on behalf of the project and for CAMP and suggested an article be written with all the anecdotes capturing the flavor and the problems as well as the structural needs to recognize the extent of the commitment necessary to result in a successful project and become an extended, viable microfilm-preservation program. Walsh stated there are, "false impressions of what goes into a microfilming project." This training session report will serve to instruct Title VI Directors, funding agencies, and other interested parties of the complexities of establishing and running a viable program that bears positive results over time. A concrete checklist and set of guidelines will be critical to subsequent projects.

Lauris Olson mentioned that the training expense was close to $7,000 as an investment in this project. Walsh mentioned that it was an excellent example of capacity building. The two microfilm technicians that were trained are expected to be there for the next five years. Miki Goral asked whether Bell and Howell could provide the funds for training rather than CAMP. Caruso responded by asking what would be the benefit for Bell and Howell. Goral suggested they could sell their equipment there building up a customer base. Caruso responded possibly in the future since the institution (National Archives of Senegal) must recognize what to do next. The Director Mr. Mbaye asked Caruso to provide documentation to convince the Senegalese Government of the importance of following through with their comments to build a new National Archives and invest in an international standard microfilm laboratory, training, equipment, 24 hour air conditioning for the items preserved. etc. which does not exist currently. Mottice was adamant about Senegal doing the master and sending everything to the U.S. for duplication due to inadequate storage conditions.

Discussions ensued relating to other microfilm project possibilities in West Africa or elsewhere in Senegal. Joe Caruso stated that from his experience there is not a lot of regional cooperation among archives and that new projects probably will involve a one to one relationship with CAMP and an appropriate African archive. Coordinating current multi-country archival projects in West Africa from a logistical, political, economic, and outcomes/product basis is probably not feasible and highly unlikely. For one country's archive to complete a project for another country does not seem workable. Each case or opportunity must reviewed with what is available to film and what capacity does the particular archives possess to consider before committing to a project. Caruso will prepare a report and recommendations for Archive Director Mbaye for potential use to convince his government to fund the construction of a new archival building for Senegal.

Joe Caruso offered some suggestions as to where CAMP and future Title VI funds could be used for new projects. The National Archives has produced a number of catalogs for a variety of collections relating to AOF-Occidental Francaise with topics such as agriculture, education, health, and public security. These relate to social conditions and colonial history broader than Senegal. Caruso suggested that these groupings of materials could represent microfilming opportunities and fit the needs of Title VI in that they fit a broader venue of subject materials. Archivist Mbaye said there were difficulties since they remained unclassified and not declassified.

He countered with another potentially viable option to film the regional unclassified court records which are directly related to Justice indigène and items from 70 years ago identified by our faculty representative, Dr. Dennis Galvan. The items that are properly organized and camera ready are in Saint Louis. Caruso visited the repository and said these are detailed accounts from the court records and potentially the richest part of the collection. Caruso asked the CAMP membership what their reaction is to the possibility of doing another project with the Senegalese Archives focusing on Senegalese history. It would complement the just completed project. Dr. Dennis Galvan, (CAMP Faculty Rep) stated that although the materials are Senelgalese, it is much broader than that and also includes the social history of the AOF federation including Mali, Niger, French Sudan, etc., since people traveled throughout the region and came to Saint Louis and often had interactions with European commercial interests. Phyllis Bischof spoke in support of broadening the scope of the project and urged its continuation. Peter Malanchuk discussed the advantages of the "knowns" of the current situation with now trained personnel on site that could potentially complete this project in a reasonably efficient manner and deliver a second product for our membership. Caruso stated he would write up a proposal for consideration by the CAMP membership and Title VI institutions and possibly distribute over all for reactions and a vote.

Beverly Gray asked James Simon if the other area programs in CRL had overseas archives film projects. LAMP has filmed in Latin America, but not with a National Archives. SAMP films in South Asia, but LC in New Delhi is instrumental in having that done and they provide the training.

Gretchen Walsh suggested that if we enter into a new extended Senegal microfilm program, building upon the current, completed project that the filming component become a CAMP expense and that the capacity building aspects such as training component be supported by the Title VI institutions. Caruso questioned the use of Title VI funds to pay for training of non-U.S. citizens. Walsh responded that we have just done that in the past project and we haven't experienced any negative reactions from Washington. The request for the use of current CAMP funds to purchase a small amount of inexpensive materials was presented but not addressed.

Concerning the use of digitization for archival projects on the Web, Caruso responded about the unknowns and longevity of CD-ROM technology, data migration costs, while microfilm will last one hundred years and preserves the information as long as optimum physical, storage conditions exist. Access issues and the control of the data become other important considerations. Lauris Olson mentioned that the negative masters for this project are in Senegal while James Simon said there is a negative and positive copy at CRL/CAMP. Olson expressed concern that the single most important item is the negative master, and if the Senegalese Archives do not have the proper storage conditions, what does that mean about CAMP's attitude toward preservation and similar projects? We have spent a considerable sum to provide access and preservation of these materials without a guarantee of its longevity.

11. Archives Task Force for future microfilming projects (Joe Caruso)

The task force is in its early stages and Lauris Olson, Peter Malanchuk, and I are the members present at this meeting and we had an initial meeting today. Relating the lessons from Senegal to the mission of this task force and we are going to develop a list for future projects and a strategic plan for CAMP. The task force could mirror a new project or take other formats and responsibilities. The task force/committee does not want to become a permanent entity and clearinghouse for CAMP. Guideline development could include a manual for microfilm projects for and within Africa.

The task force will investigate the possibility of CAMP establishing more substantive, enduring, and consistent relationships with African archives and African universities particularly those with library schools with the ultimate goal of assisting the preservation needs of Africa and Africanists. Training of an archival corps at these universities could be a key factor in overall improvement of archival administration within Africa. CAMP should also work with IFLA's Regional Office for Africa and preservation committees to link with these groups for the purpose of improving African archives. We will establish a short list of potential of future projects that CAMP might pursue and also solicit comments from our African colleagues. James Simon suggested that he be contacted about the Area Studies Council to explore other possibilities that may have been accomplished or are currently being considered by the other area microfilm groups. As Joe Caruso stated, "When we began we were concerned did a project group have a camera and we learned that it is much more than a camera that is involved to complete a successful program."

Caruso mentioned that we will pursue preservation possibilities by CAMP for the private family library/archive in Mali/Timbuktu that was included in the Henry Louis Gates recent program on national television. Caruso has learned that there is no preservation associated with the resources in question. Easterbrook apprised the group that there are initiatives by Dr. John Hunwick of Northwestern U to apply for funding through the Mellon Foundation that would apply to that setting. There may be a linkage with Northwestern's collection of manuscripts from Northern Nigeria. Caruso responded that Mellon was funding for housing and not microfilming. Easterbrook believes CAMP could participate in this activity if we engage in some dialogue with appropriate resource people. Joe Lauer mentioned that Professor David Robinson of Michigan State U has an NEH grant for filming in Mali which fell through when the Mali government reneged on the agreement.


12. Malawi Newspapers (James Simon)

James Simon stated that twenty five Malawian newspapers require filming ranging from single paper issues to runs up to five years in length and are all part of the original proposal. Simon asked for $6,000.00 for the filming of these papers and to keep up with the filming of current Malawi newspapers. They are all at CRL. Joanne Zellers (LC) urged upon the request of LC Newspaper Division Chief Mark Sweeney that each title be filmed on a separate reel to ensure serviceability since there is not a reel finding aid to locate issues on the reels. Simon responded that the papers with extended runs are being filmed on separate reels. There are bibliographic records for the miscellaneous newspaper reels and an individual catalog record for each. Lauris Olson seconded Simon's request and there was member approval to fund $6,000.00 to film these newspapers.

13. Angolan Newspapers (Peter Malanchuk)

Responding to a request by a U of Florida faculty member for current Angolan newspapers since 1995 for the completion a research project, the U of Florida Libraries have acquired two year long runs of Folha 8 and a second title from the LC Office in Nairobi with Ruth Thomas' assistance. The papers have been filmed at the U of Florida and a microfilm copy will be sent to CAMP.

NEW BUSINESS: Purchase Proposals

14. Paris Evangelical Missionary Society Archives 1822-1935 Karen Fung (Stanford) (IDC) 5,984 fiche and 154p. printed guide. $25,133; Supplement 1936-1947, 418 fiche, printed guide: $3,908. (IDC offers 10% discount for purchases over $5,000.00; offer valid until Dec. 31, 1999) partial holdings at Northwestern. Chair Baumann will inquire regarding price quotes for just African sections which can be sold as a unit separate from rest of world. Joe Lauer suggested sending out a mail ballot to the membership.

15. Ethiopica (IDC) 183 titles on 1428 microfiche, ed. by R.Pankhurst.

$6,410 minus a 10% discount. Since the U of Florida, LC and Illinois already own, this item was not recommended for purchase. Florida's set is analyzed and individually cataloged with the records in its online catalog. Items can be borrowed through ILL. Joe Lauer recommended not to purchase and the membership agreed.

16. Africa Through Western Eyes, Manuscripts records of traders, travelers, soldiers, missionaries and diplomats in Africa. Parts 1 and 2 (Adam Matthew) $1,650.00. At Northwestern and other individual libraries UF, Cal Berkeley will purchase and not recommended for purchase.

17. Al-Ahram (Cairo, Egypt) (Al Kagan)

Al Kagan proposed the purchase of the Egyptian newspaper, Al-Ahram for the years 1876-1900 which is not currently held in the U.S. Researchers at the U of Illinois need to use these years and after considerable discussion it was decided to commit up to $4,000.00 towards the newspapers purchase. The total cost for the reels is $16,876.00 at $675.00 per reel and is less than the amount initially provided by Kagan at $22,500.00. The 25% discount provided by Al-Ahram was not included in the original price quote and thus the new, reduced price of $16,875.00 was recognized at the conclusion of the CAMP Business Meeting. The suggestion was made that MEMP should also consider purchasing this resource, jointly sharing in its cost with access to its holdings by both CRL microfilm groups. Beverly Gray (LC) would look into the possibility of the LC Cairo Office acquiring the item for CRL. CRL has complete holdings since 1900. In a straw vote, 14 members were willing to allocate $4,000.00 towards the purchase of Al-Ahram and have a mail ballot sent to the membership explaining this proposal.

18. Somali Newspapers (James Simon)

The membership voted to expend to film the first part of Somali newspapers and to expend up to $800.00 for additional Somali newspapers on microfiche. The motion was made by Joe Lauer.

19. Adjournment

Joe Caruso moved for adjournment, seconded by Phyllis Bischof, and the motion carried unanimously and the meeting ended at 4:35p.m. Minutes submitted by Peter Malanchuk, CAMP Secretary


ALC Cataloging Committee

Meeting Minutes

(Abbreviated by chair for ALN)

April 7, 2000: 9:00-10:30 am

Eleanor Deutsch Room,

Fowler Museum of Cultural History

Los Angeles, CA

Present: Dorothy Ansart (Indiana U), Simon Bockie (U of California, Berkeley), Jill Coelho (Harvard U), Karen Fung (Stanford U), James Gentner (LC), Miki Goral (UCLA) Al Kagan (U of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign), Patricia Kuntz (Indiana U), Deborah M. LaFond (SUNY Albany), Joseph Lauer (Michigan State U), Robert Lesh (Northwestern U), Ken Lohrentz (U of Kansas), Lauris Olson (U of Pennsylvania), Loumona Petroff (Boston U), Elizabeth Plantz (Northwestern), Elisabeth Sinnott (New York U), Andrea Stamm (Northwestern U), Ruth Thomas (LC, Nairobi), Gretchen Walsh (Boston U), Dorothy Woodson (Yale U), Joanne Zellers (LC).

1.-3. Chair Lauer opened the meeting at 9:05 a.m., with Sinnott as secretary. Minutes of Fall meeting and agenda were approved.

4. Africana Subject Funnel (Plantz)

a: Report (Plantz) The Spring 2000 report lists 8 new subject headings since Fall 1999. For variations of an accepted subject heading, e.g. using Children’s writing, Kenyan (English) as a model for the same in Tanzania, it is necessary to send the new heading through the funnel.

b. Discussion of sources to cite: Plantz and Lauer distributed 3 lists: The selected list of Africana references sources used by LC catalogers (distributed at April 1999 workshop); and Lauer's edited version of same with comments; and the 1996 list of bibliographic sources used by the National Museum of African Art Library. The Committee agreed that Plantz should write to LC, asking that Olson, the Peoples of Africa, be removed from the list; and that African ethnonyms (Biebuyck et al.) and (Unesco) General history of Africa be added.

5. African-American Subject Funnel (Plantz)

The January report from Dorothy Washington on their survey and plans was distributed as an attachment to the Spring 2000 Africana Subject Funnel Report.

6. CORC (Cooperative Online Resource Catalog)

Stamm presented an overview of this OCLC initiative to catalog web sites.

7. Revision of DT schedule for Indian Ocean islands

Lauer reported on his contacts with Joe Caruso, who welcomes assistance in completing this project which he began in 1995. The next step is to compile of a list of subject headings missing from LCSH. The documentation on these would then go through the subject funnel project. The committee agreed that they would like to see DT468-469 expanded and moved to DT4000+.

8. Enhancing OCLC (Lauer, Stamm, et al.)

Stamm has corrected and improved some OCLC records, using copies of suggested corrections from Lauer. Most of these involved microfilms of older monographs with incorrect ethnic or geographic headings. Northwestern has national enhance status and can make corrections on a limited basis.

9. Cataloging Priorities: Local & national

Lauer urged that catalogers think about how their expertise might lead them to give priority to certain categories.

10. Directory of African Language Expertise (Plantz/Walsh)

Plantz distributed an 8-page directory of about 20 librarians or linguists willing to help with cataloging African language material. Loading on web and expanding was discussed. David Dwyer is creating a webbook of African language resources. See

11. LC Report

Cooperative Cataloging

reported receiving 7 new subject proposals [from the Africana funnel] for first 5 months of FY00 and 22 new headings in FY99.

Chair will write to the LC Director for Cataloging (Beacher J.E. Wiggins), asking for a report on LC activities at future meetings.

Gentner announced that LC will be issuing guidelines on using the language codes that were changed to be compatible with ISO standards.

12. ALA report (Stamm for Dawn Bastian)

CC:AAM tabled the proposal on optional access for non-Roman headings.


Bibliography Committee

Africana Librarians Council Minutes DRAFT

Los Angeles, CA, April 7, 2000

Present: Dorothy Ansart (Indiana U), Helene Baumann (Duke U), Ruby Bell-Gam (UCLA), Phyllis Bischof (UC Berkeley), Simon Bockie (UC Berkeley), Jill Coelho (Harvard), Greg Finnegan (Harvard), Karen Fung (Stanford), James Gentner (LC), Miki Goral (UCLA), 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), Pauline Manaka (UC Irvine), Lauris Olson (U. of Pennsylvania), Loumona Petroff (Boston U), Bill Pidduck (Adam Matthew Publications), Elizabeth Plantz (Northwestern), James T. Simon (CRL), Elisabeth Sinnott (NYU), Andrea Stamm (Northwestern), Ruth Thomas (LC Nairobi), Gretchen Walsh (Boston U), David Westley (Boston U), Marion Frank-Wilson (Indiana U), Dorothy Woodson (SUNY/Buffalo), Joanne Zellers (LC)

I. Welcome

The meeting was called to order at 10:50 am by Chair Ken Lohrentz. Introductions were made.

II. Minutes of the November 10, 1999 meeting held in Philadelphia were accepted as corrected. They will be sent to the Webmaster at LC.

III. Interlibrary Cooperation

Bischof is presenting a paper on interlibrary cooperation in May at the Basler Afrika Bibliographien Symposium on cooperation. She wanted to get the Bibliography Committee's opinion about a proposal to create a bibliography of archival and commercial microform collections. Discussion centered on what to do with microform sets. The first step might be to identify existing collections and determine what kind of finding aids they have (good or inadequate). Other areas of cooperation were discussed. M. Frank-Wilson has been asked to be a liaison for the AAU/ARL German Resources Project. L. Olson suggested that consortiums might be the direction to take. R. Thomas said that LC Nairobi would accept voluntary indexing of Eastern and Southern African periodicals. The topic of what might be done with microforms will be put on the CAMP agenda to see if CRL can be involved in future activity. The discussion of cooperation will continue on the ALC list, with someone (undesignated) consolidating the messages.

IV. Bibliography Projects

1. J.Zellers is compiling a bibliography of LC holdings by Julius Nyerere, including book chapters, book introductions, etc.

2. D.Woodson has submitted to the U of the Western Cape for publication a catalog of Official South African Prison Files on Ahmed M. Kathrada.

3. P Malanchuk announced the microfilming of the New Vision and the Monitor through 1999. Also, U of Florida has available for interlibrary loan videotapes of Zimbabwean poet-in-residence Charles Mungoshi.

4. R. Bell-Gam and David Iyam's revised edition of Nigeria (World bibliographical series; v. 100) was published in December 1999.

5. Westley is working on a bibliography of Swahili language and literature.

6. Finnegan advised that when using Human Relations Area File on the Web, entries from the Encyclopedia of World Cultures serve as introductions to the site.

7. Stamm advised that the ABC-Clio World Bibliographical Series is online on netLibrary. (Scarecrow Press' Historical Dictionary series is also available.)

8. Coelho asked that anyone publishing a bibliography send an email announcement to her for inclusion in the African Book Publishing Record.

9. Lohrentz reported that asking Saur about mounting ABPR on the ALC website is in progress.

V. New Integrated Library Systems

General comments were in agreement that the new systems are not necessarily better than those they replace. However, there are some features worth noting. L. Olson reported creating links to all volumes in a series. J. Zellers noted that Voyager does allow searching in the 043 field, which can be combined with keywords. This is an improvement over the old MUMS system.

VI. Conover-Porter Award Committee

Zellers reported on their activities. The committee is comprised of J. Zellers, R. Bell-Gam, and David Easterbrook. Seven nominations were submitted for this year's award. She reminded the group that all reference books, not just bibliographies, are eligible for consideration and asked that nominations be submitted throughout the year.

VII. New Business

1. Olson asked how institutions determine volume counts for Title VI applications. This will be addressed via the ALC discussion list.

2. Olson raised the possibility of ALC evaluating bibliographic sources that would identify serious flaws that may not be obvious from traditional reviews. K. Lohrentz will work on this issue with Olson.


Zellers reminded the committee that documents are to be submitted to the ALC Webmaster via the committee chairperson. Items can be sent in any format, preferably as an email attachment. The subject line should be one of four choices:

1. ALC Web - New Document

2. ALC Web - Replacement Document

3. ALC Web - Correction

4. ALC Web - Question

The meeting adjourned at 12:25pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Miki Goral


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