No. 103, June/Oct 2000
in previous years, members of the Africana Librarians Council (ALC) traveled
this summer - to Europe and Africa, to meet international colleagues, attend
various conferences and the Zimbabwe International Book Fair, and buy books.
Among the travelers were Phyllis Bischof, who attended a conference in
Switzerland; David Easterbrook, Joe Caruso, and Marion Frank-Wilson who
attended the Zimbabwe International Book Fair in Harare. Marion Frank-Wilson
also met with Africana librarians in Germany, and visited the Library of
Congress Office in Nairobi. This issue of ALN, apart from providing the
usual information, focuses on these activities.
Official statistics for ZIBF 2000 include 317 exhibitors from 31 countries and overall attendance of 23,729. The overall theme for ZIBF 2000 was "Celebrating African Books." The country of focus for ZIBF 2000 was Ghana and the theme of the Indaba was "Millennium Marketplace." The Indaba provided a number of lively plenary events as well as over 50 panel sessions that addressed a broad range of issues. A look at the program for the Indaba will show clearly the breadth of the presentations (http://www.zibf.org/indaba00.htm).
Throughout the week of the book fair, day-long conferences, seminars and workshops sponsored by many different organizations such as APNET, the British Council, SABDET, the Swedish Library Association, and the Zimbabwe Book Development Council focused on such issues as African scholarship, copyright, marketing, library selection, publishing, writing, etc. Many other book and cultural events surrounded the book fair. These included a film festival and exhibition of original illustrations from children's books published in Africa, both held at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe directly adjacent to the site of ZIBF. There were also book launchings, signings, readings and dramatic presentations at a number of different venues. Highlights of the week also included presentation of the first Caine Prize for African Literature, the Zimbabwe Book Publishers Association Literary Awards and the launching of the "Africa's 100 Best Books" program.
Of particular importance to those participants in the ALA-ZIBF free pass program was a one-day orientation seminar. The program included presentations made by representatives of APNET, the Pan African Booksellers Association (PABA), the Zimbabwe Library Association, the Zimbabwe Book Development Council and Zimbabwe's Rural Libraries and Resources Development Program. The day also included a tour to two libraries, the University of Zimbabwe Library and one of Harare's major public library branches, the Highfield Library.
Looking ahead to next year, the 2001 Zimbabwe International Book Fair will be held in Harare, August 3-11, with an overall theme of "Transformation." The country of focus in 2001 will be Senegal and the Indaba theme will be "Changing Lives; Promoting a Reading Culture in Africa." Preliminary information about ZIBF 2001 is already on the web at http://www.zibf.org/welcome.htm.
Phyllis Bischof delivered an invited paper, entitled "The Potential of Cooperative Projects by Southern African, European and American Librarians," which shared information concerning the work of the Cooperative Africana Microform Project and the Africana Librarians Council. Also discussed were a number of possible new or easily expandable projects, many made feasible by electronic communication.
The approximately fifty persons who attended the conference were librarians and government officials from Namibia, South Africa, various European countries, and Mozambique. The occasion afforded marvelous opportunities for networking, and surely was a birthday party that will live in memory, not only because of the quality of its programming, but also because its proceedings will be published shortly.
Looking toward Communication and Cooperation - European and US Africana librarians
by Marion Frank-Wilson
Fall 2001, Houston – ASA Annual Meeting
Fall 2002, Washington, DC, or Detroit – ASA Annual Meeting
Fall 2003, Minneapolis – ASA Annual Meeting
IFLA ANNUAL CONFERENCES
Boston, USA, 16-25 August 2001
Glasgow, UK, 2002
Berlin, Germany, 2003
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
The Preliminary Program for the African Studies Association 43rd Annual Meeting is now available on the ASA web site at http://www.africanstudies.orgThe program lists all scheduled panels and roundtables by session day and time and all conference presenters alphabetically in the index. The program also appeared in the July/September 2000 ASA News.
"Development policy in Africa: Public and private perspectives"
Centre for the Study of African Economies (CSAE)
2001 CSAE Conference to be held at Keble College, Oxford, on March 30th/31st, 2001
ASA's Distinguished Africanist Award Winners
Every year the African Studies Association offers the Distinguished Africanist Award in recognition of a lifetime of contributions to African studies.The Association is pleased to announce its Distinguished Africanist Award winners for the year 2000:
Bernth Lindfors, scholar of African literature. Professor of English and African literatures, University of Texas at Austin.
J.H. Kwabena Nketia, authority on traditional African music. Professor Emeritus at the University of Ghana, formerly Cornell visiting Professor and a Distinguished Hannah Professor at Michigan State University.
Roy Sieber, historian of African art. Rudy Professor Emeritus at the School of Fine Arts, Indiana University and Research Scholar Emeritus at the National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution.
receive a plaque and lifetime membership in the African Studies Association.
Any ASA member may nominate an Africanist for the award. Details on the
procedure are available from the African Studies Association, Rutgers,
The State University of New Jersey, Douglass Campus, 132 George Street,
New Brunswick, NJ 08901-1400USA.
Sudanese Author Receives British Prize
Caine Prize for African Writing
awarded at ZIBF 2000
The work should have been published in the 30 months preceding 31 January 2001 and not submitted already for this year's prize. The prize will be awarded to one story, so publishers submitting collections of stories by one author should nominate the story for consideration by the judges.
African Publishing Review, vol. 9, no. 1, 2000 includes, "The Asmara Declaration on African Languages and Literatures", "Languages of Instruction and Language Policies: A Synthesis of Research", "Multilingualism in South Africa: Opportunities and Obstacles for Publishers", "Language and Education Policy in South Africa", "Publishing in African Languages in Francophone Africa", "African Languages Publishing: A Zimbabwe Case Study", "Mauritius - Publishing for Bilingual Education."
African Research & Documentation no. 82, 2000 includes, Nathan Mnjama, "The records of the East African Community", p. 3-12;John McIlwaine, "Reptiles, amphibians & fishes of Africa: guide to reference materials," p. 12-30;A.A. Alemna, "Bookselling and the library: a partnership for enhancing the book trade in Ghana," p. 31-38;Hans Zell, "The fifth edition of African Books in Print: new features, and old problems," p. 39-46;Paiki Muswazi, "Swaziana: an assessement," p. 47-62.
Coleman, Sterling. "Librarianship and Information Science in the Maghreb 1966-1999: an Annotated Bibliography." International Information and Library Review 31.4 (December 1999): 157-80.
Kagan, Alfred. "The Growing Gap between the Information Rich and the Information Poor Both Within Countries and Between Countries: A Composite Policy paper."IFLA Journal26.1 (2000): 28-32.
Kamusella, Tomasz. "Globalisation or Semi-Globalisation - a Communications View." Africa Insight 29.3/4 (January 2000): 64-68.
Lundu, Maurice. "Interconnectivity and the African Scene." Kaapse Bibliotekaris/Cape Librarian44.2: 6-9.
Mnjama, Nathan M. "Freedom of Information Legislation in ESARBICA States and its Implication on Records Management Practices." African Journal of Library, Archives and Information Science 10.1 (April 2000): 43-54
Mutula, Stephen M. "Changing Trends in Library Automation." African Journal of Library, Archives and Information Science 10.1 (April 2000): 23-33.
Nawe, Julita. "Using Information and Communication Technologies in Tanzania: Responses of Information Professionals." Information Development 16.1 (March 2000): 24-28.
Ojedokun, Ayoku A. "Prospects of Digital Libraries in Africa." African Journal of Library, Archives and Information Science 10.1 (April 2000): 13-21.
Shibanda, George Gundu. "Managing and Strategising Africa's Information in Global Computerisation." African Journal of Library, Archives and Information Science 10.1 (April 2000): 35-41.
Yeomans, Keith. "Closing the Digital Divide - the Commonwealth's Role." Commonwealth Currents1 (2000): 18.
Adam, Kanya. The colour of business : managing diversity in South Africa. Switzerland : P. Schlettwein Publishing, 2000. xii, 215 p. Revision of 1998 Oxford D.Phil thesis.isbn: 3908193052
Based on interviews and surveys conducted among 200 South African business executives between 1994 and 1998, the study finds that while a growing Black elite benefits from racial preference policies in senior management, the majority of the poor are not affected at all. A policy of non-racial bias-based affirmative action is suggested as the most feasible way to facilitate equity.
Schubert, Benedict. A guerra e as igrejas : Angola 1961-1991. Switzerland : P. Schlettwein, 2000. vi, 251p. Translation of German ed., 1997. isbn 3908193079. CHF 30.00.
Suzman, James. "Things from the Bush" : a contemporary history of the Omaheke Bushmen. Basel : Schlettwein, 1999. xxvii, 191 p. Basel Namibia studies series ; 5. Revision of 1997 Univ. of Edinburgh anthropology thesis.
ISSN: 3908193060. Price: 50CHF.
Based on 1994-96 fieldwork on the White-owned commercial farms and former "native reserves" of the Omaheke Region, this work shows that the San people were mostly not driven off their original lands but were rather enveloped by settler-farmers in a crude system of villeinage.
Johannes Fabian. Out of Our Minds: Reason and Madness in the Exploration of Central Africa. Berkeley : University of California Press, c2000. 335 p., 14 figures, 1 map Clothbound: 0-520-22122-2 Paperback:0-520-22123-0 For more information, visit the website: http://www.ucpress.edu/books/pages/8798.html
Reclaiming Women's Spaces: New Perspectives on Violence Against Women and Sheltering in South Africa.
This book explores the nature of gender violence in South Africa. It brings together the collective wisdom and wealth of experience, of activists, academics, experts and survivors who have fought to end gender violence in SA. 406 p. Price: R110-00Order from: Harja Mohamed of NISAA(Tel) 854-5804 (Fax) 854-5718 (e-mail) email@example.com
From the Greenwood Publishing Group:
Running towards us: new writing from South Africa, edited and with an introduction by Isabel Balseiro. May, 2000. 216 p. (Heineman studies in African Literature) isbn 0325002118 $25.00; isbn 0325002312 (hardcover $65.00).
The Boer War: historiography and annotated bibliography, by Fred R. van Hartesvelt. Greenwood Press, 2000.272p. (Bibliographies of Battles and Leaders ; no. 24) isbn 0313306273 $79.50
The History of South Africa, by Roger B. Beck. Greenwood Press, 2000.280 p. isbn 031330730X$35.00
Books from the Greenwood Publishing Group can be ordered with a credit card by calling 1-800-225-5800
Fadiman, Jeffrey. South Africa's 'Black' market: how to do business with Africans. Examines the critical dynamics of marketing to and doing business with Black South Africans.$24.95Intercultural Press, forthcoming, for more information, see www.interculturalpress.com or write, Intercultural Press, 374 US Route One, PO Box 700, Yarmouth, ME 04096 USA
From Africa to Afrocentric Innovations Some Call "Jazz". Hesteria Records & Publishing Co., PO Box 4613, Ithaca, NY 14852Telephone (607) 255-8738, or (607) 272-3586Fax (607) 254-2877Web www.aainnovators.com
This 4-volume set contains an extensive discography, numerous artist biographies for reference, explanations of musical terms, a vast index, and a detailed lesson plan for pedagogical purposes. The price of the four volume set is $80 and it will soon be available through major book outlets and distributors. In addition, the hardback version will soon be available at the price of $160.
Stoics without pillows: a way forward for the Somalilands, by John Drysdale.
Publisher: HAAN Associates, 2000. 216 pp, isbn: 1874209782 HBK 1874209731 PBK Further details from:Africa Book Centre Ltd., 38 King Street, London WC2E 8JT<firstname.lastname@example.org> TEL +44  20 7240 6649N.B. this book is not distributed to the trade in the USA.
Almamy, une jeunesse sur les rives du fleuve Niger, Almamy Maliki Yattara et Bernard Salvaing; préface de Adame Konaré Ba. Brinon-sur-Sauldre: Editions Grandvaux, 2000. isbn2909550230
This first of two volumes of memoirs left by Almamy Maliki Yattara, recorded by Bernard Salvaing offers a portrait of life in a region of Mali still mostly untouched by colonial and modern influences, and the story of the making of a great Islamic scholar. Distributor: ETAI, 20 rue Saussière, 92100 BoulognePrice: 149 ff
Available from Clarke's Bookshop, 211 Long Steet, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa; (e-mail: email@example.com):
Smith, Andy, Candy Malherbe, Mat Guenther, and Penny Berens. The Bushmen of Southern Africa. David Philip Publishers.
de Gruchy, John, ed. The London Missionary Society in Southern Africa.David Philip Publishers.
Seekings, Jeremy. The UDF: A History of the United Democratic Front in South Africa 1983-1991. David Philip Publishers.
Villa-Vicencio, Charles and Wilhelm Verwoerd, eds. Looking Back Reaching Forward: Reflections on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of South Africa. UCT Press.
Les Cinemas d'Afrique: Dictionnaire. Karthala, 2000.
Five Windows into Africa: a CD-ROM,. by Patrick McNaughton, John Hanson, dele jegede,
Ruth Stone, and Brian Winchester.
2 disks, Mac and Windows compatible. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2000
Newman, Paul. The Hausa language: An Encyclopedic Reference Grammar. Yale University Press, 2000.
Nigeria: Index to Law Reports (1880-1990). 4 vols. Lagos: Florence & Lambard (Nigeria) Ltd.Distributors: Jifeson Book Centre, 76 & 78 Ojuelegba Road, P.O. Box 4870, Surulere, Lagos, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org: Gio marketing, 48, Wilcox Road, London SW 82 UX, e-mail: gio.com@mc mail.com
The Linguasphere register of the world's languages and speech communities. Hebron, Wales, UK : Published for Observatoire Linguistique by Linguasphere Press/Gwasg y Byd Iaith, 19992 v. isbn: 095329191X (v. 1); 0953291901 (v. 2)
The Linguasphere Observatory is a research network devoted to the classification of the world's languages and dialects, and the study and promotion of multilingualism. At http://www.linguasphere.org/extracts.html, you can download extracts from the recently published Linguasphere Register of the World's Languages and Speech Communities, which include the Mandic (Mande) languages spoken in West Africa and the Inner-Bantu languages (east and south) spoken in Central and Southern Africa. Linguists are invited to send comments on the extracts.
The Linguasphere Press sells the 2 volume Linguasphere Register at the site ($175 or $275 for online version). Directed by David Dalby, it includes Dalby's Language Map of Africa and the adjacent islands, a directory of African language department sites, discussion lists, journals, an annotated directory of general language sites, and a table of the world's major languages (with numbers of speakers). The Linguasphere Press is at http://www.linguasphere.net/
Journal of Cultural Studies, edited by Joseph U. Yakubu and Oyeniyi Okunoye; annually; Publisher: Journal of Cultural Studies, Nigerian Group for the Study of African Cultures, c/o Department of English, Ogun State University, PMB 2002, Ago-Iwoye, Nigeria, email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org).Subscription rates: In Africa, individual rate: $20.00, institutional rate: $25.00; Outside Africa, individual rate: $25.00, institutional rate: $35.00
Malilime: Malawian Journal of Linguistics, ed. by Al D. Mtenje and Gregory H. Kamwendo. Frequency: Annual. Publisher: Centre for Language Studies, University of Malawi, P.O. Box 108, Zomba, Malawi, email: CLS@unima.wn.apc.org
The South African Journal for Social and Economic Policy, 'New Agenda,' aims to contribute to the current debates, research and discussions on social and economic transformation within South Africa's diverse communities. It is dedicated to promoting democratic participation in economic, social and political activities. It hopes to stimulate the active involvement of all South Africans in national policy-making and the empowerment of marginalized groups in the development process. It is a publication of the Institute for African Alternatives, SA (IFAA) and it will be a quarterly.
Subscriptions/sales: $50 (Individual) $100 (Institutions)
Payment(cheques and postal orders) should be made payable to the:
Institute for African Alternatives
P O Box 12491, Mill Street,8010, South AfricaInquires: Berrie Ebden
New Serial Titles available from the
Library of Congress,
Nairobi Field Office
African Journal of International Affairs, Vol. 1, no. 1 (1998).A bi-annual journal of the Council for Development of Science Research in Africa offering a platform for analysis on contemporary issues in African international affairs.Codesria, BP 3304, Dakar, Senegal. Email: email@example.com Subscription: US$40 per copy
The Analyst, Issue no. 001 (Dec. 1998).A monthly publication on topical economic issues in Kenya. Published by Kaizen Investments Ltd., PO Box 76529, Nairobi, Kenya. Subscription: US$190 per year.
Annales de la Faculte des Sciences Juridiques et Politiques, T. 1 (1997). An annual publication of Universite de Dschang, Faculte des sciences juridiques et politics on various legal and political issues.Address: L'Africaine d'Editions et de Services (A.E.S.-s.a.), BP 8106, Yaounde, Cameroon. Subscription: CFA 3000 per copy
Directory of Ugandan Professional Women, 1999/2000.A directory of professional women to be updated annually. It brings women out, highlights their achievement abilities, diversities, and their contribution to national development.Address: Uganda Women's Network (UWONET), PO Box 27991, Kampala, Uganda. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Subscription: Ushs 7500 per copy
The Heritage Magazine, Vol. 1, issue 1 (Dec. 1999).A broad spectrum publication catering for all tastes and interests including politics, economic issues, social concerns, science, art, and culture.Address: The Heritage Magazine, PO Box 28444, Kampala, Uganda. Subscription: Ushs 1500 per copy.
MUARIK Bulletin, Vol. 1 (1998).A research publication of the Makerere University Agricultural Research Institute, Kabanyolo.Address: The African Crop Science Journal Secretariat, Makerere University, Faculty of Agriculture, PO Box 7062, Kampala, Uganda.Email: email@example.comSubscription: US$ 25 per copy
The Pan Afrikanist, Vol. 1, issue 1 (Sept. 1999). A monthly review of African political economy published by the Pan Afrikan Youth Movement, PO Box 7186, Kampala, Uganda. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Subscription: Ushs 1500 per copy.
Revue africaine de defense, No 001 (Janv.-mars 2000). A quarterly publication on politics, conflicts, and security in Africa.Published by Editions CLE, BP 1501, Yaounde, Cameroon. Subscription: CFA 5000 per copy.
Sosongo, Vol. 1, no. 2 (June 1999). Cameroon review of arts and social sciences issued by Universite de Yaounde I
PO Box 755
US$ 40 per copy.
Websites of interest
The Art Room, Fine Arts Center for EastAfrica
The center provides exhibition space and curatorial focus for leading members of East Africa's Modern Art Movement. Artworks and essays may be viewed online.
"Yenza," meaning "do it" in isiXhosa and isiZulu, is a guide to using the Internet for research and teaching in the Social Sciences and Humanities. The site presents a mixture of annotated links to resources in South Africa and elsewhere, and materials developed specifically for Yenza.
Contemporary Postcolonial and Postimperial literature in English
Originally developed for students in his courses at Brown University, Professor George Landow invites contributions to this site.
This website contains the on-line versions of books previously published in hard copy by the Federal Research Division of the Library of Congress under the Country Studies/Area Handbook Program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Army. Country studies for some African nations are available.
Moçambique on-line - Links para páginas com informação de e sobre Moçambique
Directory of Mozambique-related web pages, created by Wim Neeleman.Updated regularly.
For more web sites on Mozambique, see Mozambique Peace Process Bulletin, Issue 25, August 2000, published by AWEPA, the European Parliamentarians for Southern Africa.
Basler Afrika Bibliographien (BAB)(Namibia Resource Centre - Southern Africa Library in Switzerland, PO Box 2037, CH 4001 Basel) issued its Namibia Bibliographical Update No 4:2000
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 email@example.com
The Namibia Bibliographical Update has been issued approximately every other year since February 1997. Back issues can be consulted on their webpage: http://www.baslerafrika.ch
Clarke's Africana and Rare Books ABA (P.O.Box 186, Constantia (Cape Town) 7848, South Africa, Tel: 0027 21 794 0600, Fax: 0027 21 794 0601, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org), have added a list of about 90 recent acquisitions to their website: http://www.clarkes.co.za. The new titles can be accessed from the New Acquisitions area of the site: http://www.clarkes.co.za/NewA/index.asp
Clarke's Bookshop (211 Long Street, Cape Town 8001, South Africa, Tel: +27 21 423 5739, Fax: +27 21 423 6441, email: email@example.com, URL: www.clarkesbooks.co.za) has issued Catalogue 104 with over 900 titles.
Ceeba Publications (Antenne d'Autriche, c/o Prof. Dr. Hermann Hochegger, St. Gabriel A-2340 Modling, Austria, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Homepage: http://www.steyler.at/ceeba) has issued its new list of publications from Ceeba, Bandundu, Congo. All books can be ordered by e-mail.
The Organization for Social Science Research in Eastern and Southern Africa (OSSREA) (P.O. Box 31971, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Tel: 251-1-551163, Fax: 251-1-551399, email: email@example.com, URL: http://www.ossrea.org) has issued its 2000 catalogue.
The University of Cape Town Press has issued its "Catalogue 2000".New address: Juta & Co. Ltd, Mercury Crescent, Hillstar Industria, Wetton, 7780, Tel.: (021)797 5101, Fax: (021) 762 7424, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Postal address: P.O. Box 14373, Kenwyn 7790. URL: http://www.juta.co.za
IDC Publishers (Hogewoerd 151, Leiden, P.O. Box 11205, 2301 Leiden, The Netherlands, Tel: +31 (0)71 514 27 00, Fax: +31 (0)71 513 17 21, email: email@example.com, URL: http://www.idc.nl or: IDC Publishers Inc., 350 Fifth Avenue, Suite 1801, New York, NY10118, Tel: 212-271-5945, Toll free: 800-757-7441, Fax: 212-271,5930, email: firstname.lastname@example.org) issued its catalogue "Missionary Archives on Africa".
The African Book Centre (38 King Street, London WC2E 8JT UK; email: email@example.com) issued its Book Review no. 16 (Summer 2000) with reviews, news and events in the African book trade and listings of new books from and about Africa.
David Philip Publishers (Cape Town Head Office: P.O. Box 23408, Claremont 7735, telephones: (021) 674 4136/7/8, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, sales:email@example.com, URL: http://www.twisted.co.ca/dpp) has issued its catalogue "ZIBF 2000" with "books that matter for Southern Africa".
Ghana Universities Press (Universities Publishing House) has issued its 2000 Export Catalogue (Ghana Universities Press, O.P. Box GP 4219, Accra, Ghana, Tel.: 500300 Ext. 6130/6135, Fax: 233-21-501930).
Women, Ink. (777 United Nations Plaza, New York, NY 10007, USA, Tel: 212-687-8633, Fax: 212-661-2704, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, URL: http://www.womenink.org) has issued its 2000 Catalogue with information and training resources on women and development issues in Africa, Asia, Western Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean and the Pacific.
University of Zimbabwe Publications (P.O. Box MP 203, Mount Pleasant, Harre, Zimbabwe, Tel. (263-4)303211 Ext. 1236, Fax (263-4)333407/335249, email: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org) has issued its "Catalogue 2000/2001".Enquiries and orders from the United Kingdom and Europe, the United States and Canada, and Commonwealth countries, excluding Africa, should be addressed to The African Books Collective Ltd.
Fountain Publishers Ltd. (Fountain House, Plot 55, Nkrumah Road, P.O. Box 488, Kampala, Uganda, Tel: (256-41) 259163/251112, Fax; (256-41) 251160, email: email@example.com, URL: http://www.fountainpublishers.com) has issued its 2000/2001 catalogue and backlist on academic, scholarly, and general books.
Witwatersrand University Press (P.O. Wits 2050, Johannesburg, South Africa, 23 Junction Avenue, Parktown, Tel: +27(0)11 484-5907, Fax: +27(0)11 484-5971, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, URL: http://www.wits.ac.za/wup.html) distributed its 1999/2000 Catalogue.
The University of Lagos Press, publisher of scholarly and professional books, monographs, lectures and learned journals, distributed its price list for 1999/2000. For further information contact: The Marketing Manager, University of Lagos Press, P.O. Box 132, Unilag Post Office, Lagos, Nigeria.
The Media for Development Trust (MFD) has issued its "Africa Film and Video Catalogue". MFD is a registered non-profit social welfare organization, seeking to promote development through communication, particularly through the production and distribution of socially conscious films and videos that are relevant to an African audience. Orders and enquiries to: Media for Development Trust, P.O. Box 6755, Harare, Zimbabwe, Tel: 263-4-733364/5, Fax; 263-4-729066, email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the office at: 19 Van Praagh Avenue, Milton Park, Harare, URL: http://www.samara.co.zw/mfd
Michael Graves-Johnston (P.O. Box 532, 54, Stockwell Prk Road, London SW9 0DR; email: email@example.com) issued Catalogue 73 on African Travel and History and
Catalogue 74 on African Art.
African Books Collective Ltd. (The Jam Factory, 27 Park End Street, Oxford OX1 1HU, UK, Tel: +44/(0)1865-726686, Fax: +44-(0)1865-793298 or +44-(0)1993-709265, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, URL: http://www.africanbookscollective.com) issued its Catalogue 2000 with new and backlist titles on publishing, book trade and writing, and its "Africa - Spring 2000 catalogue". Secure on-line ordering facilities are on ABC's website. The site is updated with new titles on the first day of each month.
Livraria Portugal (Rua do Carmo, 70-74, 1200-094 Lisboa, Tel.: 213-474 982/3/4/5, Fax: 213 470 264, email: email@example.com), issued its lists nos. 689, 690, 691, and 692.
Gerald Rilling (1315 Ryan Street, Machesney Park, IL61115-1844, Tel: 815-654-0389, Fax: 815-633-2361, email: eafricabk (or eafricbk)@ix.netcom.com) distributed his list 2000-01 on military, natural history, exploration and hunting, history, anthropology, and other topics.
Bennett-Penvenne (162 Oak Street, Duxbury, MA02332, Tel: 781-934-0961, email: firstname.lastname@example.org) issued list 67.
OAN Oceanie Afrique Noire (15 West 39th Street, New York, NY10018-3806, Tel: 212-840-8844, Fax: 212-840-3304, email: email@example.com, URL: http://www.oanbooks.com) issued its spring 2000 "Selections 24".OAN specializes in (in-print and out-of-print) art, ethnology and related publications of Africa, Oceania, the Americas, South-east Asia/Asia, the Middle East, and the Caribbean. Titles on Africa in "Selections 24" are on pp. 17-70.
Message from Hans Zell:
After two months 'on the road' I have now moved into my new home in the Wester Ross area of the Scottish Highlands, and here is my new address, and new telephone and fax numbers:
Hans Zell Publishing Consultants
Glais Bheinn Lochcarron Ross-shire IV54 8YB Scotland UK
Telephone: +44-(0)1520-722951 Fax: +44-(0)1520-722953
The Email address and the Web site remain the same.
Africa's 100 Best Books of the 20th Century – An Initiative of the Zimbabwe International Book Fair
— A news release from ZIBF (UK), Moses Samkange, Executive Director
To mark the beginning of the 21st century, and encouraged by Professor Ali Mazrui, the Zimbabwe International Book Fair has launched the international compilation of Africa's 100 Best Books. Nominations are being sought throughout the African continent and internationally. A comprehensive list of all nominations will be published at the ZIBF in August 2001 and during the course of the following year regional panels will compile their own short lists of 100 best books. Closing date for nominations is 30 September 2001. A panel of judges will make the final decision from the short list and the final list of Africa's 100 Best Books will be announced in early March 2002. This will allow for ample time for those involved (authors of nominated books and their publishers) to prepare for participation in ZIBF2002. ZIBF2002 (3 to 10 August) will celebrate the authors and publishers on the final list.
Criteria for nomination of a book
Only books written by Africans are eligible. After extensive discussion and debate, the ZIBF has for the purpose of this project identified an African as someone either born in Africa or who became a citizen of an African country. This definition incorporates those African writers who have moved from their countries of birth to other continents. The issue of authors who are not by this definition deemed African but who consider themselves such or those who have made a notable contribution to African scholarship and literature will be addressed on their merit should their books be nominated.
A nomination should be made on the basis that the book has had a powerful, important or affecting influence on you, as an individual, or on your society.
What you can do
your nominations by post, fax or e-mail to the ZIBF. There is no limit
to the number of nominations any one individual or group of individuals
may submit, but they must each be accompanied by a 50-word justification.
this project to generate discussion among your colleagues and friends,
with your teachers or students, and in the media.
it as a basis for having African writers in your own cities and countries
interviewed, or given a platform to speak and to debate their own work.
it as a positive vehicle for analysis, serious criticism, debate and scholarship.
loan and read books extend the breadth of your knowledge and understanding
of the great wealth twentieth century writing by Africans.
translate, circulate and encourage people to seriously complete the nomination
forms. Every serious nomination will lend weight and substance to the list;
every book that has made an impact on an individual or on society is worthy
Africa, Europe and the USA many have expressed the willingness to act as
coordinators of information, promotion, publicity, public debate and discussion.
date the representatives are as follows:
Africa - Monica Seeber
Africa - Mary Okurut
Netherlands - Ron Smit
- Vikas Ghai
UK - DavidBrine
USA - Joe Caruso
are in the process of ensuring that there is a representative in every
address all queries and ideas to your local/regional coordinator or directly
to ZIBF at:
International Book Fair, Harare Gardens, P. O. Box CY1179,
Zimbabwe,Tel: 263 4 702104, 702108, 707352, 705729, 704112,
4 702129 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Web site:http://zibf.org
Use this project to generate discussion among your colleagues and friends, with your teachers or students, and in the media.
Use it as a basis for having African writers in your own cities and countries interviewed, or given a platform to speak and to debate their own work.
Use it as a positive vehicle for analysis, serious criticism, debate and scholarship.
Buy, loan and read books extend the breadth of your knowledge and understanding of the great wealth twentieth century writing by Africans.
Photocopy, translate, circulate and encourage people to seriously complete the nomination forms. Every serious nomination will lend weight and substance to the list; every book that has made an impact on an individual or on society is worthy of note.
In Africa, Europe and the USA many have expressed the willingness to act as coordinators of information, promotion, publicity, public debate and discussion.
To date the representatives are as follows:
South Africa - Monica Seeber
East Africa - Mary Okurut
West Africa- Akoss Ofori-Mensah
Germany- Peter Ripkin
The Netherlands - Ron Smit
Asia - Vikas Ghai
The UK - DavidBrine
The USA - Joe Caruso
(ZIBF are in the process of ensuring that there is a representative in every African country).
Please address all queries and ideas to your local/regional coordinator or directly to ZIBF at:
Zimbabwe International Book Fair, Harare Gardens, P. O. Box CY1179,
Causeway, Zimbabwe,Tel: 263 4 702104, 702108, 707352, 705729, 704112,
Fax:263 4 702129 E-mail: email@example.com Web site:http://zibf.org
University welcomes Edward Miner
Edward Miner is the new Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in African Studies Librarianship at Indiana University for the academic year 2000-1. He is working under the mentorship of Marion Frank-Wilson, Librarian for African Studies.
Edward will be awarded his Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in December. His dissertation, based on fieldwork and archival research in Uganda, undertakes an analysis of language ideologies in public discourses under the Museveni regime. While completing coursework at UIUC, Edward taught Kiswahili at all levels and served as Supervising Teaching Assistant for the African Languages Program. He has additional proficiencies in Arabic and Luganda, as well as research interests in a number of other Bantu languages.
In a departure from past years, the Mellon Foundation permitted Indiana University to offer the appointment to a candidate who had already undertaken library science graduate coursework. Edward has completed about half of his coursework towards an MLS at the University of Illinois and intends to complete his degree when the Mellon fellowship ends. Last year, Edward worked as a reference assistant in the Education and Social Science Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Married to Kalu Ezera, a political scientist with a 1957 Oxford D.Phil. and a prominent figure in Nigerian and Biafran politics, and a mother, Onuma enrolled in 1967 in the masters program in librarianship at the University of Washington, where she earned her MLS. Her return home was interrupted by the worsening of the Biafran War, and her four sons joined her in East Lansing where she took a "temporary" job at Michigan State University, the institution that had helped set up the University of Nigeria. The tragic disappearance of her husband at the end of the Biafran War prolonged her stay in the U.S.
Beginning as a reference librarian at the MSU library, Onuma soon became Africana bibliographer.In 1985 she was appointed head of the Africana Library at MSU.She served on many campus committees, on national committees concerned with sending resources to Africa, and as Chair of ALC, 1991-92. She has published several papers and bibliographies in African librarianship as well as a preliminary bio-bibliography of Chinua Achebe.
Onuma Ezera's professional life can be gleaned from this brief outline. However, the personal impact of that life has been so wide and so deep that no summary can do justice to it. She is most aptly known as the "Mother of all the Nigerians" in the greater MSU area and has shared her skills, resources, and even her home with members of that local community and with any others in need of her assistance (as Greg Finnegan once said, "Who else can find an Igbo-speaking lawyer in the U.S.?").
Onuma and I first became friends when she discovered that I, too, had briefly attended Bennett College in 1952 as a white exchange student. My life, as well as the lives of everyone who knows her, have been enriched by her humor and grace, and by her unwavering commitment to helping her community here and in Nigeria. I have called this a valedictory, but it is written not to say farewell to my "Bennett sister" Onuma; rather it is intended to wish this remarkable woman well as she moves to what comes next in her life.
Editor: Marion Frank-Wilson, Librarian for African Studies
Tel.: 812-855-1481;Fax: 812-855-8068;
Staff: Dorothy Ansart
Please send address changes to:
Librarian for African Studies
Indiana University Main Library E-660