--Contents-- IUB Libraries


No. 105, March/July 2001

ISSN 0148-7868



The ASA makes available at least $3000 annually to assist groups with shipping costs for book donations to African libraries and schools. The Committee generally provides grants in amounts from $200 to $1000. Those applying for partial funding of a project should clearly show how additional funding would be solicited. 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, bookstores, 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: the recipient and relationship to donor, the materials requested (specific titles or subject areas), the number of books, and means of obtaining them, shipping and other logistical plans, status of the project----is it already underway, or just in the idea stage? Who will administer the project? Who is the liaison in Africa?

2. Budget. What are total costs of the project? How much is the request to the ASA? How will ASA funds be used? For partial funding requests, how will other funds be solicited? 

3. Deadline: Applications are due in the ASA Secretariat, Rutgers University, Douglas Campus, 132 George St., New Brunswick, NJ 08901–1400 no later than July 1, 2001. 

A report on the project and brief summary for ASA News are required at the project's completion. For more information, visit: http://lcweb.loc.gov/rr/amed/bkdncte.html


Fall 2001, 15-18 November, Houston – ASA Annual Meeting 
Fall 2002, to be determined – ASA Annual Meeting 
Fall 2003, to be determined – ASA Annual Meeting 

Boston, USA, 16-25 August 2001 
Glasgow, UK, 18-24 August 2002 
Berlin, Germany, 1-8 August 2003 

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 


Kay Raseroka, Director of Library Services, University of Botswana, is the new IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions) President- Elect. She will begin her two-year term as President- Elect during the IFLA conference in Boston this August. Further information is available at http://www.ifla.org/III/misc/p-elect.htm 


Smithsonian, National Museum of African Art, Washington, DC 
In the Presence of the Spirits: African art from the National Museum of Ethnology, Lisbon, through September 16, 2001. 
Beautiful bodies: form and decoration of African pottery, through January 6, 2002. 


Africana Librarians Council of the African Studies Association Business Meeting Minutes of Thursday, November 16, 2000, 9:15- 11:45 a.m. Renaissance Hotel Nashville, Tennessee, approved at Spring 2001 meeting, can be found at http://lcweb.loc.gov/rr/amed/alcmin200.html 

ALC Cataloging Committee Meeting Minutes (abbreviated for ALN) April 27, 2001: 9:00-10:30 am, Bloomington, IN 

Present: Simon Bockie (Univ. of California, Berkeley), Jill Coelho (Harvard Univ.), Andrew de Heer (Schomburg Center), Karen Fung (Stanford Univ.), Miki Goral (Univ. of California, Los Angeles), Marieta Harper (Library of Congress), Patricia Kuntz (Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison), Joseph Lauer (Michigan State Univ.), Robert Lesh (Northwestern Univ.), Peter Limb (Michigan State Univ.), Peter Malanchuk (Univ. of Florida), Judy McDermott (Library of Congress), Edward Miner (Indiana Univ.), Valentine Muyumba (Indiana State Univ.), Lauris Olson (Univ. of Pennsylvania), Loumona Petroff (Boston Univ.), Dan Reboussin (Univ. of Florida), Margie Struthers (Univ. of Cape Town), Gretchen Walsh (Boston Univ.), David Westley (Boston Univ.). 

Discussed the use of "Bantu-speaking peoples" as a 550 (see also tracing) under various "(African people)" headings such as Shona (African people). "Bantu- speaking peoples" is a 550 with the 142 authority records for African peoples who speak Bantu languages. While the 550 to "Bantu languages" is appropriate for the 190 authority records of Bantu languages, the attempt to group peoples (as distinct from languages) by language groups is not done elsewhere in the world (e.g., there are no references to Romance- or Dravidian-speaking peoples) and it reflects older South African usage that was abandoned in the 1970s. An attempt would be made to change this practice and to propose that the use of "Bantu-speaking peoples" be limited to works about the whole or a large part of the Bantu-speaking area. 

 Lauris Olson distributed his "Survey on processing materials distributed through the Cooperative Acquisitions Program for the East Africa Region of the Library of Congress Office, Nairobi, Kenya." This will be sent to the 42 participants. 

Aksum/Axum & Cush/Kush terminology was discussed because of some email correspondence involving Peter Limb and Julianne Beall. The original issue (placement of Aksum within the Dewey table) had been dealt with, and there was agreement that Aksum and Kush are the preferred spellings. 

Africana Subject Funnel: Lauer had made very little progress since Liz Plantz turned over this assignment in October 2000. There have been many submissions (29 from Janet Stanley and 4 from Loumona Petroff) that are in various stages of editing. Most of the headings submitted in Fall 2000 have gone through the LC review and have been added to LSCH. In reviewing the Weekly Lists for Oct. 25, 2000-April 4, 2001, he found about 70 subjects from LC, 12 from the Africana funnel and 23 from other libraries. 

PCC statistics for FY2000 show a total of 2,791 new subjects and 621 changed subjects. Of these, 15 and 10 respectively, came via the Africana funnel project. 

Northwestern University completed a survey of "hidden" (without OPAC access) collections and produced a list of their African-language materials. 

Several individuals requested further action on the directory of individuals willing to assist in the cataloging of African-language materials. 


ZIBF 2001 Theme: Transformation 

Indaba Dates: 4 - 5 August 2001 Theme: Changing Lives: Promoting A Reading Culture in Africa Country of Focus: Senegal Writers Workshop Dates: 6 - 10 August, 2001 Book Fair Dates: 7 - 11 August 2001 Setting up day: 6 August 2001 The draft programme for ZIBF2001, Harare, 3-11 August 2001, is now on the ZIBF website http://www.zibf.org/ 

ZIBF Bulawayo 

NEWS RELEASE 26 March 2001 from Moses Samkange, Executive Director 

The Zimbabwe International Book Fair Bulawayo was held in the city last week. Close to 6,000 people had visited the fair by the end of business on Saturday. On the first day, 1,200 people visited the Book Fair and on Friday 2,657 came, with 2,123 people visiting the Book Fair on Saturday. In the year 2000, 5,307 people visited the annual event. There were 37 exhibitors this year compared to last year's 43. 

The event has over the past two years seen a general reduction in the number of visitors and exhibitors as a result of the depressed economy and fuel shortage. Both ZIBF Bulawayo 2001 and 2000 took place at the height of a fuel shortage, particularly in the capital city. Most ZIBF exhibitors are from Harare or have their headquarters in the city. Of the initial 37 exhibitors, there was one cancellation and one late entry took their place. As the organisers of the event, we hope that the situation will be different next year. 

The event's satellite programme was, however, a hive of activity. For the first time in Bulawayo a number of book launches were held to coincide with the Book Fair. Three book launches were held during the week of the Book Fair, with the Czech Republic's Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Hynek Kmonicek, launching a book by Pathisa Nyathi. In this book, Mr Nyathi translated children's stories from the Czech Republic to Ndebele. Another book by Mr Nyathi, Alvord Mabena - the man and his roots, was also launched. One of the exhibitors, Mambo Press, launched a number of new books by several authors, most of whom are based in Bulawayo. 

The Writers Workshop and the Skills Workshop, which have become annual events at the ZIBF Bulawayo, were held on Thursday and Friday at the Small City Hall. The Zimbabwe Book Development Council's Children's Reading Tent provided entertainment in the form of readings and story telling to the younger children from pre-school to primary school age. 

One of the highlights at ZIBF Bulawayo 2001 was the Book Purchase Scheme draw. Introduced three years ago by ZIBF, the scheme has enticed hundreds of librarians from within and outside Bulawayo to visit the fair in the hopes of winning. In order to benefit from the scheme, a library has to be represented at the draw. Winning librarians then spend all the money at the ZIBF Bulawayo before the end of the three days of business. This year, the 10 vouchers valued at $2,000 each went to community libraries drawn from Plumtree, Nkayi, Gwanda, Maphisa, Tsholotsho and Bulawayo. For the first time, ZIBF gave away complementary prizes of parcels of books to some of those who were present during the draw but did not win. 

For further details or queries please contact Spike Gaura. Tel: 04 702104/8 Fax: 04 702129 E-mail: zibf@mweb.co.zw 

Zimbabwe International Book Fair 
Harare Gardens 
P.O. Box CY1179 
Tel: 263 4 702104, 702108, 707352, 705729, 704112 
Fax: 263 4 702129 
Email: zibf@samara.co.zw 
Website: http://zibf.org 



"Wicked" women and the reconfiguration of gender in Africa, edited by Dorothy L. Hodgson and Sheryl A. McCurdy. ISBN 0325070040 $29.00 344 p. (Social history of Africa) 

Security and development in Southern Africa, edited by Nana Poku, foreword by Stephen Chan. ISBN 0275964000 $59.95 184 pp. 

Alex La Guma: politics and resistance, by Nahem Yousaf. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann, 2001. (Studies in African literature) ISBN 0325001898 $64.95 184 p. 

Culture and customs of Nigeria, by Toyin Falola. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2000. ISBN 0313313385 Price $45.00 This is the first book in a new series, "Culture and customs of Africa." 


Black and White in the southern states: a study of the race problem in the United States from a South African point of view, by Maurice S. Evans, with a new introduction by George M. Fredrickson. Columbia, S.C.: Univ. of South Carolina Press, 2001. (Southern Classics Series) 331 p. ISBN 1570034095 $18.95 Previously published: London: Longmans, Green and Co., 1915. 

La mort akan: etude-semiotique des textes funeraires akan / Christian Owusu-Sarpong. Paris: Harmattan, 2001. ISBN 2747500594 150FF 

Africa on the internet: an annotated guide to African web sites, prepared for the Economic Commission for Africa by Assefa Bahta. Addis Ababa: United Nations, Economic Commission for Africa, [1999]. "E/ECA/ADF/99/2." Focuses on "African- Developed content" on the internet. Lists sites by country. 

Martin Benjamin. Development Consumers: An Ethnography of "The Poorest of the Poor" and International Aid in Rural Tanzania. Dissertation, Yale University, 2000, available for purchase from UMI at: http://www.umi.com/hp/Products/DisExpress.html Its bibliography is available free on-line at http://pantheon.yale.edu/%7Ehickory/bibliography.html 

The Cape Town Intellectuals: Ruth Schechter and her circle, 1907-1934, by Baruch Hirson. 284pp, Published in Europe by the Merlin Press ISBN 0850365007 pbk £14.95 Order from : Merlin Press Ltd, PO BOX 30705, London WC2E 8QD England, or, orders@merlin.co.uk 

African Historians and African Voices. Essays presented to Professor Bethwell Allan Ogot, E.S. Atieno Odhiambo (ed). With contributions by Chapurukha M. Kusimba, Christopher Ehret, David William Cohen, E.S. Atieno Odhiambo, Luise White, Tabitha Kanogo and Milcah Amolo Achola. Basel (P.Schlettwein Publishing), 2001, 166p., ill., tab., index ISBN 3908193087 

Preachers, Peasants and Politics in South East Africa, 1835-1880, by Norman Etherington, was published in the Royal Historical Society series 'Studies in History'. The publisher Boydell and Brewer is now offering the hardback edition at the special rate of 10 pounds instead of the normal 40 pounds until 30th June 2001. Those interested should contact: Boydell & Brewer Inc, PO Box 41026, Rochester, NY 14604-4126, USA Tel: 716 275 0419 Fax: 716 271 8778 Email: 104572.1422@compuserve.com or, Boydell and Brewer Ltd., PO Box 9, Woodbridge, Suffolk IP12 3DF, UK email: boydell@boydell.co.uk 

When victims become killers: colonialism, nativism & the genocide in Rwanda, by Mahmood Mamdani. 384 p. £19.95 ISBN 0852558597 Available from: Africa Book Centre Ltd., 38 King Street, London WC2E 8JT, in the UK you can call at local rate on 0845 458 1581 Please print in BLOCK CAPITALS orders@africabookcentre.com Tel +44 [0] 20 7240 6649 Fax +44 20 7497 0309 

The Quiet Violence of Dreams, by K. Sello Duiker. Kwela. ISBN 0795701209 R 89,95 Pub date 03/05/2001 Soft cover; 460 pp;137 x 213 

Whose laetie are you? - My Sowetan boyhood, by Rrekgetsi Chimeloane. Kwela. ISBN 795701233 R49.95 03/05/2001 Soft cover; 128 x 213; 138 pp 

The Diary of an Obedient Servant, by P.M.O. Onen. Kampala, Uganda : JA Nyeko Pub. Centre, 2000. ISBN 9970510020 Autobiography of a senior civil servant during the Amin regime in Uganda. Available from: JA Nyeko Publishing Centre Ltd P O Box 25613 Kampala, Uganda E-Mail: janetnyeko@yahoo.com or ayatnyeko@hotmail.com 

The Ethiopian Collection has just been published by the University of Oregon Museum of Natural History. The essays accompany 35 black and white photographs of: illustrated manuscripts, paintings, magic scrolls, musical instruments, metalwork, basketry, textiles, and pottery. Color images of objects from the collection may be seen at: http://natural-history.uoregon.edu/Pages/store.html The book has 50 pages, a high-quality soft cover, and all proceeds benefit museum public programs. To order or for more information, please call 541-346-3024 between 8AM and 5PM WST, or email mnh@oregon.uoregon.edu. Mail to: Museum of Natural History, 1224 University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403 


Electronic Journal of African Bibliography, published by The University of Iowa Libraries, co- editors, Afeworki Paulos (Univ. of Iowa) and Joseph Caruso (Columbia Univ.), announces the online publication of Volume 6, "South Africa's post-apartheid foreign policy towards Africa," by Roger Pfister, Center for International Studies, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, and Volume 7, "The Dagara and their neighbors (Burkina Faso and Ghana)," by Richard Kuba and Carola Lentz, University of Frankfurt am Main, Germany at http://sdrc.lib.uiowa.edu/ejab/ 


Bildhaan: an international journal of Somali studies. Volume 1 (2001)- . Annual. St. Paul, Minn.: Macalester College. ISSN 1528-6258 Subscription price: $12.00 (individuals), $20.00 (institutions) Contact: Ahmed I. Samatar (editor-in-chief), James Wallace, Professor and Dean of International Studies and Programming, Macalester College, 1600 Grand Avenue, St. Paul, Minnesota 55105-1899. bildhaan@macalester.edu (e-mail) 651-696-6332 (phone) 651-696-6750 (fax) 

Journal of African Policy Studies, MTSU Box X- 016, Murfreesboro, TN 37132 Tel: 615/898-5731 E- mail: mtesi@mtsu.edu Fax: 615/898-5460 The table of contents can be seen at http://journalofafrica.tripod.com/ 


From: Editors of Jenda jen-editors@africaresource.com 

We are pleased to announce the publication of the deliciously provocative Jenda: a journal of culture and African women studies. Jenda is available at: http://www.jendajournal.com Read the essays online or simply print from the accompanying "print copy" prepared in adobe format. 


Columbia University Libraries' African Studies Internet Resources at the new URL http://www.columbia.edu/cu/lweb/indiv/africa/cuvl/) is an on-going compilation of bibliographic resources & research materials on Africa available on the global Internet. All links are annotated to encourage an awareness of authorship, type of information, & subject. Since 1999, the collection has been the official site for "African Studies" in the World Wide Web Virtual Library (WWW-VL). 

Bibliography of Africana Periodical Literature Database http://www.africabib.org/ 

Africabib Progress Report #4 October, 2000-April, 2001 from Davis A. Bullwinkle, Arkansas Institute for Economic Advancement, University of Arkansas-Little Rock, Little Rock, Arkansas 

The end of our second year is now upon us. During this year we have seen the Africana Periodical Literature Database and the Women's Databases hit over 11,000 times compared to last year's nearly 5,000 hits. We have added over 50 new titles to the periodical database and have another 50 planned for the future. AfricaBib now indexes over 300 titles and over 36,000 citations in the Africana Periodical Literature Database. Throughout the year we have continued to make minor changes in the databases to make them easier and more convenient to use. 

During the year we also added eight electronic titles that allow full access to journal articles. We plan to expand that number greatly within the next three years, probably indexing all the journals in the DISA: Digital Imaging Project of South Africa: South Africa's Struggle for Democracy: Anti-Apartheid Periodicals, 1960-1990. We have already indexed two issues of Clarion Call so they can see how easy access will be to the articles through AfricaBib, and we have linked to the DISA project on the AfricaBib homepage, hoping it will provide the project with greater exposure. 

New Journals Added During the Last Six Months: 

African Anthropologist (Continues: African Anthropology), African Issues, African Journal of International Affairs, African Journal on Conflict Resolution, African Sociological Review, Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East, Ethiopian Journal of Development Research, Jenda: A Journal of Culture and African Women Studies, Journal of African Business, Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History, Journal of Cultural Studies (Nigeria), Journal of Imperial and Post-Colonial Historical Studies, Journal of Natal and Zulu History, Kenya Past and Present, Middle East Policy, Scandinavian Journal of Development Alternatives, Scandinavian Journal of Development Alternatives and Area Studies, South African Journal of International Affairs 


 A new film Mutoto, by the young African filmmaker Didier Chabi, was an official selection at this year's XVI Black International Cinema 2001 Berlin, Germany. For more information see, http://members.aol.com/dondija/filmlist01.html 

Mutoto is distributed by: Clap Productions, Lange Lauwerstraat 26, 3512 VJ Utrecht The Netherlands. 


National Inquiry Services Centre (NISC) in South Africa is now publishing the academic journals Quaestiones Mathematicae: Journal of the South African Mathematical Society, the South African Journal of Botany, and Southern African Linguistics and Applied Language Studies, the combined journal of the Linguistic Society of Southern Africa and the Southern African Applied Linguistics Association. These titles are currently available in print and will soon be mounted in full text on the Internet from Vol 1 to Current. For details of these titles, point your web browser to http://www.nisc.co.za/abstracts.html 

African Imprint Library Services has recently received a shipment from South Africa. For a complete list of available titles, point your browser to http://www.africanbooks.com/SAweb0401.htm 

Bennett-Penvenne, Livros, Books & Pamphlets on Africa & the Portuguese & Spanish Worlds, 162 Oak St., Duxbury, MA 02332, U.S.A. 781-934-0961 has issued a new list, No. 69, and has a new email address: normanbennett@earthlink.net 

SBPDL (Suba Books and Periodicals Distributors Ltd) is a stockist, distributor and agent of Africana books and journals worldwide. We take orders from individuals, schools, institutes, colleges and universities all over the world for any of their Africana book and periodical requirements, since we represent African Publishers. We also network with a number of book distributors in order to advertise market merchandise and distribute books and journals to African institutions. We offer: (a) no charge or commission to either you or our clients for services we have rendered; (b) discounts of 20% and 5% on all books and periodicals, respectively, purchased through us. For more information, contact Dr. Robert Obudho, Suba Books & Periodicals, P.O. Box 51336, Nairobi, Kenya Tel: 254-449231 or 449186 Fax: 254- 444110 

Africa Book Centre, Ltd 38 King Street, London WC2E 8JT, England Tel +44 20 7836 3020 Fax +44 20 7497 0309 orders@africabookcentrecom http://www.africabookcentre.com/ stocks some 12,000 titles and publishes the Africa Book Centre Book Review every four months, which provides news and book reviews and two comprehensive listings - for new books published in Africa and for new books published in the rest of the world. Send two UNESCO coupons for a sample copy. Also provides selective e-mailings on a variety of subjects and geographical areas. To receive information send an e-mail to info@africabookcentre.com and specify subject and area of interest. 

A ten page listing of recent and forthcoming books on Somalia [published 1997-2001] is available from the Africa Book Centre Ltd. The list includes general, academic and children's titles. If you would like a copy please send a message to info@africabookcentre.com or if you would like it posted to you please send us a UK-stamped and addressed envelope, [customers outside the UK please send UNESCO coupons x 5 if you want it airmailed] to: Africa Book Centre Ltd, [Somali List:] 38 KING STREET, LONDON WC2E 8JT, UK 

Global Book Marketing, 38 King Street, London WC2E 8JT England Tel: +44 20 7836 3020 Fax: +44 20 7497 0309 tz@globalbookmarketing.co.uk Contact: Anthony Zurbrugg 

GBM acts as an agent for many African Publishers. Book traders can order lists at trade discount from their distributor: orders@centralbooks.com 

Publishers represented include: African Publishing Group (guides to African cities and national parks), Battlebridge Publishers (Creole and other linguistic studies), Bayreuth African Studies (art, music, drama and other African studies), Camerapix (illustrated travel publishers founded by photographer Mohammed Amin), Fernwood Press (large format colour illustrated books on arts, flora, fauna, and environments in Southern Africa), Gallery and HSP Publications (travel and art books on Tanzania), Haan (publishers of scholarly books on Somalia), Kwela Books (some of the best books on a changing South Africa), Nordic Institute of African Studies of Sweden (academic publishers), David Philip (general and academic South African publishers), Umdaus Press of Johannesburg (large format illustrated books on natural history), University of Cape Town Press, University of Natal Press of Durban and Witwatersrand University Press (all academic and general publishers based in South Africa). 

A reminder from Hogarth Representation, Books from Africa. Their address is now Unit 54, Millmead Business Centre, Millmead Road, Tottenham Hale, London N17 9QU, England. Tel: (0)20 8365 1515 Fax (0)20 8808 7090 

Message from the African Books Collective 
ABC's email addresses have changed, with immediate effect. The domain name is "africanbookscollective.com". The addresses are as follows: abc@africanbookscollective.com (general number) orders@africanbookscollective.com (orders) mary.jay@africanbookscollective.com (consultant, overall head) krisia.cook@africanbookscollective.com (customer services manager) justin.cox@africanbookscollective.com (marketing officer) georgia.heyworth@africanbookscollective.com (administrator) jatinder.padda@africanbookscollective.com (administration assistant) naomi.robertson@africanbookscollective.com (customer services assistant) graham.speers@africanbookscollective.com (accountant) Emails for Sam Cook (warehouse manager) and John Harper (credit control) can be sent to the general number. 

The web site address remains www.africanbookscollective.com A re-design is nearing completion, and we will advise you when the new site is launched shortly. 

Available from Scansom Publishers: 

Dictionary of Somali Names contains approximately 5000 names. For example, 900 names of Somali trees, 870 names of Somali men (mainly the indigenous names before the Islamic names largely replaced the Somali traditional names), 500 names of Somali women, names of the birds, wild animals, climate, rain, fruits, diseases, nature and ecology names, household items, clothing, she-camel names, and many other names. Scansom, 2001. 170 p.. $17.99. 

Godob Aan La Garwaaqsan (Female Circumcision) explains in detail the effects and the consequences of this tragedy. It analyzes the problem from many different angles, i.e. from the cultural, medical, and social points of view as well from the religious point of view. Toronto, 2001. 270 p.. $16.99. 

Diiwaanka Gabaayada Sayid Mohammed Abdallah Hassan (edited by Sh. Jama Omer Issa). The book is the collection of poems by the greatest 19th century Somali poet, a freedom fighter and a great warrior against the British army, Maxamad Cabdulle Xasan, 1864-1920. First published in Somalia in 1974. Norway, 1999. 285 p.. $27.99 

Sooyaalka Soomaaliya covers a wide range of issues such as the origins of the Somali people, the Somali customary law, the main causes of the Somali conflicts and many other important issues. 160 p.. 1998. $16.99 

Sababihii Burburka Soomaaliya (the causes of the collapse of the Somali government) covers a wide range of issues that caused the country to collapse. 180 p.. Toronto, 1999. $16.99 

Siiradii Nebiga (The history of Prophet Mohammed). A bibliography. 450+ p.. $18.99. 

Fahamka Kitaabka iyo Sunnada. The understanding of the holy Islamic book and the learning of the prophet Mohammed. A well detailed analysis of many Islamic issues. 550 p.. 2000. $ 28.99 

Essential English-Somali Dictionary (Aasaasi) includes over 35000 words and phrases with special emphasis on words the average person would require in daily life. $29.95. 

FIQI'S Somali-English Dictionary includes more than 20,000 Somali words in daily use. 511 p. $29.95. 

Maandeeq a novel that tells a story of oppression, discrimination and unnecessary loss of lives and brings to life the drama that led to the collapse of the Somali state. 134 p. $12.95 

Yax-Yax iyo Jacayl, a novel. Ahmed and Amran are in love and their love for each other deepens as the war between Ethiopia and Somalia intensifies. 94 p.. $12.95 

Postage and freight expenses not included. 10% discount when purchasing 20 or more books. 

Distribution: In Europe, please contact Scansom Publishers, Box 6118, 175 06 Jarfalla, Stockholm, Sweden Fax: 46 8- 58360647 Postgiro: 6345081-1 E-Mail: Scansom @ hotmail.com 

In North America, Mohammed Hassan, 10 Shendale Drive, Etobicoke, Toronto, M9W 2B3 Canada Tel. 416- 749 2761 E-Mail: Scansom @ hotmail.com 


In the June/Oct. 2000 issue of Africana Libraries Newsletter, the new serials list was put under the heading, "New serial titles available from the Library of Congress, Nairobi Office." These titles are not available in the Office but are new titles that have been acquired by the office for Library of Congress, Washington. –Catherine Thuku, LC Nairobi

List of new serial titles acquired by Library of Congress, Nairobi 

Annual report on the Ethiopian economy, Vol. 1 (1999/2000). This annual publication contains raw data and a careful analysis of the macro and sectoral performance of the economy by a selected group of professionals doing research in their specific area of interest. Subscription: Ethiopian Economic Association, POB 34282, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Email: eea@telecom.net.et 

Conscience: Journal of Ethical Thought, Vol. 1, no. 1 (Jan. 1999). It focuses on moral issues in Uganda. Its intention is to contribute to the cultivation of values and structures whose objectives would be to sustain morality among individuals, in families and in public life as well as good governance in the country. Subscription: The National Conscience Society, POB 9389, Kampala. 

Construction business (Dar es Salaam, Tanzania), Vol. 1, no. 1 (Jan.1997). Journal of the National Construction Council of Tanzania aimed at documenting and dissemination of information on construction industry in Tanzania. Subscription: National Construction Council, POB 70039, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. 

Directory of Children's Services in Zimbabwe, 2000. This directory aims at increasing communication among organizations that are implementing programmes and guiding members of the community to relevant children's services that are delivered by government and NGOs. Subscription: Save the Children (UK), POB 4689, Harare, Zimbabwe. E-mail: tapfumak@scfuk.org.zw 

Kaffa Coffee, Vol. 1, no. 1 (July 1998). A unique magazine providing comprehensive information on Ethiopian coffee. It covers various aspects of coffee, including its original homeland; mythological and historical background; traditional preparation and cult; genetic diversity; and production systems. Published by Ethiopian Coffee Exporters' Association (ECEA), POB 8808, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. E-mail: ecea@telecom.net.et 

Research Report (Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology), Vol. 1 (2000). First published record of research projects conducted by the various departments of the JKUAT. Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, published conjunction with Japan International Cooperation Agency. 

The Swahili Coast, Issue 01 (July/Oct. 1998). A unique colored international magazine to promote travel, business, ecotourism and culture in Zanzibar and throughout coastal Tanzania. Published by Gallery Magazines Ltd., P.O. Box 3181, Zanzibar. Email: gallery@swahilicoast.com 

by Margaret Ling 

Book Marketing and Promotion - A Handbook of Good Practice, by Hans M Zell.
International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP), 2001. 

Case studies, resource lists, annotated bibliography, glossary, index, 210mm x 297 mm (A4) softcover format, 384 pp, ISBN 0 952298996, Price US$60/£35, exclusively distributed by African Books Collective Ltd. 

This practical 'how-to' Handbook is designed in the first instance for publishers in Africa and other developing countries - and was trialed in a pilot edition at the 1999 Zimbabwe International Book Fair. But it is also a valuable resource for students of African publishing and book development and/or of book marketing in general. 

Since the 1990s, the development agencies that support African publishing have shifted the emphasis from supply side strategies to initiatives to stimulate and expand the market and encourage the emergence of a book-buying culture. The Nordic agencies have been in the forefront of this trend, and so it is no surprise to discover that publication of the Handbook has been made possible through the support of the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Danida) and the Swedish International Development Co-operation Agency (Sida). 

The Handbook's main focus is how publishers in developing countries can make the most of the sales potential of their domestic markets. It is a book about the marketing skills and techniques that sell books once they have been published, rather than the market analysis and strategies that inform the initial decision to take on a publishing project. There is one chapter on buying and selling rights, and co-publishing, and another on overseas distribution and export marketing, but these are not the Handbook's central priorities. As the Introduction explains, neither does it cover the nitty-gritty of sales and fulfillment - sales management, warehousing and distribution, order fulfillment and customer service. 

These caveats aside, here is a treasure trove of practical tips and advice, organised, as one would expect from this author and compiler, to make it easy for the user to find their way around. The Handbook is divided into four Parts (strangely, not identified as such in the otherwise detailed Table of Contents). Part 1 is an overview by Hans Zell of current practice in book marketing, from costing and planning a book marketing campaign through to using the Internet and World Wide Web as marketing tools; a short Part 2 deals with export markets, overseas distribution, rights, licensing and co-publishing; Part 3 is a series of case studies by guest writers; and Part 4 comprises resource lists. 

Parts 1 and 2 make up just over half of the Handbook and cover all the main areas of marketing in greater or lesser detail. There are relatively short sections (5 pages each) on marketing to libraries and to bookshops and the retail trade, two sections (almost 40 pages) on attending book fairs and exhibitions and a 30 page section on the Internet. As a personal devotee of email, I was a bit disappointed to find so little, in either this section or that on direct mail, on the use of email, an accessible and low-cost form of direct marketing, for the smaller publisher in particular, in either North or South. 

The six case studies are all regionally focused, covering Southern Africa, West Africa, India, the Caribbean and the Pacific, plus a study by Mary Jay and Ros Sherwin on the experience of African Books Collective in marketing African books in Europe and North America. The contributions by Bridget Impey (South Africa), Victor Nwankwo (Nigeria), Urvashi Butalia (India), Ian Randle (Jamaica) and Linda Crowl and Don Long (Fiji and New Zealand) provide a helpful counter-balance to the more Northern flavour of the Handbook's first two sections. These authors are all well-known personalities at the Zimbabwe International Book Fair, illustrating the role of this event in facilitating South-South and South-North exchanges and in building a global community of interest and expertise in publishing development. 

It is a pity that further case studies planned on East Africa, Southeast Asia, Latin America and North America did not materialise in time for the Handbook. Readers can look forward to future editions in which it is hoped that they will be included. 

The final part of the Handbook, Resources, comprises detailed listings of review and publicity outlets with contact addresses (they do include a number based in Africa, particularly Senegal, South Africa and Zimbabwe), trade and professional directories, mailing list resources and suppliers (none in Africa, is there a market niche here waiting to be filled?), publishing and book development organisations, international book prizes and awards, and recommended websites, plus an annotated bibliography. I suspect that the 20 page glossary of marketing terms may be dipped into even by hardened professionals. Finally, a 6pp index. 

I found the Handbook useful to my own experience of marketing primarily in the North, and my review copy is already well-thumbed. It would be interesting to read assessments from publishers in the South on how it suits their own experience and needs, and any suggestions they might have for expanding and adding to it. –Margaret Ling