Research and Collections welcomes Emilie Ngo-Nguidjol. Emilie, a native of Edéa, Cameroon started her American journey in 1986 when she earned a Foreign Fellowship to study at Mount Holyoke College. She holds a License bilingue (B.A.) French and English from the University of Yaoundé, Cameroon. She studied at the University College, Cardiff and UCLA where she earned her MLS. She is grateful for all the teachers and mentors who have helped shape her dreams.
Her library career was set in motion at UC Irvine in 1987. Before moving to UC Berkeley to serve as Africana Librarian, Emilie was Bibliographer for Francophone Studies and the Reference Department print collection at Memorial Library, University of Wisconsin-Madison, a position she held since 2001. She began her tenure at Wisconsin in 1991 as a Reference and Instruction Librarian. Her "outstanding contribution to library service on the Madison campus" earned her the UW-Madison Librarian of the Year award in 1996 and the Brenda Pfaehler Award of Excellence in 2002. She was Senior Academic Librarian by the time she left Wisconsin early this year.
In the process of assisting students and faculty in research on African cinema, she compiled an annotated bibliography on women in African cinema. This bibliography was first published as a chapter in a volume entitled With Open Eyes: Women and African Cinema (Harrow ed. 1997, 191-218), and subsequently revised and expanded into a new chapter African Cinema: Postcolonial and Feminist Readings (Harrow ed. 1999, 305-337). She is currently working on a monographic bibliography on the same topic.
A long-time member of ASA, ALA, WLA (Wisconsin Library Association) and WAAL (Wisconsin Association of Academic Librarians), Emilie has presented papers at conferences, served on numerous committees and helped organize conferences. She is also one of the editors of H-AfrLitCine http://www.h-net.org/~aflitweb/
With the monetary portion of her Library of the Year award, she began providing books to children in Cameroon to help alleviate the Book Famine. This effort has expanded to helping facilitate access to education and health care in Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Tanzania. In the latter two countries, she focuses on displaced Congolese refugees. Her web site for this effort can be found at http://africaide.org.
Emilie's dedication to matters African has led to the hobby of teaching about Africa through the palate. Some of her students will treat you do a mean Poulet Moambe (DRC), Poisson Braisé (Cameroon) or Accra Morue (West Africa and Caribbean). She dreams of one day publishing a cookbook of recipes that open an African window to the World. Her husband and three children will tell you that she is an amateur of soccer and thinks it can be studied as an instrument for development and globalization.
Al Kagan (University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign) will attend SCECSAL in Dar es Salaam/Tanzania in July 2006.
David Easterbrook (Northwestern University) will attend the Cape Town International Book Fair in June 2006.
Jill Young Coelho and Bassey Irele are planning a trip to South Africa and Nigeria from June 15 to July 5, 2006. They will attend the Cape Town International Book Fair, June 17-20. In addition to book buying in Lagos, Ibadan, Ile-Ife, they will also consult on the Yoruba Oral History Project at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ife.
Patricia Kuntz (Madison, Wisconsin) will be visiting libraries in Izmir/Turkey and in Tangier/Morocco in the summer of 2006.
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