Good archival news just arrived today via H-Net: Jean-Pierre Bat and Vincent Hiribarren announced a new archival resource: Archives de l’Afrique Équatoriale Française (Brazzaville) dedicated to the colonial archives of French Equatorial Africa housed at the National Archives of Congo in Brazzaville. This site gives details on access conditions for potential researchers and retraces the history of the colonial archives kept in Brazzaville. More importantly, […]

National Anthropology Day is a day for anthropologists to celebrate and participate in their discipline with the public around them. The American Anthropological Association is celebrating anthropology and anthropologists across the world through the declaration of National Anthropology Day. Anthropologists are innovators and creative thinkers who contribute to every sector of society. Help us celebrate […]

The South African novelist André Brink died on February 6th, according to the Guardian newspaper on Sunday, February 8, 2015: “André Brink, who has died aged 79, was the first Afrikaans writer to have a book banned by the South African government in the decades when the National party was in power.” The British Council has a biography, […]

Jocalyn Clark (@jocalynclark), executive editor of the Journal of Health, Population and Nutrition and other publications, was a senior editor at PLOS Medicine and assistant editor at The BMJ (formerly the British Medical Journal). Her current BMJ blog entry focuses on “How to avoid predatory journals.” This is an excellent guide for doing your own homework when […]

Episode 88 of Africa Past and Present — the podcast about African history, culture, and politics — is now available at: In part 1 of a new series on digital African studies, Keith Breckenridge (WISER, Wits University) discusses the current state of digital Southern African Studies; the politics, funding, and ethics of international partnerships […]

In the US legal context: Fair use allows the use of copyrighted material without permission from the copyright holder under certain circumstances. For libraries, educational institutions, and the public, the fair use doctrine is the most important limitation on the rights of the copyright owner—the “safety valve” of US copyright law. Libraries may wish to consult […]

We last posted about the inspiring and practical widernet project about a year ago. They’re still doing good work, and recently began promoting their Ebola Emergency Response Library. As the linked page says, While this collection will be available on the World Wide Web for those who have Internet access, the resources will be distributed on 32 GB […]


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