A recent post by Katrina Spencer in the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign International and Area Studies Library‘s Glocal Notes newsletter highlights the Spring meetings of the Africana Librarians Council, a sponsored organization of the U.S. African Studies Association, and the Center for Research Libraries‘ Cooperative Africana Materials Project (CRL/CAMP). Organized by Dr. Atoma Batoma, the International and Area Studies’ current African Studies […]

Africa in Words author Stephanie Santana writes: On June 4 at the upcoming African Literature Association (ALA) conference at the University of Bayreuth, Germany, Africa in Words will be hosting a ‘Wikithon’ to improve the ‘African Literature’ Wikipedia page. During a Wikithon (also often called an ‘Edit-a-thon‘), people come together to edit a particular Wikipedia page […]

The Institute for Transportation and Development Policy posted a newsletter update last month on this interesting matatu (informal private transportation network) mapping project in Uganda: The Kampala Mobility Map will improve way-finding around the city, allowing visitors, new residents and frequent matatu riders to better understand Kampala’s public transport network and plan their trips. With the […]

From the Duke University Libraries blog on scholarly communications: Stepping back from sharing MAY 4, 2015 KEVIN SMITH, J.D. The announcement from Elsevier about its new policies regarding author rights was a masterpiece of doublespeak, proclaiming that the company was “unleashing the power of sharing” while in fact tying up sharing in as many leashes as […]

African Flagship Languages Initiative (AFLI) 2015: Domestic Intensive Summer Program: June 10 – July 31, 2015 The 2015 African Flagship Languages Initiative (AFLI) Domestic Intensive Summer Program is hosted by the Center for African Studies and the Department of Languages, Literatures, & Culture, University of Florida, on behalf of the Institute of International Education (IIE). […]

The Program of African Studies at Northwestern University shared the sad news of John Hunwick‘s death this week. He may be best known for his discovery of 3,000 privately held manuscripts in Timbuktu in 1999. Northwestern University Professor Emeritus John Owen Hunwick…discovered a treasure trove of historic Arab literature stored in trunks in Timbuktu, Mali, died April 1 […]

While the trends appear heartening on the ground with generally fewer new cases in West Africa, there’s still much work to be done (see US Centers for Disease Control update). Here, we offer a few additional resources to supplement earlier posts (including the Ebola Response pocket library on a flash drive offered by WiderNet). African Studies librarians […]

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