Monthly Archives: December 2013

2013 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog. This blog was viewed about 5,700 times in 2013. Click here to see the complete report.

Our top ten posts of 2013

UNESCO General History of Africa is now a free download Mellen Press sues librarian for libel George Fortune obituary African language books recently cataloged Niger memorial for UTA flight 772 Webcasts of Mandela services African popes of the Roman Catholic church Abolition of slavery in Suriname & Dutch Antilles marks 150 years Mozambique History Net […]

Kalashnikov dead at 94

Mikhail Kalashnikov, the Siberian born inventor of the “Avtomat Kalashnikova model 1947” or AK-47, an assault rifle that is among the most easily recognized and influential inventions of the 20th century, has died. The gun’s iconic silhouette appears on the flag of Mozambique: .

Kongo Across the Waters: conference announcement

Kongo Atlantic Dialogues: Kongo culture in Central Africa and in the Americas Preliminary program schedule is available for the 2014 Gwendolen M. Carter Conference here. Presented by the Center for African Studies, University of Florida. Hosted by the Harn Museum of Art. The symposium will focus on the artistic and cultural  legacy of Bakongo in Africa […]

Peters projection map on West Wing

The Gall-Peters projection map is a common Introduction to African Studies (and world history) classroom discussion topic, but television makes it dramatic (this video clip from The West Wing television series is a brief and entertaining introduction if you aren’t already familiar with the map)! Wikipedia‘s wikimedia commons has a larger version of the image available. Related resources (a […]

Librii: New Model Library in Africa

Librii, a “digitally enhanced, community-based, revenue-generating library on the frontiers of broadband connectivity” in Accra, Ghana was funded by Kickstarter in April 2013. It’s interesting to study the included African Undersea Cables map (with connections planned for 2014, 2015, and another showing those cables active in Nov. 2012) as seen on the project page.             […]

Training series for SobekCM open source software

Training series for SobekCM open source software The SobekCM Training Series for Curators and Collection Managers is designed to support curator, collection manager, scholar, data manager, and other core user group needs for managing and supporting digital collections and digital scholarship projects. The 2013 training series is underway, with a webinar tomorrow for the SobekCM Curator […]