New Web Repository for Endangered Official Documents: Africa and Middle East  The Center for Research Libraries has launched an open web repository initially digitizing or web harvesting more than 40,000 issues of official gazettes from ten African and Persian Gulf nations where the integrity of the public record is known to be at risk. As […]

We had the pleasure of meeting Fati Abubakar yesterday in our library, with enough time to engage in conversation together with a colleague about the value of photography, the role of archival collections for historical scholarship, and a chance to look at some individual slides (marveling at the intensity that Kodachrome film continues to bring […]

The US African Studies Association in partnership with the National Humanities Alliance is organizing support for the many important programs of the National Endowment for the Humanities. As the linked site above states, in light of the fact that the Trump Administration will be shaping its budget request over the coming months with broad input…we […]

Carl Straumsheim of Inside Higher Ed reported today that Beall’s list of Predatory Publishers is no longer available online, disappearing from the Internet on Sunday January 15, 2017 without comment or explanation. Jeffrey Beall, scholarly communications librarian at the University of Colorado at Denver, created the lists in 2008. They grew to include thousands of journals and publishers […]

The African Studies Quarterly announces publication of Vol. 16, nos. 3-4 available online (http://asq.africa.ufl.edu/current-issue/). This special issue guest-edited by Agnes Ngoma Leslie (University of Florida) focuses on the theme “China-Africa Relations: Political and Economic Engagement and Media Strategies.” It includes diverse perspectives on the topic including authors from Africa, China, Europe, and the US. The table of contents is listed […]

Newly available from the series Palgrave Studies of Entrepreneurship in Africa is an ebook edited by Bitange Ndemo and Tim Weiss on “what powers the globally celebrated Kenyan success stories of the likes of the iHub , BRCK , M-Pesa and M-Kopa, all of whom have been instrumental in playing out Kenya’s tech narrative on an international stage.” […]

We are deeply saddened by news of a catastrophic loss at this Nigerian academic library (along with other university offices, computer labs, student records, and the electronic library). Exams have been postponed, according to news reports. “There was a serious fire incident at the Library Complex, Naraguta Campus, University off [sic] Jos on Saturday 8th October, 2016.” […]