Africanist Librarianship In An Era Of Change

Overview

While the essays collected in this volume address a number of issues, they all share the same aim of placing Africanist librarianship in the contexts of our times. Many essays set high value on service to present and future African library users, through the usage of such means as bibliographic instruction and the accumulation and arrayal of information in databases and websites. Still others look to the theme of outreach because, unfortunately, the effect of the electronic revolution, like that of many other ...

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Overview

While the essays collected in this volume address a number of issues, they all share the same aim of placing Africanist librarianship in the contexts of our times. Many essays set high value on service to present and future African library users, through the usage of such means as bibliographic instruction and the accumulation and arrayal of information in databases and websites. Still others look to the theme of outreach because, unfortunately, the effect of the electronic revolution, like that of many other revolutions, was that the rich got richer and the poor poorer. The post-colonial information gap (the book and journal 'famine') in Africa, which was only exacerbated by independence, has become almost unbridgeable in the last few decades. As these essays indicate, Africanist librarians and other scholars have done - and are continuing to do - whatever possible to alleviate this, whether by training, exchanging information, providing resources, or establishing partnerships with long-term objectives.

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Editorial Reviews

College & Research Libraries News
...includes 16 essays on Africana libraries and literature, among them Al Kagan on teaching African studies bibliography, Patricia Ukoli Ogedengbe on Africana outreach programs, David Westley on African lexicography, and Hans Zell on reference publishing in Africana. Also included are two tributes to the work of the late Northwestern University Africana bibliographer Dan Britz by David Easterbrook, and Nancy Lawler and Ivor Wilks.
College & Research Libraries (C&RL)
Vicki Evalds deserves a lot of credit....I am very happy to report on yet another shining example of an Africanist librarians' spirit of cooperation....Africanist Librarianship in an Era of Change should be held by libraries with significant African Studies collections or library schools.
Libraries and The Cultural Record
...both moving and exceptionally funny.
Public Services Quarterly
This Africanist librarianship volume is recommended for purchase by academic libraries for professional collections, libraries that serve Masters or Ph.D. programs in library science, and especially by libraries with Africana or other Middle Eastern/Asian area studies collections.
Information & Culture
...both moving and exceptionally funny.
C&Rl News
...includes 16 essays on Africana libraries and literature, among them Al Kagan on teaching African studies bibliography, Patricia Ukoli Ogedengbe on Africana outreach programs, David Westley on African lexicography, and Hans Zell on reference publishing in Africana. Also included are two tributes to the work of the late Northwestern University Africana bibliographer Dan Britz by David Easterbrook, and Nancy Lawler and Ivor Wilks.
College & Research Libraries
Vicki Evalds deserves a lot of credit....I am very happy to report on yet another shining example of an Africanist librarians' spirit of cooperation....Africanist Librarianship in an Era of Change should be held by libraries with significant African Studies collections or library schools.
Reference and Research Book News
African studies bibliographers Evalds and Henige present a series of 16 essays addressing a range of issues in Africanist librarianship. Topics include Africana acquisitions policies, the Cooperative Africana Microform Project, African references for the generalist, US-African university library partnerships, developments in Africana cataloging in the United States, collection and publication of Africana periodicals, and the Africa studies reference publishing business.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810852013
  • Publisher: The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 4/19/2005
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Victoria K. Evalds is the author of the previously published Union List of African Censuses, Development Plans and Statistical Abstracts. David Henige is Bibliographer of African Studies and Anthropology at Memorial Library at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. His previous publications include In Search of Columbus: The Sources for the First Voyage and Numbers from Nowhere: The American Indian Contact Population Debate.

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Table of Contents

Coping with an information world measured in terabytes 1
Dan Britz : a brief professional chronology and appreciation 7
Once, present (and always?) Africana acquisitions policies 13
The Africana Librarians Council and the cooperative Africana Microform Project since 1989 31
Electronic publishing and African studies : a way to bridge the information gap? 49
African reference for the generalist 63
Teaching African studies bibliography 71
U.S.-African university library partnerships 79
Trends in North American theses production 99
Continuing developments in Africana cataloging in the United States, 1989-2002 109
Africana periodicals : problems and progress of collection and publication 125
Africa matters : outreach programs and bringing Africa to the American academy and public 141
Library instruction and reference for undergraduates : opening a faculty-library partnership 153
WorldCat and African lexicography since 1980 169
The perilous business of reference publishing in Africa studies 199
Remembering Dan 227
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