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.
...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. Zentralblatt fur Geologie und Palaontologie 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. College & Research Libraries ...both moving and exceptionally funny. Information & Culture, Vol. 42, No. 3, 2007 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. Public Services Quarterly, Vol. 2, No. 2/3 (2006) 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. Reference and Research Book News