The Africana Librarians Council (ALC) was founded in 1957 as part of the African Studies Association (ASA) under the name Archives/Libraries Committee. The ALC continues today as a coordinate organization of the ASA. Members of ASA - whether they are librarians, archivists or documentalists working with materials from and about Africa or scholars interested in the preservation of or access to Africana - may join the ALC.
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Update, 16 June 2015 - Revised ALC Bylaws, Directory, some Spring 2015 meeting documents posted.
Upcoming Meetings of the Africana Librarians Council
ALC Fall 2015 Meeting - San Diego, California: at Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina, San Diego, Ca (specific date to be announced): at African Studies Association annual meeting, 19-22 November 2015 | ASA Annual Meeting announcement
ALC Spring 2016 Meeting - Gainesville, Florida: at University of Florida, date to be announced
Africana Librarians Council Meeting Minutes
Past ALC Meeting minutes (Penn Libraries staffweb). Includes ALC Business meetings, Bibliography Committee meeting minutes, Cataloging Committee meeting minutes. (Committee meeting documents will be posted soon.) ASA/ALC Book Donations Committee meeting minutes (University at Albany)
ALC Collections and User Services Committee (former Bibliography Committee)
Conover-Porter Award for Africana Bibliography or Reference Work
Deadline for 2016 award nominations: 1 March 2016
The Conover-Porter Award is presented every two years by the Africana Librarians Council of the African Studies Association (US). The award recognizes outstanding achievement in Africana bibliography and reference tools among works published in the preceding two years. The Conover-Porter Award was established in honor of two pioneers in African Studies bibliography, Helen F. Conover, of the Library of Congress, and Dorothy B. Porter, of Howard University.
Call for Nominations and Nomination Form: 2016 Conover-Porter Award - 1 March 2016 - in preparation.
2014 Conover-Porter Award winner announced: Africa Bibliography. Cambridge University Press, 2012.
ASA/ALC Book Donations Committee
ASA Gretchen Walsh Book Donation Awards
Deadline for 2014 award applications: 28 February 2014
The African Studies Association offers an annual grant program, the "ASA Gretchen Walsh Book Donation Awards", to assist book donation projects with shipping costs to send books to African libraries and schools. The ALC Gretchen Walsh Book Donation Committee reads grant proposals and makes recommendations to ASA. The Committee generally selects grants in amounts from $200 to $1,000. Those applying for partial funding of a project should clearly show how additional funding will be solicited. The grants are intended to encourage innovative projects that incorporate essential elements, including: Recipient participation; High quality materials; Attention to details of logistics.
Donate to the Gretchen Walsh Book Donation Award.
ASA accepts direct donations to support this form of outreach to assist African libraries and schools with shipping costs for books and media donations, to supplement other ASA funding including outreach grants. All those who wish to donate may do so by sending a check directly to ASA signifying this specific intention for your donation. ASA members who wish to donate at the time of annual membership or conference registration will now be able to check a box designating a donation specifically toward this award.
Call for Applications: 2014 ASA Book Donation Awards (Press release)
ALC Cataloging Committee
Africana Subject Funnel Project: Semiannual ASFP reports and other documents.