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, 13 November 2017 - ALC directory updated. Fall 2017 Meeting schedule, 2017 Subject Funnel report, Spring 2017 Business Meeting and Cataloging Committee minutes added.
14 November 2017 - Spring 2018 meeting local arrangements link added.
Upcoming Meetings of the Africana Librarians Council
ALC Fall 2017 Meeting - Chicago, Illinois: at Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile Hotel, 16 November 2017: at African Studies Association annual meeting, 16-18 November 2017 - ALC events schedule
ALC Spring 2018 Meeting - Ann Arbor, Michigan: at University of Michigan, 2-4 May 2018 - local arrangements information
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 2018 award nominations: TBA
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.
2016 Conover-Porter Award winner announced: The writings of Mauritania and the western Sahara / compiled by Charles C. Stewart. (Arabic literature of Africa, vol. 5) Brill, 2015.
ASA/ALC Book Donations Committee
ASA Gretchen Walsh Book Donation Awards
Deadline for 2016 award applications: 30 April 2016
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: 2016 ASA Book Donation Awards (Press release)
ALC Cataloging Committee
Africana Subject Funnel Project: Semiannual ASFP reports and other documents.