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1 African Resources at the Center for Research Libraries July 14, 2010

2 CRL Presenters James Simon Director, International Resources Mary Wilke Member Liaison and Outreach Services Director Virginia Kerr Director of Digital Resources

3 CRL Global Resources 248 academic and independent research libraries United States Canada Hong Kong

4 CRL Global Resources Supporting advanced research and teaching in the humanities, sciences, and social sciences

5 CRL Global Resources Ensuring the availability of primary sources through preservation and acquisition

6 CRL Global Resources A shared collection of 5 million books, journals, archives, documents, and newspapers

7 CRL Global Resources Communities of interest identifying and sharing information about critical and at-risk source materials

8 Agenda CRL Collections (CRL, CAMP) (James Simon) Collection Building (Mary Wilke) CRL E-collections (including WNA-Africa) (Virginia Kerr) Open discussion on emerging trends in research Electronic Resources for African Studies (James Simon) Global Resources Collections Forum (Virginia Kerr) Questions


10 African Resources at CRL: Collections James Simon Director, International Resources


12 Collection Overview ca. 20,000 items (Africa or African-related) 1767–present (bulk 1850–) Country strengths –South Africa, Nigeria, Congo, Ethiopia, Senegal, Kenya, Liberia –U.S., England, France, Germany, Russia, Belgium, Portugal Languages –English, French, German, Portuguese, Afrikaans, Italian, Yoruba, Dutch, Spanish

13 Collection Overview Newspapers Archival Collections Monographs Serials Official Gazettes Dissertations

14 Newspapers South Africa [1800–present] Nigeria [1880–2004] Ghana [1874–present] Liberia [1902–2006] Congo [1956–72; 1991–2006] Malawi [1992–2006] Zimbabwe [1892–2000]

15 Newspapers Bartlett collection of African newspapers Somalia Newspapers, post- Barre period Newspapers from the Library of Congress field office (Cameroon, Congo, Tanzania, Zimbabwe)

16 Archival Collections Missionary Societies –Church Missionary Society, 1803–1914 –Joint IMC/CBMS Archives, 1910–45 –Methodist Missionary Society Archives, London, 1807–1947 –Paris Evangelical Missionary Society Archives, 1822–1947 –Universities’ Mission to Central Africa, 1861–1929

17 Archival Collections Colonial Records –African military accounts and handbooks –Cape of Good Hope (South Africa) Records of the Cape Colony –Coast Province microfilm collection [1891–1962] –“Fonds du Sénégal colonial... Affaires politiques et administratives.” –Great Britain Colonial Office pamphlets about Africa –Intelligence reports on southern Nigeria, 1930–43

18 Archival Collections Government / Official Publications –African census reports [1911–51] –Government publications / Annual departmental reports relating to African countries prior to Independence –Kenya: Provincial and district record books, 1902–58 –Tanzania: Regional and district books

19 Archival Collections Liberation Struggles –Commonwealth political ephemera from the Institute of Commonwealth Studies –Documents on African political history / compiled by Ruth Schachter Morgenthau –Wallerstein Collection of political ephemera of the liberation movements of lusophone Africa, 1954–74 –West African political ephemera,1948–62

20 Archival Collections Liberation Struggles –Carter-Karis collection [1882–1964] –Karis-Gerhart collection: from protest to challenge, 1964–90 –Albert J. Luthuli papers, 1942–67 –South African Institute of Race Relations collection of political documents –South African Police and Justice Department files, 1916–26 –Treason Trial Transcripts

21 Serials African official statistical serials Parliamentary / Legislative assembly debates Blue Books Press Digests Scholarly / literary societies Government / Foreign Official Gazettes

22 African Resources at CRL: Collection Building Mary Wilke Member Liaison & Outreach Services Director

23 Building through Programs Area Microform Projects Purchase Proposals Shared Purchases Undergraduate Research Work Group

24 CAMP Acquisitions Papers from the late 1980s through 2009 –Congo Newspapers from LC; 61 reels –Mauritian Newspapers from LC; 66 reels –Tanzanian Newspapers from LC; 52 reels

25 Purchase Proposal Acquisitions Church Missionary Society Archive. Section VII. Pts 1 & 2

26 Shared Purchase Acquisitions Government Publications Relating to the Cape of Good Hope, to 1910. Group II

27 Demand Purchase Acquisitions Archives: SALDRU Clippings Collection (Southern Africa Labour & Development Research Unit Newspapers: Al- Ahram (Cairo, Egypt) Doctoral Dissertations: Social conflicts over African education in South Africa from the 1940s to 1976. (University of Witwatersrand)

28 Scholars’ Access Program Limited time access funded by the program Of vital importance to a professor’s current project Will also be used for a new class in the Fall

29 Undergraduate Research Work Group

30 African Resources at CRL: E-Collections Virginia Kerr Director of Digital Resources

31 Materials Digitized by CRL

32 Access CRL scanned items through our OPAC, WorldCat, or locally loaded records

33 Digital Access to Copyrighted Items Source items with active copyright: member agrees to fair use compliance Off-campus access: add proxy server configuration

34 List of CRL Digital Collections Records in CRL catalog and WorldCat Some collections have distinct platforms

35 CRL Partnership with LLMC Preservation and digital access to historical legal literature; international scope Over 5 million pages added annually; African content (especially constitution era) to be expanded All CRL libraries will have access beginning August 2010

36 CRL working with the British Library to accelerate digital access to dissertations on Islamic culture, including Africa EThOS – British theses online

37 Nearly 40 colonial era titles, wide breadth of coverage Recommendations from CRL charter participants, who also funded scanning/OCR World Newspaper Archive

38 Open Discussion Please join us for a discussion of emerging needs and trends in research in African resources with our presenters. Press *6 to unmute your phone to ask a question, or submit your comments to the online chat.

39 African Electronic Resources







46 Global Resources Collections Forum Respond to the changing landscape of collecting Sustain more information sharing among CRL member libraries Use CRL’s Web site and various collaboration venues to give specialists a framework of timely information for investment decisions In addition to subject Webinars, provide: Critical reviews of electronic resources Field Guides to the challenges of collecting in various subjects and formats

47 Global Resources Collections Forum Field Guide: Africa

48 CRL Contact Information Mary Wilke, Member Liaison and Outreach Services Director, James Simon, Director, International Resources, Virginia Kerr, Director of Digital Resources,

49 Upcoming Webinars  Special Topic – Cooperative Purchase Programs Wednesday, August 25, 2010, 1:00–2:00 p.m. CT  Subject Webinar – Human Rights Wednesday, September 22, 2010, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. CT  General Webinar – CRL Access and Collections Wednesday, October 13, 2010, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. CT Visit to

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