IRC Africa Subcommittee

Charge

To promote relations with libraries and librarians in the countries of Africa and to investigate matters related to these regions as referred by the international relations committee.

Roster

Ms. Marie Paiva (Chair, July 1, 2019, to July 31, 2020)
Vivian Bordeaux (Member, July 1, 2018, to July 31, 2021)
Janet Lee (Member, July 3, 2018, to June 30, 2020)
Mrs. Laverne Page (Member, July 1, 2018, to July 31, 2020)
Mr. Erik B. Ponder (Member, July 1, 2019, to July 31, 2021)
Michael Dowling (Staff Liaison, July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2020)

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Composition

Purpose: To promote relations with libraries and librarians in the countries of Africa and to investigate matters related to these regions as referred by the International Relations Committee.  The countries covered by the African Subcommittee are Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Republic of Congo, Cote d'Ivoire, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mayotte, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Reunion, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, St. Helena, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

Number of members: up to seven
Terms of office: two years
Term limits: four years

 

 

Subcommittees & Task Forces

Purpose: To promote relations with libraries and librarians in the countries of Africa and to investigate matters related to these regions as referred by the International Relations Committee.  The countries covered by the African Subcommittee are Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Republic of Congo, Cote d'Ivoire, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mayotte, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Reunion, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, St. Helena, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

Number of members: up to seven
Terms of office: two years
Term limits: four years

 

 

Resources

 

NEWS and INITIATIVES

IFLA-Cape Town Book Project - The ALA-IRC Africa Subcommittee in partnership with the Library and Information Association of South Africa (LIASA) and the IFLA Section Libraries for Children and Young Adults, call for books to be gifted to Cape Town’s children and youth.  We are asking each delegate to either bring along a book, purchase a book upon arrival at a local book store or make an advance online purchase.

Call for presentation proposals - ALA 2019 Annual Conference

Africa Subcommittee call for presentation proposals

The Africa Subcommittee of the International Relations Committee of the ALA invites proposals for presentations in its program at the 2019 ALA Annual Conference, June 20-25, in Washington, DC, USA.
 
The theme of the program is An Excursion into Africana Collections around the World.

Interest in Africa continues to grow in all facets, from education to development, human rights, engineering, politics, commerce, and health among others. Information – the common denominator among these topics – has become a highly sought-after commodity. Available in diverse locations and formats, it is necessary that information seekers – and, more importantly, information professionals – have knowledge of and access to establishments that are bearers of this information.
 
This program will highlight both distinguished and little-known (yet essential) Africana collections from different parts of the world. The speakers will discuss the scope of their collections and how these collections may be made available and accessible to users beyond their primary clientele. It is anticipated that these conversations will lead to new institutional partnerships and collaborations on access, acquisition, digitization, and lending practices, while simultaneously opening up new research possibilities for information seekers of all kinds.
 
Submission guidelines:
 
Proposals and presentations must be written and delivered in English and should include:
 

  1. Title of the presentation
  2. Name, title, institutional affiliation, and full contact information (including a valid e-mail address) for each presenter
  3. Abstract of 300-500 words

 
Deadline for proposal submission: Friday, February 15, 2019.

Notification of proposal decision: March 08, 2019. Applications from ALL types of libraries and all continents are encouraged.  Proposals should be submitted as an email attachment (Microsoft word or PDF) to the chair of the Africa subcommittee Florence Mugambi at florence.mugambi@northwestern.edu
 
 

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Staff Liaison

Michael Dowling, Director, International Relations Office, inside U.S inside U.S. (800) 545-2433, ext. 3200, outside U.S. 312-280-3200, Fax: (312) 280-4392, mdowling@ala.org