African Studies in the Digital Age: Disconnects?

African Studies in the Digital Age. DisConnects? seeks to understand the complex changes brought about by the digital revolution. The editors, Terry Barringer and Marion Wallace, have brought together librarians, archivists, researchers and academics from three continents to analyse the creation and use of digital research resources and archives in and about Africa. The volume reveals new opportunities for research, teaching and access, as well as potential problems and digital divides. Published under the aegis of SCOLMA (the UK Libraries and Archives Group on Africa), this new work is a major step forward in understanding the impact of the Internet Age for the study of Africa, in and beyond the continent.

Contributors are: Terry Barringer, Hartmut Bergenthum, Natalie Bond, Mirjam de Bruijn, Ian Cooke, Jos Damen, Jonathan Harle, Diana Jeater, Rebecca Kahn, Peter Limb, Lucia Lovison-Golob, Walter Gam Nkwi, Jenni Orme, Daniel A. Reboussin, Ashley Rockenbach, Amidu Sanni, Simon Tanner, Edgar C. Taylor, Laurie N. Taylor, Marion Wallace, Massimo Zaccaria.

Review

‘Published to mark the 50th anniversary of SCOLMA (the UK Libraries and Archives Group on Africa), and based on papers presented at its Golden Jubilee conference in Oxford in 2012, this collection of essays seeks to understand the complex changes brought about by the digital revolution, and the impact of the Internet age for the study of Africa, in and beyond the continent’.

‘Many other insightful papers, by librarians, archivists, researchers and academics from three continents, analyse the creation and use of digital research resources and archives in and about Africa, exploring the new opportunities for research, issues of teaching and access, making online resources more equitably available, as well as drawing attention to the potential problems and digital divides’.

‘An essential acquisition for all African studies collections’.

Hans M. Zell, in The African Book Publishing Record, Volume 41, no. 3 (2015)

About the Editors:

Terry Barringer is a bibliographer who has worked for many years on African and Commonwealth materials. She is editor of SCOLMA’s journal, African Research and Documentation, and has published on missionary periodicals and the British Colonial Service.

Marion Wallace is Africa Curator at the British Library. She holds a PhD in the history of Namibia, on which subject she continues to write and publish. She was Chair of SCOLMA from 2011 to 2014.

Paperback: 262 pages
Publisher: Brill (July 31, 2014)
ISBN-10: 9004272305
ISBN-13: 978-9004272309

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