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*SAVE THE DATE!* – SCOLMA Conference (Online) Monday 14th June

Oun a ní la ? gbé l’árug? – (It is the heritage we have that we must celebrate): Publishing, Collecting and Accessing African-language Materials

*Monday 14 June 2021*

What is the state of African-language publishing and creativity today, and how has it changed? How should libraries and archives collect, provide access to and promote African-language material?

This year’s conference of SCOLMA (the UK Libraries and Archives Group on Africa) will take place on 14 June 2021 online.

Save the date now! More details, and instructions on how to register, will follow.

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Statement on the fire at the University of Cape Town (Jagger Library) on the 18th April 2021

SCOLMA is saddened to hear of the damage caused to the Jagger Library and its collections by the fire which broke out on Table Mountain last weekend.  The Library and its preeminent collections have been used by students and researchers for generations, and have contributed to learning and leading scholarly research on Africa.

SCOLMA hopes to learn more on how we can help our colleagues at UCT to recover from this tragedy.

Please see this Nature Briefing which includes a call for photos and digital scans of the library’s collections: ‘The damage is total’: fire rips through historic South African library and plant collection

News on a fundraising initiative at the University has been announced here: Fire affecting the Rondebosch campus of the University of Cape Town (UCT)


SCOLMA Committee – 23rd April 2021

GENERAL MEETING – Friday 30th April

Notice is hereby given that SCOLMA (the UK Libraries and Archives Group on Africa) will hold a GENERAL MEETING on Friday 30 April 2021, 10:00-11:30 BST.


The meeting will discuss, and be asked to agree, proposals for the merger of the SCOLMA journal, African Research and Documentation, with Africa Bibliography, a journal of the International African Institute.


SCOLMA is proposing this change because it believes that the proposed merger will ensure the long-term survival of its journal. It will also make the journal much more widely available and ensure its ongoing publication in both print and digital forms, and should make possible the digitisation of the complete back-run of the journal.


SCOLMA members are invited to attend the meeting, and friends of SCOLMA who are not members are welcome to attend as observers.


To register for this Zoom meeting, please contact Sarah Rhodes, SCOLMA secretary, at by Wednesday 28 April.

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