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SCOLMA Conference 2021 (online) – Booking now open!

Booking is now open for the SCOLMA Conference 2021, Monday 14th June.

The conference will be split into a morning session (10:00-12:50) and an afternoon session (14:00-16:00) please book both events to receive the links to attend both of the sessions.

Bookings close 24 hours before the start of each event, and you will receive the links to join and abstracts via the email you register with on Eventbrite.



Morning Session (to book the morning session 10:00-12:50 please see our Eventbrite page)

10.00                 Welcome 

10.05–10.50   Keynote

‘Empowering African Languages through Publishing: Whose Responsibility?’

Munyao Kilolo (Ngugi wa Thiong’o Foundation and Jalada Africa, Kenya)

10.50–11.00    Break 

11.00–11.40    Panel 1:  African Languages and Library Collections, Past and Present

‘Bible translations into African Languages and Missionary Records in the Bible Society Archives’
Onesimus Ngudu (Bible Society Collection, University of Cambridge Library, UK)

‘Africa in the SOAS Library Special Collections’
Dominique Akhoun-Schwarb (SOAS Special Collections, University of London, UK), in cooperation with Dawn Wright (SOAS Library, University of London, UK)

11.40–11.50   Break

11.50–12.50   Panel 2: Yorùbá? and Beyond  

‘The Yorùbá Language Collections at the British Library’
Kólá Túbòsún (Yorùbá Names Project, Lagos, Nigeria)

‘From Crude Journalism to the Mainstreaming of an Indigenous-language Newspaper: Lessons from Alaroye’
Francis Amenaghawon (North-West University, South Africa) and Abiodun Salawu (Indigenous Language Media in Africa Research Entity(ILMA), North-West University, South                                  Africa)

‘Afrocentric Commemorations WW1’
Dr Yewande Okuleye (University of Leicester, UK)

12.50–14.00  Lunch break 


Afternoon Session (to book the afternoon session 14:00-16:00 please see our Eventbrite page)

14.00–14.40  Panel 3:  African Languages and Library Collections, Past and Present 

‘African-language Publishing and the British Library’s Collections’
Marion Wallace (British Library, UK)

‘Somali language books in Leiden’
Jos Damen (African Studies Centre Library, University of Leiden, Netherlands)

14.40–14.50  Break 

14.50–15.50  Panel 4: African languages in teaching, publishing and research 

‘Language and Scholarship: A Survey of Materials in the Ghanaian Local Languages in the Johannes Zimmermann Library’
Korklu A Laryea (University Library, University of Mines and Technology, Tarkwa, Ghana) and Rosina A Anati Budu (Akrofi-Christaller Institute of Theology, Mission and Culture,                 Akropong-Akuapem, Ghana)

‘Publishing in the Media of Indigenous Languages: Is it Worth it?’
Kgomotso Mothokhumo Ambitious Theledi (University of Witwatersrand, South Africa)

‘The Papa Mfumu’Eto 1er Papers as a teaching resource’
Daniel Reboussin (George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida, USA)

15.50–16.00 Summing up  


16.15–17.00  SCOLMA AGM (To attend the AGM – please contact Sarah Rhodes for the Zoom link)

SCOLMA AGM 2021 Agenda

SCOLMA (UK Libraries and Archives Group on Africa)



The 2021 AGM will be held virtually on Monday, 14th June at 4.15 pm.

If you wish to attend, please notify Sarah Rhodes, SCOLMA Secretary  by Friday 11th June.

Further papers will be sent to those attending the meeting, or requesting them.




1. Approval of the Minutes of the 58th AGM

2. Report of the Chair 2020/21 (Marion Wallace)

3. Financial Statement and approval of the audited accounts (Patricia Hewitt)

  • Appointment of auditor

4. Appointment of Officers and Committee

The following nominations have been received:

  • Chair – Lucy McCann (Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford)
  • Secretary – Sarah Rhodes (Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford)
  • Treasurer – Patricia Hewitt (Robert Sainsbury Library, University of East Anglia)
  • Editor – Terry Barringer (Individual member)
  • Web Manager – Jenni Skinner (Centre of African Studies Library, University of Cambridge) Programme Secretary – Daniel Gilfoyle (The National Archives)
  • Development Officer – Marion Wallace (British Library)


  • Julio Cazzasa – (Senate House Library, University of London) – elected 2020
  • Alison Metcalfe – (The National Library of Scotland) – elected 2019
  • Barbara Spina – (Individual member)
  • Dawn Wright – (SOAS Library, University of London) – elected 2020


  • Charles Fonge – (Borthwick Institute Archives, University of York)
  • Katie Sambrook – (Kings College London)

ASAUK representative:

  • Stephanie Kitchen – (International African Institute)

5. Approval of the Minutes of the General Meeting of 30 April 2021; discussion of the merger of African Research and Documentation and Africa Bibliography.

6. New SCOLMA membership scheme and related changes to SCOLMA constitution

7. Any Other Business

*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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