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SCOLMA AGM 2019 – Agenda

SCOLMA

(UK Libraries and Archives Group on Africa)

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2019

The 2019 AGM will be held at the University of Edinburgh at 1.00p.m. on Monday 10th June 2019 during the annual conference,’Decolonising African Studies: questions and dilemmas for libraries, archives and collections’.

AGENDA

1.      Approval of the Minutes of the 56th AGM (posted on our website http://scolma.org ).

2.      Report of the Chair 2018/2019 (Lucy McCann).

3.      Financial Statement and approval of audited accounts (Alison Metcalfe).

Appointment of auditor.

4.     Appointment of Officers and Committee.

The following nominations have been received:

Officers:

Chair – Marion Wallace, British LIbrary

Secretary – Sarah Rhodes, Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford

Treasurer – Pat Hewitt, Robert Sainsbury Library, University of East Anglia

Editor – Terry Barringer (individual member)

Web manager – Jenni Skinner (African Studies Library, Cambridge)

Programme secretary – Dan Gilfoyle, The National Archives

Development officer – [vacant]

Elected:

Charles Fonge, University of York (elected 2018)

Lucy McCann, Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford

Alison Metcalfe, National Library of Scotland

Katie Sambrook, King’s College London (elected 2018)

Nicky Sugar (Bristol Record Office) (elected 2017)

Co-opted:

Barbara Spina (individual member)

Dawn Wright, SOAS Library

ASAUK reps: Stephanie Kitchen, International African Institute, and Toby Green, King’s College London.

5.     Any other business

 

Secretary:  Sarah Rhodes, Email sarah.rhodes@bodleian.ox.ac.uk

The Borthwick Institute for Archives, University of York

University of York crest

The Borthwick Institute for Archives at the University of York holds a wide variety of archives relating to southern Africa, and relate mostly to the period following the Second World War. Zimbabwe and Zambia and certain aspects of South Africa are particularly well represented in the archives, although Botswana, Angola, Mozambique and Namibia are also included in the scope of the holdings.

Notable archives include the archives of Patrick Duncan (anti-apartheid activist) and his father, Sir Patrick Duncan (Governor-General of South Africa), the Capricorn Africa Society, Professor Dennis Brutus (poet and anti-apartheid campaigner, including material on SAN-ROC), Joost de Blank (archbishop of Cape Town), Vivian Oury (director of the Mozambique Company including the port of Beira and Zambezi bridge and railway), copies of diaries and articles of the novelist and poet, Naomi Mitchison, and the papers of Marion, Lady Chesham referring to Tanzanian politics. Recent accessions include the papers of Michael Young on the clandestine peace talks held at Mells Park.

SOAS Library – an Open Letter from SCOLMA

                                                                                                                  9th January 2019

 

Dear Baroness Amos,

Re: SOAS Library – Open Letter

I am writing on behalf of SCOLMA (the UK Libraries and Archives Group on Africa) to express our deep concerns about the proposed cuts to SOAS Library.

SOAS Library holds one of the most important African Studies collections in the UK, widely used by its own students and academics and by researchers from around the world, including Africa. The proposed cuts will have an adverse effect on the ability of researchers to access the collections and on the Library’s ability to continue to acquire and process archives and publications. The loss of subject librarians in one of only five National Research Libraries is particularly to be deplored and the loss of frontline library staff will adversely impact on all library users. Given the proposed overall cuts to staff numbers and the additional work which will fall to remaining staff, we do not see how meaningful area specialist posts will continue to exist. We are also particularly concerned about the implied dependence on externally funded posts in the Archives and Special Collections department rather than on permanent staff with overall knowledge of the collections.

We urge you to reconsider the proposed cuts and to explore other options to maintain the library at current levels as one of the pre-eminent collections on Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

Yours sincerely,

Lucy McCann

SCOLMA Chair on behalf of the Committee

lucy.mccann@bodleian.ox.ac.uk

 Copied: Dawn Wright, Subject Librarian (Africa), SOAS Library; Professor Ambreena Manji, ASAUK President;  savesoaslibrary@gmail.com; onepsconsultation@soas.ac.uk


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