Notes & News

1999 African research & documentation  
SCOLMA news SCOLMA has lost a number of friends in the world of African libraries and sources over the last few months. Tony Loveday was a regular attender at SCOLMA Committee meetings and conferences during the 1970s and 1980s as the representative of SCONUL (Standing Conference of National & University Libraries) of which he was Secretary from 1973 until his retirement in 1989. He had of course a special interest in Africa and brought a wide range of expertise to SCOLMA meetings because of
more » ... long periods of service on the staff of the University of Makerere and latterly as University Librarian of the University of Zambia from 1965 to 1972. SCOLMA Committee members valued Tony's urbane and realistic.comments on matters in general and his advice on the wider U K academic library scene in particular, and it is a pity that his successors as Secretary to SCONUL have not found the time to attend meetings, although the opportunity remains open to them. Michael Wise, although never a member of the SCOLMA Committee,was a familiar figure to all members both for his long periods of work in Africa (12 years in East Africa in the 1950s and 1960s and several spells in Nigeria from 1974 onwards), and his activities in association with one of SCOLMA's sister organisations, the International Group of the Library Association. Editor of their journal Focus from 1989 until his death, he was always generous in his comments on SCOLMA's activities and publications. His own publications included editing Aspects of African librarianship (Mansell, 1985) and, jointly with Tony Olden, Information and libraries in the developing world, 1. Sub-Saharan Africa (Library Association, 1990). The editor of ARD met Michael every year at IFLA Annual conferences where both were honorary observers at the meetings of the Committee of the Africa Section of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA). We appreciated the gesture by our African colleagues in asking us to be present, and tried our best to forward the activities of the Section. Wilfred van Hemilrijk will be remembered by all those who attended the Silver Jubilee Conference of SCOLMA in 1987 where he presented a paper on 'African studies in Europe'. For many years associated with the Bibliotheque Africaine in Brussels, he worked tirelessly, but ultimately vainly to promote European co-operation in African studies, and co-operation by European institutions with their counterparts in Africa. ECAS (European Council on African Studies), founded in 1981, was largely his creation, and he used to come regularly to the UK in the 1980s and early 1990s for meetings of its Bibliographical Sub-Committee on which SCOLMA was represented. Sadly, nothing lasting ever came of all these discussions.
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