Monthly Archives: February 2013

How many world area librarians . . .

does it take to cut a ribbon?  Thanks to all who came by our Open House last week.  We enjoyed the good food, music, company and cheer.   We are really settling into our space now that it is officially open.  We've already broken in the conference room with a few meetings and a class session.

We'll look forward to your visit and to helping with any questions or queries related to research on the regions we cover.  Visit our staff page and collections pages to find a specialist for your area of interest .  Ribbon cutting

New e-resources on Africa at Columbia

Two new exciting resources on Africa are available to researchers at Columbia.

Faculty and students at Columbia can now access "Confidential Print: Africa, 1834-1966,"  published by Adam Matthew.  This digital collection features selected documents from the British Foreign and Colonial Office records held at the National Archives in Kew.  "Spanning the full era of the modern European colonization of Africa, from the occupation of Algeria by France, through increasing British presence on the west African coast and around the Cape of Good Hope in the south, the Berlin Conference which set off the 'Scramble for Africa', the high-water mark of economic exploitation of Africans in the Congo Free State, rivalries amongst European powers and the era of withdrawal that followed the Second World War."  Look for it in CLIO, under recommended databases on the home page for African Studies, or search for it on LibraryWeb under "Databases".

A new Internet resources guide on "Energy in Africa" has been published at Columbia. The guide features annotated links to information and research on energy, fossil fuels, power, and sustainable renewables. The list is organized into the following categories: e-news and e-journals, African Ministries of Energy, US government, international organizations, and research institutes.

Columbia University Libraries' research collections on Africa south of the Sahara contain over 126,000 book titles & over 1,700 current serials in history, political science, law, sociology, anthropology, economics, geography, geoscience, literature, ethnomusiciology, and the visual arts. For more details, see: "Basic Guide to African Studies Research at Columbia".   Visit the African Studies Reading Room in 607 Butler Library, a non-circulating collection on African history and the humanities.  See also, Columbia's African Studies Internet Resources — Virtual Library.