Two librarians from the Melville J. Herskovits Library of African Studies have recently made the news.
Esmeralda Kale, Bibliographer of Africana, was elected vice-chair/chair-elect of the Africana Librarians Council (ALC), a coordinate organization of the African Studies Association (ASA), at the ASA's annual meeting earlier this month. The ALC stands at the center of all major cooperative activities in African Studies librarianship. The ALC, initially known as the Library Committee of the ASA, was established in 1958 by Melville J. Herskovits during his tenure as the ASA's first president. For information about the breadth of the ALC's initiatives visit the ALC website
. Congratulations, Esmeralda!
David Easterbrook, George and Mary LeCron Foster Curator of Africana, was featured in the regular column Caxtonians Collect in the December issue of the Caxtonian
(see page 7). David is a longtime member of the Caxton Club of Chicago. Established in 1895, the Caxton Club brings together a diverse group of people--authors, publishers, designers, conservators, librarians, dealers, amateur collectors--interested in the book arts. The article describes how for the past 20 years, David has been working tirelessly to build Africana ’s collections at Northwestern and to share them with the rest of the world.