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Michelle Guittar and David Easterbrook's article "Materials Relating to Sport in Africa in the Collection of the Melville J. Herskovits Library of African Studies, Northwestern University: An Overview," has just been published, with numerous illustrations, as the lead article in the British journal African Research & Documentation (no. 116, 2011, pp. 5-24). This issue of African Research & Documentation is also notable for featuring on its cover the first-ever published image from the E.H. Duckworth Photograph Collection at Northwestern. The article was based on a presentation David and Michelle made last June to SCOLMA, the UK Libraries and Archives Group on Africa.

For the second consecutive year, Roberto Sarmiento has been chosen to receive the SLA Transportation Division’s Innovation Award, this time jointly with Jennifer Boteler, a colleague from the Federal Highway Administration Library, located outside Washington, D.C., who co-authored with him the winning project, “Transportation Libraries Collection Development Policy Template.”  This is a tool that has been shared with transportation librarians across the country and internationally, and, according to Sheila Hatchell, chair of the SLA Transportation Division, “brings a welcome, practical solution to a growing problem within the transportation library community."

The Music Library’s D.J. Hoek will be presenting "Beyond Bebop: Contemporary Classical Music on Dial Records" at the national meeting of the Association for Recorded Sound Collections (ARSC) next week in Rochester, New York. This paper is based on research D.J. conducted during his Kaplan Institute fellowship in 2010-2011. This research draws greatly on the personal and business papers of Ross Russell, the founder of Dial Records in 1946, which are held at the University of Texas at Austin’s Harry Ransom Center. D.J. demonstrates that Dial’s classical series was not simply a peculiar departure from jazz, the genre for which Dial was originally most famous. Rather, Dial’s Library of Contemporary Classics was a carefully considered, purposeful effort by Russell to document and promote another emerging facet of contemporary music that, like bebop, signaled something decidedly new.

And finally, AUL for Special Libraries Jeff Garrett presented his paper “The Expropriation of Monastic Libraries in Central Europe, 1773–1814,”  at the conference “How the Secularization of Religious Houses Transformed the Libraries of Europe, 16th–19th Centuries,” hosted by the Centre for the Study of the Book at the Bodleian Library, University of Oxford, March 22-24, 2012. Much of the research behind this paper, which deals with the dissolution of Jesuit and monastic libraries in Germany and the Habsburg Empire and the disposition of their books, was undertaken when Jeff was the Library’s Kaplan Fellow in 1998-99. Proceedings of the conference will be published by Brepols in 2013.