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Information Literacy in the Disciplines

This guide contains links and citations to information literacy standards and curricula developed by accrediting agencies, professional associations, and institutions of higher education

Information Literacy in the Disciplines: African Studies

The ACRL IS Information Literacy in the Disciplines Committee has gathered links and citations to information literacy standards and curricula developed by accrediting agencies, professional associations, and institutions of higher education in African Studies.

Last updated May 2024

1. Standards and Guidelines from Accrediting Agencies and Professional Associations

The ACRL IS Information Literacy in the Disciplines Committee is not aware of information literacy standards in this area. However, the following are the leading professional associations in the field.

2. Related Research

Adomako Ampofo, Akosua. 2016. “Re-Viewing Studies on Africa, #Black Lives Matter, and Envisioning the Future of African Studies.” African Studies Review 59, no. 02 (September): 7–29.

Andersson, Marianne. 2014. Studying Africa: A Guide to the Sources. 3rd ed. Nordiska Afrikainstitutet.

Barringer, Terry, and Marion Wallace, eds. 2014. African Studies in the Digital Age: DisConnects? Brill.

Basedau, Matthias. 2020. "Rethinking African Studies: Four Challenges and the Case for Comparative African Studies." Africa Spectrum 55, no. 2: 194-206.

Carr, Greg. 2012. “Translation, Recovery, and “Ethnic” Archives of Africana: Inscribing Meaning Beyond Otherness.” PMLA: Publications Of The Modern Language Association of America 127 (2): 360-364.

Cooper, Brenda, and Robert Morrell, eds. 2014. Africa-Centred Knowledges: Crossing Fields and Worlds. Woodbridge, Suffolk: James Currey Ltd.

Daly, Samuel Fury Childs. 2017. “Archival Research in Africa.” African Affairs 116, no. 463 (April): 311–20.

Dawson-Andho, Araba. 2019. "Googling African History: Connecting Students to Africa's Past with Digital Primary Sources." African Research & Documentation 136: 72-82.

Frank-Wilson, Marion. 2010. “Africana Personal Papers at Indiana University: Issues and Questions.” African Research & Documentation (112): 15-24.

Guittar, Michelle, and David L. Easterbrook. 2012. “Digitization at the Melville J. Herskovits Library of African Studies: A Consideration of Processes and Outcomes.” African Research & Documentation (120): 3-15.

Kessi, Shose, Zoe Marks, and Elelwani Ramugondo. 2020. "Decolonizing African Studies." Critical African Studies 12, no. 3: 271-282.

Kanyengo, Christine Wamunyima. 2012. “The Digital Age and African Studies Scholarship: Promoting Access and Visibility of Information Resources.” African Research & Documentation (118): 33-43.

Lawrance, Benjamin N. and Gaurav Desai. 2021. "African Studies Keywords: An Introduction." African Studies Review 64, no. 1: 116-128.

Lundy, Brandon D., and Solomon Negash. 2013. Teaching Africa: A Guide for the 21st-Century Classroom. Indiana University Press.

Matthews, Sally. 2010. “Teaching and Researching Africa in an ‘Engaged’ Way: The Possibilities and Limitations of ‘Community Engagement.’” Journal of Higher Education in Africa / Revue de l’enseignement Supérieur En Afrique 8 (1): 1–21.

Merolla, Daniela, and Mark Turin. 2017. Searching for Sharing: Heritage and Multimedia in Africa. Open Book Publishers.

Muller, Hans,  and Jos Damen. 2014. “Wikipedia for Africanists.” African Research & Documentation (124): 3–9.

Reboussin, Daniel A. 2011. “Information Literacy: 21st Century Library Research Methods for African Studies.” Africa Bibliography 2010: pp vii-xxxiv.

Serunkuma, Yusuf K. 2024. "Decolonial Dilemmas: The Deception of a 'Global Knowledge Commonwealth' and the Tragedian Entrapment of an African Scholar." Africa Spectrum 59, no. 1: 10-24.

3. Adaptable Instructional Materials

Easterbrook, David. 2010. “Teaching African Resources with a Primary Source Focus in African Studies Library Instruction.” Presentation at ALA Annual Conference, Washington, DC.

Mambulu, Faith. 2015. “De-Constructing Stereotypes in Undergraduate-Level African History and Geography Courses.” Teaching Innovation Projects 5, no. 1 (August).