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PRESS RELEASE Conover-Porter Award Chicago, November 14, 2008: The Africana Librarians Council today presented the 2008 Conover-Porter Award at the African Studies Association's Awards Ceremony. The biennial award recognizes the best Africana bibliography or reference work published anywhere in the world. THE WINNER: Michel R. Doortmont and Jinna Smit. Sources for the Mutual History of Ghana and the Netherlands: an annotated guide to the Dutch archives relating to Ghana and West Africa in the 'Nationaal Archief,' 1593-1960s. Leiden; Boston: Brill, 2007. Doortmont and Smit's "Archival guide" describes the relevant public and private record groups held at the Dutch National Archives and other European repositories and outlines the relationship between the European collections and the Furley Collection of notes and other materials at the University of Ghana - Legon. The special value of the authors' work appears in their "Thematic description," providing both historical and functional context for the archival materials. With record group and document citations, illustrative case studies, and document reproductions embedded in their descriptions of Dutch commercial and colonial administrative structures, Doortmont and Smit admirably meet their goal of placing the researcher right into the center of the archives. HONORABLE MENTION: Paul Schrijver. Bibliography on Islam in Contemporary Sub-Saharan Africa. Leiden: African Studies Centre, 2006. Research report, African Studies Centre: 82/2006. Online version: Islam in Contemporary Sub-Saharan Africa; http://www.ascleiden.nl/Pdf/rr82.pdf The noteworthy achievement of this timely 4,300-item bibliography is not apparent in the printed volume, a geographically-arranged list of citations with author index. The Award Committee's recognition goes to the free online version of the bibliography hosted at the African Studies Centre's website. With author and subject browsing and fielded searching, and searchable abstracts re-purposed from the ASC Library's catalog, the online database format offers to the web-browsing world a resource discovery tool far surpassing the printed work. 2008 Conover-Porter Award Nominees 1. Michel R. Doortmont and Jinna Smit Sources for the Mutual History of Ghana and the Netherlands: an annotated guide to the Dutch archives relating to Ghana and West Africa in the 'Nationaal Archief,' 1593-1960s Leiden; Boston: Brill, 2007 2. Paul Schrijver Bibliography on Islam in Contemporary Sub-Saharan Africa Leiden: African Studies Centre, 2006 Research report, African Studies Centre: 82/2006 Online version: Islam in Contemporary Sub-Saharan Africa http://www.ascleiden.nl/Pdf/rr82.pdf 3. Africa Yearbook: Politics, Economy and Society South of the Sahara vols. 1-3 (2005-2007) Edited by Andreas Mehler, Henning Melber and Klaas van Walraven Leiden; Boston: Brill, 2004- 4. Africa Yearbook: Politics, Economy and Society South of the Sahara vol. 3 (2007)* Edited by Andreas Mehler, Henning Melber and Klaas van Walraven Leiden; Boston: Brill, 2004- *[Partially duplicates item #3, above] 5. Charles Djungu-Simba Les écrivains du Congo-Zaïre: approches d'un champ littéraire africain Metz, France: Université Paul Verlaine - Metz, 2007 Collection Littératures des mondes contemporains; Série Afriques: 02 6. Toyin Falola and Amanda Warnock Encyclopedia of the Middle Passage Westport, CT: Greenwood, 2007 Greenwood Milestones in African American History African Studies Association - Africana Librarians Council http://www.library.upenn.edu/collections/africa/ALC/