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Chair, Africana Librarians Council <email@example.com> Obituary: John Bruce Howell, Africana & International Studies Librarian at the University of Iowa John Bruce Howell, International Studies (and Africana) Bibliographer of the University of Iowa Libraries, died unexpectedly, after a brief hospital stay, on February 28, 1997. He was 55. He is survived by his wife, Barbara. Dr. Howell was a national leader in Africana librarianship, actively serving for many years in the Africana Librarians Council (ALC) of the African Studies Association, and since 1990, as Chair of the Cooperative Africana Microform Project (CAMP) at the Center for Research Libraries. He was an accomplished author of many bibliographies, ranging from several works on Eastern Africa produced for the Library of Congress in the 1970s to the more recent "Rural Health in Kenya" (1989). He was co-author of the _Index to the African Studies Review/Bulletin and the ASA Review of Books, 1958-1990_ (1991) and was nearing completion on an _Index to Issue: A Journal of Opinion_, another ASA publication. He recently co-authored "Guides, Collections, and Ancillary Materials to African Archival Resources in the United States"(1996). He was also the founder and editor of the new "Electronic Journal of Africana Bibliography" on the World Wide Web <http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/proj/ejab/>, which includes the electronic version of the 1996 guide. Howell received a B.A. from Columbia University in 1965, an M.A. in Library Science from Michigan in 1966, and a Ph.D. in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign in 1984. He held several positions in the African Section of the Library of Congress between 1969 and 1980, before getting his Ph.D. at Illinois and assuming duties at Iowa in 1985.. At Iowa, he helped to establish important and vibrant institutional relations with Ibadan University, Nigeria, and with many institutions in southern Africa. John Howell was enormously kind, generous, and helpful to his many friends and colleagues in librarianship and to countless researchers. His knowledge of the world of archives and publishing in Africa and other parts of the developing world was greatly respected; his advice on such matters was much sought after. His sudden passing is a terrible loss for African and International Studies. Currently, two funds are being established in memory of John Bruce Howell: (1) an Africana memorial gift fund for the University of Iowa Libraries (donations to: The University of Iowa Foundation, Alumni Center, Iowa City, IA 52242); and, (2) a memorial fund for the Preucil School of Iowa City, a music school for stringed instruments from pre-school to high school, to fund a student for one year or possibly to establish an endowment for annual scholarships (donations to: Preucil School, 524 North Johnson St., Iowa City, IA 52245.)