African Studies Association (ASA)

Africana Librarians Council (ALC)

Gretchen Walsh Book Donation Awards Granted by ASA

Call for Applications for the ASA-Funded, Gretchen Walsh Book Donation Awards for the Year 2012

Procedures for Selection of Book Donation Awards

Directory of Book Donations Programs


Chairs of the Book Donation Committee:

(Chair 2012)

Deborah M. LaFond
Social Sciences Bibliographer
University at Albany (SUNY)
Office: University Library Room 205, 1400 Washington Ave.
Albany, NY 12222
Tel: 518 442-3599
[email protected]

(Chair 2013)

Bassey Irele
Librarian for Sub-Saharan Africa
Widener Library, Harvard University
Collection Development Department
Cambridge, MA 02138
Tel: 617-495-3559
[email protected]



Book Donations Committee of ALC/ASA

The Book Donations Committee meets twice a year at the Spring and Fall meetings of the Africana Librarians Council. The committee works with ASA to advertise, solicit applications, and select proposals for the ASA funded Gretchen Walsh Book Donation Awards.


















The Africana Librarians Council (ALC) was founded in 1957 as part of the African Studies Association (ASA) under the name Archives/Libraries Committee. The ALC continues today as an ASA-sponsored organization. Members of ASA whether they are librarians, archivists or documentalists working with materials from and about Africa or scholars interested in the preservation of or access to Africana may join the ALC.


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