African Studies Association (ASA)

Africana Librarians Council (ALC Web Page in Transition)

Gretchen Walsh Book Donation Awards Granted by ASA

Call and Criteria for Applications for the ASA-Funded, Gretchen Walsh Book Donation Awards

Committee Procedures for Selection of Book Donation Awards

Book Donation Directory


Chairs of the ALC Book Donation Committee:

Bassey E. Irele
Librarian for Sub-Saharan Africa, Middle East, Africa, and Asia Division (MEAAD)

Widener Library, Harvard Yard, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA
[email protected]
Email: [email protected]

Gabeyehu (Gabe) Adugna

Liaison Librarian

African Studies Library, 775 Commonwealth Avenue Boston, MA 02215, USA

[email protected]
Email: [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 coordinate organization. Members of ASA whether they are librarians, archivists or documentalists, all those interested in supporting knowledge and scholarship about Africa, or scholars interested in the preservation of or access to Africana research, may join the ALC.


Image from University of Wisconsin Madison

Previous book donation award winners are listed on the website at the following URL:

For more information on Book Donation Programs:
Book Donations Introduction and Tips:

Africana Librarians Council, Book Donation Committee page: