L ibrary research supporting African Studies academic programs Dan Reboussin Preparing a graduate course in library research methods for African Studies, this summer I surveyed recent ethnographic studies of university student library research behavior to develop a new approach after more than ten years These studies support m y experience that information literacy training improve s assume are natural expert s in every thing digital While students generally come to the university with good general Internet search skills scholarly work demands a strategic approach and new skills, which we develop together in class. A prepublication draft of the essay in press for Africa Bibliography is available in the UF Institutional Repository (IR @UF ) at http://ufdc.ufl.edu/IR00000558/ The IR @UF supports scholarly communication generally and the African Studies Quarterly (ASQ) in particular by providing digital preservation and format migration services over the long term. Last Fall Semester I collaborated with ASQ Editor in Chief R. Hunt Davis, Jr. and Dr. Laurie Taylor of the Digital Library Center in r espond ing to a mandate by the U S Cop yright Office requiring deposit to the Library of Congress of online publication s claiming copyright. W e established a sustainable workflow for the editorial staff to submit issues to the IR@UF initiating legal deposit to the Library of Congress when each issue is submitted T he process is detailed in a poster presented to the Florida Association of College and Research Libraries a vailable at http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00103075/ L ibrary work support ing research and teaching on Africa includes selecting and coordinating the digitization of scarce, rare and unique African related materials from Special and Area Studies Collections with support from Title VI. T h is summer we digitized the J. M. Derscheid Co llection ( http://ufdc.ufl.edu/derscheid ), consisting of about 1,000 manuscript s colonial documents and maps relating to Ruanda Urundi ( Rwanda and Burund i) and the Kivu and Oriental provinces of former Belgian Congo (Democratic Republic of the Congo) The collection is complemented by a biography of the collector, which I translated from French : http://ufdc.ufl.edu/IR00000442/ An early conservation
biologist and noted aviculturist Derscheid co founded the Institut International pour la Protection de la Nature and continued Carl Akeley He comp i le d the first census of Mountain Gorilla s there survey ed the boundaries of what would become the Parc National Albert and served as its Secretary General He was later Professor of Colonial Law at the Mer in Antwerp, Belgium Derscheid wa s executed by the Gestapo in 1944 after his arrest and nearly 3 year imprisonment for resistance activities, includ ing the creati on of secret radio codes based on Bantu languages. Other research materials added this year in open access UF Digital Collections include Onitsha Market Literature ( http://ufdc.ufl.edu/onitsha ) highlight ing UF holdings of rare Nigerian popular pamphlets. Often compared to dime novels frequently the authors (includin g Money Hard and Speedy Eric) served as printer s and retailer s of their own work. The genre disappeared in 1968 with the destruction of the Onitsha market building and book stalls during the Biafran War. A lso digitiz ed were a variety of language primers, b ooks and manuscripts from the George Fortune Collection (see: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/fortune ). Fortune m aterials in the print collection are available in an a uthor Index available online at http://ufdc.ufl.edu/IR00000493 The se include major holdings for Shona, Nguni (Ndebele, Zulu, and Xhosa) and Sotho, the principal Southern Bantu linguistic groups. Published materials listed span the years 1868 1983 and include some 1,800 items in the Library C atalog. The collection includes a significant complement of Central and Eastern Bantu materials a s well a s West African language materials. Daniel A. Reboussin, Ph.D. is Head, African Studies Collections at the UF George A. Smathers Libraries and an Affiliate of the Center for African Studies. Digitization of African Studies Collections is supported by the CAS Title VI grant in collaboration with the UF Libraries.