Call for Nominations: 2018 Conover-Porter Award for Africana Bibliography or Reference Work

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Nominations close: April 30th 2018  

The Africana Librarians Council, a coordinate organization of the African Studies Association (U.S.), seeks nominations for the biennial Conover-Porter Award for excellence in Africana bibliography or reference work.

The Conover-Porter Award is the most prestigious award for published works of bibliography or reference on Africa.  Any Africa-related reference work, bibliography, or bibliographic essay published separately or as part of a larger work during 2015 to 2017 can be nominated for the 2018 award. 

The award includes a prize of $300 to be presented during the 2018 Annual Meeting of the African Studies Association in Washington, DC.



The Conover-Porter Award was established in honor of two pioneers in African studies bibliography: Helen F. Conover was senior bibliographer, African Section of the Library of Congress, serving 32 years before her retirement in 1963; Dorothy B. Porter Wesley was librarian of the Moorland-Spingarn Research Center, Howard University, retiring in 1973 after 45 years of service. The first award in 1980 was presented to Julian Witherell for The United States & Africa: Guide to the U.S. Official Documents & Government-Sponsored Publications on Africa, 1785-1975 (Washington, DC: Library of Congress, 1978).

View a list of previous winners at:



For each work that you nominate, please provide the following

Information about yourself:  your name, email address, mailing address and telephone number:

Information about the work:




JUSTIFICATION: (Specifically state why you think this is a work of significance and quality)

Include published reviews or references to the reviews.


Send inquiries and submissions to:

Ms. Miki Goral

Reference/Instruction Librarian


Powell Library

Box 951450

Los Angeles CA 90095-1450

Tel: 310-825-5096



Ms.Mireille Djenno

Librarian for African Studies

Indiana University

Herman B. Wells Library E 660

1320 E. 10th Street

Bloomington IN 47405-3907

Tel: (812) 855-9296



Esmeralda Kalé

George and Mary LeCron Foster Curator

Herskovits Library of African Studies.

Northwestern University Libraries

1970 Campus Drive

Evanston, Il 60208

Tel: 847-491-3941

Fax: 847-467-1233



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