International Week Series – Africana Collection

Ed note: Ohio University is celebrating International Week April 14-20, 2013. We are celebrating the week with a series of posts about the Center for International Collections by PACE student Alexis Messenger.

Today is the start of Ohio University’s International Week, a yearly celebration of countries and cultures from around the world.  If the international speakers and events have you craving for even more knowledge about the world, the Alden Library has you covered.  Each day we’ll be posting about a different resource for international studies available in the library.

Today’s focus is the Africana Collection, found on the first floor of the library, which has over 150,000 Africa related materials, including videos, journals, dissertations and books.  The Africana Collection also houses two other major collections, the Botswana Depository Collection and the Negash Tigrinya Collection. 

The Botswana Depository Collection can be found at the Center for International Collections on the first floor and is a result of collaboration between Ohio University and the Botswana Ministry of Education.  It is designated as an official depository in North America for Botswana publications.  To get a taste of some of the publications you’ll find in the collection, check out the Botswana Guardian, the Daily News, Mmeghi, or The Voice – all notable Botswana newspapers. 

The collection covers subjects such as agriculture, politics, culture, language and economics.  If you’re interested in finding even more materials on Botswana, an ALICE Catalog search can help you discover what you’re looking for.

The Negash Tigrinya Collection is a collection of Tigrinya language texts donated to Ohio University Libraries by Dr Ghirmai Negash, Professor of English at Ohio University.  Tigrinya is a language spoken by the Tigrinya people in Eritrea, a country in East Africa, and in the Tigray Region of Ethiopia.

The collection includes Eritrean folk literature, poems, work by important Tigrinya authors and Tigrinya translations of English literature – all of which can be found through an ALICE search.

The African Studies Research Guide is a great source for those wanting to find out more about Africa and its culture.  We especially recommend the “New Titles” section which allows for easy browsing of African studies books.

If you have any further questions about the Africana Collection or African Studies in general, feel free to contact Africana Studies Librarian Araba Dawson-Andoh or visit the African Studies Research Guide she developed.