Archives Africa is working closely with valued partners including SCOLMA.

SCOLMA aims to provide information and advice on Africana collections to academics, students and other researchers and to monitor, co-ordinate and improve the acquisition, preservation and promotion of material for African studies.

SCOLMA (the UK Libraries and Archives Group on Africa) was founded in 1962 as a forum for librarians, archivists and others concerned with African Studies material in libraries and archives in the United Kingdom.

The group was originally called the Standing Conference on Library Materials on Africa and the well-known acronym has been retained. Representatives of the UK repositories with the most important Africana collections sit on the SCOLMA committee, including the British Library, the National Archives, the National Library of Scotland, the Bodleian Library, Cambridge University African Studies Library, SOAS Library and Senate House Library.

Since 1973 SCOLMA has published a journal, African Research and Documentation, and has published several editions of the SCOLMA Directory of Libraries and Special Collections on Africa in the United Kingdom and Europe. SCOLMA’s website and Twitter feed provide news and information on library and archive resources and other topics relevant to African studies.

SCOLMA organises seminars and conferences – since 2006 an annual conference – on library, archive, bibliographical and publishing subjects relating to Africa. SCOLMA’s 2018 conference will be held on 10 September at the University of Birmingham with the topic of African literary archives.

SCOLMA was a founder member of ELIAS (European Librarians in African Studies), sits on the Council of the African Studies Association of the UK and has close links with the US Africana Librarians Council.

It welcomes links with librarians and archivists in Africa.

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