Managing and promoting special collections Africa: The Bleek-Lloyd collection and beyond

Sponsor: IFLA Rare Books and Special Collections Section

Date: Friday, 14 August 2015, University of Cape Town

Venue: Centre for African Studies Gallery, Harry Oppenheimer Institute Building Level 3, Engineering Mall Road, University of Cape Town, Upper Campus, Rondebosch, Cape Town.

Complete details: satellite conference website


Managing and Promoting Special Collections in Africa: The Bleek-Lloyd Collection and Beyond   Chair: David Farneth (USA, Getty Research Institute)

Session 1: The Bleek-Lloyd Collection

Moderator: Krister Östlund (Sweden, Uppsala University)

  • UNESCO’s Memory of the World Register: Nomination procedure, The Bleek-Lloyd Collection, and current nominations from Africa / Jan Bos (The Netherlands, National Library of The Netherlands). Paper in English | Slides (PowerPoint)
  • The Bleek-Lloyd Collection: History, Significance, Contents, Locations, Challenges, and Opportunities / Renate Meyer (South Africa, University of Cape Town).
  • Digitising the Bleek-Lloyd Collection: Transformation, Limitation, Responsibility / Pippa Skotness (South Africa, University of Cape Town).
  • The Ç€Xam term Ç€kā̍ïnya becomes the color term “green”: negotiation of meanings over 79 years / Matthias Brenzinger (CALDi – Centre for African Language Diversity, University of Cape Town)
  • The Square Kilometre Array initiative in the context of the Bleek and Lloyd documents / John Parkinton, Department of Archaeology, University of Cape Town.  Authors:  John Parkington, Janette Deacon, Simon Hall, David Morris, Pam Christie, Russ Taylor, Jose de Prada and Neil Rusch.

Session 2: Managing African Collections

Moderator: Isabel Garcia-Monge, (Spain, Spanish Bibliographical Heritage Union Catalogue)

  • L’état de conservation des collections de manuscrits en Afrique du Nord à travers d’expérience de la Bibliothèque Nationale du Royaume du Maroc [The state of manuscripts collections conservation in North Africa through experience of the National Library of the Kingdom of Morocco / Hassan Aakki (National Library of the Kingdom of Morocco). Paper in French
  • Captured on camera: a historical and archival appreciation of the Arthur Elliott Collection / Dr. Gustav Hendrich (South Africa, Western Cape Archives and Records Service). Paper in English
  • Working in and with African photo archives / Jürg Schneider and Rosario Mazuela (Switzerland, African Photography Initiatives, University of Basel).  The paper will be read by Paul Weinberg, Senior Curator of Visual Archives, University of Cape Town Library. Paper in English
  • Sharing Collections with the world: The Humphrey Winterton Collection of East African Photographs / Esmeralda Kale (USA, Northwestern University). Powerpoint slides

Session 3: Providing access to African cultural heritage

The presenters will join in a panel discussion to further explore the cultural and political issues around providing access to African cultural heritage.

Discussion leader: Beth Kilmarx, United States, Binghamton University Libraries.