Our goal is to form a group that would address the scholarly aspirations of Africana studies librarians under the umbrella of the ASALH organization. As managers and developers of African American studies academic collections within private, public and/or land grant institutions we seek a formal affiliation with the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) to advance collaboration, scholarship and build intellectual camaraderie between African American Studies Librarians and African American Studies Scholars.
We feel strongly this collaboration will provide opportunities for the promotion of the African American story. It is our goal to cultivate a long term relationship that will contribute to the mission of ASALH. Through this partnership, Africana Studies librarians desire opportunities to exercise their unique skills and knowledge of research tools with ASALH membership and affiliates.
Additionally, this association will offer librarians an opportunity to network with ASALH scholars and contribute to the development of educational resources for the study of people of African descent.
A preliminary discussion for this proposed affiliation was held with ASALH Executive Director, November 14, 2013. An additional meeting was held with President of ASALH, Dr. Daryl Scott; March 14, 2014.