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African American Studies Research Forum

February 20, 2014


African American Studies Research Form

An *AFAS Panel Discussion 

“Continuing the life cycle of scholarship:
Digital Preservation and African American Studies”

Aaisha Haykal, Chicago State University


“The Course Librarian: Taking a Stand in the Classroom”

Karen Jean Hunt, Duke University

“If You Build Them They Will Come: Radical and Revolutionary
Collecting at Texas A&M University”

Rebecca Hankins, Texas A&M University-College Station



Saturday, June 28 at 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Las Vegas Convention Center, Room 235



*Be sure to attend the AFAS General Membership Meeting  Saturday 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.  LVCC N102




AFAS Librarians Invited to ASALH 2014 Conference

March 13, 2014
The Association for the Study of African American Life and History

99th Annual Convention

The Peabody Hotel
Memphis, TN
September 24-28, 2014
2014 National Black History Theme:

Civil Rights in America

Deadline for submission of proposals: Saturday, May 31, 2014
Deadline for Early Bird Submission of proposals: Monday, April 7, 2014
The Association for the Study of African American Life and History has selected this theme to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, and we invite all Americans and the global community to join us in exploring the history of equal rights for all.
All participants must be members by May 1st and registered by August 1st. There are no refunds for membership dues and none for registration fees after August 20th, 2014.  Early Bird Panels—those received by April 7th—and accepted for the program will receive preference in selecting the day and time of their sessions. May 31st is the deadline for all proposals.
Proposals must be submitted electronically on the All-Academic website at . 
This link can be found at  
While individual papers will be accepted, please note that all papers and presentations will be grouped together and formed into multi-presentation sessions (with rare, pre-approved exceptions). Moreover, a decided preference will be given to complete panels.  Please refer to the FAQ page for what constitutes a complete panel. 
   Association For The Study Of African American Life And History, Inc. (

Officers and Committee

February 25, 2014
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Congratulations to incoming AFAS officers and new members!

 We look forward to a an exciting year


Chair—Malaika Grant
University of Minnesota
Vice Chair—Derrick Mosley
Morehouse College
Secretary — Latanya Jenkins
Temple University
Member-At Large —Dr. Grace Jackson-Brown
Missouri State University
Liaison to ASALH — Glenda Alvin
Tennessee State University

ACRL Board LiaisonJulia M. Gelfand



Membership Committee
Dr. Ruth A. Hodges, Chair
South Carolina State University
Dr. Lynne Simpson, Oklahoma State University
Dee Holliday, Indiana University

Publication and Research Committee
Akilah S. Nosakhere, Chair
New Mexico State University Carlsbad
Tracey M. Hughes, University of Missouri
Holly A. Smith,  University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Dalena Estelle Hunter, UCLA Ralph Bunche Center
Jamillah R. Gabriel, Purdue University
Vivian Fisher, Baltimore Pratt Free Library



Children’s Literature Association Conference

February 20, 2014

41st Annual Children’s Literature Association Conference

“Diverging Diversities: Plurality in Children’s & Young Adult Literature, Then and Now”

University of South Carolina
Columbia SC

June 19-21, 2014

Global Literature for the Global Child

February 20, 2014

“Global Literature for the Global Child”

United States -China Children’s Literature Symposium

University of  South Carolina

Columbia, SC

June 22-24, 2014

Paper or Panel Submission here

AFAS Schedule at 2014 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia

October 7, 2013

AFAS will meet at the 2014 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia, PA (January 24-28):

Executive Committee Meeting
Saturday, January 26, 2014 8:30 a.m.
Location: Loews Philadelphia Hotel

General Membership Meeting
Saturday, January 26, 2014 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Location: Loews Philadelphia Hotel

Meeting agendas will be available in the AFAS community of ALA Connect (login required).

Report from Liaison to the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH)

June 12, 2013

ALA/ACRL/AFAS Liaison to the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH)
Annual Report 2012
by Glenda Alvin,
Assistant Director for Collection Management and Administration
Brown-Daniel Library/Tennessee State University

The Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) was founded by Dr. Carter G. Woodson in 1915. He originated Negro History Week, which is now Black History Month. ASALH selects the national theme for Black History Month each year and has done so since 1928. The ASALH annual conference was held in Pittsburgh, PA on September 26-30, 2012. The conference theme was Black Women in American Culture and Life. This was my first ASALH conference, so I introduced myself to the Executive Director, Sylvia Y. Cyrus. Ms. Cyrus invited me to work with the Program and Publications Committee, so I introduced myself to the Chair, Dr. Darryl Michael Scott and during our brief conversation he indicated that he would like for me to help promote ASALH’s new journal, Fire!!! The Multimedia Journal of Black Studies. I gave both of them my business cards for further contact.

I am a member of both ASALH and the Association of Black Women Historians (ABWH.) The two organizations are informally affiliated and hold their annual meetings jointly, because the founders of ABWH are also members of ASALH. I have been working closely with the National Director of ABWH, Dr. Ida Jones, to develop three bibliographies that will be posted on the organization’s website in the coming months. I updated the list of Letitia Brown Woods Award winners for books, anthologies, and journal articles written about black women. I compiled a list of books published by ABWH members and a bibliography of core books for the study of African American women’s history. For the ABWH newsletter, Truth, I have compiled two lists of newly published titles on Black Women’s History. The Special Issue 2012 is available in print only, however the previous 2011 fall issue is online.

ASALH schedule of panels, plenaries, and movie presentations, began at 8:30 AM and ended at 7:45 PM. The association’s business meeting went past 10:30 PM. Thursday’s plenary featured two powerful artists: Sonia Sanchez, poet, writer and activist and Bernice Johnson Reagon, singer and founder of Sweet Honey in the Rock, civil rights activist and retired Smithsonian curator. Friday’s plenary was a panel of women historians, who have written biographies of Ida Wells-Barnett over the past twelve years.

The ASALH conference featured interesting presentations by librarians. One of the most notable was given by AFAS past Chair, Rebecca Hankins, who led a panel on the relevance of hairstyles to black female identity entitled, “I Am Not My Hair: Reclaiming Black Beauty.” A panel on the role of African American librarians and archivists in maintaining scholarly, as well as community collections had a lively discussion on funding and support.

As an acquisitions librarian with a second masters in U. S. History, who has also served as library liaison to Africana Studies and African American Studies Departments over the past twenty years, it was a thrill to witness many of the authors whose books I have added to collections. The “Founders of the Field: African American Women and African American Women’s History” featured not only scholars that had published seminal works in the field like, Darlene Clark Hine, Rosalyn Terborg-Penn, Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham, Janice Sumler-Edmonds and Deborah Gray White, but who are also the founders of the ABWH. Besides the plenaries, it was one of the most well attended sessions at the conference.

The Association for the Study of African American Life and History will hold its next conference in Jacksonville, FL, October 2-6, 2013. The theme is At the Crossroads of Freedom and Equality: The Emancipation Proclamation and the March on Washington. I intend to volunteer to chair a session or be a presenter. To learn more about ASALH visit their website:


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