ACRL’s African-American Studies Librarians Interest Group provides the resources—ideas, programs, discussion forums and networking opportunities—to support the development of African American Studies librarianship and resources in academic and research libraries.
AFAS has four goals:
- Promote African American Studies Librarianship as a viable career choice for recent library school graduates.
- Advocate the digital preservation of African American history and culture within our respective institutions, state, regional, and national communities.
- Collaborate with African American Studies instructors in higher education, public and school libraries, and community-based organizations with similar mission to create teaching and learning resources for the discipline. of African American Studies.
- Partner with African American Studies scholarly organizations to promote the systematic research and study of African American history and life through the recognition of outstanding African Americana resources.
AFAS offers many opportunities for members to express their creative and scholarly talents through service in numerous ways:
- AFAS members are encouraged to submit proposals to American Library Association-ALA, Association of College and Research Libraries-ACRL, Association for the study of African American Life and History-ASALH, National Council for Black Studies-NCBS, African Studies Association-ASA and other Africana studies organizations.
- AFAS Interest Group meetings take place at each ALA Annual Conference and Midwinter Meeting.
- All library related persons interested in the study of African American life and history as it intersects with librarianship are welcome to attend.