Library of Congress West Africa Acquisitions Project

Training Seminar for Country Coordinators

From February 1st through 3rd, the West African Research Center hosted a training workshop for the coordinators from ten West African nations in charge of implementing the US Library of Congress West Africa LoC WARAAcquisitions Project. The project, overseen by the Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC), is being implemented by the West African Research Association (WARA) and the West African Research Center (WARC).

The event, which was officially opened on February 1 by the Senegalese minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, was attended by various officials including the Rector of University Cheikh Anta Diop; the Director of CAORC, Dr. Mary Ellen Lane; Robin Diallo, Public Affairs Officer of the US Embassy in Senegal; the Chief of the Africa and Middle East Division of the Library of Congress; and the Directors of WARA and WARC. Also in attendance was Mr. Babacar Ndiaye, Director of the Senegalese National Archives.

The workshop brought together archivists from Chad, Niger, Mali, Benin, Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea Conakry, the Gambia, Togo, Mauritania, and Burkina Faso. Led by Mary Jane Deeb of the Library of Congress, the training focused on guidelines for collection.