Call for Nominations Conover-Porter Award for Excellence in Africana Bibliography or Reference Work

Nominations close: 30 April 2016

The Africana Librarians Council, a coordinate organization of the African Studies Association (U.S.), seeks nominations for the biennial Conover-Porter Award for excellence in Africana bibliography or reference work.

The Conover-Porter Award is the most prestigious award for published works of bibliography or reference on Africa. Any Africa-related reference work, bibliography, or bibliographic essay published separately or as part of a larger work during 2013, 2014, or 2015 can be nominated for the 2016 award.

The award includes a prize of $300 to be presented during the 2016 Annual Meeting of the African Studies Association in Washington, DC.


The Conover-Porter Award was established in honor of two pioneers in African studies bibliography: Helen F. Conover was senior bibliographer, African Section of the Library of Congress, serving 32 years before her retirement in 1963; Dorothy B. Porter Wesley was librarian of the Moorland-Spingarn Research Center, Howard University, retiring in 1973 after 45 years of service. The first award in 1980 was presented to Julian Witherell for The United States & Africa: Guide to the U.S. Official Documents & Government-Sponsored Publications on Africa, 1785-1975 (Washington, DC: Library of Congress, 1978).

View a list of previous winners at: 


For each work that you nominate, please provide the following:

Information about yourself:  your name, email address, mailing address and telephone number:

Information about the work:




JUSTIFICATION: (Specifically state why you think this is a work of significance and quality)

Include published reviews or references to the reviews.

Send inquiries and submissions to:

Marion Frank-Wilson

Head of Area Studies and Librarian for African Studies, Librarian

Area Studies Department

Herman B Wells Library E660

Wells Library E660

1320 East Tenth Street

Indiana University

Bloomington, IN 47405  USA

Phone (812) 855-1481



Esmeralda Kale΄

George and Mary LeCron Foster Curator

Herskovits Library of African Studies.

Northwestern University

1970 Campus Drive

Evanston, Il 60208  USA

Tel: 847-491-3941

Fax: 847-467-1233