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2nd Call for Nominations: 2022 Conover-Porter Award for Africana Bibliography or Reference Work

  • 1.  2nd Call for Nominations: 2022 Conover-Porter Award for Africana Bibliography or Reference Work

    Posted Mar 10, 2022 02:04 PM





    Nominations close: April 30th, 2022


    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 2019 to present can be nominated for the 2022 award. 


    The award includes a prize of $300 to be presented during the 2022 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 and Dorothy B. Porter Wesley. Helen F. Conover was senior bibliographer, African Section of the Library of Congress, serving 32 years before her retirement in 1963, and Dorothy B. Porter Wesley was librarian of the Moorland-Spingarn Research Center, Howard University, retiring in 1973 after 45 years of service. The Conover-Porter Award was first awarded in 1980, and 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.



    Kindly send inquiries and submissions to the 2022 Award Coordinator:

    Ms. Heather Martin (Chair, ALC Collections & User Services Committee)

    Librarian for African and African American Studies

    Duke University

    236 Bostock Library

    Box 90195

    Durham, NC 27708-0195



    A submission form is also available online at


    Heather Martin