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Expanding Access to Research Resources for U.S. and West African Scholars and Libraries

CAORC, in collaboration with the West African Research Association (WARA) and West African Research Center (WARC) in Dakar, Senegal launched an initiative with the Library of Congress in 2010 to expand the collection of scholarly resources for U.S. and West African universities and institutions by collecting, documenting and digitizing published material and ephemera in eleven countries.


The program has since expanded to include 12 countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Central African Republic, Chad, Côte d’Ivoire, Gambia, Guinea, Mali, Niger, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo. The project is headquartered at the West African Research Center in Dakar, Senegal, and managed by professional librarians and senior archivists in the target countries.


Project activities include acquiring materials published in the region in both African and official languages, providing preliminary bibliographic data, and shipping items to the Library of Congress for public use. The WAAP model is enabling the Library to improve the quantity and value of accessible research resources in areas of the world where they are most needed.

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In October 2018, participants from 12 different West African countries along with representatives from the Library of Congress, WARC, and CAORC met for a workshop at WARC in Dakar, Senegal to discuss the West African Acquisitions Project. 

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