The German Research Foundation funds the extension of the SIS African Studies

African Studies Library

The German Research Foundation (DFG) has approved substantial funding for the further expansion of the Specialised Information Service (SIS) for African Studies and has awarded the Johann Christian Senckenberg Library (UB JCS) at the University of Frankfurt around 1 million euros for the continuation of this project.

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Since 2016, the SIS African Studies has been developing subject-specific information services for Africa-related research in the humanities and social sciences. In the third funding phase, the acquisition of literature from the African continent and from the African diaspora remains a central task of the SIS African Studies. The national licences for ebooks of the SIS will be extended. Several trips for the acquisition of literature that is not available via other distribution channels are also in planning. In an innovative pilot project relating to authority data, so-called "communities of implication" will be involved in the development of authority files for oral sources.

The African Studies Library, the website and catalogue search of the SIS African Studies, will be expanded to include new functions: in order to enhance research options, an exploratory geographic search will be implemented, which will make it easier to find publications by region and topic. Users will also be able to place interlibrary loan and Subito orders directly from the portal. A new Researcher Compass will facilitate the transdisciplinary and transcontinental networking and collaboration among researchers.

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