May 21st, 2008 by Danise Hoover
Did you see the article in Tuesday’s (May 20th) Science Times that talked about digitizing rare documents from Timbuktu? The group that is responsible for this is ALUKA, a Mellon Foundation funded organization designated to make all kinds of information about Africa available to a wide audience. While the Timbuktu documents won’t be ready for a while, you can see what is available through ALUKA by linking to it from the Hunter College Library’s list of databases. Right now, there is a wealth of information on African plants, documents concerning the end of Apartheid in South Africa, and a miscellaneous section called Cultural Heritage that contains information about historic sites, and documents like those from Timbuktu.
Take a look at this and let us know what you think. At the present time, we have a trial subscription, but would like the input from the Hunter community on how useful this will be.