The Africana Librarians Council (ALC) was founded in 1957 as part of the African Studies Association (ASA) under the name Archives/Libraries Committee. The ALC continues today as a coordinate organization of the ASA. Members of ASA - whether they are librarians, archivists or documentalists working with materials from and about Africa or scholars interested in the preservation of or access to Africana - may join the ALC.
The AJOL Database includes direct access to approximately 210 African published research journal titles from 21 African countries covering the fields of agriculture, health, science, technology and the social sciences. Tables of contents, abstracts, e-mail alerts, and document delivery services for selected journals are available. There is no subscription fee but registration is required to access the database. AJOL is a non-profit organisation based in South Africa.