L-R: David Easterbrook, Esmeralda Kale
Esmeralda Kale has been named George and Mary LeCron Foster Curator of the Melville J. Herskovits Library of African Studies. Her appointment is effective July 1, 2014. Below is the text of Northwestern University Library Dean Sarah Pritchard’s official announcement.
To Library and faculty colleagues,
I am pleased to announce that, following a national search, Esmeralda Kale has accepted the position of George and Mary LeCron Foster Curator of the Melville J. Herskovits Library of African Studies and will start July 1. Esmeralda is currently the Bibliographer of Africana in the Melville J. Herskovits Library of African Studies and has served in that capacity for over 11 years. Esmeralda has an M.A. in Library and Information Science from University College London and as well as postgraduate studies in the information needs of women in Africa also at University College London. Her undergraduate degree in sociology is from Trent University in Canada. In her previous experience Esmeralda has served as Reference Librarian at Zayed University in Abu Dhabi, Assistant Systems Librarian for the Tri-College Consortium (Bryn Mawr, Haverford, Swarthmore), Acting Head of the Department of Library & Information Science at the University of Fort Hare in South Africa, and head of periodicals at the University of Swaziland.
Among her achievements at NUL, Esmeralda was the principle investigator of the CLIR grant to catalogue the “Africana Posters: Hidden Collections of Northwestern and Michigan State University Libraries” in 2009. She also secured two acquisitions grants from the Illinois Cooperative Collection Management Program. She has curated many exhibitions including most notably “Apartheid to Democracy” and the accompanying film series currently showing at Northwestern University Library.
In 2012-13 Esmeralda served as Chair of the Africana Librarians Council, a coordinate organization of the African Studies Association (ASA). The ALC stands at the center of all major cooperative activities in African studies librarianship. She is a member of the ALA International Relations Committee and has served on numerous other professional association committees. Last summer Esmeralda participated in IFLA’s African Library Summit 2013 at the University of South Africa. In 2010 she was selected as one of 30 participants in Synergy, a competitive statewide library leadership program. She has a long record of teaching, presentations, reviews and special projects.
I would like to thank D. J. Hoek (NUL Music Library) and the members of the search committee (Carolyn Caizzi, Digital Collections; Harriet Lightman, Research & Information Services; Crystal Martin, Africana; Prof. Evan Mwangi, Dept of English; and Marcia Tiede, Bibliographic Services), for their very thorough work in recruiting and assessing candidates.
Please join me in congratulating Esmeralda on this honor. I look forward to collaborating with Esmeralda in her new leadership role.
Sarah M. Pritchard
Dean of Libraries and
Charles Deering McCormick University Librarian