Alfred Kagan

African Studies Bibliographer and

Professor of Library Administration Emeritus


Recent Publications



Kagan, Al. “Racism and ‘Freedom of Speech’: Framing the Issues” (editorial). Progressive Librarian, no. 42 (Summer 2014): 4-9.

Kagan, Al. “Selected Internet Sources for the Study of Africa.” African Research & Documentation, no. 117 (2011): 19-47. [published 2012].

Kagan, Al. “Midwinter’s WikiLeaks Letdown,” American Libraries Online. “On My Mind” column. February 1, 2011.

Kagan, Alfred. “An Alternative View on IFLA, Human Rights, and the Social Responsibility of International Librarianship.”  IFLA Journal 34, 3 (2008): 230-237.  For follow-up see the Letters to the Editor section in IFLA Journal 35, 1 (2009): 5-6.



Kagan, Alfred. Progressive Library Organizations: A Worldwide History. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, forthcoming 2014.

Kagan, Alfred and Atoma Batoma.  Reference Guide to Africa: A Bibliography of Sources. 3rd ed. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, forthcoming 2014.


Book Chapters

Kagan, Al. “The 1990 Stockholm IFLA Meeting and the Struggle for South Africa.” In “En ny förening är nödvändig– BiS 1969-2009. 140-143. [Karlstad, Sweden]: Bibliotek i Samhalle, 2009.


Editorial Work

Editorial Committee, Progressive Librarian, 2014-.

Editorial Committee, Innovation: Appropriate Librarianship and Information Work in Southern Africa, 2000-2010.

Advisory Committee, Alternative Press Index, 1996-2009.


Professional Service