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Ken Lohrentz

Interim Librarian for African Studies
Liaison for African-American Studies
Primary office:
Watson Library

My professional responsibilities as Librarian for African and African Diaspora Studies includes collection development and management for resources in various formats from and about Africa, its peoples and cultures.  I provide research consultation and reference services to KU Africanist faculty, graduate and undergraduate students in all affiliated disciplines and programs, to visiting scholars, K-12 instructional outreach, and to the general public.  I also provide classroom instruction as needed for all Africa-related classes throughout the University of Kansas curriculum


Research skills and information literacy for classes as requested by faculty, which have included the following:  Introduction to African Studies, Islamic Art & Architecture in West Africa, the African Slave Trade and Human Trafficking, Societies and Cultures of Africa, and capstone seminars in African & African-American Studies.    


History of Kenya and Malawi, Independent African Churches in southern and eastern Africa during the pre-independence period, Bibliography of East Africa,  African book vendors and publishers, and History of the Swahili language


MLS Indiana University, Ph.D. Syracuse University, BA Bethel College

Selected publications and presentations

Lohrentz, Kenneth P., with Dr. Elizabeth L. Macgonagle.  “From the bookstalls of Onitsha Market to the Internet : Digitizing popular Nigerian literature” [Poster session presented at the Joint International Conference of the Association for Linguistic Computing and the Association for Computing and the Humanities, Göteborg, Sweden, June 2004]

Lohrentz, Kenneth P. “Peoples of the Horn in the New African Diaspora : Eritrean, Ethiopian, Sudanese, and Somali émigrés in the United States and Canada : a bibliographic essay” [Presented to the KASC Fall Seminar, Sept. 2004; also presented at the African Studies Association annual conference, Oct. 31, 2003, Boston, Mass.]

Lohrentz, Kenneth P. “Africana reference sources for college libraries,” [Presented to the College and University Section (CULS), Kansas Library Association, Oct. 2002, Salina, KS]

“Africana at the Center for Research Libraries : a survey of collections and access,” in African Studies Review : the journal of the African Studies Association, vol. 41, # 2 (1998) pp. 133-132.

Selected Awards and Recognitions

Digital Library Initiatives Development Grant for digitizing portions of the Onitsha Market literature collection at Spencer Research Library and creating a website with contextual information, 2003. ($7,100)

Visiting Program Officer Grant, Center for Research Libraries (CRL), with funding from the Andrew P. Mellon Foundation.  Granted for spending a week in residence at CRL, Chicago, to utilize their collections on a research topic of my choice.  Sept. 1996.  ($2,000)

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