18 January 2011
On 18 January 2011, Shamil Jeppie and Saarah Jappie launched www.tombouctoumanuscripts.org at the Mama Haidara Memorial Library, Timbuktu. The launch followed the workshop ‘Writing African History, Writing in African History’ and was attended by representatives of a number of private libraries in Timbuktu. The event offered the opportunity to promote the website to the custodians of the libraries, without whom our work in Timbuktu would be impossible. The various representatives asked many questions and offered sound suggestions on how the website could work to foster collaborations with the town’s private libraries. The site was also well-received by the various academics in attendance, who represent one of the other main constituents of our website’s users. The launch in Timbuktu was an excellent start to the website’s ‘life’, providing the insight and inspiration necessary for it to continue successfully.