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Mrs Barbara Spina (previously Turfan)

BA(Hons), MA, Di.Lib, MCLIP


Barbara Spina

Assistant Director (Teaching & Research Support)

Library & Information Services (LIS)

Assistant Director (Teaching & Research Support)

Mrs Barbara Spina (previously Turfan)
Email address:
020 7898 4157
020-7898 4159
SOAS, University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
Russell Square: College Buildings
Office No:
Library - C4


For many years (until 2009) the specialist Africa Librarian at SOAS and, more recently (2002-2009), also Faculty Librarian for Law and Social Sciences.

Academic background in South Asian History and African Area Studies (East African history, African literature and Swahili language).

Spoken languages include Turkish and French.



  • Centre of African Studies, University of London
  • African Studies Association of the UK (ASAUK)
  • Royal African Society
  • Anglo-Malagasy Society


  • SCOLMA: the UK Libraries and Archives Group on Africa
  • ELIAS (European Librarians in African Studies)
  • Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP)
  • CILIP International Library and Information Group (ILIG)
  • M25 Consortium of Academic Libraries, Marketing and Communication Working Group
  • ALISS (Association of Librarians and Information Professionals in the Social Sciences)


Edited Books

Turfan, Barbara and Ladizesky, Kathleen and Smith, Inese A., eds. (1995) Emerging democracies and freedom of information: proceedings of a conference of the International Group of the Library Association (IGLA), Oxford, September 1994. London: Library Association Publishing.

Book Chapters

Turfan, Barbara (2002) 'Opposing Dictatorship: a Comment on Nuruddin Farah's 'Variations on the Theme of an African Dictatorship'.' In: Emerging Perspectives on Nuruddin Farah, edited by Derek Wright. Trenton, NJ / Asmara, Eritrea: Africa World Press, pp. 265-281.


Turfan, Barbara (2001) 'Changing traditions and new challenges at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.' Documenting and researching southern Africa: aspects and perspectives; essays in honour of Carl Schlettwein, edited by Dag Henrichsen and Giorgio Meischer . pp. 23-33.

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