Mwalimu Kofi Acree is the Director for the John Henrik Clarke Africana Library and Curator of Africana Collections for the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections. He provides leadership for the Clarke Africana Library as well as advancement strategies for student and faculty learning and development of library collections in support of educational research related to our rare and distinctive collections in African and the African diaspora.
The title Mwalimu
is Kiswahili (language of the Swahili people) which in part means one who teaches. In this situation using the title Mwalimu is likened to using Professor. For professional librarians, teaching and helping people learn are fundamental responsibilities. We may teach in classrooms, or while answering questions, or curating exhibits. However, we may be most noted for choosing materials for diverse research collections.