Welcome to my website/blog, created for me by Jess Vargas Robinson as a student project in the MLIS program of the School of Information Studies (SOIS), University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and subsequently transferred to WordPress so that I can maintain it myself, more or less. The site was created while I was a Visiting Professor at SOIS (January 2009 to June 2011). We had a great time in the USA, but now I’m back in South Africa, living in Sedgefield on the Garden Route of the Western Cape province. I still teach, online at SOIS. Until 2016 I was an “extraordinary professor” in the Department of Information Science at the University of Pretoria, and from January 2017 I am a Research Associate there.

My main area of interest is international and comparative librarianship. During 2009 I designed a new course in international and comparative librarianship for SOIS. I taught it for the first time in Spring 2010. I teach it approximately once a year, online, depending on how many students enroll. The course is open to students in other schools through the WISE (Web-based Information Science Education) Consortium.

This site is intended as a resource for others interested in this field. I don’t blog regularly but from time to time I post articles, papers and links, as well as draft chapters of a book I’m writing on the subject (if I don’t get sidetracked by other diversions, such as this site).


6 Responses to Welcome

  1. Dear Sir

    While searching the information for Cooperative / Centralised Cataloguing for my MLIS class teaching, I came across your blog. Thanks for writing blogs and book on Cooperative cataloguing .We will keep in touch and exchange the ideas.

    Since ours is new department, we are going to introduce Research Programme in the Department we are in need of drafting syllabus for One Semester Pre-Ph.D. Course Work. I will be highly obliged to receive a copy of syllabus of your Ph.D. Programme , if it is available.

    With regards

    Dr. Manoj Kumar Sinha
    Reader & Head of the Department
    Assam University (A Central University)
    Silchar-788 011

  2. Peter Lor says:

    Hi Brian
    It’s a huge field with lots of literature. There’s quite a long bibliography at the end of each of my draft chapters. I may be able to point you to more literature if you tell me what aspect you’re interested in.

  3. Jon Day says:

    International and comparative librarianship is an interest of mine as well. I’m very happy to have found your blog! Will post a couple of questions I have when I have more time.

  4. Amaadi Pranam Acquah says:

    Dear Sir,
    My name is Acquah Amaadi, a Ghanaian. i have developed an interest in comparative studies since my bachelors degree. before graduating from the university I conducted a research comparing the banks in Ghana through financial analysis. Now at the Masters level i have decided to do a multinational comparison in the area of agric: coffee to be precise. I chanced on one of your material with was only a chapter 4: methodology for comparative study.
    I will be very happy if you can send me the full book to guide me in my research which I will soon begin. Below is my email address.
    thank you.
    Regards; Amaadi

  5. Peter Lor says:

    Dear Amaadi

    Thank you for your inquiry. It is always encouraging to know that there are some people out there who find my work useful.

    Unfortunately my book is taking much, much longer than I had hoped, I am currently finalizing a new Chapter 3, That will conclude the first part of the book, “Conceptual Foundations”. As soon as I’ve done that, I will revise Part II, Method, by updating the old chapters 3, 4 and 5, which are currently on my site They will be renumbered as chapters 4, 5 and 6 respectively. I don’t expect that there will be major changes of substance, but rather some updating, additional references, and editing to bring the texts into line with the publisher’s style sheet. But I’m hesitant to make promises about when they will be ready, because there is always more to do than one thinks.

    In the mean tome, I suggest you use the current versions of the chapters as they are on my site.

    Good luck with your research!

    Peter Lor

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