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).