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, with some assistance from my son, Alfred, a professional photographer, who is also responsible for the portrait. 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. 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. After my return from the USA most of my time and energy were devoted to writing a comprehensive monograph on the subject, which was published by De Gruyter Saur in 2019. I’ve been scaling down my academic work and conference attendances, but I’m still pursuing some scholarly topics with a more conceptual and historic slant.
This site is intended as a resource for others interested in this field. For more content, see the blog page and the other pages listed above.