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 and in the Department of Information Science at the University of Pretoria, where I’m an Extraordinary Professor.
Currently 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 once a year, online. The course is open to students in other schools through the WISE (Web-based Information Science Education) Consortium. I plan to teach it again, if there are enough students and Governor Walker’s budget cuts permit, in the Fall of 2016.
I plan to make this site a resource for others interested in this field. I’ll 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).