Journals in international and comparative librarianship

Several years ago I posted here a list of “Important journals in international and comparative librarianship”. It listed eight journals that at the time seemed to be the most important sources of useful articles for my research.  Now that my book has been completed I have revisited the list.

I cited articles from roughly 260 journals, newspapers and newsletters. The majority of these were cited less than five times, most of course only once or twice. Thirty-six journals were cited five times or more. A list of these titles appears here, in rank order. There are no journals specifically dedicated to international and comparative librarianship, but some of the general library and information science journals stood out as sources of useful material. In the book I made extensive use of comparative literature from other disciplines. This is reflected in the ranking of two comparative education journals.  Two newspapers, The Guardian, and The Economist, also appear in the list.

All but one of the journals listed originally are still on the new list: Focus…, IFLA journal, Information development, International information & library review, Libri, New library world, and World libraries. Library times international, which in the end did not yield useful material, ceased with volume 26, no. 4, 2010.


About Peter Lor

Peter Johan Lor is a Netherlands-born South African librarian and academic. In retirement he continues to pursue scholarly interests as a research fellow in the Department of Information Science at the University of Pretoria, South Africa.
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