Reviews of International and Comparative Librarianship: concepts and methods…

Since my last post on this topic, two new reviews of my book have appeared. More details appear under the heading Reviews and author interviews. I mention there a substantial and scholarly review article in Italian by Dr Anna Bilotta, in which she discusses the book in some detail, and also places it in the context of earlier literature.

This also drew my attention to an earlier article by her:

Bilotta, Anna. 2018. ‘Passato e presente della biblioteconomia comparata: scopi, approcci, ricerche [Past and present of comparative librarianship: aims, approaches, research]’. Biblioteche oggi Trends 4 (1): 48–63. doi:10.3302/2421-3810-201801-048-1.

This is a thorough and insightful overview of the main aims and methodological challenges of comparison in libraries. She discusses the development of the field over the years, the relationship between comparative and international librarianship, definitions and aims of comparative librarianship, aims of comparison, the main methodological problems, various approaches to comparison, and stages of a comparative study. She also gives an overview of some of the more important studies, covering much the same literature as I did in my Chapter 2, but adding useful references to some Italian and English-language items I had missed.

I find it gratifying to see not only that the book has been noticed beyond the English-speaking world, but also that the subject of international and comparative LIS is of sufficient interest in Italy to generate an article of this quality and scope.



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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