Author Archives: Peter Lor

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.

Riccardo Ridi on intellectual neutrality: a perspective from Italy

(Version corrected on 2019-01-05, in light of comments from Riccardo Ridi, which I gratefully acknowledge.)  Italian perspectives In the English-speaking world, we are not sufficiently aware of the huge amount of professional literature published in other languages. My eyes were opened … Continue reading

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Library ABC for 2019

The latest instalment of my Library ABC, which I started in 2008, has been distributed. It is for the letters D, E and F and features pictures taken in three libraries. D:  DOK, Delft, the Netherlands; E: Elsie van Rensburg … Continue reading

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Gratifying review

I’m happy to report that a favourable review of my book, International and comparative librarianship: concepts and methods for global studies,  recently appeared in Focus on international library and information work. The review, written by Lesley Pitman, appeared in volume … Continue reading

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Global gleanings #2: Maps again, web archiving, fauna and flora, Patience and Fortitude

 This is a slightly expanded version of my column of news, views and snippets from the international literature of books, libraries, and information, which appears in LIASA-in-Touch, the newsletter of the Library and Information Association of South Africa Maps and … Continue reading

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Help save the Web!

We tend to take the World Wide Web for granted. We use it to look up professional, scholarly, educational and day-to-day information, communicate with friends and colleagues, do shopping, book travel, plan vacations, download videos and music, play games, and … Continue reading

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New National Librarian for South Africa

I can now report on the outcome of the disputed recruitment process that was discussed in a previous post, entitled, “Who should be the national librarian?” On 18 November the Board of the National Library of South Africa announced that … Continue reading

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My book: brief promotional video

A brief video interview about my book, International and comparative librarianship: concepts and methods for global studies, done during the August 2019 IFLA World Library and Information Conference in Athens, has been released by IFLA.  In the interview, I give … Continue reading

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Who qualifies to be the National Librarian?

Alarm in South Africa Alarm bells started ringing in the South African library profession in late May 2019 when news broke that the National Librarian and CEO of the National Library of South Africa (NLSA), Professor Rocky Ralebipi-Simelang, who had … Continue reading

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Technology for social good

Not for the first time, information technology is being touted as the answer to problems besetting developing countries, offering them, it has been thought, an opportunity to leapfrog poor infrastructure. The leapfrogging notion has been debunked among others by Abdelmalek … Continue reading

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Citation cirrhosis?

Today I chanced to see a post on Barbara Fister’s blog, Library Babel Fish, on the site of the American magazine, Inside higher ed.  Ms Fister subtitles her blog “a college librarian’s take on technology”. I generally like her posts, … Continue reading

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