Author Archives: Peter Lor

About Peter Lor

Peter Johan Lor is a Netherlands-born South African librarian and academic. He is a part-time professor in the Department of Information Science at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. He also teaches a course in international and comparative librarianship at the School of Information Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA.

Libraries burning again

In 2013 I published an article in Libri about the alarming number of cases in which community libraries had been deliberately set alight in South African townships and informal settlements. Reportedly, this was done by individuals or groups from the … Continue reading

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Inaccuracy, fallacies, and fake news: reference for Global Gleanings #1

From August 2018 LIASA-in-Touch, the newsletter of the Library and Information Association of South Africa (LIASA), will carry a column entitled “Global gleanings”, in which I highlight recent publications of professional and scholarly interest as well as quaint snippets from … Continue reading

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Resources for open access, open educational resources, open science, and more

In this post I highlight the work of Denise Nicholson, Scholarly Communications Librarian at the University of Witwatersrand (‘Wits”), who holds a master’s degree in intellectual property law. Denise publishes a free online international information service, [Copyrightanda2kinfo] Copyright & A2K … Continue reading

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At last! That book

Published at last. Here is the table of contents. For publication details, see here.

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Plastic polution: our contribution?

In the last few years the problem of plastic pollution has become a prominent issue in popular media. It is a huge problem. The website of Surfers Against Sewage reports that: In 1950, the world’s population of 2.5 billion produced … Continue reading

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Disabled adults in libraries

I’ve just received my copy of the Winter 2019 issue of Library trends (volume 67, no. 3), in a plastic wrapper (about which more later). This issue is devoted to disabled adults in libraries. The introduction, by issue editors Jessica … Continue reading

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The Library ABC

In answer to questions: earlier blog posts, below, about the ABC are out of date. For all the instalments to date, and for the background story, go to the Library ABC page.

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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 … Continue reading

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Everything preserved and discoverable for ever: dream or nightmare?

Whereas the US Library of Congress drastically scaled back its archive of Twitter posts at the end of 2017, the National Library of China has announced that it will archive posts on China’s Weibo microblogging site. On 22 April 2019 … Continue reading

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In press at last

After years of work, my book International and comparative librarianship: concepts and methods (ISBB 978-3-11-026799-0), has been submitted to the printers. It is being published under the auspices of IFLA by the respected German academic and scholarly publisher, De Gruyter … Continue reading

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