Category Archives: LIS

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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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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L4P: Libraries for Peace

The year 2016 was not a good year for peace-makers. We saw continuing violence and destruction in many parts of the world, as well as the rise of intolerant, ill-informed, and intransigent political leaders. I believe that librarians have a … Continue reading

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Some new resources

It’s Spring Break at UWM and I’ve used the opportunity to update this site, which was woefully out of date. It still needs a lot of updating, but there are some new resources, particularly on the Presentations page, where I’ve added material … Continue reading

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Chapter 7 – International Influence and Diffusion in Library and Information Services

At last! I have posted a draft of Chapter 7, “International influence and diffusion of ideas in LIS”.  This chapter first introduces the concept of diffusion, and gives an overview of the ground-breaking generalized model of the diffusion of innovations … Continue reading

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Access to knowledge handbook

Consumers International (CI), the world federation of consumer groups founded in 1960, has released the second edition of its handbook, Access to Knowledge: A Guide for Everyone. Its aim is to provide a concise and nonspecialist introduction to IP and … Continue reading

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TWIL: This Week in Libraries

Based at the Amsterdam Public Library, the Netherlands, TWIL has a weekly ‘vimeo’ post on library matters with an international flavor: http://www.thisweekinlibraries.com/ The latest TWIL offering is TWIL#15, an interview with Dr Stuart Hamilton, IFLA’s Senior Policy Adviser.  It can … Continue reading

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Fasting for school libraries

I’ve just received an e-mail from the mailing list of LIASA, the Library and Information Association of South Africa, inviting members to join a 24 hour fast for school libraries, which is being organized by Equal Education (http://www.equaleducation.org.za/). This effort … Continue reading

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