Category Archives: LIS

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It’s Spring Break at UWM and I’ve used the opportunity to update this site, which was woefully out of date.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: 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 ( This effort … Continue reading

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