Category Archives: International Librarianship

Satellite Meeting on Global and Comparative Research Design in LIS

This event has been long in the planning. It was delayed by the Covid19 pandemic, but I’m happy to share that the planned satellite meeting will be held immediately after the upcoming IFLA World Library and Information Congress (WLIC) at … Continue reading

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South African copyright legislation in the spotlight

Denise Nicholson, whose website Scholarly Horizons (https://scholarlyhorizons.co.za/), is a mine of up-to-date information on scholarly information, intellectual property and much else, last month drew attention to a post on the website of IFLA, the International Federation of Library Associations and … Continue reading

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Cataloguing, with love from Italy

In a conversation in a faculty meeting in a leading South African LIS school in the early 1970s, I ventured the opinion that cataloguing is a central competency of any librarian. This was greeted with of derision. Since then, as … Continue reading

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Global Gleanings #10

This is a slightly expanded version of my column of news, views and snippets from the international literature of books, libraries, and information, compiled for LIASA-in-Touch, the quarterly newsletter of the Library and Information Association of South Africa (LIASA). I … Continue reading

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International Library History News

In my work in international and comparative librarianship and information work, I make much use of historical material. Some comparative work is purely synchronic, considering  situations across cultures, societies or countries as things stand at a given moment in time, … Continue reading

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Global Gleanings #3: IFLA and the Developing World

  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. In the … Continue reading

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From participation to mobilization:  new roles in French public libraries

In 2016 Raphaëlle Bats contributed an article to an issue of Library trends (vol. 65, no. 2) discussing the responses of French librarians to the terrorist attacks on Charlie hebdo and a Kosher supermarket on 15 January 2015. The LT … Continue reading

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IFLA oral history project

In 2027 IFLA will have a big anniversary. It was founded in Edinburgh in 1927, as the International Library and Bibliographical Committee, and only adopted the name, International Federation of Library Associations, two years later, at an international congress in … Continue reading

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Announcement: IFLA satellite conference on “International Research in LIS: Challenges and Opportunities”

I’m happy to announce that an IFLA satellite conference on international research in LIS  will be held in Dublin, Ireland, on 13 and 14 August 2020. The event will be a workshop-style meeting with a practical focus, aiming to improve … 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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