Category Archives: International Librarianship

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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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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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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