About me


Since July 2011 Monika and I live in Sedgefield, on the Garden Route of the Western Cape province, South Africa. I’m still professionally active as a part-time, off-campus professor in the Department of Information Science, University of Pretoria. My main responsibility is research — I get paid to write, which is a great privilege. I also teach a half module in the M.IT. (Master’s degree in Information Technology) (Stream B) course, focussing on international librarianship. Stream B is specifically aimed at students in middle and senior management positions in libraries in English-speaking Africa.  The students, who are carefully selected, do coursework online in their own libraries, but in the course of their studies they visit South Africa, the United States, and Uganda. The programme is funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

My curriculum vitae can be seen here.

Visiting Milwaukee

January 2009 saw us arriving in a cold and snowy Milwaukee, Wisconsin. During 2009 I taught MLIS courses in Foundations of Library and Information Science, Management of Library and Information Centers and Introduction to Research Methods in Library and Information Science. This was a steep learning curve as I developed my course material and learned the ropes of UWM‘s online teaching system Desire to Learn (D2L). This kept me busy, but I managed to fit in a keynote at the Stelline Conference in Milan, Italy (March 2009) and another keynote, again in Milan, at the IFLA Pre-Conference of the Special Interest Group on Education for Developing Countries (August 2009). I also gave a number of presentations at US conferences, which you can find here. Starting in the Spring semester of 2010, I began teaching a new course in International and Comparative Librarianship. I returned to South Africa at the end of June 2011, but I continue to teach this course online from time to time.

Those birds

Barnacle geese, photographed at Solentuna, near Stockholm, Sweden, in September 2009. More pics here.

Curriculum Vitae

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Research interests

  • International and comparative librarianship (with a focus on research methodology)
  • International library and information relations
  • Political, economic and ethical aspects of international information flows between developed and developing countries
  • National libraries
  • National library and information policies
  • National and international library associations

Conference and seminar papers, etc.

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Some recent papers can be accessed directly at Presentations.


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