This is where I posted draft chapters of my book on international and comparative librarianship, International and comparative librarianship: concepts and methods for global studies, while I was writing it . The chapters were published here under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License. The book has been completed. Date of publication is 17 June 2019. It will be launched at the IFLA World Library and Information Congress in Athens, in August 2019. The publisher is De Gruyter-Saur, Berlin. Publication details here, and here is the table of contents. You will be able to see (and buy!) copies at the De Gruyter-Saur stand at the Congress.
A huge amount of revision and rewriting has taken place since the draft chapters were posted here, so that they are quite superseded. Seven additional chapters were added. The publisher has asked me not to update the draft chapters posted here or to post the later chapters. I am honouring this request because the publisher needs to recoup their considerable investment.
Suggestions and comments on the book will be welcomed. I can be contacted at PeterJLor(at)gmail.com, or of course via comments on my blog posts.
At the IFLA World Library and Information Conference in August I was interviewed about the book. A brief YouTube video of the interview can be seen here.
In January 2020 Newsletter Editor Rebecaa Vargha interviewed me about my career and my book. The interview appeared in the IFLA Library Theory and Research Section’s Newsletter, February 2020, pp.3-5 which is available here.
Draft chapters posted 2016-2017 (now superseded)
- Chapter 1 , From local to global: the expanding horizons of libraries and related information organizations (2016-06-29). This is an entirely rewritten draft of the old Chapter 1 (draft dated 2012-01-31).
- Chapter 2 , A field of study and research (2016-07-11). This is an entirely rewritten draft of the old Chapter 2 (2012-02-06),.
- Chapter 3, Conceptual exploration (version 2016-11-21). Entirely new.
- Chapter 4, Preparing for research: metatheoretical considerations (draft version 2017-01-11, extensively rewritten, replaces old Chapter 3)
- Chapter 5, Methodology in comparative studies (draft version 2017-04-03, extensively rewritten, replaces old Chapter 4)
- Chapter 6: Method: procedures, techniques, instruments (draft version 2017-05-12, extensively rewritten, replaces old Chapter 5)