[LTR’People] Focus on Peter Lor, Standing Committee Member

Peter Lor was South Africa’s first National Librarian and later served as Secretary General of IFLA. After a stint as a visiting professor in the School of Information Studies, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee (2009-2011), he is back in South Africa as an extraordinary professor in the Department of Information Science, University of Pretoria.

Peter Lor

Peter Lor


He is working on a book on international and comparative librarianship, of which some draft chapters have been posted on his website, http://peterlor.com/the-book/. His main research interests are the political economic and ethical dimensions of international information relations, national library and information policy, national libraries, and research methodology in comparative research.

He now lives in Sedgefield, a small seaside town on the beautiful Garden Route of South Africa’s Western Cape Province and in addition to his research and teaching commitments he tries to make time for bird-watching, photography, art and music.

He looks forward to meeting many LTR members in Lyon (2014) and of course in Cape Town (2015)!