Peter Lor

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*Peter Johan Lor* (1946) holds degrees in modern languages and library science and a D.Phil. in Library Science (1990) as well as an honorary D.Phil. from the University of Pretoria, South Africa. He has held positions as a library practitioner, researcher and manager and as a teacher of library and information science.  When the National Library of South Africa was created in 1999 he became South Africa’s first National Librarian. Upon retirement he served from 2005 to 2008 as Secretary General of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) and taught as a visiting professor in the School of Information Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (2009-2011), where he continues to teach an online course in international and comparative librarianship. Currently he holds a part-time research and teaching professorship in the Department of Information Science at the University of Pretoria, where he has been an extraordinary professor since 1998. A frequent speaker at national and international conferences, he is the author of over 160 professional and research publications. His recent research focuses on international and comparative librarianship and information work, and the political economics and ethics of international information relations, especially between developed and developing countries.