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Peter Lor, DPhil

Peter Lor, DPhil

Adjunct Instructor

611310 School of Information Studies

Peter Lor, D.Phil

Adjunct Instructor


B.A. Librarianship, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa

L. ès L. (Licence d'enseignement de lettres modernes), Université de Caen, France

B.A. Honors (French), University of Pretoria, South Africa

B.Bibl. Honors. (Honors degree in Library Science), University of Stellenbosch, South Africa

M.Bibl. (Masters degree in Library Science), University of Pretoria, South Africa

D.Phil. (Doctorate of Philosophy in Library and Information Science), University of Pretoria, South Africa

D.Phil. (honoris causa) (Honorary doctorate of Philosophy), University of Pretoria, South Africa


Peter Johan Lor has had a long career in librarianship, mainly in South Africa. When the National Library of South Africa was created in 1999 he became South Africa’s first National Librarian. From 2005 to 2008 he was Secretary General of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA). During 2009 to 2011 he was a visiting professor in the School of Information Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Now back in South Africa, he holds the position of Extraordinary Professor in the Department of Information Science, University of Pretoria and works from his home in Sedgefield, on the Western Cape’s Garden Route. He holds a D.Phil. (Doctor of Philosophy) degree in Library Science from the University of Pretoria, as well as a D.Phil (honoris causa) awarded by the same university in 2008 in recognition of his academic and leadership contributions. He is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences and the author of over 170 professional and research publications. His recent research focuses on international and comparative librarianship. He teaches courses in international and comparative librarianship and African information society issues.

Courses Taught

501 Foundations of Library and Information Science
524 Management of Library and Information Services
591 Introduction to Research Methods in Library and Information Science
891 International and comparative librarianship

Sample Publications

Lor, P.J. 2010. International and comparative librarianship. In Encyclopedia of library and information science; 3rd ed. Marcia J. Bates & Mary Niles Maack. Boca Raton: CRC Press, Vol. IV, pp.2847-2855.

Lor, P.J. & Britz, J.J. 2010. To access is not to know: a critical reflection on A2K and the role of libraries with special reference to sub-Saharan Africa. Journal of information science 36(5):655-667.

Lor, P.J. & Britz, J.J. 2012. An ethical perspective on political-economic issues in the long-term preservation of digital heritage. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology 63(11):2153-2164.

Lor, P.J. 2012. Preserving and developing indigenous languages: challenges and opportunities for South African libraries. Innovation: journal of appropriate librarianship (45):28-50.

Lor, P.J. 2012. The IFLA-UNESCO partnership 1947-2012. IFLA journal 38(4): 269-282.

Lor, P.J. 2013. Burning libraries for the people: questions and challenges for the library profession in South Africa. Libri 63(4): 359-372.

Lor, P.J. 2014. Revitalizing comparative library and information science: theory and metatheory. Journal of documentation 70(1):25-51.