W. Boyd Rayward was educated in Australia and the US with an MS from the University of Illinois and a PhD degree from the University of Chicago. He is currently Professor Emeritus in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois. He has held professorial and deanship positions in the Graduate Library School of the University of Chicago and the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. He was editor of the Library Quarterly from 1975-1980. He is currently North American editor of Library History and has recently become co-editor with John Unsworth of Library Trends. His research examines the history of the international organization of knowledge. Recent studies have been on Paul Otlet’s ideas in relation to hypertext and the beginnings of modern information science, a number of utopian schemes of knowledge organization including H.G.Wells’s idea of a world brain, and, from a historical point of view, the implications of digitisation and networking for libraries and museums.