Prof. William Zammit

Prof. William Zammit

Prof. William Zammit

  B.Ed.(Hons) (Melit.),D.L.I.S. (Melit.),M.A.(Melit.),Ph.D.(Melit.)


Room 501
University of Malta
  +356 2340 2411
Research Interests: Bibliographic control of Melitensia; book, printing and library history; written, visual and oral forms of communication in the early modern period.

Since graduating B.Ed. (Hons) in 1987, William Zammit has taught or lectured at primary, secondary, junior college and university levels. In 1988 he was awarded the Diploma in Library and Information Studies by the University of Malta. In 1995 he graduated M.A. History with Distinction and in 2001 he obtained his Ph.D in the same subject. He is currently a Senior Lecturer, having been Head of Department of Library Information and Archive Sciences within the Faculty of Media and Knowledge Sciences between 2008 and 2013.

Zammit's major research projects have included the cataloguing of the Archive of the Order of St John for microfilming purposes. This project was carried out between 1993 and 1999 in conjunction with the Hill Monastic manuscript Library of St John's University, Minnesota, USA. Between 2003 and 2008 Zammit worked on the bibliographic description of the Albert Ganado cartographic collection which was subsequently passed over to Heritage Malta.

Currently, Zammit is working on the creation the creation of a retrospective bibliography of all works printed in Malta between 1642 and 1800. For this purpose he has carried out extensive research in Maltese and foreign, particularly Italian libraries and archival collections.

Since September 2013 Zammit has been appointed as President of the National Archives Council, which is a legally-instituted body responsible for Maltese archival heritage.
  • Maltese bibliography
  • Maltese printing history/product
  • Melitensia studies
  • oral, visual and written comm
  • Maltese cartography

Zammit, W. (ed) 2010, The Bellanti Family: Contributions to Art and Culture in Malta, First edn, Fondazjoni Patrimonju Malti, Malta.

Zammit, W. 2010, "New light on the Archive of the Inquisition in Malta during French Rule, 1798-1800" in 60th Anniversary of the Malta Historical Society: A Commemoration, ed. J.F. Grima, First edn, Malta Historical Society, Malta, pp. 275-94.

Zammit, W. 2009, "The Creation of a Comprehensive National Collection of Melitensia" in A Mosaic of Library and Archive Practice in Malta: a collection of papers by MaLIA members and friends on its 40th anniversary, 1969-2009, eds. C. Vella, V. Vella & L. Zerafa, First edn, Malta Library and Information Association, Malta, pp. 47-61.

Zammit, W. 2008, "The Order of St John and its Controls over Reading Matter, 1700-1798" in Guardians of Memory: essays in rememberance of Hella Jean bartolo Winston, ed. C. Farrugia, First edn, National Archives of Malta, , pp. 207-35.

Zammit, W. 2008, Printing in Malta 1642-1839: its cultural role from inception to the granting of Freedom of the Press, First edn, Gutenberg, Malta.

Zammit, W. 2006, "Divertimento insieme, e sollievo del popolo: the Coccagna as manifestation of Benevolent Despotism in Ancien Regime Malta" in Celebratio Amicitiae: Essays in Honour of Giovanni Bonello, eds. M. Camilleri & T. Vella, First edn, Fondazzjoni Patrimonju Malti, Malta, pp. 69-86.

Zammit, W. 2005, "Book Trading Practices in Early Modern Malta", Treasures of Malta, vol. 11, no. 2, pp. 51-9.

Zammit, W. 2004, Il Naufragio di San Paolo in Malta: A Maltese Eighteenth-Century Play by Vittorio Gristi, First edn, Publishers Enterprises Group, Malta.

Zammit, W. 2002, "The Communicative Role of Visual Media in Malta, 1700-1798" in Melitensium Amor: festschrift in honour of Dun Gwann Azzopardi, eds. L. Bugeja, T. Cortis & T. Freller, First edn,Malta, pp. 325-58.

  • HST2012 - Reason and Enlightenment in Europe 1650-1789
  • LIA1010 - Libraries and Documentary Heritage: History, Formats and Structures
  • LIA1313 - Maltese Archival and Manuscript Collections
  • LIA1323 - Introduction to Maltese Archival and Manuscript Collections
  • LIA2230 - Collection Development
  • LIA5031 - Introduction to Libraries: Theory, Principles and Practices
  • LIS3710 - Aspects of Melitensia