Detailed Schedule available for IFLAcampLab 2014


News on the IFLAcampLab front: we now have a detailed schedule and more information on visas and invitation letters! See our program page for the Lab’s daily schedule (here, click on the link that says “detailed program schedule”), and visit the Lermontov Library’s website for visa information. We’ll have more news about the camp for you soon!

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Free IFLA/ALA webinar, April 15: “New Librarians Global Connection: technology, innovation, and user needs”

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We are excited to announce the second installment of this year’s webinar series “New Librarians Global Connection: best practices, models and recommendations.”

For the third consecutive year, IFLA Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning and IFLA New Professionals Special Interest Group are partnering with the American Library Association to present a series of free quarterly webinars on issues of interest to new librarians, library associations and library schools, library-decision makers, and all library workers. This is a great opportunity for membership participation via new worldwide online programming.

Our April webinar will focus on technology, innovation, and user needs. We’ve recruited an amazing panel with an experienced library industry leader and a new professional to shed light on these issues in different parts of the world. Serving as keynote speaker will be Hugh Rundle, public librarian from Australia’s City of Boroondara Library Service. We hope you can join us!

Find details for our next webinar below, and don’t forget to save the date!

New Librarians, Global Connections: technology, innovation, and user needs

April 15, 2014
2:00 p.m. CDT
3:00 p.m. EDT
9:00 p.m. CET

*Webinar length is approximately one hour.
*Use #newlibgc to talk about the webinar on social media.


  • Keynote by Hugh Rundle, public librarian at the City of Boroondara Library Service (Australia) Topics: Antifragility and technolust
  • Celia Emmelhainz, Head of Libraries for Haileybury Astana International School (Kazakhstan) Topic: User-centered design

The topics for the webinars were compiled from global surveys, topics presented by speakers during the CPDWL and NPSIG programs at the WLIC 2013 in Singapore, NPSIG working group, and new librarians’ forums, listservs and online spaces.

The quarterly webinars are presented in January, April, July and October. Stay tuned for more news!

Requests for information: Molly Schwartz, Co-convenor IFLA New Professionals Special Interest Group,

All webinars are recorded and archived online, so participants can either engage with the speakers and their international colleagues live or watch the presentations at a later date- anytime and anywhere. For more information about the 2012 and 2013 webinar series and to view/listen to previous webinars, visit

NPSIG Presenting Virtually at BOBCATSSS 2014!


Your NPSIG crew is excited to announce that we’re leading a virtual workshop at this year’s BOBCATSSS 2014 conference! BOBCATSSS, the annual symposium organized by and for library and information science students, will be taking place in Barcelona, Spain from January 29th- 31st. In the spirit of this year’s conference theme  “Library (R)evolution: Promoting Sustainable Information Practices”, we will lead a 60 minute virtual workshop on library advocacy. This workshop will 1) introduce those in the library and information science fields to the concept of advocacy; 2) explain why advocacy is so important to the future of our profession; and 3) provide tips for being a better advocate for libraries in various contexts. At the end of the workshop, participants will be prepared to have conversations that promote our field and profession. Our workshop is an opportunity for both conference attendees onsite in Barcelona (lucky!) and those unable to make it to BOBCATSSS this year to participate in building a better future for our profession. See below for important details and links.

Become a library advocate with NPSIG!

IFLA NPSIG training session on library advocacy


Date: Thursday 30, January 2014

Time: 2pm-3pm Barcelona CET (click here for a time zone converter)

Location (onsite): Classroom 309

Link to virtual meeting room

BOBCATSSS 2014 Conference Site

BOBCATSSS 2014 Full Agenda

We hope you’ll join us!

NPSIG blog stats 2013

Towards the end of the year, we present you the NPSIG 2013 blog stats – as always kindly provided and animated by WordPress. :) Enjoy and thank you all for contributing!

The NPSIG crew wishes you a Happy New Year and all the best for 2014!

Free IFLA/ALA webinar, January 14: “New Librarians Global Connection: best practices, models and recommendations”

For the third consecutive year,  IFLA Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning  and IFLA New Professionals Special Interest Group are partnering with the American Library Association to present a series of free quarterly webinars on issues of interest tonew librarians, library associations and library schools, library-decision makers, and all library workers. This is a great opportunity for membership participation via new worldwide online programming.

Following our tradition of excellence, this year our keynote speakers for each of our quarterly sessions come from different regions of the world. They include IFLA President-Elect Donna Scheeder and other senior library leaders!

Below, the date and time of the next webinar. Save the date!

January 14, 2014
2:00 p.m. CST
3:00 p.m. EST
9:00 p.m. CET

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Link to access the virtual meeting room

Webinar length is one hour.

DonnaKeynote by Donna Scheeder, IFLA President-Elect. Deputy Chief Information Officer, Congressional Research Service, Library of Congress. Topic: Ready for Change.


Ellen Broad, Manager, Digital Projects and Policy at IFLA Headquarters. Topic: IFLA Trend Report.


Jaap van de Geer, Founder and Director at DOKLAB. Owner, Shanachie Media and This Week in Libraries. Topics: Tech Trends and Libraries.

 The topics for the webinars were compiled from global surveys, topics presented by speakers during the CPDWL and NPSIG programs at the WLIC 2013 in Singapore, NPSIG working group, and new librarians’ forums, listservs and online spaces.

The webinars are archived, therefore you can join them, ask questions and participate in conversations with international colleagues live, or you can listen to them later, anywhere at any time. For more information about the 2012 and 2013 series and to listen to a number of webinars, visit the #newlibgc archive.

In 2014, the webinars are presented in January, April, July and October. Stay tuned for more news!

Questions and requests for information:
Loida Garcia-Febo
Series Coordinator
UPDATE, 17 Jan: The recording of the webinar is now available - enjoy!

Join us for the NPSIG Holiday Conference Redux 2013 on Dec 19th!

Due to the success of last year’s Conference Redux, NPSIG will be hosting the event for a second time. We’ve had another year full of conferences and LIS-related events all over the globe, so let’s get together online and discuss! The Conference Redux is your opportunity to share your conference experiences from 2013 with the global NPSIG community. We hope that by sharing everyone’s experiences, we can all get in touch with what important trends and topics are being covered in the LIS community the world over.


Like last year, we want the Conference Redux to be a 100% collaborative event. Anyone who is interested in talking about LIS-focused events and conferences is welcome to sign up. On our shared document, please list the conferences/events you want to discuss. Everyone will have 5-10 minutes per conference or event. As this is an informal webinar, you don’t need to prepare a PowerPoint or other presentation. You’re welcome to share related links, pictures, or any other material that might be of interest. Festive sweaters, beverages, and snacks are also encouraged to enhance your Conference Redux experience. We will be using Adobe Connect (the same platform as our virtual business meetings) which enables participants to present with video and audio, screen share, and document share.

Date and times

19 Dec, 2013
12:00 p.m. CST
1:00 p.m. EST
7:00 p.m. CET  (19:00 Central European Time)
5:00 a.m. EDT (next day)

virtual meeting room

sign up for a conference report

The length of the webinar will depend on the final number of presentations, but please feel free to come and go as your schedule allows!

Hope to see you there!!

Our 6th virtual NPSIG business meeting is Thursday, November 14th!

Join us on Thursday, November 14th for our 6th virtual NPSIG business meeting! We’ll be going over many exciting things that we’ve done since our last meeting in August, including a review of IFLAcamp2, WLIC 2013, the latest New Librarians Global Connections webinar, and our presentation for Library 2.013. We’ll also discuss future events and activities, such as Sebastian’s upcoming presentation at the Italian Library Association’s annual meeting,  NPSIG’s presence at January 2014′s BOBCATSSS and ALA’s mid-Winter meeting, IFLAcampLab 2014 and IFLAcamp3, and our new holiday tradition- the annual Virtual Conference Redux.  Lastly, you’ll get a chance to meet Molly Schwartz and Bridgette Hendrix, our new NPSIG Co-Convenor and Information Coordinator, respectively. As you can see, there’s a lot to discuss!

Date and times of the 6th virtual NPSIG business meeting:

November 14th, 2013
12:00p.m., New York –> CST
05:00 p.m., London –> EST
06:00 p.m., Berlin –> CET
06:00 a.m., Auckland –> EDT, next day

check your time zone here

length: 90 min

current agenda (feel free to add comments and items)

virtual meeting room:

As we have in the past, our platform will be Adobe Connect, which allows (IM, voice/video chat), document sharing, and many more options. The meeting will be recorded for later use.

This is an open business meeting, so everyone is welcome to join and contribute! Hope to see you there on November 14th!

UPDATE: Here is the recording of the meeting – thanks everyone for being with us, it was great to catch up!


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