NPSIG @ WLIC 2014 & Guide to Lyon


NPSIG! Your leadership is officially in overdrive with last minute preparations for IFLAcamp 2014 and WLIC 2014, and we couldn’t be more excited! Below you’ll find a summary of our meetings and activities during the congress, as well as a link to a short guide to Lyon that our new Information Coordinator, Kimberly White, developed. We’re really looking forward to seeing you all in Lyon!

-Bridgette Hendrix, NPSIG Co-convenor



IFLAcamp 2014

Date: Thursday August 14th & Friday August 15th

Time: Thursday from 11:00-17:00; Friday from 10:00-16:00

Location: Enssib, the French National School of Library & Information Science


NPSIG Open Business Meeting

Date: Monday August 18th

Time: 13:15-14:45

Location: Tête d’Or 1 (Lyon Convention Centre)


NPSIG Session: Residencies on the Rise

Date: Tuesday August 19th

Time: 9:30-12:45

Location: Gratte Ciel 1-3 Ballroom (Lyon Convention Centre)


ILN Meetup w/ NPSIG

Date: Wednesday August 20th

Time: 18:15 (immediately after the IFLA General Assembly)

Location: Outside of the Auditorium Lumiere


lyon guide

Registration for IFLAcamp 2014 is now open!

IFLAcamp Lyon 2014 logo

Click here to register for IFLAcamp 2014!

Greetings New Professionals-

Your trusty NPSIG leadership is excited to announce that registration for IFLAcamp 2014 in Lyon, France is now open! As with past IFLAcamps, 2014’s IFLAcamp will take place over the two days before the WLIC congress- so mark your calendars for Thursday, August 14th & Friday the 15th. In addition to the unconference style sessions you’ve come to expect at IFLAcamp, we’ll also be meeting up with Cycling for Libraries and planning a hackathon!

As a reminder, registration for IFLAcamp is completely free! You do not need to register and attend the WLIC congress immediately after (although we highly recommend it, of course :)). IFLAcamp attendees are also responsible for their own travel and accommodations, but we’re currently working on a series of blog posts to help you stay, eat, drink, and travel Lyon on a budget.

Keep an eye on our blog for more Lyon & WLIC tips; check out the IFLAcamp 2014 page for camp details; and register for IFLAcamp!!!

IFLAcampLab: Five Ideas for a Library Competition



Calling all IFLAcampLab attendees! The Lermontov Public Library, host of this year’s IFLAcampLab in St. Petersburg, Russia, are hosting an open competition to find the best 5 ideas to modernize libraries. If you have a great, innovative idea that will enhance library programming and/or collections, enter Five Ideas for a Library for a chance to get recognized at this year’s IFLAcampLab and to have Lermontov Public Library assist in the implementation of your idea.

Lermontov is looking for fresh ideas that will re-engage citizens with their public libraries and help elevate the status of library as an important community resource. Projects can take the form of single events or be implemented over time. Submissions from librarians, students, and citizens are all welcome. Please see the linked documents for more information, or visit our IFLAcampLab page for details.

Good luck!

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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”

IFLA webinar logo

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!


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