recording available: NPSIG Library 2.013 training session on library advocacy

On Oct 19, NPSIG presented a training session on how to become a library advocate at the all-virtual Library 2.013 conference. Molly Schwartz, NPSIG co-convenor, shared some excellent strategies for promoting the profession, such as:

  1. Have three LIS-related issues that you are passionate about that you can use to illustrate the relevance of libraries- bonus points if you can include metrics to prove your points
  2. Be clear, succinct, and specific in communicating the value of libraries
  3. Take every opportunity to promote and advocate for libraries- don’t just brush off opportunities to talk about libraries because you’re at a dinner party!

We are happy to share the recording of the session – both available in video and audio formats.  Enjoy!

NPSIG library 2.013 session

TOMORROW: Tune in to NPSIG’s Library 2.013 Session on How to Be a Library Advocate!

Join Molly Schwartz and Bridgette Hendrix tomorrow, October 19th from 11 am to noon (EST) for an IFLA NPSIG training session on library advocacy!  The conference is free for all attendees and will be held entirely online. For more information on how to access sessions and recordings, visit the Library 2.013 website.

Based on the current financial climate and the way that new technologies have revolutionized the way that people find and use information, every New Professional in the library field will have to be an effective advocate for the value of libraries if the field is to survive. While there are real and concrete ways that libraries contribute to and generate economic development, especially in developing countries, in the past library professionals as a whole have been unsuccessful at communicating these realities to lawmakers, stakeholders, and the community at large. It is our intention to educate and train New Professionals so that each and every one of us will be able to succinctly and effectively communicate the value that libraries provide to society at any given time.

This session will focus on providing tools and sharing expertise for library advocacy to library and information students and new graduates. We will go beyond a discussion of the benefits of advocating for the value of libraries and information services and actually give workshop participants concrete examples of how to advocate for libraries. We will discuss social media and other tools for more widespread communication and advocacy work. By the end of the session, participants will come away with a clear understanding of what it means to advocate for their library, as well as strategies for accurately capturing the value of their library and their work and tips for meaningfully communicating that value to various stakeholders outside the library field, especially lawmakers and funding sources.

The presentation will be in English.

Help us identify topics for the 2014 IFLA/ALA free webinars

Dear colleagues:

We are planning our 2014 #newlibgc webinars and need your help to identify topics.

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. The webinars are a great opportunity for membership participation via new worldwide online programming.

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To include topics of interest to you, leave your suggestions on the comments section by October 30. Also, recommend expert speakers or yourself!

  • What topics would you like to see included on the 2014 IFLA/ALA free webinars?
  • Do you know an expert for the topics or are you willing to present yourself?

Additionally, if you tweet, you could tag your suggestions with the hashtag #newlibgc

You can have your say by commenting below, tweeting and emailing us.

Our committee appreciate your suggestions. We shall announce the topics and speakers for the next webinar by mid-December. Thank you!

Loida Garcia-Febo, Series Coordinator

NPSIG in the news: Focus on new information professionals / Zaostřeno na nové informační profesionály

NPSIG activist Anna Vyčítalová recently published an article about NPSIG in the Czech library journal Ikaros. Entitled “Focus on new information professionals“, the article deals with NPSIG in general and reports about IFLAcamp and IFLAcampLab in particular.

Abstract: The article provides basic information on new information professionals activities in international associations, particularly in IFLA. The first part is aimed at the New Professionals Special Interest Group’s activities, especially at activities focused on professional development for new information professionals. The second part contains a report on IFLAcamp and IFLAcampLab, in which the author participated.

Enjoy the reading!


Free IFLA/ALA webinar, October 3rd: “New Librarians Global Connection: best practices, models and recommendations”

IFLA webinar logo

For the second 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.

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 Incoming President, Sinikka Sipilä, and the President of the Library Association of Singapore, Gene Tan. Below, the date and time of the next webinar. Save the date!

October 3, 2013
2:00 p.m. CDT
3:00 p.m. EDT
9:00 p.m. CET

World Clock

Link to access the virtual meeting room:

Webinar length is one hour.


Keynote by Victoria Owen, Chief Librarian, University of Toronto Scarborough in Toronto, Canada. Chair of IFLA’s Copyright and other Legal Matters (CLM) Committee. Keynote topics: CLM and librarians, why it is important, recent initiatives and issues.

Olaf EigenbrodtOlaf Eingenbrodt, Senior Head of User Services. Advisor for Planning and Construction Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Hamburg Carl von Ossietzky, Germany. Visiting Lecturer at Berlin School of Library and Information Science. Topics: libraries as cultural houses, the importance of study tours.

Moreno Barros

Moreno Barros, Research librarian at the University of Rio de Janeiro. Topics: future librarians from a Brazilian perspective including continuing professional development and concepts to replicate, model and adapt.

The topics for the webinars were compiled from surveys, Proceedings from CPDWL Satellite Conference for WLIC 2012, topics presented by speakers during the NPSIG and MLAs program at the WLIC 2012 in Helsinki, 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!

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 series and to listen to the webinars from January and April 2013, visit the #newlibgc archive.

Questions and requests for information:
Loida Garcia-Febo
Series Coordinator

UPDATE: The recording of the webinar is now available – enjoy!

Librarians from Eastern Europe promote the Manifesto

Guest post by: Olga Dubova, Ukraine

Young, active, with eager-to-do spirit librarians gathered in Ventspils, Latvia about one year ago to study at the International Young Librarians Academy (IYLA). During four days 49 librarians from Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Ukraine, Poland and Romania participated in interactive sessions and discovered new trends of librarianship. On the last day they created and planned new projects that required international cooperation to implement them in their libraries.

It was an honor for me to be one of the participants from Ukraine. On behalf of the IYLA team I present you one of those projects: The Librarian’s Manifesto. Our initiative group faced challenge to write statements, but the main question was to promote the project results. We decided to make a visual presentation in the form of video clip to make the Manifesto more attractive, positive and spectacular. Our main target was to inspire and reveal positive emotions about library and librarianship, to share ideas that unite all young professionals of an ever-evolving profession.

Let the video speak for itself.

Building Learning Communities Education Conference 2013 in Boston

Guest post by: Antra Vasiļevska, Koknese, Latvia

I also was one of the lucky librarians who participated in the International Young Librarians Academy (IYLA) in Latvia in 2012 and in this year I used the opportunity to apply for the Travel Fund Contest for Alumni of the IYLA. My application was approved and I went to Boston to the Building Learning Communities (BLC) Education Conference 2013.


This picture was taken in BLC to show others how many smart people are in this room and how much new technologies we are using. And I am proud that I am somewhere in this picture.

It was an amazing opportunity to participate in such a significant conference as BLC and awesome chance to visit the United States, as I have never been there.

During three days, I heard great and inspiring speeches and presentations from the top professionals who are international leaders in education system and education technologies.

The conference was about improving teaching and learning – how new technologies are changing educational process in school, library, kindergarten, at home.  We were taught and shown how to use new technologies in education process. We can use phones, iPad, computers to make the learning process more interesting and creative for students. Children themselves know very well how to learn – we, adults, must just indicate the direction and even learn from them. A teacher or an adult is no longer a dictator, but a consultant.


I with Alan November and Kristina Bilinskaite.

Alan November (BLC host) even said he doesn’t respect teachers who teach things that students can find in Google. And I absolutely agree with him. We as information professionals must teach those who don’t know how to find information and filter it in the Internet, how to use applications for discovering the world and make everyday life more interesting and easier. Technologies are under development, and they will not disappear anywhere, even if we deny it – so a good advantage is to use them.

The conference was focused on innovative practices others have used to work with children. And we were gathering and developing new ideas during the sessions.

The most interesting sessions were:


Everyone there was friendly and they really like fun. I, Kristina and behind us is Tom Barrett.

Concluding, I’d like to highlight some speakers whose work is worth to look at and learn from:

Alan November

Darren Kuropatwa is one of my favourite speakers. I went to two sessions he held. One of them was about storytelling. I know I will use some of his ideas and advice when creating videos with kids in my library.

Tom Barrett seemed to be very interesting because he reminded us to ask questions like kids do. He encouraged us to look for the kid that is in every one of us – try to feel and think like kids and take an example from your own kids.

Amy Burvall: She teaches history in awesome ways – in the Youtube video below you can see how she is talking about it.

During this trip, I changed my thinking about learning and education systems, I got inspiration and motivation for my own work. By using my smartphone, I learned new skills and found out that inside of me there is a creative genius. I also improved my English skills. In a speed networking session, I learned how to introduce myself and my work in 5 minutes and met many interesting people and exchanged contact information. And, of course, I visited the Boston Public Library!


Boston Public Library, Boston, Massachusetts, US.

As in my country the education system is still pretty old and I think for some time it will stay as it is, I can use all these things I learned in BLC for my little readers and students in my library and also with my own kids. I can build my own learning community around me!

Thanks IREX-Ukraine again for this great opportunity!

Also, Kristina Bilinskaite from Lithuania participated in this conference; here you may read her impressions about it!

Antra Vasiļesvka
Librarian at the Koknese Children’s Library
Member of the LAL New Professionals Section


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