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!

NPSIG presentation at the 58th Congress of the Italian Library Association

Later this month, NPSIG will be present at the 58th Congress of the Italian Library Association in Rome with Co-Convenor Sebastian giving a presentation. This year, the conference focuses on how to improve the professional recognition of the library sector. Sebastian’s presentation ”New Librarians and new ways of professional exchange: Inspiration from the international context” (see the abstract below) will be part of a session devoted to new librarians. You find more info on the talk in German and Italian on the website of the Goethe Institute Rome who is kindly supporting the trip.

A strong library community is based on effective networking and professional exchange between each other and with the public. It is worth taking an international point of view and considering the activities of library associations in other countries, as they can act as a source of inspiration for your own work. Especially the work done with and by LIS students and new librarians often includes innovative approaches that can be achieved easily and with low cost but, at the same time, provide plenty of space for networking and exchange. The presentation will start with an overview on innovative event formats such as speed networking, barcamps, and cycling tours organized by librarians. The second part will focus on the virtual exchange and give practical advice on how to facilitate webinars and different mentoring models. It will become apparent that these approaches not only help New Professionals at the start of their career, but the whole library sector can greatly benefit from them, for they change the way we do networking and professional exchange across educational degrees and library types.

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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.

IFLA webinar logo

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


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