Smart Libraries: the future is here

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What would it be like to enter a library and be teleported to ancient Greece and chat with Pythagoras; or be received by interactive robots that answer our queries; or have the ability to create and print 3D objects, while recycling plastic filaments with a bicycle, after walking on an interactive floor?

Well, all these questions are a reality: Generation Code born at the Library

Demonstrating that libraries play a key role in building non-formal learning in our societies, an IFLA delegation led by its Secretary General Gerald Leitner participated in the last EU Code Week, a grassroots initiative which aims to bring coding and digital literacy to everybody in a fun and engaging way. This year’s theme is “Smart Cities, Smart Citizens, Smart Libraries”.


But, ¿What is Generation Code? Is the interactive exhibition showcasing the top innovative digital exhibits from public libraries across the EU: Germany, Belgium, France, Poland, Denmark, Ireland are just a few of the countries involved in this exhibition.  Representatives of the European Commission, Senior Managers of the technological companies and representatives of MEP Library Group were present for their inauguration.

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We welcome all these initiatives that serve to demonstrate that libraries are leading the world of new communication skills.


Survey: accesible libraries

Offer-people-with-disabilities-access-to-information-and-get-more-users-to-the-libraryDid you know that only 5% of the information published in the world is fully accessible to people with disabilities who have difficulty accessing reading?While we work for free access to information for all, many people are unable to access library services because of their living conditions and / or physical, mental or cognitive disabilities.

The United Nations has asked IFLA and its Section on the Library Service for People with Special Needs (LSN) to participate in a major project on the service of persons with disabilities, providing information on the survey and showing the value of libraries in achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

NPSIG invites you to participate in this initiative on behalf of your library association, national library or individual library: we will demonstrate the strength of our unified library field by answering the following survey

Deadline: October 20.


NPSIG Activities Report: September 2016-August 2017

(PDF version)

Since December 2016, the NPSIG leadership team has a new Convenor on board, Vesna Vuksan (Serbia) and Andrés Reinoso (Argentina) joined the team in March 2017. Most of the team remains the same, with Co-Convenor Milan Vasiljevic (from Serbia, living in Qatar), Information Coordinator Antoine Torrens (France), and Information Co-Coordinator Katia Shklyar (from Russia, living in Finland).

Maria Violeta Bertolini (Convenor 2015-2016) had to leave the NPSIG team since she started working at the IFLA HQ as the Advocacy Communications Officer.

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Webinar recording : “Design Thinking: The Role of Library Staff in Participatory Design”

The webinar “Design Thinking: The Role of Library Staff in Participatory Design” was held on July 6th, 2017.

How can libraries adopt “design thinking” to improve their library services, programming and spaces?  What do libraries need to do to prepare staff for the change? According to Tim Brown, president and CEO of IDEO, “Design thinking is a human-centered approach to innovation that draws from the designer’s toolkit to integrate the needs of people, the possibilities of technology, and the requirements for business success.”

Webinar recording

This webinar explores design thinking principles, showcases how design thinking can be used to improve what libraries do and how libraries address user needs, and identifies strategies that libraries can use to adopt design thinking into their own work.



NPSIG survey for #iflaGlobalVision

Hi, Everyone!

We would like to bring you the possibility of participating in the initiative of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) through this Global Vision survey to help prioritize the actions that a connected library field can take.
We firmly believe that a field of  connected librarians will be able to achieve one of the true potential of libraries: to build literate, informed and participatory societies.
Give it a little time to complete it, because your contribution is very important to achieve these goals. ❤
You have time until July 4, and then the answers will be sent to IFLA to produce a report on Vision Global to be announced in early 2018.
Please, click here to fill in the form. Ready, set, go!
For more information about the #iflaGlobalVision visit