New webinar for LIS students: Call for proposals

Hello, LIS students! We have a wonderful proposal to offer you!

The IFLA Division C is continuing to host the “Webinar Series for LIS students” which was initiated by the IFLA Division IV – Support of the Profession in Spring 2021. These webinars aim to create a place for students to share their projects, research, and ideas about different topics related to libraries. Each webinar will address a different theme. All events are held online and are open to everyone (no registration fees).

October’s theme is “International Engagement and Collaboration – Getting Started”.

We are interested in hearing about how you have started and got involved with your international engagement and cooperation, whether through a joint project with a partner library, through conference visits, stays abroad, study trips, internships, etc.

The proposal may focus on:

  • Benefits of the international collaboration for library patrons
  • New possibilities and projects for the library through international work
  • New options for your own career through international involvement
  • International experience within a LIS program

Library and Information Science students who have already had experience with international cooperation at all levels are encouraged to submit a proposal about the topic. Proposals (in MS Word) must include:

  • Name, title, institution, email of speaker(s);
  • Brief biographical statement about each speaker (maximum 100 words);
  • Title of proposed presentation;
  • Abstract highlighting its relevance to the theme (maximum 400 words).


Submit your proposals to Albina Krymskaya ( and Susanne List-Tretthahn ( Accepted participants will receive a certificate from IFLA Division C for presenting at the webinar. Presentations will be delivered online by the presenter, in PowerPoint format. Each presentation will last for 25 minutes, including 5-10 minutes for questions and answers.

Important dates (might be changed due to keynote speakers):

  • Deadline for submission is October 13th 2021.
  • Three proposals will be accepted for presentation and the accepted participants will be notified by October 20th 2021.
  • This month’s webinar is held on 27th October 2021 (Time will be confirmed depending on the time zones of the speakers).

For further questions, contact: Albina Krymskaya ( and Susanne List-Tretthahn (

A Free Webinar IFLA CPDWL/NPSIG: “Curious, Confident and Committed: Transforming Libraries into Learning Organisations” on October 13

IFLA’s Continuing Professional Development and Workforce Learning (CPDWL) and New Professionals Special Interest Group (NPSIG) present a new webinar Curious, confident and committed: transforming libraries into learning organisations. On this webinar, a special speaker, Clare Thorpe, will say more how libraries can help people in learning a new way.

She will also present ways which leaders and managers can use to foster a culture of learning in their library. Using examples from university libraries in Australia, Clare will explain strategies that encourage staff and teams to engage in learning as part of their everyday work. 

Time and date of webinar:

October 13 (Wednesday), 10-11:30 am CEST * 6.00-7.30 pm Queensland time * 4-5:30 am New York Time

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More info about the speaker and moderators:

Clare Thorpe is an award-winning library leader and practitioner-researcher who has worked in academic and state libraries since 2001. Clare is the Director, Library Services at Southern Cross University and a Director of the Australian Library and Information Association Board. She is passionate about engaging library and information workers in professional development and has a track record of fostering a culture of learning in the teams that she leads.

Moderators will be: Rajen Munoo, Head, Learning and Engagement, Singapore Management University Libraries, and Dr Gillian Hallam, freelance information professional based in Brisbane, Australia.

A new NPSIG Happy Hour!

When the WLIC has finished, and you still feel that beautiful feeling of having been connected with colleagues from all over the world, we give you the unique opportunity to join us and have a great time together in this new Happy Hour organized by the NPSIG

Here we leave you all the information you need to know:

When?: Friday, Aug. 20

Time: 8 PM (CEST)


Prepare your voice and join us with a toast to celebrate that there is less and less to be together!

Winners of “NPSIG Music Contest 2021”

“NPSIG Music Contest 2021” is a first music competition for librarians organised by IFLA New Professionals Special Interest Group. The goal was  to show the important role libraries and music have in our life. Participants could prepare a song with melody and with lyrics and add a video clip if they wanted. 

To our jury, we invited great librarians and musicians: Barbara Lison, Erik Boekesteijn, Sebastian Wilke, Jelena Vuksanović, Mirjana Nešić, Sladjana Sarić, Bryan Kip Haaheim.

Results were more than we had even expected. We got 70 songs from 17 countries. They show different perspectives of music in libraries and music genres.

We would like to present 4 songs which got the highest points from the judges.

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NPSIG Session: Music in the Library World

We are really excited!
We have prepared for you during the last months a session that we are sure will be one of the highest of the WLIC 2021, and we want you to be there.

This session will be divided into a first part where important speakers from all over the world will tell us about their experiences about how working with music in their libraries impacts their communities.
The second part will be to show you the results of the wonderful NPSIG Music Contests, where colleagues from all over the world participated with musical and audiovisual performances. Not to be missed!

We are sure that it will surprise you and you will not be able to easily forget this session.

Please note the date and time:
Music in the Library World
Aug 17
11:45 am – 12:30 pm (CEST)
and 12:30 – 13:00 (CEST) for live Q&A

See you there!