Call for papers “Engaged Communities: Transforming the Librarian Role”

The session

thelibrarian2The Library Theory & Research Section in collaboration with the New Professionals Special Interest Group are pleased to invite submissions for its forthcoming open session at the World Library & Information Congress (19 – 25 August 2017 in Wrocław, Poland). The theme is “Engaged Communities: Transforming the Librarian Role”.

The session aims to bring together research and practice that illustrates how the library profession has transformed and is transforming to meet and/or challenge change, be it technological, societal, political, economic or a combination of these.

Papers that explore how research has investigated transformation of the librarian role as well as transformation of this role in practice are encouraged.

Among the many perspectives possible, papers might consider new alliances and collaborations, the shifting emphasis from collecting to educating, convergence with other professions, and transformation in response to external forces. Submissions of papers that discuss initiatives and events designed to support the transformation of the librarian role are also welcome.

The themes

Possible themes to guide submissions are:

  • Profession theory
  • Transformation in theory
  • Challenging change/fear of change
  • Impacts of political or economic fluctuations
  • Impacts of big data and data analytics
  • New areas of responsibility in supporting research data curation/management
  • Transformation leading to new collaborations, interdisciplinary/cross-disciplinary alliances
  • Transformation from information providers to educators
  • New areas of research and services to address social and political change
  • Convergence of professional roles in the libraries, archives, and museum communities (LAM)
  • Transformative, alternative and innovative practices
  • The contribution of theory and research to transformation

Papers will be allocated 20 minutes (including time for questions).


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Free IFLA/ALA Webinar: “Utilizing Partnerships to Expand Professional Development Opportunities Worldwide” on October 10th

Please join us for the upcoming webinar: “Utilizing Partnerships to Expand Professional Development Opportunities Worldwide

While partnerships have been an instrumental part of the library’s success in serving the needs of their communities, they now offer librarians profound opportunities for developing new competencies and skillsets that strengthen their careers. This webinar will highlight various examples of international initiatives that not only expand professional development opportunities for librarians, but also connect them to dynamic and globally-based professional networks.

Success stories, challenges, and the impacts of these partnerships will be discussed. Join us to hear some truly inspiring stories!

Join our free IFLA/ALA Webinar on 10 October at 18 UTC.

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NPSIG Activities Report: September 2015-August 2016

IFLA New Professionals Special Interest Group (NPSIG)

Activities Report September 2015-August 2016

Since August 2015, the NPSIG has a new leadership team, including a Convenor Maria Violeta Bertolini (from Argentina, living in USA), 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).

The NPSIG objectives as defined in 2015 are:

  • To empower new professionals to be involved in their national associations and with IFLA to become new local and international leaders.
  • To connect new professionals and new professionals supporters to share experiences, opportunities and make new friends and colleagues from all over the world, mainly through social media and online events.
  • To offer first quality free training and knowledge exchange opportunities through online webinars, open programmes and satellite meetings.

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IFLA Women, Information and Libraries Special Interest Group

The Women, Information and Libraries Special Interest Group (WILSIG / @IFLA_WIL) focuses on women as users of library and information services, as workers in the library field, and as providers of information.

The WILSIG’s mission is the promotion, development and support of library and information services for the benefit of women, and society as a whole.

You can join the WILSIG at IFLA Conference on Thursday, August 18th, 1:45 to 3:45 in room C213-215. You will hear from Evviva Weinraub Lajoie (Northwestern Unversity Libraries, Chicago) about the outcomes of the satellite meeting “Women & Library Technology – Empowering women’s participation in open technology & culture

The WILSIG will then have an open discussion about the group’s activities and goals for the coming year. To participate in the WILSIG’s activities, you can contact its convenor Mathilde Koskas.