Recommendations of readings in our Happy Hour

For all those who could not be present at our virtual Happy Hour on April 27, we want to bring you the recommendations of readings made by our colleagues and friends.

For an hour and a half we were exchanging recommendations of the most representative authors and books of each country, listening to their stories and learning a lot.
Science fiction, biographies, realism, children’s literature, everything was present at this great meeting, and I think we all already have in mind what will be the next book we put on our shelves! These are the books we recommend:

  • “Lotte’s Journey South” and “Lotte from Gadgetville” by Andrus Kivirähk
  • “Three quarters of Hong Kong: Hiking, Passing Through Villages, Meeting Feng Shui Forest” by Liúkèxiāng 四分之三的香港:行山・穿村・遇見風水林 – 劉克襄
  • “Dream Fever” by Samanta Schweblin (in Spanish: “Distancia de rescate”)
  • “The Life, Work and Doctrine of Nikola Tesla” by Branimir Jovanović 
  • Herrarna satte oss hit – Om tvångsförflyttningarna i Sverige   by Elin Anna Labba (in English: “The men put us here – About the forced relocations in Sweden”)
  • “Flickan som lekte med elden” by Stieg Larsson (The girl with the dragon tattoo)
  • “The boy who could change the world” by Aaron Swartz 
  •  “¿Dónde está la franja amarilla?” by William Ospina (in Spanish)
  •  “El meu sud” by Daniel Gil (in Catalan)
  • “Sword of Destiny” and “The last wish” by Andrzej Sapkowski
  • “Glocalization: A Critical Introduction” by  Victor Roudometof
  • “Hurricane Season” by Fernanda Melchor
  • “Leo Africanus” by Amin Maalouf
  • “Little people, Big Dreams” by Wilma Rudolph

Of course there was time to toast and to celebrate this wonderful meeting

And as it is already our hallmark, in the final part we organize a Karaole of musical themes that have some relation to literature. Here we share the playlist:

We wait for you all at our next Happy Hour!

Call for Proposals: “Projects in the Libraries – Ideas, Innovations, Initiatives”

Hi LIS students!

Many of you attended in a first webinar “Getting Engaged with Library Associations – Benefits, Issues, Factors” (April 22, 2021; recording is here). What do you think about being a speaker at the next webinar? Sounds interesting? Let’s see details.

May’s theme is: “Projects in the Libraries – Ideas, Innovations, Initiatives

We are interested in hearing about the innovative out-of-the-box projects you have created or helped create for your library or LIS studies. Your proposal could also include abstract ideas that you believe would be a great project. The proposal may speak to:

  • Project goals
  • Innovative aspect of the project
  • Benefits of the project for library patrons
  • New possibilities for the library through the project
  • Outcome of the project
  • Project assessment

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 Paria Tajallipour (

Accepted participants will receive a certificate from IFLA Division IV 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:

Deadline for submission is 12 May 2021. 

Three proposals will be accepted for presentation and the accepted participants will be notified by 19 May 2021. 

This month’s webinar is held on 26 May 2021 (Time will be confirmed depending on the time zones of the speakers). 

For further questions, contact: Albina and Paria !

Recording of IFLA/ALA webinar: “Libraries changing the world: educating and promoting understanding for Climate Action”

The IFLA/ALA webinar “Libraries changing the world: educating and promoting understanding for Climate Action” from April 26th, was an interesting event. Nearly 120 participants from 29 countries attended in the webinar.

We collected materials from the webinar if you want to find out more or watch it again!

Sherri Aldis
Chief, United Nations Publications (Outreach Division, Department of Global Communications) [slides]

Harri Sahavirta
Chief Librarian Helsinki City Library, Arabianranta and Vallila libraries, Finland [slides]

Casey Conlin
Library Sustainability Coordinator, Mid-Hudson Library System, New York, United States [slides]


Presentations and recording is available on IFLA CPDWL webiste as well. Speakers bios were published here.

New NPSIG Happy Hour!

We haven’t seen each other for a long time, it’s time to meet again.
That is why we invite you to this new and very special NPSIG Happy Hour.

We invite you to join us through an activity that we like a lot: reading!
We are going to make the first Happy Hour of 2021 inviting those who want to tell us in a few minutes something about your favorite book from your country. We will share the event together with music and, of course, a closing with a toast!

For those who want to join to this great party we leave the event data:
Date: April 27
Hours: 8PM CEST
Register here:

See you then, Booklovers!
Happy hour is the best hour 🙂

First series of webinars for LIS students

We are excited to announce that the IFLA Division IV is launching a new project: A Webinar Series for LIS students, and NPSIG is working together to make it all great.

For this first meeting, a group of advanced LIS students from around the world have been selected to tell us about their experiences with the Associations. The first theme is “Getting Engaged with Library Associations – Benefits, Issues, Factors”, and the exhibitors will be:

  • Elena Popova (University of Libraries Studies and Information Technologies, Sofia, Bulgaria) – “Library Associations – Source of Knowledge, Source of Inspiration”
  • Christine Audrey L. Lu, Ian Dominic P. Sipin (University of the Philippines Diliman, Philippines) – “The LIS Congress: Organizing the Annual Advocacy Project of the UP Library and Information Science Students Association”
  • Ma. Nicole Tacuboy (University of the Philippines Diliman, Philippines) – “Scuba Diving” into LIS: Participating in LIS Engagements as a University Student”
  • Alena Katina (St. Petersburg State University of Culture, Russia) – “IFLA BSLISE Working Group and LIS students: advantages of collaboration”

Webinar series for LIS student will be presented by Catharina Isberg, chair of IFLA Division IV and member of IFLA Governing Board. Presentation about students’ input to library associations will be presented by Loida Garcia-Febo, international library consultant and IFLA member.

22 April 2021 (Thursday) at 13.00–14.30 CEST
Schedule it!

We invite you to click on the Link to register 👉

Do not miss it!

Speakers bios:

Elena Popova graduated bachelor degree in Book publishing in Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski” and master degree in Library, Information and Cultural Management at University of Library Studies and Information Technologies, Sofia, Bulgaria. Main research interest in the field of: Protection of cultural heritage; Digitization of cultural heritage; New trends in the development of libraries; Libraries and the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. She has three published reports in Bulgarian for national conferences and two co-authored publications in English for ICERI 2020 conference and BOBCATSSS 2021. Her PhD thesis is titled Libraries and the Information Ecosystem of the Future.

Christine Audrey L. Lu studies B Library and Information Science at the
School of Library and Information Studies of University of the Philippines Diliman. She is the current President of the UP Library and Information Science Students Association.

Ian Dominic P. Sipin studied B Library and Information Science at the School of Library and Information Studies of the University of the Philippines Diliman. He served as President of the UP Library and Information Science Students Association for AY 2019-2020. His field of specialization is legal information and law librarianship.

Ma. Nicole Tacuboy is a Bachelor’s degree candidate for graduation in the School of Library and Information Studies, UP Diliman. She served as the College Student Council Chairperson in the Academic Year 2019-2020 and is currently the Vice Chairperson for Human Resource at the UP Library and Information Science Students Association (UP LISSA). She values life-long learning and enjoys discourse on anything LIS. As an avid choir singer, she wrote her undergraduate thesis on the information behavior of Philippine choristers and hopes to promote the development of information services for the local musician community.

Alena Katina is PhD student of the St. Petersburg State University of Culture. Her interests are
internationalization of higher education, international cooperation, international
projects in LIS field and volunteering activity in public libraries. She was an intern student of the IFLA Building Strong Library and Information
Science Education (BSLISE) (since December 2020) and a winner of the All-Russian professional competition of the Ministry of culture of the Russian Federation “A Librarian of the 2019 year” for LIS schools’ students. Alena is also a head of the volunteering squad “Postmen of goodness”.

Loida Garcia-Febo, International Library Consultant expert in library services to diverse populations and human rights. President of the American Library Association 2018-2019. At IFLA: Governing Board 2013-2017, Co-Founder of New Professionals, two-term Member/Expert resource person of FAIFE, two-term member of CPDWL. Currently: CPDWL Consultant, Info Coordinator of the Management of Library Associations Section. Currently at ALA: Chair, ALA UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals Task Force and Chair, Women’s Issues in Librarianship. Born, raised, and educated in Puerto Rico.

Catharina Isberg is Library Director of Helsingborg Public Libraries since 2013. She has been active in IFLA since 2011 as information coordinator, secretary of the CPDWL section and now chair of IFLA Division IV. In recent years Catharina has taken the lead on the workgroup of the Coaching program which is a CPDWL initiative with support from the IFLA HQ and IFLA Professional Committee. On a national level Catharina is coordinating the Swedish IFLA network. Between 2007-2010 she was chairing the Expert Committee on Skills Management, Royal Library of Sweden. 2004-2008 she was a board member of the Swedish Association for Information Specialists (SFIS) 2004-2008.

New IFLA/ALA webinar: “Libraries changing the world: educating and promoting understanding for Climate Action”: April 26th

There is a new webinar which we organize in cooperation with CPDWL and ALA! Our guests will talk what SDG no. 13 means and how libraries can take care about climate.

Date: April 26, 2021

Time: 5:00-6:30 PM CEST


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