Poklade, fašnik or mesopust – Croatia

Poklade, fašnik or mesopust is best described as a seven day festive period before Lent (the forty day preparation for Easter). It encompasses various traditions: carnivals, trick-or-treating (kids favorite), parades, effigy burning and so on.

Carnivals vary from region to region of the country. The one thing in common – masks. They are a remnant of scaring away evil spirits as well as social criticism, criticism of the social norm, and they are often wicked. The effigy that is usually always burned at the end of the carnival takes the blame for all the evil that happened in the previous year.

And how do we celebrate this in our libraries? Well, it’s sort of obvious. We become artists and create lots of different masks with our members.

Written by Borna. Posted by Paria.

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St. Sava’s Day – School & Religious Celebration in Serbia

This year, NPSIG wants to introduce different holidays from around the world and mention how they’re celebrated in the libraries.

We will start our celebrations from St. Sava’s day, a celebration in Serbia.

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The New Professionals Special Interest Group wishes you a happy New Year!


Looking back at the challenging 2020 we wish health and prosperity to all of you. Libraries and information professionals all around the world are trying their best to support communities and individuals fight the pandemic!

We prepared a special collage where wishes for 2021 are presented on book covers. What is important, our messages are in our native languages. See in the photo below and try to read titles from book covers.

New Year wishes are presented on book covers

Book titles from the photo (from left to right):
  • Susane’s title means “Goodbye to sorrow”
  • Jelena’s title means “Spiritual Internet”
  • Andres’s title means “Borges, big data and I”
  • Borna’s title means “Mythology”
  • Magdalena’s title means “Holiday in Rhodes”
  • Nikolaos’s title means “A nerd’s diary 6: Days of panic”

New IFLA/ALA webinar “Open Access and libraries: Lessons from COVID-19 and our path towards the future” & recording


Webinar recording

Speakers’ presentations to download:

We invite you to attend the first IFLA / ALA Webinar of the year. This time it is a very current and certainly very interesting topic: “Open Access and libraries: Lessons from COVID-19 and our path towards the future”
Here are the most important data to join this great Webinar:

January 12, 10:00 AM New York / 4:00 PM Berlin 

Zoom link:

IFLA has affirmed that comprehensive open access to scholarly literature and research documentation is vital to the understanding of our world and to the identification of solutions to global challenges and particularly the reduction of information inequality.  Coalition S which is hosted by the European Science Foundation, has stated that full and immediate Open Access to research results can provide fast answers to protect lives and curb disasters. It is time to make full use of that potential for other global crises that are threatening us.  UNESCO is promoting and supporting the online availability of scholarly information to everyone, free of most licensing and copyright barriers—for the benefit of global knowledge flow, innovation and socio-economic development.  

Join us for an event with library leaders and learn about how they are managing Open Access efforts in the midst of COVID-19 to move forward research and access to information free of barriers during these times when libraries are deeply impacted by the pandemic. 


  • Chris Bourg, Director MIT Libraries
  • Stephen Wyber, IFLA Manager, Policy and Advocacy 
  •  Nick Shockey,  Director of Programs & Engagement, SPARC 
  • Agnieszka Zofia Wenninger,  Open-Access-Büro Berlin, Open-Access-Referentin im Projekt open-access.network

Moderator: Loida Garcia-Febo, CPDWL Consultant, International Library Consultant

We will wait for you!

Celebrate International Volunteers Day With Us !

IFLA’s Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning (CPDWL) Section and New Professionals Special Interest Group are celebrating #InternationalVolunteersDay on December 5th 2020, Saturday. We all volunteer to help support IFLA’s goals and as volunteers, we would like to celebrate this special day!

How can we celebrate this day together? Create a meme (What’s a Meme?) and you could win a prize! All librarians and library staff are welcome to submit a meme.

Here’s how you can participate:

  1. Create a meme (up to 4 memes!)
  2. Share it on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram (tag us!)
  3. Contest is from December 4 to December 6

Yes! It’s that easy!


Make sure your memes are appropriate and respectful. Any determined to be inappropriate will be removed.

No copyrighted images will be accepted.

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