New IFLA/ALA Webinar “Enhancing your strengths through coaching”

We are proud to present the next session of the 2019 webinar series “New Librarians Global Connection: best practices, models and recommendations.” Please join us for the upcoming webinar: “Enhancing your strengths through coaching”


Date/Time*: May 28, 2019, Thursday at 05:00 PT / 07:00 CT (Chicago) / 08:00 EDT (New York) / 14:00 CET (Amsterdam) / 15:00 EET (Helsinki) / 22:00 AEST (Brisbane)
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  • Catharina Isberg, Sweden – Coaching from a library perspective
  • Barbara Wennheden, Sweden – Theoretical reasons for a coaching approach
  • Bergita Shannon, Australia – Building relationships through coaching

Moderated by Ewa Stenberg, Sweden.


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In this free webinar, the role of coaching will be explored in order to highlight its value for developing library and information professionals for the future. Our meeting is part of the IFLA CPDWL Coaching initiative in a collaboration between the CPDWL section and the IFLA Management& Marketing section. The CPDWL section collaborates with the IFLA New Professionals SIG (NPSIG) and the American Library Association (ALA) to run a series of free webinars.  Continue reading


New IFLA/ALA Webinar “Benefits of International Exchange Programs” recording


You missed the webinar “Benefits of International Exchange Programs”? Don’t worry!, here is the recording from our youtube account:

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We thank the IFLA CPDWL team, NPSIG team, ALA team and ACRL’s International Perspectives in Academic and Research Libraries for making this webinar happen!

New IFLA/ALA Webinar “Benefits of International Exchange Programs”


We are proud to present the second session of the 2019 webinar series “New Librarians Global Connection: best practices, models and recommendations.” Please join us for the upcoming webinar: Benefits of International Exchange Programs

In this free webinar, librarians from Canada, Germany and South Africa will share their experiences and best practices in participating in international librarianship work. Canadian librarians will discuss global volunteering opportunities while librarians from Germany and South Africa will share their experiences in international exchange programs. This webinar is co-sponsored by IFLA’s Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning (CPDWL), IFLA’s New Professionals Special Interest Group (NPSIG) and ACRL’s International Perspectives in Academic and Research Libraries.


Date/Time*: April 9, 2019, Tuesday at 9 am PT, 12 pm ET, 18:00 CET and 18:00 SAST/
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How to participate?

You must register for the webinar here

Biographies of Speakers:

Ulrike Lang is a librarian from the Hamburg State and University Library in Germany. She is responsible for education and training, for human resources development, workplace health promotion,conflict management and the organization of professional conferences and working visit programs for foreign visitors. Since 2017 she also resume the event management of the library with more than 80 events a year. From 2000-2007, Ulrike was the President of Library and Information International, an institution, which is responsible for librarians exchange programs between Germany and foreign countries: She has been part of IFLA’s CPDWL Section since 2007, past co-chair from 2009-2015 and currently is a member of the Standing Committee for Education and Training of IFLA.

HellaHella Klauser:  Since 2004, she has been responsible for international cooperation within the Network of Excellence for Libraries (knb) at the German Library Association (Deutscher Bibliotheksverband dbv) in Berlin, Germany. Between 2013 – 2016, she was the Head of the Libraries Department at the Goethe-Institut (German cultural Institute) Head Office in Munich, Germany. From 1991 – 2003, Hella was the Head of the libraries of the Goethe-Institutes in Tokyo, Japan, and Paris, France. Since 2006, she has been a member of the  BI-International to promote international professional exchange. BII is a Standing Committee of the umbrella organization Bibliothek & Information Deutschland (BID), the Federal Association of German Library and Information Associations. She is currently a member of Standing Committee in section ‘Management of Library Associations’ of the International Federation of Library Associations IFLA .since 2017.

FlippieFlippie van der Walt is a public librarian for the past 25 years and is an Area Manager in the Department Library and Information Services in the City of Cape Town, South Africa.  Flippie holds a Master of Technology (M.Tech.) in Library and Information Science from UNISA and a Master in Management from the Southern Business School. Flippie is an active professional and has served on various councils and chaired committees in the professional association, LIASA. Flippie was also the public librarian of the year on 2004, Librarian of the year in 2014 and was awarded in 2016 the UNISA Library and Information Science Alumnus of the Year. Flippie also presented papers at IFLA’s 72nd and 81st conferences and a poster at the 73rd conference. On a lighter note, Flippie is a keen designer of Mandalas.

CateCate Carlyle began her career as a teacher and eventually transitioned to work in elementary school, academic and public libraries. Currently a curriculum resource coordinator and librarian at a small Halifax university, Cate also reviews children’s and young adult books for CM Magazine: Canadian Review of Materials. Cate’s book, “Your Passport to International Librarianship” (co-authored with Dee Winn), chronicles her international volunteer work in Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua, and her first young adult novel “#NotReadyToDie” will be published in 2019.

DeeDee Winn is a Reference + Subject Librarian at Concordia Library in Montreal. She has volunteered in Central America and Africa and co-authored (with Cate Carlyle) Your Passport to International Librarianship, a book published in June, 2018. Dee has served as an Executive member of Librarians Without Borders and is a copy editor for the International Journal of Librarianship.

Interview: Barbara Lison

Six questions to Barbara Lison

Have you ever wondered why Barbara Lison, a new IFLA President-Elect, decided to be a librarian or what is her favourite book? If yes, you need to read our interview!

©Carey Champoux

Barbara Lison has been the Director of the Bremen Public Library in Bremen, Germany, and the CEO of the Public Enterprise Bremen Public Library. Barbara has served as the President of Bibliothek Information Deutschland. She currently is the Chair of the German Library Association, dbv. She is a member of IFLA’s Governing Board, th incoming President Elect of IFLA and has held many leadership positions in the European Bureau for Libraries, Archives and Documentation Associations (EBLIDA). Barbara has been very active in advocacy for libraries, library policy and in the development of various European Union projects. She is a member of the OCLC Board of Trustees.

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Call for papers: Library Love Stories

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The IFLA New Professionals Special Interest Group (NPSIG) and Management and Marketing Section is seeking proposals for papers to be presented at a two-hour session at the next IFLA General Conference on 24-30 August 2019 in Athens, Greece.

Library love stories

Would you fall in love in a library? Can a place of culture, knowledge and information be a place of passion?

During the 2-hour session, we would like to address four main issues:

1. Love among users – Are some libraries more suited for people to meet and fall in love? Can libraries and librarians play a role as cultural matchmakers in the community? Can our collections help our users with their love life?

2. Love among librarians – Have you ever fallen in love with a colleague? How should managers deal with a couple in their team? How important are passion and desire in professional relationships?

3. Love between librarians and library users – Can we fall in love on both sides of a reference desk?

4. How do we manage unwanted wooing in the library? When does it become harassment and how do we deal with these situations to protect our staff and patrons? This is a serious issue and it is probably time for us all to address it frankly.

We would like to address these issues traditionally, through a call for papers and an international survey, from the point of view of sociology, geography and library sciences. Whilst this sounds like a fun topic, human relationships can be very complicated and we want to address these questions professionally and respectfully.

Nevertheless, the topic is an opportunity to challenge the conventions of IFLA sessions, for instance through a visual performance or a participatory event.

We are seeking proposals for 7 lightning talks (~6 minutes each) aimed at igniting lively discussions among the audience: share your stories, thoughts, images, films and experiments with us!

The talks may include PowerPoint presentations (but it’s not a must!), a short movie, a slam poem, a sketch, or an intriguing dialogue on the stage. We welcome all innovative and outside-the-box approaches as long as they fit in 6 minutes.

Language of the session

The working language of the session will be English. Nevertheless, presentations can be made in any of the IFLA’s official languages.

Important dates:

All proposals must be submitted by March 3rd, 2019.

Notification of acceptance will be sent by April 1st, 2019.

Successful candidates will submit a full paper by June 1st, 2019. The full paper will be posted online.

Proposals should include:

– Title of proposed presentation

– An abstract of the proposed paper of 500 words maximum, in English

– Name(s) of presenter(s)

– Position or title of presenter(s)

– Employer or affiliated institution of presenter(s)

– Email address

– Short biographical statement(s) regarding the presenter(s)

Proposals will be evaluated by the programme committee, comprising representatives from the New Professionals Special Interest Group (NPSIG) and the Management and Marketing Section.


All proposals must be in before March 3rd, 2019.

Please email your proposals to:

Please note:

At least one of the paper’s authors must be present to deliver a summary of the paper during the program in Athens. Abstracts should only be submitted with the understanding that the expenses of attending the conference will be the responsibility of the author(s)/presenter(s) of accepted papers.

All papers that are presented at the WLIC 2019 will be made available online via the IFLA Library under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license.

Authors of accepted papers must complete the IFLA Authors’ Permission Form.

All expenses, including registration for the conference, travel, accommodation etc., are the responsibility of the authors/presenters. No financial support can be provided by IFLA, but a special invitation letter can be issued to author(s)/presenter(s) of accepted papers.

Congress Participation Grants

List of opportunities for support is available on the Conference Participation Grants webpage.