9th NPSIG virtual business meeting is Saturday, April 30th!

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Please join us on Saturday, April 30th for our 9th NPSIG Virtual Business Meeting! This will be the second virtual meeting featuring our new leadership team: María Violeta Bertolini (Convenor), Milan Vasiljević (Co-Convenor), Antoine Torrens (Information Coordinator), and Katia Shklyar (Co-Information Coordinator), and we would really like to have you involved!!!

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Come together! Or what is an IFLA Special Interest Group about

The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) has a vast structure and working procedures. It may be difficult, especially for newcomers, students, new graduates, or those who come to the profession from different fields, to get involved.
One of the purposes of IFLA New Professionals Special Interest Group is to help with involvement and to assist with the first steps of professional participation, in IFLA, or the wider library and information science field.

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Free IFLA/ALA Webinar: “Library Services to Immigrants and Refugees” – March 31st, 2016

IFLA Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning and the New Professionals SIG have partnered with the American Library Association to present a one-hour webinar about library services to immigrants and refugees including models and best practices from different regions of the world.

We believe in libraries serving all the groups in our communities. Therefore, we are glad to collaborate with various library groups to share the most current best practices and models to serve immigrants and refugees. IFLA’s Public Library Section has developed an impressive compilation of services from different regions of the world and a recent campaign about services to refugees. EBLIDA in Europe has developed a strong campaign to promote services to these populations. IFLA’s Library Services to Multicultural Populations Section has produced detailed guidelines and a toolkit about the topic. Continue reading

Call for papers: NPSIG open session at WLIC 2016 in Columbus

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The IFLA New Professionals Special Interest Group (NPSIG) invites you to submit a proposal for its open session to be held in Columbus, Ohio, USA, in August 2016.

Theme: “Failing successfully in a librarian’s career: is a setback an opportunity to grow, or just an unwelcome incident on the road to success?”

Management of failure is a critical topic when referring to innovation and creativity. If failure will be a natural occurrence in every creative and innovative librarian’s professional life, management of failure should be discussed in the library world. Continue reading

Scholarships, Grants, and Fellowships to attend the 2016 IFLA Conference

The following is a guest post by NPSIG volunteer Kathryn Kuntz, librarian from public library in Rapid City, South Dakota, USA.


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The IFLA World Library and Information Congress is to be held on August 13-19, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio, U.S.A. It is the 82nd IFLA General Conference and Assembly focused around the theme, “Connections. Collaboration. Community.” The location for this conference is fitting for this theme because Columbus is home to OCLC – Online Computer Library Center and renowned libraries. The following blog post is about funding and grant opportunities for library professionals, early career professionals, or students interested in attending this rewarding professional event. Continue reading