Free IFLA/ALA Webinar: “Big Data: new roles and opportunities for new librarians” – June 15th, 2016

We are proud to present the next session of the 2016 webinar series “New Librarians Global Connection: best practices, models and recommendations”.

For the fifth consecutive year, IFLA Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning and IFLA New Professionals Special Interest Group are partnering with the American Library Association to present a series of free quarterly webinars on issues of interest to new librarians, library associations and library schools, library-decision makers, and all library workers. The webinars are a great opportunity for membership participation via a worldwide online programming.

The topic of the next webinar will be “Big Data: new roles and opportunities for new librarians”. There is constant buzz about data science, data management, data analysis, data visualizations. How are librarians taking advantage of their skills and learning new ones for this new challenge? How are #newlibrarians becoming #datalibrarians, or even #datascientists? what Davenport (2012) has called: “The Sexiest Job of the 21st Century“? What is the edge for the new generation of librarians in the big data world?

Below, the date and time of the next webinar. Save the date!

June 15th, 2016

2:00 p.m. Central Daylight Time – CDT (Chicago)

3:00 p.m. East Daylight Time – EDT (New York)

9:00 p.m. Central European Time – CET (The Hague)

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Webinar length: 1 hour and 15 minutes.


Keynote Speaker

GloriaGlòria Pérez-Salmerón

Theme:  “Clothes don’t make people”: New opportunities for the new librarians

Currently IFLA President Elect and President of the Spanish Federation of Archivist, Librarianship, Documentation and Museums Associations (FESABID). She has as a Bachelor’s degree in Documentation University of Barcelona and in Librarianship and Documentation from the prestigious Escola Universitària Jordi Rubió i Balaguer de Barcelona. Master Degree: “Management of Libraries” from the Pompeu Fabra University of Barcelona (UPF) ; and Master in “Government and Public Administration in the Information Society, Electronic Government”. In her long and varied professional career, she has been involved in library services and management at all levels, from setting up and managing a local public library to holding Spain’s highest position as director of the National Library, the Biblioteca Nacional de España (BNE) (2010-2013). During her period as director of the National Library of Spain, she launched the Biblioteca Digital del Patrimonio Iberoamericano (Latin-American Digital Heritage Portal) and also oversaw the incorporation of the Biblioteca Digital Hispánica into the World Digital Library, and similarly, the National Library catalogue entry into OCLC’s WorldCat.

In addition, she served as a board member and Vice-President of the European Bureau of Library Information and Documentation Associations (EBLIDA), also as a member of IFLA’s Governing Board, working on both the Finances Committee and the Action for Development through Libraries Programme (ALP) and member of the IFLA Public Libraries Standing Committee. Prior to this, she had held the position of Head of the Barcelona Council, Diputació de Barcelona e-Government Office. In previous years she had worked in senior positions within governmental-coordinated library services: as Director of Library Cooperation of Catalonia’s Autonomous Government, Generalitat de Catalunya, coordinator of the Catalan Library System; and technical director of Public Libraries Network. Currently she works as a senior consultant for library issues at the Barcelona Council, Diputació de Barcelona.


Martin.pngDr. Martin Hilbert

Theme: Big Data: definition, limitations and examples from everyday life

Martin Hilbert holds doctorates in Communication, and in Economics and Social Sciences and a faculty position at the University of California. He pursues a multidisciplinary approach to understanding the role of information, communication and knowledge in human development, be it from a social, economic, psychological or political perspective. He is particularly interested in role of the data revolution in complex social systems, and shares the gained insights through publications and hands-on technical assistance (mainly in developing countries). One of his most recent articles is “Big Data for Development: A Review of Promises and Challenges” published in Development Policy Review in January 2016. More information about his extensive research, professional, and academic experience can be found in:


MichelleDr. Michelle Chen

Theme: Data Visualizations Meet Libraries: New Opportunities

Assistant Professor at the School of Information at San José State University, and Program Coordinator of SJSU iSchool’s Certificate in Big Data. Prior to joining the SJSU iSchool, she taught in several different universities, including the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Connecticut and the University of San Francisco. Her primary areas of research and teaching interests include information visualization, data mining, social network analysis, and online user behavior. In particular, she is interested in studying the value of virtual platforms as informational and social media and the role of today’s networked environment on shaping user behavior.

Wouter Klapwijk

Theme:  The Library (Big) Data scientist

Deputy Director (IT and Digital Services) at the Stellenbosch University Library and Information Services department, South Africa.  He is convenor of the IFLA Big Data Special Interest Group (SIG) which was recently formed after WLIC 2015 in Cape Town.  He is a qualified librarian and IT professional with a strong educational background in business administration (BBA).  He started his career in library and information science in 1991 at the National Library of South Africa, and from there held numerous IT positions in both the private and educational sectors.  In his current position he is responsible for library infrastructure projects, the operations management of the IT and Digital Services division, and implementing library ICT research support services at Stellenbosch University.


The topics for the 2016 webinars were compiled in a worldwide survey during October and November 2015. The most voted topics were: Information Literacy, Public Policies, Partnerships, and Big Data.

The webinars are archived, therefore you can join them, ask questions and participate in conversations with international colleagues live, or you can listen to them later, anywhere at any time. 

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