IFLA/ALA webinar “Can new librarians have a voice? Training & professional development vs. workplace reality”


Another dynamic webinar with astonishing speakers on the way:

Christine Mackenzie, Catharina Isberg, Elham Sayyad-Abdi and Antoine Torrens – these names speak for themselves!

However, if you wish to hear their point of view when it comes to new librarians, their voices and professional development — and we are sure you do! — please do as follows:

Join us on September 24, 2018 for the next IFLA/ALA webinar “Can new librarians have a voice? Training & professional development vs. workplace reality” (** Time zones: Chicago 7AM, Paris 2PM, Melbourne 10PM **)

To join the meeting: https://ala.adobeconnect.com/rdkz2gu1cqdv/


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Keynote: Christine Mackenzie, IFLA President-Elect

Topic: We must give young professionals effective opportunities to learn, develop and lead

Christine Mackenzie is President – elect of IFLA and a freelance librarian. She retired as CEO of Yarra Plenty Regional Library Service in January 2016 after 12 years in that role. Previously she was Manager of Brisbane City Council Library Service and Mornington Peninsula Library Service.
Christine has been active in IFLA and was Treasurer 2015-17; she has been a member of the Australian Government’s Public Lending Rights Committee; the Library Board of Victoria’s Advisory Committee on Public Libraries; the Victorian Government’s Ministerial Advisory Council on Public
Libraries; the Executive of the Public Libraries Victoria Network, and a juror for the Intelligent Communities Forum. She is the co-founder of INELI-Oceania. She has held a number of roles in ALIA including President 2003-04. She was awarded an ALIA fellowship in 2008 and the VALA Robert D Williamson Award in 2012.


Porträtt_Isberg_DSC_7719Catharina Isberg, Library Director Helsingborg Public Libraries, Secretary IFLA CPDWL section

Topic: Organisational culture, empowerment and coaching – give opportunities to develop and learn

Catharina Isberg is Library Director of Helsingborg Public Libraries since 2013. Previously she was Deputy Library Director and Library Manager of Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences 2003-2013. She started her library path at Ferring Pharmaceuticals in different roles as Library Manager, Information Center Director, VP Corporate Communication & Information.

Catharina has been active in IFLA since 2011 as information coordinator, cochair and now secretary of the CPDWL section (Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning). In August 2018 CPDWL was the winner of the IFLA Dynamic Unit and Impact Award. During the last year 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 one of three coordinating the network of public library directors and part of 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.


Elham-Sayyad-AbdiDr Elham Sayyad-Abdi, Fulbright Scholar-In-Residence, University of the Pacific, USA / IFLA LIS Education in Developing countries

Topic: Trust Those Fresh Eyes!

Dr Elham Sayyad Abdi is an assistant professor in the School of Information Systems, Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Australia and a Fulbright Scholar-In-Residence at the University of the Pacific, California, United States.

Since 2014, Elham has taught a wide range of subjects in the field of library and information studies in the Master of Information Science at QUT. She is also an information researcher with an interest in people’s information experience. Currently, she is pioneering the concept of information experience design (IXD), which is about designing and developing information- and user-centered services and programs for everyday life.

Elham convenes IFLA’s LIS Education for Developing Countries Special Interest Group and in Australia she serves on the ALIA’s Research Advisory Committee.



Dr Antoine Torrens, IFLA NPSIG Co-convenor, Bibliothèques de la ville de Compiègne, France

Topic: Skills for challenges: New librarians’ expectations from France to Malaysia

Antoine Torrens has served as an intern in many kinds of libraries in France, in Germany and in Japan. After working at Dauphine University library in Paris, he is now the director of the Public libraries in Compiègne, France.

He dreams of opening libraries up to many domains and wants to build libraries everywhere: in deserts, in forests, in gardens, in trees, in any place humans can access. He attaches great importance to advocacy and has been taking part in the Cycling for libraries adventure since 2014.

Antoine is passionate about languages and writing systems, about new working spaces and about serious and non-serious games.

Moderator: Vesna Vuksan – IFLA NPSIG Convenor.

This webinar is a part of a worldwide quarterly series of webinars “New Librarians Global Connection: Best Practices, Models and Recommendations“ for new librarians organized by IFLA CPDWL and IFLA NPSIG in partnership with the ALA.

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