Interview: Nicole Pagowsky (Librarian Wardrobe)

“We need to think of ourselves differently in order to affect change in how the public perceives and interacts with us”

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Nicole Pagowsky is a young professional with a large trajectory, librarian and Instruction Coordinator at the University of Arizona. As she says on her website, her research interests include student motivation, educational theory, and critical pedagogy.

In 2014, she published with Myriam Rigby the book “The Librarian Stereotype: Deconstructing Perceptions and Presentations of Information Work“, an exhaustive work that focuses on the construction of the image of the librarian from the theoretical-methodological analysis of the social sciences. That same year she published “Ice Ice Baby: Are Librarian Stereotypes Freezing Us out of Instruction?

She is the creator of a very popular blog “Librarian Wardrobe” where librarians from all over the world send their photos to show their cool look, aiming to break (or not!) stereotypes.

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Our Vision, Our Future!

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In one of the most important examples of teamwork they have done among the libraries in history, the Global Vision Report Summary has been published. Top 10 Highlights and Opportunities, in theIFLA President´s  Meeting 2018 held in March in the city of Barcelona.
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Glòria Pérez-Salmerón, President of IFLA and Gerald Leitner, Secretary General
The numbers of this global participation are really impressive: 190 UN Member States were part, 185 workshop where 9192 participants took part, a global survey with 21,772 votes online. Numbers never seen before that demonstrate the commitment of a librarianship field that today is more united than ever to focus on a world in continuous change.
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The result of this global survey indicates that libraries are on a path of commitment to their communities, with information literacy, with technological changes, with access to information, but they are also aware of all the battles that still need to be done in a society every day more complex, and that there we must be smart and work in groups to take advantage of our strengths.
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Alignment with the SDGs is one of our main opportunities to show the strength of a united library field, demonstrating that we can be one of the great protagonists of the change that the UN proposes
 

Even though we as NPSIG see each of the 10 highlights and opportunities as crucial and interconnected, we are proud to see that #10 opportunity is actually dedicated to giving us space to learn and lead.

“We must give young professionals effective opportunities to learn, develop and lead. The field’s capacity to develop and connect young library professionals has to keep up with changing needs and allow them to become the leaders of the future.”

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We’ll get back soon with next Global Vision step!

Webinars 2018: and the winners are…

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Dear colleagues:

We are pleased to announce that the topics for the Webinars are already selected!
We want to thank you for the enormous participation in the election of these topics.

These will be organized jointly by IFLA New Professionals Special Interest Group, IFLA Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning and the American Library Association during 2018.

After a closed eleccion in the Mentimeter survey, the four selected are the following:

  1. Can the library do everything? Changing role of librarians and the library as a space of social inclusion
  2. Can new librarians have a voice? Training and professional development vs. workplace reality.
  3. Technology in libraries: event management tools, CMS and information retrieval tools; how to and best practices
  4. How to market your library. Tools for measuring the impact and presenting the results to the public

 

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Definitely they are great topics, and they will surely come out of them very interesting webinars.
We thank you again for your participation and we are waiting for you for the first Webinar, whose date we will confirm shortly.

2018: a blank book

 

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2017 was an extraordinary year for us, full of activities and great events. Webinars, virtual encounters and our annual meeting.

The IflaCamp in Wroclaw was spectacular, a great reunion between colleagues and friends from all over the world where we shared experiences, cycling for libraries and closing the event we made a Flashmob that caught the attention of everyone!

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