Our very first library love stories!

During the German library conference (Deutscher Bibliothekartag), we began to collect “library love stories” from librarians and from library users:


A warm Thank you to the German New Professionals for their participation!

Stay tuned, we will soon tell you more about them!



Call for papers: Library Love Stories

See translations: [Spanish] [Portuguese]

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: npsig.ifla@gmail.com

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.

IFLA/ALA webinar: “Library Services to Teenagers in the Digital Age”

We are proud to present the first session of the 2019 webinar series “New Librarians Global Connection: best practices, models and recommendations.”

Please join us for the upcoming webinar: “Library services to teenagers in the digital age

Join us and hear about inspiring services from librarians serving communities and teens including online content, podcasts, gaming, coding and much more!

These are twenty-first century skills that will make an impact on teenager’s careers and personal interests. Continue reading

NPSIG Activities Report: September 2016-August 2017

(PDF version)

Since December 2016, the NPSIG leadership team has a new Convenor on board, Vesna Vuksan (Serbia) and Andrés Reinoso (Argentina) joined the team in March 2017. Most of the team remains the same, with Co-Convenor Milan Vasiljevic (from Serbia, living in Qatar), Information Coordinator Antoine Torrens (France), and Information Co-Coordinator Katia Shklyar (from Russia, living in Finland).

Maria Violeta Bertolini (Convenor 2015-2016) had to leave the NPSIG team since she started working at the IFLA HQ as the Advocacy Communications Officer.

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Webinar recording : “Design Thinking: The Role of Library Staff in Participatory Design”

The webinar “Design Thinking: The Role of Library Staff in Participatory Design” was held on July 6th, 2017.

How can libraries adopt “design thinking” to improve their library services, programming and spaces?  What do libraries need to do to prepare staff for the change? According to Tim Brown, president and CEO of IDEO, “Design thinking is a human-centered approach to innovation that draws from the designer’s toolkit to integrate the needs of people, the possibilities of technology, and the requirements for business success.”

Webinar recording

This webinar explores design thinking principles, showcases how design thinking can be used to improve what libraries do and how libraries address user needs, and identifies strategies that libraries can use to adopt design thinking into their own work.