​The Sharing Economy and libraries: does “access over ownership” ring a bell? (FREE IFLA/ALA Webinar, March 8)

Sharing Economy and Libraries

People around the world have been transforming the unused capacity of things they own and services they provide, such as business expertise, power tools, bikes and even cars. The National Journal writes “Libraries are especially apt to increase their relevance in the coming years, considering the rise of the ‘sharing economy,’ a concept arguably invented by the first libraries.”

In the digital era, how do libraries continue to be relevant community resources?

Even though the Sharing Economy model resembles a traditional library borrowing model, libraries are extending their services to borrow everything — from seeds and kitchen appliances to music instruments, crafting tools, sewing machines and opening Repair Cafes.

Join us for the webinar on March 8 at 11:00 am EST (5:00 pm CET) with Loida Garcia-Febo and George Needham!

Speakers

Loida Garcia FeboKeynote: “Librarians building capacity for advocacy through education” by Loida Garcia-Febo

Libraries are pillars of public education. This presentation highlights the concept of how building community depends on more people in our communities becoming better informed. Building capacity for advocating through education will strengthen resilience long after the threats library face have been demolished. Garcia-Febo will share efforts by ALA and IFLA, and propose new avenues to take action to educate librarians and library advocates to build capacity for library advocacy in global, national, and local arenas.

About Loida
Loida Garcia-Febo is an international library consultant, researcher and expert on topics such as human rights, advocacy and services to multicultural populations. She has served communities as academic, public, school, and special librarian in Puerto Rico and Queens. Loida is President of Information New Wave an international NGO seeking to enhance the education of ethnically diverse communities. She has taught in 20 countries and has advocated on behalf of libraries at the United Nations, US Congress, NYC City Hall, NY State Senate and on streets and sidewalks of New York. She is currently a member of the Executive Board of ALA and its Finance & Audit Committee, IFLA Governing Board, and chairs IFLA’s Action for Development through Libraries Programme (ALP).

george-needham“What I Wish I Knew Then… and What I Wish I Knew Now” by George Needham

Having been a librarian for nearly 40 years, George Needham thought he understood the “sharing economy.” On March 8, he’ll discuss what he wishes veteran librarians had told him at the beginning of his career, and what he wishes young librarians would tell him now, especially about the new sharing economy.

About George
George Needham is Director of the Delaware County District Library in Delaware, Ohio. A graduate of the University of Buffalo for both his bachelor’s and MLS degrees, George has been involved in libraries since the 1970s as a reference librarian, branch manager, technologist, state librarian, and association executive. A frequent speaker at library events, George has also written several articles, contributed chapters to three books, and reviewed hundreds of books, audiobooks, DVDs and other materials for Library Journal, Booklist, The Columbus Dispatch, and AudioFile. His sole brush with non-library fame came as a two-time Jeopardy! champion in December, 1994.

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 in partnership between IFLA and ALA.

To join the meeting:
http://ala.adobeconnect.com/r1nmh7uie73/

Webinar recording will be available later.

 

Free IFLA/ALA Webinar: “Utilizing Partnerships to Expand Professional Development Opportunities Worldwide” on October 10th

Please join us for the upcoming webinar: “Utilizing Partnerships to Expand Professional Development Opportunities Worldwide

While partnerships have been an instrumental part of the library’s success in serving the needs of their communities, they now offer librarians profound opportunities for developing new competencies and skillsets that strengthen their careers. This webinar will highlight various examples of international initiatives that not only expand professional development opportunities for librarians, but also connect them to dynamic and globally-based professional networks.

Success stories, challenges, and the impacts of these partnerships will be discussed. Join us to hear some truly inspiring stories!

Join our free IFLA/ALA Webinar on 10 October at 18 UTC.

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Free NPSIG/CPDWL webinar “Information Literacy in my career” on July 26th

IFLA Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning (CPDWL) and IFLA New Professionals Special Interest Group (NPSIG) has partnered with the American Library Association to present a one-hour webinar “Information Literacy in my career.” Professionals at different stages of their career will talk about what information literacy means to them, how they engage with it in their job, and how they see information literacy featuring in their future.

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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?

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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