And the 5th IFLAcamp will take place in…

obrThe Public Library of Lower-Silesia, in the very center of Wrocław!

NPSIG is proud to announce that the 5th edition of IFLAcamp will take place on August 17th and 18th at the Dolnośląska Biblioteka Publiczna im. Tadeusza Mikulskiego, the Regional public library, on Wrocław’s main square, the famous Rynek.

IFLAcamp is a two-day satellite meeting in the mode of an unconference that provides plenty of space for ad-hoc sessions and group discussions. The participant-driven approach allows for active involvement of all attendees and including all kinds of topics of interest.



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NPSIG Presenting Virtually at BOBCATSSS 2014!


Your NPSIG crew is excited to announce that we’re leading a virtual workshop at this year’s BOBCATSSS 2014 conference! BOBCATSSS, the annual symposium organized by and for library and information science students, will be taking place in Barcelona, Spain from January 29th- 31st. In the spirit of this year’s conference theme  “Library (R)evolution: Promoting Sustainable Information Practices”, we will lead a 60 minute virtual workshop on library advocacy. This workshop will 1) introduce those in the library and information science fields to the concept of advocacy; 2) explain why advocacy is so important to the future of our profession; and 3) provide tips for being a better advocate for libraries in various contexts. At the end of the workshop, participants will be prepared to have conversations that promote our field and profession. Our workshop is an opportunity for both conference attendees onsite in Barcelona (lucky!) and those unable to make it to BOBCATSSS this year to participate in building a better future for our profession. See below for important details and links.

Become a library advocate with NPSIG!

IFLA NPSIG training session on library advocacy


Date: Thursday 30, January 2014

Time: 2pm-3pm Barcelona CET (click here for a time zone converter)

Location (onsite): Classroom 309

Link to virtual meeting room

BOBCATSSS 2014 Conference Site

BOBCATSSS 2014 Full Agenda

We hope you’ll join us!

NPSIG/CPDWL WLIC 2013 session: final program available!

We are happy to share with you the final program of our WLIC2013 session, jointly organized with the Continuing Professionals Development and Workplace Learning Section. There will be four exciting workshops with hosts from all over the world, and mostly IFLA first-timers!

New Librarians Global Connection: best practices, models and recommendations

#wlic2013 #newlibgc

Thursday, 22 August 2013 | 10.45-13.00 | Room 6, Session 210

New Librarians Global Connection: best practices, models and recommendations” was established in 2012 as a free quarterly series of webinars. It has been very well received by new and established professionals around the globe. As the topics covered so far continue to be of big interest to our community, we would like to bring the most popular themes from the 2012 webinar cycle to Singapore and build an open session around it.




Parallel workshops, each 90 min

See you in Singapore!

WLIC2013 workshop hosts by country
WLIC2013 workshop hosts by country
WLIC2013 First Timer workshop hosts
WLIC2013 First Timer workshop hosts

Turning New Professionals “upside-down”


New Professionals from all over the world drawn together to share their latest research and projects, discussing trends in Library and Information Science and enjoying three days of networking and fun. This can only mean one thing: We are at Bobcatsss once again! This year, the symposium by New Professionals for New Professionals extended its usual boundaries taking its participants to Asia Minor. Ankara with its islamic culture added some oriental touch to the Bobcatsss experience. The conference program, too, broke new ground by introcuding the pecha-kucha format and expanding the range of workshops. NPSIG crossed the Bosphorus to continue its series of Bobcatsss workshops, starting in Italy four years ago, with stopovers in Hungary and The Netherlands.

20 participants

…with various backgrounds got involved in our workshop “Tailor-made and weather-proof – Building and maintaining New Professionals groups as an important part of early career development”. Teased by two short presentations, they got to think about this topic from specific points of view in the interactive part of the workshop session.

workshop participants
NPSIG workshop participants

2 theses

…laid the ground from both a theoretical and a practical perspective. They had been finished recently and were related to the topic of the workshop. NPSIG activist Veronica Angell Bergli skyped in from Norway to introduce network theories such as Six Degrees of Separation and Communities of Practice and to explain the requirements of a well-functioning network.

NPSIG Convenor Sebastian Wilke outlined the many different forms of initiatives by new librarians around the world and explored four key dimensions in the existence of a New Professionals group: the level of structure, the effects of online and on-site, the direction of activities and, ultimately, short-term activism versus long-term goals.

See the presentation slides for more details:

1 question

…was asked to the workshop participants: “How might you design communication in a national New Professionals group?”. Based on the input of the two theses, their personal experience and driven by group dynamics, they developed various answers.

3 methods

…of brainstorming were applied to ensure a wide range of answers and encourage the participants to think out of the box. Besides the usual goal of brainstorming the ideal solution, we added a negative and a crazy approach. By turning the question upside down, the negative approach provides an unusual view on the question and helps getting focussed on what you really want. On the other hand, the crazy approach creates ideas without limits and lets you overcome the boundaries of reality.

brainstorming: ideal, negative, crazy

5 results

…  were produced with the 3 methods by 5 different groups of 3 to 5 people. Each group had 15 min time to work together on a solution and present that to the other groups in 1 min short presentations (click on the group pictures to see the recorded presentations on youtube).

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presentation group 4
group 4
results group 4
presentation group 2
presentation group 2
group 2
results group 2
presentation group 3
presentation group 3
group 3
results group 3
presentation group 1
presentation group 1
group 1
results group 1
presentation group 5
presentation group 5
group 5
results group 5

2 conclusions

… were drawn at the end of the workshop that reflected the results of all groups despite their different brainstorming approaches: We need both online and on-site engagement with each other to make communication work. Also, New Professionals rely on the support by their profession – a good atmosphere in general and time / permission by the employer in particular – to make things happen.


…will be the number of the next Bobcatsss symposium in Barcelona in January 2014. We are already looking forward to this!

further resources: workshop abstract | youtube playlist | facebook photo album | pinterest board


© Dierk Eichel, Sebastian Wilke