Call for papers: NPSIG open session at WLIC 2016 in Columbus

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The IFLA New Professionals Special Interest Group (NPSIG) invites you to submit a proposal for its open session to be held in Columbus, Ohio, USA, in August 2016.

Theme: “Failing successfully in a librarian’s career: is a setback an opportunity to grow, or just an unwelcome incident on the road to success?”

Management of failure is a critical topic when referring to innovation and creativity. If failure will be a natural occurrence in every creative and innovative librarian’s professional life, management of failure should be discussed in the library world. Continue reading

Scholarships, Grants, and Fellowships to attend the 2016 IFLA Conference

The following is a guest post by NPSIG volunteer Kathryn Kuntz, librarian from public library in Rapid City, South Dakota, USA.


The IFLA World Library and Information Congress is to be held on August 13-19, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio, U.S.A. It is the 82nd IFLA General Conference and Assembly focused around the theme, “Connections. Collaboration. Community.” The location for this conference is fitting for this theme because Columbus is home to OCLC – Online Computer Library Center and renowned libraries. The following blog post is about funding and grant opportunities for library professionals, early career professionals, or students interested in attending this rewarding professional event. Continue reading

Library as a TEDx Platform

The following is a guest post by Petar Lukačić and Maja Krulić Gačan from Public library “Fran Galović”, Koprivnica, Croatia.

Have you ever heard of an idea, or had one yourself, that you wanted the world to know?

TEDx event, what is it about?

If you have an idea, or would like to learn something new, then you should check out TED website. TED is a non-profit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today it covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages.

8th NPSIG virtual business meeting is Saturday, December 19th!


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Join us on Saturday, December 19th for our 8th NPSIG Virtual Business Meeting! This will be the first virtual meeting featuring our new leadership team: María Violeta Bertolini (Convenor), Milan Vasiljević (Co-Convenor), Antoine Torrens (Information Coordinator), and Katia Shklyar (Co-Information Coordinator).

We’ll be going over our new NPSIG Action Plan 2015-16 and sharing status reports. We will also share news about upcoming events like the IFLAcamp 2016, #newlibgc webinar in April 2016, Open Programme Session and Open Business Meeting at WLIC 2016, and we welcome any other announcements, past events reports, as well as ideas and proposals for NPSIG work in 2016!

Date: Saturday December 19th, 2015
10am EST UTC-5 (New York)
1pm UTC-2 (Rio de Janeiro)
3pm GMT UTC (London)
4pm CET UTC+1 (Berlin)
12am UTC+9 (Tokyo)
2am EST (Sydney, next day)
–check your time zone here:,180,5×1 

current agenda (feel free to add comments and items)

Google Hangout Air (don’t forget to sign up!!!)

See you soon!!!

New Professionals Special Interest Group

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Free Webinar, December, 15: Libraries, Advocacy and the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda

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IFLA Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning and the New Professionals SIG with the Management of Library Associations Section have partnered with the American Library Association to present a one-hour webinar supporting the new IFLA Toolkit, “Libraries and the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda.”

We believe libraries are extremely important for sustainable development and would like to encourage you to attend this online event featuring best practices and models to advocate for access to information. Continue reading