Webinar: Can the library do everything?

Webinar on the horizon!

April 20, 2018 at 11am CT/5 pm UTC

To join the meeting: http://ala.adobeconnect.com/r3srpr16iuhn/

“Can the library do everything? The changing role of librarians and the library as a space of social inclusion.”

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The growth of political polarization throughout the world has prompted many librarians to reexamine various professional roles within the library and in relation to social justice and community engagement. This webinar will examine the changing role of the library and ways to engage and account for the needs of users from marginalized communities, as well as those who are veterans, transfers, and scholars from diverse backgrounds.

Presenters are Kelly McElroy, Magali Sanchez and Dr. Mei-Mei Wu.

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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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Guest post: Speed Mentoring. The fast and furious way to network!

The following post is a a guest post by Joanna Hare. Joanna is a  a coordinator of Hong Kong Libraries Connect (HKLC). More information, including links to HKLC blog and project, is included at the bottom of the post. 


Greetings from Hong Kong! Today I’d like to share with you a networking activity we hosted last year as a way to launch our inaugural mentoring program: Speed Mentoring!

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Speed mentoring event (www.hklibconnect.org)

In early 2017 we launched a pilot mentoring program as a means to nurture LIS students, and provide an opportunity for students and professionals to gather and talk about the profession in Hong Kong in an informal, low-pressure atmosphere. We wanted to host a special event to officially launch the program. To give the whole group a chance to talk to a broad range of people, as well as identify potential partnerships, we decided to coordinate a speed mentoring session.

(For anyone unfamiliar with the term, it is based on ‘Speed Dating’, where a large group of participants gather to have ‘speed dates’. Each date is usually under 10 minutes, meaning participants are able to meet lots of different potential partners and decide if they might like to meet that person again for a more formal date.) Continue reading

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.