Peer support from around the world: IFLA first timer’s view

The following is a guest post by NPSIG volunteer Asta Ojala, an information service assistant at Häme University of Applied Sciences (HAMK), Hämeenlinna, Finland.


Asta Ojala

IFLA WLIC 2015, Cape Town

My first time in IFLA congress and my first time in Africa. Needless to say, I was excited! My name is Asta and I’m a new professional from Finland. I graduated in library and information services a bit over a year ago but have been working in different libraries for a few years already. Somehow I’ve never attended IFLA congress before, and now with a full time job as an information service assistant and some allocated funding for international affairs from my institution I was finally able to go. And to what a destination, to the beautiful Cape Town! I couldn’t have been happier. Continue reading

Help us identify topics for the 2016 IFLA/ALA #newlibgc free webinars

Dear colleagues:

We are planning our 2016 #newlibgc webinars and we need your help to identify new topics!

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 new worldwide online programming. Don’t miss this great opportunity to be connected!

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To make sure we include topics of interest to you, please leave your suggestions by November 1st:

  • Which topics would you like to see included on the 2015 IFLA/ALA free webinars?
  • Do you know an expert for the topic?
  • Are you willing to present yourself?

You can have your say in many ways: by answering our online poll, commenting below, tweeting #newlibgc, and/or emailing us: npsig.ifla@googlemail.com.

Our committee really appreciates your suggestions! We shall announce the topics and speakers for the next webinar by mid-December.

Thank you!

Loida Garcia-Febo, Series Coordinator

New Librarians Global Connection: Best practices, models and recommendations. Free IFLA/ALA webinar on October 26th

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We are proud to present the last session of the 2015 webinar series “New Librarians Global Connection: best practices, models and recommendations”. The webinar’s topic is: “The role of competencies in librarians’ Continuing Professional Development”.

For the fourth 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 webinars on issues of interest to new librarians, library associations and library schools, library-decision makers, and all library workers. This is a great opportunity for membership participation via new worldwide online programming. Continue reading

IFLA 2016 National Committee Fellowship Grant Announced

-Blog post in English and Spanish / Blog post en inglés y español –

IFLA-2016-LogoDear colleagues,

We are so happy to provide an opportunity for new librarians from outside North America (U.S. and Canada) to attend the IFLA 2016 Congress in Columbus, Ohio. I would like to encourage you to apply soon!

This is a great time for new professionals to engage with IFLA. Some of you may know that I attended my first IFLA Congress in 2004 in Buenos Aires with a grant for new librarians. It was there where I co-established IFLA New Professionals with another two colleagues. I was selected as one of the 30 fellows for the “Fellowship for the Americas’ program, sponsored by the IFLA 2001 National Organizing Committee.

This time, there are available up to 50 fellowships. This means that any of you could be selected to receive a grant! So, start writing your applications today (applications can be submitted in English, Spanish or French).

Loida Garcia-Febo

IFLA Governing Board Member

ALA Executive Board Member

IFLA 2016 National Committee Fellowship Grant Announced

The IFLA 2016 National Committee, through generous donations from the North American library community, will offer up to 50 full fellowships to librarians from outside North America (U.S. and Canada) to attend the IFLA 2016 Congress in Columbus, Ohio.

The fellowship will cover travel, accommodation, a per diem food allowance, and conference registration fees. Priority will be given to younger professionals with a minimum of 5 years experience in the field of libraries who do not usually attend IFLA Conferences.
More information on the Application Process can be found on the Congress Website.

Estimados colegas,

Estamos muy contentos de proveer una oportunidad para nuevos bibliotecarios de afuera de Norteamérica (Estados Unidos y Canadá) para asistir al Congreso de la IFLA en el 2016 en Columbus, Ohio. ¡Me gustaria motivarlos a que se postulen pronto!

Esta es un gran momento para que los nuevos profesionales participen en la IFLA. Algunos de ustedes saben que asistí a mi primer Congreso de la IFLA en el 2004 en Buenos Aires con una beca para nuevos bibliotecarios. Fue allí donde co-establecí el Grupo de Nuevos Profesionales de la IFLA con otros dos colegas. Fuí seleccionada como una de 30 ‘fellows’ o becarios del programa “Fellowship of the Americas” el cual fue patrocinado por el Comité Organizador Nacional de IFLA 2001.

En esta ocasión, tenemos disponibles hasta 50 becas. Esto significa que alguno de ustedes puede ser seleccionado para recibir una beca! No pierdas esta oportunidad, comienza a escribir tu solicitud hoy mismo (las aplicaciones pueden enviarse en español, inglés o francés).

Loida Garcia-Febo

Miembro de la Junta de Gobierno de IFLA

Miembro del Comite Ejecutivo de ALA

Anuncio de Becas del Comité Nacional de la IFLA 2016 

El Comité Nacional de la IFLA 2016, a través de las generosas donaciones recibidas de la comunidad bibliotecaria norteamericana, ofrecerá hasta 50 becas completas para los bibliotecarios de fuera de América del Norte (Estados Unidos y Canadá) para asistir al Congreso de la IFLA en el 2016 en Columbus, Ohio.

La beca cubrirá los viajes, alojamiento, un subsidio de alimentos y gastos de inscripción de la conferencia. Se dará prioridad a jóvenes profesionales con un mínimo de 5 años de experiencia en el campo de las bibliotecas, y los cuales no suelen asistir a Conferencias de IFLA.

Más información sobre el proceso de solicitud se puede encontrar en el sitio web del Congreso. 

Guest Post: The right to privacy in the digital age

The following is a guest post by NPSIG volunteer Michelle Gibeault, an academic librarian at the University of Arkansas (USA).


Professor Joseph Cannataci, from the Department of Information Policy and Governance at the University of Malta, is the UN Human Rights Council’s first appointee to a new position– Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy in the digital age.

I enjoyed reading and recommend Cannataci’s brief interview with Adam Alexander in the Guardian. Cannataci indicates that he will aggressively question business models that exploit user data. In this he is uncompromising: “Some people were complaining because they couldn’t find me on Facebook. They couldn’t find me on Twitter. But since I believe in privacy, I’ve never felt the need for it.”

Joseph Cannataci, UN special rapporteur on privacy. Photograph: Adam Alexander, The Guardian

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Guest Post: Librarians Without Borders: Libraries Transforming Communities

The following is a guest post by NPSIG volunteer Mary Marques. Mary currently works with REFORMA Northeast. More information, including links to her various projects, is included at the bottom of the post.


With the phrase “Free Access to Knowledge” the 11th Annual REFORMA Northeast Joint Mini Conference entitled: “Librarians Without Borders: Libraries Transforming Communities” opened the professional development session in the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building of the New York Public Library (NYPL) to the librarians of the six states that conform this chapter –Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island– bringing into the conversation success stories and programs that public and academic libraries are putting into practice in order to reach out bigger audiences with the main purpose of promoting library programs and free services to all.

REFORMA Northeast Chapter members and officers (L-R)  Miguel Garcia-Colón, Mary Marques, Loida Garcia-Febo, Alexandra Gomez, Libbhy Romero, Tess Tobin and Elizabeth Garcia.
REFORMA Northeast Chapter members and officers (L-R) Miguel Garcia-Colón, Mary Marques, Loida Garcia-Febo, Alexandra Gomez, Libbhy Romero, Tess Tobin and Elizabeth Garcia.

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