Call for Papers: “Librarian Fashion: What does the way we dress say about us?”

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The IFLA New Professionals Special Interest Group (NPSIG) in collaboration with Management of Library Associations Section (MLAS) and Public Libraries Section (PLS), invites proposals to be presented at a two-hour session at the next IFLA General Conference on 24-30 August 2018 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Theme: “Librarian Fashion: What does the way we dress say about us?”

fashionHave you ever made a quick judgement about someone because of what they’re wearing? Sure, we have all done it. Does this mean that the way we dress at work influences how we are perceived and categorized in society?

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Help us identify topics for the 2018 IFLA/ALA free webinars


Dear colleagues:

As we have done in previous years, 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, and all types of librarians, associations and institutions.

We want to invite everyone to participate in the selection of topics for the 2018 webinars. Don’t miss this great opportunity to be connected!

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Generación 2030: da tu opinión

International Youth day

Bajo el lema “Generation 2030: Have Your Say” (Generación 2030: Da tu opinión) el NPSIG se une al llamamiento promovido por el IISD (International Institute for Sustainable Development) para la participación de jóvenes en la discusión sobre los ODSs.

Mientras conmemoramos el 10 de noviembre “Día de las generaciones jóvenes y futuras” auspiciamos esta gran iniciativa que promueve “participación activa de los jóvenes en los procesos de toma de decisiones”, tal como se describe en el documento “El futuro que queremos”.

Es por eso que IISD ha agregado una nueva columna en su sitio web para recoger las voces de las nuevas generaciones.

Nos sumamos a esta convocatoria y esperamos ver a jóvenes profesionales y estudiantes comprometidos con los ODS, enviando publicaciones breves (de 700 a 900 palabras) en el blog SDG Knowledge Hub,  visualizando de esta manera “noticias sobre innovaciones y actividades, compartiendo sus perspectivas y puntos de vista sobre las lecciones en implementación, así como los prometedores vínculos entre los ODS”.

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Generation 2030: Have Your Say

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Under the slogan Generation 2030: Have Your Say NPSIG joins the call promoted by the IISD (International Institute for Sustainable Development) for the participation of young people in the discussion on SDGs.

While we commemorate November 10th “Day of the young and future generations” we are sponsoring this great initiative that promotes “active participation of young people in decision-making processes”, as described in the document “The future we want”

That is why IISD has added a new column on its site to gather the voices of the new generations.

We join this call and hope to see young professionals and students committed to the SGDs, sending short publications (700 to 900 words) on the SDG Knowledge Hub blog, visualizing in this way “news about innovations and activities, sharing their perspectives and views on the lessons in implementation”.

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The Year in Open Access (sort of a long read)


“As the Spanish poet Antonio Machado once wrote: ‘Caminante no hay camino. Se hace camino al andar’ (Traveller, there is no path. The path is made by walking).”

 Glòria Pérez-SalmerónAcceptance Speech, 24 August 2017; International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) President 2017-2019


Most summaries of open access focus on analysis of the present obstacles in the way of greater openness, the details of the day-to-day toil of wresting scholarship (which is often accomplished for the sake of the public good) from behind the paywalls of plutocrats— or what Ms. Pérez-Salmerón references in her acceptance speech as “information for all.” This work has brought us a long way fast and if you read to the end, after we examine the major dramas, there will be highlights of the year’s most encouraging victories. Nevertheless, events of the last year suggest that the open access movement faces complex problems that pertain not to the practical issues of openness, but the technical infrastructure of access. These are problems we will also overcome, but doing so will mean attention and advocacy within spheres that we may have neglected or left for others. So, I begin with an alert: fellow travelers, we will all need good walking shoes. Continue reading