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!

Speed mentoring
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

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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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Guest Post: Multiculturalism: Best Practices and Reaching Out

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.


From left to right: Mary Marques, Jennifer Chang, Fred J. Gitner and Tess Tobin at the 4th Annual Staff Day Development at the Free Library of Philadelphia
From left to right: Mary Marques, Jennifer Chang, Fred J. Gitner and Tess Tobin at the 4th Annual Staff Day Development at the Free Library of Philadelphia

How to serve diverse and immigrant communities at the local, regional, national and global level? Multiculturalism: Best Practices and Reaching Out In-Service Staff Training presented at the fourth Annual Staff Development at the Free Library of Philadelphia highlighted the need to bring “everyone together in a dialog or conversation” as a starting point for sharing ideas on best practices and tools that can aid library leaders, in their own organizations, with the development and improvement of library services to multi-ethnics communities at all levels.
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Guest Post: REFORMA- Promoting Hispanic Culture with Library Services

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. 


REFORMA is the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to the Latinos and the Spanish Speaking Community in the United States. REFORMA National and its nineteen chapters are committed to work together to preserve the language, the culture and the traditions of 56.2 million Spanish-speaking and Latino people in this part of the globe. According to the 2010 US Census, the Hispanic population grew up forty-three percent in comparison with the 2000 US Census. The result of this preliminary survey revealed that the Hispanic community, in the United States, is getting more ethnically diverse with a substantial grow of the Mexican population. Library leaders are taking this demographic data to analyses and to prioritize not only the purchase of books, but also to determine how to allocate the budget for programing, and how to market intergenerational-cultural events to the community that reflect cross-cultural competence.

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