The first IFLA/ALA Webinar 2018 is now available online!

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The first Webinar of 2018, organized jointly by IFLA New Professionals Special Interest Group,IFLA Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning and the American Library Association , had a great participation.
One of the reasons of this success could have been the alluring theme: “Can the library do everything? The changing role of librarians and the library as a space of social inclusion “.

The other reason was for the quality of the talks offered by the following professionals: Dr. Mei-Mei Wu, Kelly McElroy and Magalí Sanchez were very clear in their presentations, and they generated a series of interesting questions

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For those who want to listen again to these speakers and for those who could not be present, we offer them the possibility of accessing the full Webinar

And remember that soon we will be reporting on the new Webinar: “Can new librarians have a voice? Training and professional development vs. workplace reality.”

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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.

Free IFLA/ALA Webinar: “Utilizing Partnerships to Expand Professional Development Opportunities Worldwide” on October 10th

Please join us for the upcoming webinar: “Utilizing Partnerships to Expand Professional Development Opportunities Worldwide

While partnerships have been an instrumental part of the library’s success in serving the needs of their communities, they now offer librarians profound opportunities for developing new competencies and skillsets that strengthen their careers. This webinar will highlight various examples of international initiatives that not only expand professional development opportunities for librarians, but also connect them to dynamic and globally-based professional networks.

Success stories, challenges, and the impacts of these partnerships will be discussed. Join us to hear some truly inspiring stories!

Join our free IFLA/ALA Webinar on 10 October at 18 UTC.

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NPSIG presentation at the 58th Congress of the Italian Library Association

Later this month, NPSIG will be present at the 58th Congress of the Italian Library Association in Rome with Co-Convenor Sebastian giving a presentation. This year, the conference focuses on how to improve the professional recognition of the library sector. Sebastian’s presentation ”New Librarians and new ways of professional exchange: Inspiration from the international context” (see the abstract below) will be part of a session devoted to new librarians. You find more info on the talk in German and Italian on the website of the Goethe Institute Rome who is kindly supporting the trip.

A strong library community is based on effective networking and professional exchange between each other and with the public. It is worth taking an international point of view and considering the activities of library associations in other countries, as they can act as a source of inspiration for your own work. Especially the work done with and by LIS students and new librarians often includes innovative approaches that can be achieved easily and with low cost but, at the same time, provide plenty of space for networking and exchange. The presentation will start with an overview on innovative event formats such as speed networking, barcamps, and cycling tours organized by librarians. The second part will focus on the virtual exchange and give practical advice on how to facilitate webinars and different mentoring models. It will become apparent that these approaches not only help New Professionals at the start of their career, but the whole library sector can greatly benefit from them, for they change the way we do networking and professional exchange across educational degrees and library types.

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