Webinars 2016

  • October 10th, 2016: “Utilizing Partnerships to Expand Professional Development Opportunities Worldwide”


Webinar recording (Duration: 1 hour and 5 minutes)

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.

The webinar took place on October 10th, 2016 at 18 UTC.


  • Keynote “Professional Development Outcomes of a Globally Based Virtual Conference Partnership : A Library 2.0 Case Study”: Sandra Hirsh, Director and Professor, San Jose State University School of Information, USA

hirshSandra Hirsh is Director and Professor of the School of Information at San José State University, a 100% online program with students, faculty, and alumni all over the world. Prior to that, she worked in the Silicon Valley in R&D and consumer product development for more than a decade at major technology companies: Hewlett Packard Labs, Microsoft, and LinkedIn. She also previously was an assistant professor at the University of Arizona.   She served as the 2015 president of the Association for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T), is the co-founder and co-chair of the global virtual Library 2.0 conference series since 2011, and serves in leadership roles in ALA (including the International Relations Roundtable) and on the IFLA.  She edited a foundational library and information science textbook, Information Services Today: An Introduction, which was published by Rowman & Littlefield in 2015. She holds both a bachelor’s degree and Ph.D. from UCLA and a MLIS degree from University of Michigan.

  • “20 years of Russian – U.S. partnerships: Lessons learned”: Susan Schnuer, Associate Director, Mortenson Center for International Library Program, USA and Svetlana Gorokhova, Head of Center for International Cooperation, All Russia State Library for Foreign Literature, Russia

schnuerSusan Schnuer has worked at the Mortenson Center for International Library Programs for the past twenty-five years and is currently the Associate Director. The Mortenson Center is a unique program located at the University of Illinois in the United States offering intensive professional development programs to librarians around the world.

Schnuer has been involved in the development and implementation of professional development programs for the over 1200 librarians from more than 90 countries. She has extensive experience in leadership programs and has worked on country specific professional development projects in Bhutan, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador,  Ghana, Guatemala, Haiti, India, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Myanmar,  Nepal,  Nicaragua, Nigeria, People’s Republic of China, Romania, Russia, South Africa, Uganda, and Vietnam.  Schnuer is a Notable Member of the ALA’s International Relations Round Table.

In 2013, Schnuer was awarded John Ames Humphry/OCLC/Forest Press Award for International Librarianship by the International Relations Committee of the American Library Association. She was also presented with the Honorary Lifetime Member award from the Library and Information Association of South Africa. In 2015 she received IFLA Scroll of Appreciation.

gorokhvaSvetlana Gorokhova graduated from Moscow Linguistic University in 1989 with Red Diploma in English Language. During her last year in the University she joined the All Russia State Library for Foreign Literature (6 million items in 146 languages) as a Reference Librarian and works there since then. At the moment she acts as Head of Center for International Cooperation, coordinating number of projects featuring the library as a community center.  For two terms Svetlana served as Standing Committee member for Library Services to Multicultural Population IFLA section.

Since 1996 Svetlana is facilitating joint research activities of the All Russia State Library for Foreign Literature (Moscow, Russia) and Charles F. Kettering Foundation (Dayton, Ohio). In 1998 the Library for Foreign Literature initiated inter-regional project “Library as a Community Center”, uniting 7 regions of Russia (Saratov, Bryansk, Moscow, St Petersburg, Novosibirsk, Kemerovo, Vologda and Tomsk).

  • Rethinking mentoring: online, international peer mentoring with the International Librarians Network”: Alyson Dalby, International Librarians Network Director of Business Operations

dalbyOriginally from Australia, Alyson has a background in academic and special libraries, having worked for the University of New South Wales Library, the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia, and the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. She has also worked for vendors and associations, and sat on the Board of Directors of the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) from 2013 to 2015.

In 2015 Alyson moved from Australia to Denmark, and now works as Team Manager, Data Readiness for LEO Pharma in Copenhagen, while volunteering for the International Librarians Network. She tweets as @alysondalby and can be found on LinkedIn.

  • Challenges and benefits of international cooperation for libraries”: Magdalena Krasowska-Igras, Project Coordinator in Information Society Development Foundation

krasowska-igrasMagdalena is currently in charge of fundraising and international projects implementation at the Information Society Development Foundation. She has a M.A. in music from the Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, completed cultural management postgraduate studies at the Polish Academy of Science and studied international relations in Collegium Civitas. She is a Senior Expert of Proposal Writing and Budgeting in the Eastern Partnership Culture Programme and runs numerous trainings mostly in the field of international projects planning. She has been involved – as a writer and manager – in many European Union and European Economy Area funded projects addressing the cultural institutions and their capacity.

Moderator: Matilde Fontanin – IFLA CPDWL and AIB (Italian Librarians’ association) – please contact mfontanin@gmail.com for registration information.



  • July 26th, 2016: “Information Literacy in my career”

Webinar recording (Duration: 1 hour and 13 minutes)

IFLA Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning and IFLA New Professionals SIG has partnered with the American Library Association to present a one-hour webinar “Information Literacy in my career.” Professionals at different stages of their career will talk about what information literacy means to them, how they engage with it in their job, and how they see information literacy featuring in their future.

Keynote and moderator: Sheila Webber (@sheilayoshikawa)

Sheila is Senior Lecturer and Director of the Centre for Information Literacy Research in the Information School, University of Sheffield. She is a committee member of IFLA Information Literacy Section, and interim co-chair of UNESCO’s GAPMIL (Global Alliance of partnerships for Media and information Literacy) European Chapter. She blogs at The Information Literacy Weblog.


Pamela McKinney (@ischoolpam). Pamela is a Lecturer in the Information School, University of Sheffield. Before joining the iSchool, she was a learning developer in the Centre for Inquiry-based Learning in the Arts and Social Sciences, and prior to that an academic librarian at Sheffield Hallam University

Liam Bullingham (@liamealbee). Liam is a Liaison Librarian at the University of Sheffield. Previous jobs included Information Adviser at Sheffield Hallam University, Knowledge Management Resources Assistant at DLA Piper and Graduate Trainee Library Assistant, Manchester Metropolitan University.

Emily Wheeler (@heliotropia). Emily is Learning Advisor at the University of Leeds. Previous posts include Library Graduate Trainee at Manchester Metropolitan University. She runs the CILIP Yorkshire and Humberside Member Network blog and co-organises the LISDIS (Library and Information Science Dissertations) conference.



  • June 15th, 2016: “Big Data: new roles and opportunities for new librarians”

Webinar recording (Duration: 1 hour and 50 minutes).

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 webinar “Big Data: new roles and opportunities for new librarians”.

There is constant buzz about data science, data management, data analysis, data visualizations. How are librarians taking advantage of their skills and learning new ones for this new challenge? How are #newlibrarians becoming #datalibrarians, or even #datascientists? what Davenport (2012) has called: “The Sexiest Job of the 21st Century“? What is the edge for the new generation of librarians in the big data world?

Introduction to the Webinar (Click to access the presentation)

Keynote Speaker

GloriaGlòria Pérez-Salmerón

Theme: “Clothes don’t make people”: New opportunities for the new librarians (Click to access the presentation)

Currently IFLA President Elect and President of the Spanish Federation of Archivist, Librarianship, Documentation and Museums Associations (FESABID). She has as a Bachelor’s degree in Documentation University of Barcelona and in Librarianship and Documentation from the prestigious Escola Universitària Jordi Rubió i Balaguer de Barcelona. Master Degree: “Management of Libraries” from the Pompeu Fabra University of Barcelona (UPF) ; and Master in “Government and Public Administration in the Information Society, Electronic Government”. In her long and varied professional career, she has been involved in library services and management at all levels, from setting up and managing a local public library to holding Spain’s highest position as director of the National Library, the Biblioteca Nacional de España (BNE) (2010-2013). During her period as director of the National Library of Spain, she launched the Biblioteca Digital del Patrimonio Iberoamericano (Latin-American Digital Heritage Portal) and also oversaw the incorporation of the Biblioteca Digital Hispánica into the World Digital Library, and similarly, the National Library catalogue entry into OCLC’s WorldCat.

In addition, she served as a board member and Vice-President of the European Bureau of Library Information and Documentation Associations (EBLIDA), also as a member of IFLA’s Governing Board, working on both the Finances Committee and the Action for Development through Libraries Programme (ALP) and member of the IFLA Public Libraries Standing Committee. Prior to this, she had held the position of Head of the Barcelona Council, Diputació de Barcelona e-Government Office. In previous years she had worked in senior positions within governmental-coordinated library services: as Director of Library Cooperation of Catalonia’s Autonomous Government, Generalitat de Catalunya, coordinator of the Catalan Library System; and technical director of Public Libraries Network. Currently she works as a senior consultant for library issues at the Barcelona Council, Diputació de Barcelona.



Martin.pngDr. Martin Hilbert

Theme: Big Data: definition, limitations and examples from everyday life (Click to access the presentation)

Martin Hilbert holds doctorates in Communication, and in Economics and Social Sciences and a faculty position at the University of California. He pursues a multidisciplinary approach to understanding the role of information, communication and knowledge in human development, be it from a social, economic, psychological or political perspective. He is particularly interested in role of the data revolution in complex social systems, and shares the gained insights through publications and hands-on technical assistance (mainly in developing countries). One of his most recent articles is “Big Data for Development: A Review of Promises and Challenges” published in Development Policy Review in January 2016. More information about his extensive research, professional, and academic experience can be found in:http://www.martinhilbert.net/


MichelleDr. Michelle Chen

Theme: Data Visualizations Meet Libraries: New Opportunities (Click to access the presentation)

Assistant Professor at the School of Information at San José State University, and Program Coordinator of SJSU iSchool’s Certificate in Big Data. Prior to joining the SJSU iSchool, she taught in several different universities, including the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Connecticut and the University of San Francisco. Her primary areas of research and teaching interests include information visualization, data mining, social network analysis, and online user behavior. In particular, she is interested in studying the value of virtual platforms as informational and social media and the role of today’s networked environment on shaping user behavior.
WouterWouter Klapwijk

Theme: The Library (Big) Data scientist (Click to access the presentation)

Deputy Director (IT and Digital Services) at the Stellenbosch University Library and Information Services department, South Africa.  He is convenor of the IFLA Big Data Special Interest Group (SIG) which was recently formed after WLIC 2015 in Cape Town.  He is a qualified librarian and IT professional with a strong educational background in business administration (BBA).  He started his career in library and information science in 1991 at the National Library of South Africa, and from there held numerous IT positions in both the private and educational sectors.  In his current position he is responsible for library infrastructure projects, the operations management of the IT and Digital Services division, and implementing library ICT research support services at Stellenbosch University.


  • March 31, 2016 “Library Services to Immigrants and Refugees”

Webinar recording:

IFLA Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning and the New Professionals SIG have partnered with the American Library Association to present a one-hour webinar about library services to immigrants and refugees including models and best practices from different regions of the world.

Webinar speakers

  • Jan Richards, Secretary/Information Coordinator, IFLA Public Libraries Section, and Manager of Central West Libraries, Australia
  • Jukka Relander, President of EBLIDA, and President of the Finnish Library Association
  • Jack Hang-tat Leong, Chair, IFLA Library Services to Multicultural Populations Section, and Director of University of Toronto Libraries, Canada

Event moderated by Loida Garcia-Febo, Webinar Series Coordinator, IFLA Governing Board Member, ALA Executive Board Member. Garcia-Febo will share early findings of her research about public libraries serving refugees in the U.S.A.

The topics for the 2016 webinars were compiled in a worldwide survey during October and November 2015. The most voted topics were: Information Literacy, Public Policies, Partnerships, and Big Data.