Webinars 2018

September 24, 2018: IFLA/ALA webinar “Can new librarians have a voice? Training & professional development vs. workplace reality”

Webinar recording

The second webinar in 2018 was jointly organized by the IFLA Continuing Professional Development and Learning in the Workplace, the Special Interest Group of New Professionals of IFLA and the American Library Association.


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Keynote: Christine Mackenzie, IFLA President-Elect

Topic: We must give young professionals effective opportunities to learn, develop and lead

Christine Mackenzie is President – elect of IFLA and a freelance librarian. She retired as CEO of Yarra Plenty Regional Library Service in January 2016 after 12 years in that role. Previously she was Manager of Brisbane City Council Library Service and Mornington Peninsula Library Service.
Christine has been active in IFLA and was Treasurer 2015-17; she has been a member of the Australian Government’s Public Lending Rights Committee; the Library Board of Victoria’s Advisory Committee on Public Libraries; the Victorian Government’s Ministerial Advisory Council on Public
Libraries; the Executive of the Public Libraries Victoria Network, and a juror for the Intelligent Communities Forum. She is the co-founder of INELI-Oceania. She has held a number of roles in ALIA including President 2003-04. She was awarded an ALIA fellowship in 2008 and the VALA Robert D Williamson Award in 2012.

Porträtt_Isberg_DSC_7719Catharina Isberg, Library Director Helsingborg Public Libraries, Secretary IFLA CPDWL section

Topic: Organisational culture, empowerment and coaching – give opportunities to develop and learn

Catharina Isberg is Library Director of Helsingborg Public Libraries since 2013. Previously she was Deputy Library Director and Library Manager of Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences 2003-2013. She started her library path at Ferring Pharmaceuticals in different roles as Library Manager, Information Center Director, VP Corporate Communication & Information.

Catharina has been active in IFLA since 2011 as information coordinator, cochair and now secretary of the CPDWL section (Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning). In August 2018 CPDWL was the winner of the IFLA Dynamic Unit and Impact Award. During the last year Catharina has taken the lead on the workgroup of the Coaching program which is a CPDWL initiative with support from the IFLA HQ and IFLA Professional Committee.

On a national level Catharina is one of three coordinating the network of public library directors and part of the Swedish IFLA network. Between 2007-2010 she was chairing the Expert Committee on Skills Management, Royal Library of Sweden. 2004-2008 she was a board member of the Swedish Association for Information Specialists (SFIS) 2004-2008.

Elham-Sayyad-AbdiDr Elham Sayyad-Abdi, Fulbright Scholar-In-Residence, University of the Pacific, USA / IFLA LIS Education in Developing countries

Topic: Trust Those Fresh Eyes!

Dr Elham Sayyad Abdi is an assistant professor in the School of Information Systems, Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Australia and a Fulbright Scholar-In-Residence at the University of the Pacific, California, United States.

Since 2014, Elham has taught a wide range of subjects in the field of library and information studies in the Master of Information Science at QUT. She is also an information researcher with an interest in people’s information experience. Currently, she is pioneering the concept of information experience design (IXD), which is about designing and developing information- and user-centered services and programs for everyday life.

Elham convenes IFLA’s LIS Education for Developing Countries Special Interest Group and in Australia she serves on the ALIA’s Research Advisory Committee.


Dr Antoine Torrens, IFLA NPSIG Co-convenor, Bibliothèques de la ville de Compiègne, France

Topic: Skills for challenges: New librarians’ expectations from France to Malaysia

Antoine Torrens has served as an intern in many kinds of libraries in France, in Germany and in Japan. After working at Dauphine University library in Paris, he is now the director of the Public libraries in Compiègne, France.

He dreams of opening libraries up to many domains and wants to build libraries everywhere: in deserts, in forests, in gardens, in trees, in any place humans can access. He attaches great importance to advocacy and has been taking part in the Cycling for libraries adventure since 2014.

Antoine is passionate about languages and writing systems, about new working spaces and about serious and non-serious games.

Moderator: Vesna Vuksan – IFLA NPSIG Convenor.

This webinar is a part of a worldwide quarterly series of webinars “New Librarians Global Connection: Best Practices, Models and Recommendations“ for new librarians organized by IFLA CPDWL and IFLA NPSIG in partnership with the ALA.



April 20, 2018: Can the library do everything? The changing role of librarians and the library as a space of social inclusion

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ifla-webinar-logoFirst webinar in 2018 was organized by jointly by IFLA Continuing Professional Development and Workplace LearningIFLA New Professionals Special Interest Group, and the American Library Association.

The growth of political polarization throughout the world has prompted many librarians to reexamine various professional roles within the library and in relation to social justice and community engagement. This webinar will examine the changing role of the library and ways to engage and account for the needs of users from marginalized communities, as well as those who are veterans, transfers, and scholars from diverse backgrounds.

Presenters were Kelly McElroy, Magali Sanchez and Dr. Mei-Mei Wu.


msKellyMcElroy2_300pxKelly McElroy is the Student Engagement and Community Outreach Librarian at Oregon State University Libraries & Press. She received her MLIS and Master of Archival Studies from the University of British Columbia. Kelly organizes with her communities as a coordinator of the annual Zine Pavilion at ALA Annual, is a moderator of the #critlib chats on Twitter, and is a founding member of her local chapter of Showing Up For Racial Justice (SURJ). She co-edited the two-volume Critical Library Pedagogy Handbook (ACRL 2016), winner of the 2017 ACRL Instruction Section Ilene F. Rockman Publication of the Year Award.

Magali Sanchez, img_3472.jpgLatina Services Librarian at the Newberg Public Library in Oregon. Received my BA in Ethnic Studies with an emphasis on Chicanx Studies from Oregon State University.
Working with UNIDOS Bridging Communities, a diverse non-profit working to advocate for Latino immigrant families and build bridges of support and understanding among Latino and non-Latino communities in rural Yamhill County, Oregon.
Future University of Arizona Masters in Library Information Science graduate student.



Dr. Mei-Mei Wu is a Professor and the founding chair of the Graduate Institute of Library & Information Studies of National Taiwan Normal University. meimeiwu's photoShe earned her MLIS and Ph.D. degrees from the School of Communication and Information at Rutgers University. Dr. Wu co-founded the Chinese Information Literacy Association (CILA) in 2003 and served as the Committee Chair of Information Literacy of LAROC (Library Association of R.O.C.) in 2012-13. She served as the Chair of the International Relations Committee for the American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) from 2012-13, which became the Association for Information Science and Technology in 2013. She is the Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Library and Information Science (JLIS).