Webinars 2020

Monday, September 29th 2020

Free Webinar IFLA/IAML: Five Perspectives On Music Librarianship

In collaboration with IAML, the International Association of Music Libraries, Archives, and Documentation Centres, NPSIG is hosting a free webinar.

In this webinar, experts from the field will highlight five different aspects of music librarianship. The presentations will only cover a fraction of the wide scope of music libraries, but through these varied insights we hope to provide a good starting-point for anybody interested to learn more about this fascinating field of librarianship.


  • An Introduction to IAML, the International Association of Music Libraries, Archives, and Documentation Centres (Anders Cato, IAML Secretary General, Pia Shekhter, IAML President-Elect)
  • Local music collections in libraries (public, community, and academic): the Canadian context (Carolyn Doi, University of Saskatchewan, Sean Luyk, University of Alberta, Canada)
  • Can I listen to that online? Providing access to AV collections (Jonathan Manton, Music Librarian for Digital and Access Services,  Irving S. Gilmore Music Library, Yale University, USA)
  • Innovative music services in a public library setting: Three examples from Qatar National Library (Sebastian Wilke, Head of Central Music Library, Frankfurt Public Library, Germany)
  • The 4 R-projects of international music research (Barbara Dobbs Mackenzie, Executive Director, Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale (RILM)

Ours Speakers:

Pia Shekhter 
is President-Elect of IAML – the International Association of Music Libraries, Archives and Documentation Centres. She is also Chair of the Swedish National Branch of IAML. Pia Shekhter works at the Music and Drama Library at the Gothenburg University Library, serving students and faculty at the Academy of Music and Drama.

Anders Cato: works as Senior Advisor at the Unit for Literature and Libraries within the Danish Agency for Culture and Palaces (Slots- og Kulturstyrelsen) in Copenhagen since 2014. The Agency belongs to the Ministry of Culture in Denmark and governs most of Danish cultural life. 
Even though he works in Denmark, he is actually Swedish, and before coming to Denmark, he tried a bit of everything in the Swedish library world, from being a music cataloguer at BTJ, a Swedish private company serving the public libraries, to being a Head of the National Bibliography at the National Library and Head of Cataloguing there for 10 years.
He has a music librarian degree and the work of the music library world has always been very close to his heart, and because of that he has always tried to stay involved in IAML, even though it has not always been my main profession.

Carolyn Doi, Associate Librarian, University of Saskatchewan
Carolyn Doi (A.V.C.M, B.Mus., MLIS) is the Music Librarian at the University Library, University of Saskatchewan. Her research is focused on special collections in music libraries, music and place, and local music collecting. Carolyn is the Primary Investigator on the SSHRC supported project Sounds of Home: Exploring Local Music Collections and Collecting Practices in Canada.

Sean Luyk (B.Mus, MA, MLIS) is a Digital Projects Librarian at the University of Alberta, and Co-Investigator on the SSHRC supported research project Sounds of Home: Exploring Local Music Collections and Collecting Practices in Canada. His research interests include local music, sound, media studies, and the digital humanities.

Jonathan Manton is Music Librarian for Digital and Access Services at the Gilmore Music Library at Yale University. In this role he oversees a wide range of Digital Services, including digitization, digital preservation and digital access initiatives. He also manages archival arrangement and description projects and practices for the library. Before joining Yale, Jonathan was Sound Archives Librarian at Stanford University’s Archive of Recorded Sound and, before that, Technical Support Officer for the Britten Thematic Catalogue Project at the Britten-Pears Foundation in the United Kingdom. Jonathan received his MSc in Information and Library Management from the School of Computing, Engineering, and Information Sciences at the University of Northumbria, UK and MMus in Electroacoustic Music and Sonic Arts from the University of East Anglia, UK. Jonathan gained certification as a Digital Archives Specialist by the Society of American Archivists in 2017. He is the former Chair of the Emerging Technologies and Services Committee for the Music Library Association and is the current Chair of the AV Subject Section for the International Association of Music Libraries. He has published articles in both Brio (International Association of Music Libraries, UK) and Notes (Music Library Association, USA) respectively.

Sebastian Wilke is the new Head of the Central Music Library at Frankfurt Public Library in Frankfurt, Germany. From 2014 till May 2020, he worked as Senior Information Services Librarian at Qatar National Library in the Middle East where he established the library’s music collection and a range of innovative music services. He has extensive experience in international library projects and has been taking on various roles in library associations and initiatives on a national and international level. Sebastian has served as IFLA NPSIG Convenor from 2009 to 2014. He is currently an officer of the IAML Advocacy Committee and Secretary of the IAML Public Libraries Section. More information on his professional activities can be found at https://sebastianwilke.wordpress.com/

Barbara Dobbs Mackenzie is Executive Director of Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale (RILM), a not-for-profit organization that documents and disseminates music research worldwide, across all disciplinary, cultural, and linguistic boundaries.  She is also a Director of the Barry S. Brook Center for Music Research and Documentation, a scholarly facility of the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, and is Past President the International Association of Music Libraries, Archives, and Documentation Centres (IAML). A non-teaching faculty member of the Ph.D. Program in Music at the CUNY Graduate Center, Mackenzie serves on its Executive Committee. She is a Past President of NFAIS (National Federation of Advanced Information Services), a global non-profit membership organization serving those who create, aggregate, and organize authoritative information online. Mackenzie holds a Ph.D. in musicology from the University of Michigan.

Tuesday, July 14th 2020

“Mindfulness to Manage Workplace Stress and Microaggressions”

IFLA Continuing Professional Development and Workplace LearningIFLA New Professionals Special Interest Group, and the American Library Association invite of all you to take part in a free webinar “Mindfulness to Manage Workplace Stress and Microaggressions”. This meeting is a part of the webinar series “New Librarians Global Connection: best practices, models and recommendations“.

Description: Navigating workplace stress and microaggressions—verbal and non-verbal messages that are invalidating or demeaning—can be difficult in any profession, but is especially challenging in service-oriented professions like librarianship.  In addition to identifying and naming stressors and microaggressions, various tools can be employed to mitigate the negative effects of these encounters. This session will provide attendees with a framework—mindfulness—that can be used to help process the often-fraught interactions that may take place in our libraries. The webinar will be recorded. 

What will you find out on the webinar?

  1. You will understand the roles of microaggressions and workplace stressors.
  2. You will know how mindfulness can be used in workplaces in libraries.

A few words more about speakers:

Chippewa M. Thomas is a Professor of Counselor Education in the Department of Special Education, Rehabilitation, and Counseling and Director of the Office of Faculty Engagement at Auburn University. Thomas has published in journals such as the Journal of Counseling and Development, The Family Journal, Educational Gerontology, Journal of Specialists in Group Work, International, Journal of Thought Journal of Progressive Education and collaborated on book chapters in edited books. Thomas’ scholarship focuses on culturally competent counseling practice, social justice in action, community engagement/publicly-engaged scholarship, and wellness/vitality in higher education. She is active with several professional national and international counseling, education and outreach-scholarship affinity groups and organizations, and currently roster-listed as a Fulbright Specialist in Counselor Education.

Pambanisha Whaley is the Collections, Assessment, and Resource Management Coordinator at Alabama State University. Whaley has been an academic librarian for 15 years. Her research interests include: the role of minority library residencies in career advancement, the relationship between psychosocial factors and the success of library mentoring programs, and retention strategies for librarians from underrepresented groups.

Jaena Alabi is a Research and Instruction Services Librarian for the areas of English, psychology, and Africana Studies at Auburn University’s Ralph Brown Draughon Library. Her research interests include peer review of teaching for academic librarians, library collaborations with writing centers, and the effect of racial microaggressions on librarians and profession.

Did you miss the inspiring webinar “Mindfulness to Manage Workplace Stress and Microaggressions”? Don’t worry!, Click HERE to see the complete recording. And here if you want to see the slide of the talk

Thursday, Feb 26, 2020

Developing a Successful Poster Session – examples from the international floor

In collaboration with CPDWL and ALA, NPSIG is hosting a free webinar. Please come and join us learn about creating successful posters!


Dr. Bruce Herbert from Texas A&M University, USA
“In this presentation, we will discuss the ins and outs of creating posters that can speak to your audience and help them relate to your topic. In an effort to help you convey your ideas to your viewers, we will also look at the best ways of giving the poster presentation in a conference or a convention.”

Edward Junhao Lim from New York University, Shanghai, China
“Edward will share about the philosophy behind Derek Crowe’s Designing Butter Posters, the logistics behind poster presentations, and how we can make the most out of any awkward poster presentation at your next library conference.”

Juliana Es M. Munawir, Mohamed Fadzli M. Fauzi from Selangor Public Library Corporation, Malaysia
“Writing is challenging. Imagine having to describe a 2-5 years project into 200 words. There’s so much to tell, so many experiences to share. If that’s not challenging enough for you, then how about transferring all those years of experiences into one poster that describes it all. We would like to share with you our process of visualisation for the poster. Imagine the poster as a world. A world that had only existed in words and imagination. However, instead of forcing our ideas and perspectives into people’s minds, we will substantiate and convey every detail through our poster. That is what forms the basis and perspective of Malaysian posters.”



Dr. Bruce Herbert is Professor of Geology and currently serves as the Director of the Office of Scholarly Communications in the Sterling C. Evans library At Texas A&M University. As Director of OSC, Dr. Herbert is responsible for strengthening the Library’s efforts in scholarly communications and open access through engagement and collaboration with the faculty across campus at Texas A&M University. 
Dr. Herbert’s scientific research explores questions concerning biogeochemical processes that mediate the interactions between human society and ecosystems, including the fate and bioavailability of contaminants, natural and human perturbations of nutrient and organic carbon, and human impacts on ecosystem functioning.  In addition, Dr. Herbert is actively pursuing research that characterizes human understanding of complex earth systems; the professional development of future faculty and teachers; and the design of tertiary educational programs that promote learning for all students, develop synergy between educational and research activities, and address major societal issues.  Dr. Herbert has served as the Associate Director of Geosciences in the NSF-supported Information Technology in Science (ITS) Center for Learning and Teaching at Texas A&M University, the principal investigator of the NSF Teacher Professional Continuum program entitled Professional Learning Community Model for Alternative Pathways in Teaching Science and Mathematics, PLC–MAP, and co-PI of the NSF-sponsored CIRTL Network – Shaping, Connecting, and Supporting the Future National STEM Faculty.
Faculty Profile: http://scholars.library.tamu.edu/vivo/display/nf489b17d
Google Scholar Profile: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=PEIaJTUAAAAJ&hl=en

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Edward Junhao Lim is the Reference and Research Services Librarian at New York University Shanghai – effectively the liaison librarian for business faculty and students. He is also responsible for the library’s marketing team, promoting library services and resources to about 1,200 undergraduate students, and a small, growing group of postgraduate students. Before his current position, he worked as a user experience librarian, in library promotion, and access services at Nanyang Technological University.
Edward served as Honorary Treasurer (2015-17) of Library Association of Singapore (LAS), and is currently a member of the Training & Development Committee (2017-). He initiated the first webinar organized by the association, as well as a Library Carpentry workshop in Singapore, and is looking to expand its pool of instructors, and reach new communities in Asia. He is also part of IFLA CPDWL Standing Committee.

Juliana Es Mohd Munawir

Juliana Es Mohd Munawir has been with the Selangor Public Library Corporation, Malaysia for 14 years. She holds her first degree in Information Systems Management and a diploma in Computer Science, both from Universiti Teknologi MARA. Her portfolio when she first joined the library was Knowledge Management. As her interest and experiences grow, she is entrusted with responsibilities in Corporate Communication, specialising in writing. In her leisure time she enjoys reading, archery, horseback riding and swimming.

Fadzli Fauzi

Fadzli Fauzi is currently  the Head of Services in  the Selangor Public Library, Malaysia. He completed both his Bachelor of Information Management majoring in Information System Management in 2001 and Master’s Degree in Library Science at University Teknologi MARA in 2012. His career path began in 2002 by holding a responsibility as the Head of Reference and Research Department and in 2013, the management entrusted him to lead new department of corporate communication.  Currently he is given an opportunity to lead the library service in Raja Tun Uda Library which includes Smart Selangor Mobile Library. In his spare times he is an open water swimmer and triathlete as well as a FINA certified official.