Sunday, February 21, 2016

Save the Date: Free IFLA/ALA webinar "Library Services to Immigrants and Refugees"

Save the Date: Free IFLA/ALA webinar "Library Services to Immigrants and Refugees"

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.

We believe in libraries serving all the groups in our communities. Therefore, we are glad to collaborate with various library groups to share the most current best practices and models to serve immigrants and refugees. IFLA's Public Library Section has developed an impressive compilation of services from different regions of the world and a recent campaign about services to refugees. EBLIDA in Europe has developed a strong campaign to promote services to these populations. IFLA's Library Services to Multicultural Populations Section has produced detailed guidelines and a toolkit about the topic.

This is a super team and we are so happy to be able to produce an online resource that will be recorded for colleagues to revisit and listen anywhere at any time. A summary of the online event including links to resources presented during the webinar will be shared later in the Spring.
Join us and hear our 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.

March 31, 2016
3:00pm Central time (Chicago)
4:00pm NYC
10:00pm Helsinki
7:00am Sydney

Link to access the webinar: To be announced at a later time.

Please join this important webinar!
Best regards
Catharina Isberg and Ewa Stenberg, Cochairs CPDWL

Free Library 2.016: Privacy in the Digital Age Mini Conference - Wednesday, March 16, 2016, from 12 - 3 p.m.

Library 2.016: Privacy in the Digital Age

The very important topic of privacy will be on everyone's minds for the first Library 2.016 mini-conference, scheduled for Wednesday, March 16, 2016, from 12 - 3 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time. During this focused conversation, keynote speakers and information professionals will discuss the roles and responsibilities of libraries regarding the protections of intellectual freedom, privacy, free speech, information access, and freedom of the press. Participants are encouraged to use #library2016 and #privacy on their social media posts leading up to and during the event.
Confirmed Keynote Speakers
  • Lee Rainie; Director; Internet, Science, and Technology Research; Pew Research Center
  • Jamie Larue, Director, Office for Intellectual Freedom, American Library Association
  • Jonathan Hern├índez, Associate Researcher, Library and Information Institute, National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM)
  • Deborah Caldwell-Stone, Deputy Director, Office for Intellectual Freedom, American Library Association
  • Alison Macrina, Director, Library Freedom Project
Call for Proposals
How are libraries and librarians responding to the increasing complexities of data tracking and desires for data-informed services and marketing? Library professionals worldwide are invited to share their views and research on the topic of privacy. There will be time for 10-15 crowd-sourced presentations. For more information on how to submit a presentation proposal, please view the call for proposals (link is external).
Free Registration
The Library 2.016: Privacy in the Digital Age event is free to attend. Advanced registration (link is external) is required.

For more detailed information:

Sunday, February 7, 2016

IFLA International Leaders Programme: Applications now open Until March 2, 2016

IFLA International Leaders Programme: Applications now open 
Applications open until 2 March 2016

The International Leaders Programme is a two-year Programme designed to increase the cohort of leaders who can effectively represent the wider library sector in the international arena, and to develop leaders within IFLA. The Programme provides opportunities that IFLA is in the unique position to offer through our global role and reputation and our extensive and diverse framework of activities and expertise. 

For full details about the programme, project descriptions, selection criteria and application form, please visit our IFLA International Leaders Programme webpage.
The Programme will bring participants together at the 2016, 2017 and 2018 IFLA World Library and Information Congresses (WLIC) as the main face-to-face forum. In this dynamic and interactive environment, participants will have direct access to international leaders, and undertake eight days [excluding travel time] of activities including: seminar and workshop sessions on issues with a global impact led by leaders in the sector and related fields; participation in specified business meetings; attendance at specified professional programme sessions; working within groups to prepare presentations or reports; liaison with Governing Board members; building support networks.
This experience will be reinforced throughout the Programme with attachments to IFLA professional units and working/advisory groups to contribute to projects of direct relevance to IFLA’s international agenda, Strategic Plan and Key Initiatives. Participants will learn through practice, and be mentored as they strengthen their skills and knowledge.

Through participating in the programme, you will:

  • Contribute to important issues impacting on the future of the library sector
  • Gain experience in working at the international level
  • Gain experience in working with organisations such as the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), UNESCO, the European Commission, the Internet Governance Forum
  • Gain experience in the development of policy and position statements
  • Develop your negotiating and intervention skills
  • Develop your capacity to advocate and set political agendas,
  • Build relationships and develop your networks internationally
  • Build skills to have a broader impact as an advocate in your own library community
The Programme is administered by the Action for Development through Libraries Programme (ALP) under the general direction of the IFLA Governing Board.