Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Free IFLA/ALA Webinar, July 26 2016: Information Literacy in my career

IFLA Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning (CPDWL) and IFLA New Professionals SIG (NPSIG) 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

Date: July 26, 2016 
Time: 10am Central Standard Time (Chicago, USA) / 11am Eastern Standard Time (NYC, USA) / 4pm British Summer Time (London, UK) / 5pm (Stockholm, Sweden)

To join the webcast on July 26: Go to to access the live event.   The webinar will be recorded and the recording will be made available online after the event.

Questions should be directed to

Loida Garcia-Febo
President, Information New Wave

IFLA Governing Board Member
IFLA Action for Development through Libraries Programme (ALP) Chair
ALA Executive Board Member
Professional website:
CPDWL Member, NPSIG Advisor,
Coordinator: New Librarians Global Connections online series

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Applications are now open for the next round of the International Librarians Network (ILN) peer mentoring program. Fill out the application at

This is an opportunity to expand your international professional network at no cost and with no travel required. You will be matched with a librarian from another country for a four month peer mentoring relationship during which you can correspond and share ideas. The ILN (based in Australia) has partnered with IRRT to provide discussion topics to help guide your conversations, and hosts online conversations throughout the program.

This is a great way to learn about libraries and librarianship in other places!

Meet the ALA Emerging Leaders Team (2015-2016) and Learn about Their IRRT Project

(From Left to Right: Myriam, Mandi, Charissa, Sean, Jason)

The Emerging Leaders Program is an ALA program that gives support to new/emerging library leaders Different ALA division/Roundtables are asked to sponsor Emerging librarian leaders by giving $ support for them to attend ALA Conferences and gain professional experience in leading and completing a project. The Emerging Leader (EL) that IRRT sponsored this past year (2015-2016) was Charissa Powell, Undergraduate Experience Librarian at Kansas State University. IRRT submitted a project for ELs and it was accepted. Thus, Charrisa, and a team of 4 other ELs (sponsored by other ALA divisions/roundtables) agreed to take on this project. The total team composition was:

1. Charissa Powell (Kansas State University) 
2. Sean Buckner (Texas A&M University)
3. Jason Broughton (South Carolina State Library)
4. Myriam Martinez-Banuelos (University of North Texas)
5. Mandi Goodsett (Cleveland State University)
IRRT member Lucas Mak (Michigan State University), honorary team member and former EL himself, was assigned as the team’s mentor/adviser.

The project was titled the “IRRT Free Links: Disaster Planning & Recovery”.  IRRT maintains a page of “free links” (links to free library-related resources) on different themes.  One theme is technology. Another theme is library advocacy.  This past year, the theme was Disaster Planning and Recovery.  The EL team reviewed worldwide resources—freely available on the Internet—related to disaster planning and response, and compiled them in a single place.  This compilation is the completed project. The EL team started it in January 2016, and completed it by ALA Annual in June 2016. The completed project was advertised on several IRRT communication channels and in-person at the ALA Annual Conference in Orlando where the EL team presented two poster sessions and was featured at the IRRT’s Monday evening reception (over 500 attendees). The completed project can be seen here: