Thursday, October 31, 2019

Recording of the Webinar: "Digital tools that can change your librarian life"

Dear Colleagues,

the title of Monday's webinar was: “Digital tools that can change your librarian life", where librarians from Poland, Serbia and France presented digital tools which help  improve our work and contact with readers. Speakers focused on free graphic programs, video and augmented reality apps and presented many possibilities of using them.

This webinar was co-sponsored by IFLA’s  New Professionals Special Interest Group (NPSIG), Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning Section (CPDWL), American Library Association and Association of College and Research Libraries.  

Agnieszka Koszowska, Poland
Mirjana NešićSerbia
Julien Sempéré, France

A brief biographies of the speakers is in NPSIG blog

Magdalena Gomułka, Poland

We would like to invite everyone to fill in the survey for webinars which will be organized in the next year. The link is here and more info in NPSIG blog.

Best regards

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Publishing Trends in Eurasia - Online Workshop

Publishing Trends in Eurasia – Publishing initiatives, challenges, and opportunities across institutions and regions
When: Thursday, October 24, 2019, 9:00 am (Central U.S Time)
Where: ONLINE through Blackboard Ultra

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·       Jyldyz Bekbalaeva (Director, American University of Central Asia)
·       Mai Valtna (Head, Estonian National ISBN Agency)
·       Jagoda Nowak (Librarian, Jagiellonian University Library)
·       Mykola Senchenko (Director, Book Chamber of Ukraine)
·       Anatoly Murakhovsky (Deputy Director, Book Chamber of Ukraine) & Oleksandr Afonin (President, Ukrainian Association of Publishers and Book Distributors

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

The Dark Web and Libraries (Preserving Patron Anonymity on the Web)

Time: Nov 7, 2019 08:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

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This webinar will be archived for later view without any cost at later.


With concerns about Internet privacy and security threats, and attacks on policies that protect Internet users – like net neutrality – it is more important than ever to educate yourself about technologies that have the potential to preserve your online rights. While the dark web has received negative media coverage in recent years, in reality it is nothing more than a hyper-secure platform that makes the user virtually anonymous. Used for the right purposes, the dark web can be an important tool for expanding information privacy, information exchange, and freedom from censorship. The purpose of this webinar is to introduce library professionals and Internet users about the dark web, how it works, and how it can be used in your library and home. Key myths and conversations about what the dark web is, media coverage, and why the dark web platforms have transitioned away from calling it by that name, will be discussed.

Key topics of discussion in this webinar include:
·         What the dark web is, and how it came to exist
·         How to install and use some of the basic dark web tools including TOR and I2P
·         How the dark web can be used to fulfill the values and missions of libraries and information organizations
·         How the dark web can be employed on a large-scale in library and information centers and what these organizations can do to support the expansion and security of the dark web
Following the webinar, participants will be able to:
·         Describe what the dark web is
·         Use the dark web to improve the privacy of themselves and their service populations
·         Engage in informed advocacy on the part of the dark web


Brady Lund is a PhD student at Emporia State University’s School of Library and Information Management, where he also received his MLS degree. He presented on the topic of the dark web at both the 2017 and 2019 American Library Association Annual Conferences and is co-author of the book Casting Light on the Dark Web: A Guide for Safe Exploration.

Matthew Beckstrom is systems manager at the Lewis and Clark Library in Helena, Montana. He received his bachelor’s degree in computer science from Montana State University and his MLIS from the University of North Texas. He presented along with Brady at the 2019 ALA Annual Conference on the topic of the dark web and is co-author of Casting Light on the Dark Web.

Monday, October 14, 2019

Free webinar: Introduction to careers in library publishing

Join us on Tuesday, October 29th at 1:00PM Eastern Time for a free webinar designed to introduce library publishing as a career track for new professionals from underrepresented groups. This hour-long webinar is presented by the Educopia Institute as part of the IMLS-funded Library Publishing Curriculum project

Like most specialized subfields of academic librarianship, access to library publishing as a career often happens through informal exposure and networking with experienced professionals. This pathway is often less accessible to librarians from underrepresented groups and those working at smaller or less well-resourced institutions. One of the goals of the Library Publishing Curriculum is to embed diversity, equity, and inclusion principles into the everyday work of library publishing, and this webinar is meant to provide an on-ramp into the profession for interested library professionals and students - especially those from groups traditionally underrepresented in academic librarianship. In it, we will present an overview of library publishing, explore common roles and job functions in this burgeoning field of librarianship, and provide advice on how to build your skills and network to pursue a library publishing career. 

To register, please fill out the registration form. Call-in information will be sent out to registrants by Friday, October 25th. Email with questions. The webinar will be recorded and the recording will be made available on the Library Publishing Coalition website. 

Content description

·  To introduce individuals from underrepresented or marginalized groups to the world of digital publishing and networked communications, with emphasis on what this career pathway looks like and how they can pursue it;
·  To provide an overview about the wide range of digital publication functions libraries engage in today;
·  To offer concrete suggestions regarding how and where to “train up” on this topic and function, and how to build relationships that might help lead to a job opportunity in this field.

·  What is publishing, and what do libraries have to do with it today?
·  What are the library’s most common functional roles in digital publishing?
·  What does the job market look like in library publishing? 
o What do the job titles and descriptions mean, and what do the positions entail?
·  If you want to become a library publisher, what can you do to get started?
o Go through the folder of materials
o Contact us for an ‘interview’