Friday, January 29, 2021

IFLA Virtual Events for February announced

 IFLA Professional Unit Virtual Events for early February are here.  Check back for more events happening the second half of February and beyond.



IFLA SET with University of Calcutta LIS Department - Digital libraries and learning


Friday, 5 February, 15:00 – 16:30 CET/UTC+1  (Live AI translation and transcription available)

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Speakers: Prof Anna Maria Tammaro and Dr Juan Mastromatteo

Digital libraries are socio-technological systems whose vision originated in cognitive science for supporting knowledge creation and learning. This Webinar focuses on the theoretical approaches and best practices of the convergence between digital libraries and learning which is described through a systematic analysis of literature and documentation. Digital libraries can offer a learning environment. Furthermore, offering OER (open educational resources) digital libraries can be a strategic step to improve open education and e-learning. By bringing new applications to teaching and learning, digital libraries could act as innovators in the field of learning.

Digital librarians as educators need a better understanding of learning theories and they need to focus on the communities training needs. COVID-19's impact on digital libraries and e-learning has evidenced specific examples of the opportunities of the convergence between the communities of digital libraries and e-learning.


-Organised by the IFLA Section on Education and Training (IFLA SET) and the University of Calcutta LIS Department




IFLA News Media/Digital Humanities/FAIFE/CLM - Fake News: Impact on Society – Final event in a series of 4 events


Monday, 8-February – 16:00-17:00 CET/UTC+1 (Live AI Closed Captioning and transcription available)

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The final lecture in a series presented by IFLA News Media, Digital Humanities, FAIFE, and CLM, will offer three speakers' research into the concept of fake news and its impact in modern society.  Panelists Damien Wang and Sara Pek, discuss "Strengthening information literacy in the time of COVID-19: the role and contributions of the National Library of Singapore," and Victor Mutyev, will explore research titled, "News analytics in LIS Education and Practice.”


-Organised by the IFLA News Media SectionDigital Humanities & Scholarship SIGFreedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression (FAIFE) and Copyright and other Legal Matters (CLM) Advisory Committees




IFLA CPDWL/KM: Knowledge Café 2021 – 2 sessions


Session 1 - Tuesday, 9-February 10:00-11:30 CET/UTC+1 (Live AI Closed Captioning and transcription available)

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Session 2 - Tuesday, 9-February 21:00-22:30 CET/UTC+1 (Live AI Closed Captioning and transcription available)

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Speakers: Daria Beliakova and Monica Ertel

The IFLA CPDWL and IFLA Knowledge Management sections invite you to participate in this professional event and to choose the time slot works for you. We have compiled the list of table topics for our Knowledge Cafe.

  • Change management techniques for staff
  • New tools for teaching and learning
  • Upgrade your brain! Top 10 essential competencies for modern info pros
  • Finding the motivation for our own professional development
  • Working with diverse generational staff: Millennials, Gen X and Baby Boomers
  • Designing user-centric services and programs
  • Effective and innovative ways to measure the impact of our learning activities


-Organised by the IFLA Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning (IFLA CPDWL) and Knowledge Management (IFLA KM) Sections




IFLA RBSC - Rare Books and Special Collections: Adapting to a Global Pandemic


Wednesday, 10-February 14:00-15:00 CET/UTC+1 (Live AI Closed Captioning and transcription available)

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The IFLA Rare Books and Special Collections Section is offering a panel discussion on the different experiences, plans, and lessons learned about providing services and continuing operations during a pandemic. Learn how special collections librarians from Spain, Sweden, Singapore, and the United States, representing national libraries, university libraries, and archives have thought about strategies for both remote and in-person work under COVID-19. This will be an opportunity for the broader IFLA rare books and special collections community to talk about what we have learned this year - and how we expect to operate in the future. There will be time for questions and discussion.



  • Makeswary Periasamy - Senior Librarian, National Library Board, Singapore
  • Stephanie Stillo - Curator of the Lessing J. Rosenwald Collection, Library of Congress, United States
  • Adelaida Caro Martín - Department of Rare Books and Manuscripts, National Library of Spain
  • Peter Sjökvist - Curator, Uppsala University Library, Sweden


-Organised by the IFLA Rare Books and Special Collections Section (RBSC)



Visit IFLA’s Calendar of Events for additional details, and recordings of previous events playlist located on the IFLA YouTube channel.

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