Friday, May 21, 2021

Upcoming IFLA Virtual Events

 Join us at one of these upcoming late-May and early-June IFLA virtual events!


Research Methods in Librarianship From A- Z: designing, implementing, and disseminating your research


Tuesday, 25 May, 17:00 – 18:00 CEST/UTC+2 (Live AI Closed Captioning and transcription available)




This webinar introduces participants to theory, methods, and tools to equip them to design, implement, critique, and disseminate qualitative and mixed methods research. Participants will explore:

  • Writing effective research questions, hypotheses, and selecting an appropriate theoretical framework
  • The strengths and weaknesses of a variety of data collection methods
  • Data analysis theory that focuses on statistical validity and proper sampling methods
  • Managing your research data for longevity
  • Demonstrating impact and disseminating research to campus administration and the broader professional community


  • Dr. Guillermo Alfaro
  • Ashlynn W. Kogut


-Organised by the IFLA Social Science Libraries Section (SOCSCI)



Projects in the Libraries - Ideas, Innovations, Initiatives


Wednesday, 26 May, 13:00 - 14:30 CEST/UTC+2 (Live AI Closed Captioning and transcription available)




This series of webinars aims to create a place for students to share  their projects, research, and ideas about different topics related to libraries. Each month – April through June 2021 – will address a different theme and a new call for proposals will be issued for that month.


Come hear about the innovative out-of-the-box projects being created or co-created by libraries across the globe.

  • Randolf Mariano (Norway)
  • Gerald C. Diño (Philippines)
  • Jay Michael O. Diola (Philippines)
  • Sagan Wallace (USA)
  • Anthony Martinez (USA)

Moderator: Erik Boekesteijn (Senior Advisor at the National Library at the Netherlands (KB))

-Organised by the IFLA Division IV – Support of the Profession


Open Access, Infodemics and Libraries: Exploring the global equity of science


Wednesday, 26 May, 15:00 – 16:45 CEST/UTC+2 (Live AI Closed Captioning and transcription available)



Returning for a second year, IFLA and Goethe-Institut present the second #EmergingInternationalVoices webinar, this time organised by the young librarians who participated in our successful series from last year! This year we will be discussing: Open Access, Infodemics and Libraries, exploring the global equity of science. How did the COVID-19 Pandemic affect access to Open Access research, including of course access to reliable and correct information about the Pandemic itself? How can libraries solve these problems?

Join us in what will be another thought-provoking discussion from librarians across the world with contributions.


  • Dr Dasapta Erwin Irawan  
  • Prof. Dr. Yaşar Tonta 
  • Tina Purnat 
  • Dr Feđa Kulenović  
  • Victor Ejechi 


 Find out more about the Emerging International Voices programme.


-Organised by the IFLA Policy and Advocacy Team and the Goethe Institute



International Research in Library and Information Science


Wednesday, 26 May, 17:00 - 18:30 CEST/UTC+2 (Live AI Closed Captioning and transcription available)



This webinar will explore international and comparative research in Library and Information Science (LIS). Peter Lor, former IFLA Secretary General and the author of International and Comparative Librarianship will give an introductory talk to examine what is meant by international and comparative research in LIS, what can be learned from such research, and outline what special pitfalls and challenges are to be considered. The introduction will be followed by a panel of LIS journal editors discussing and evaluating the international and comparative LIS research submitted to their journals. The webinar will also include two presentations of international research by Anna Maria Tammaro and Amy van Scoy. 



  • Peter Lor (University of Pretoria, South Africa) 
  • Anna Maria Tammaro (University of Parma, Italy) 
  • Amy van Scoy (University at Buffalo, USA)  



  • Kendra Albright and Theo Bothma (Libri
  • Juan Daniel Machin Mastromatteo (Information Development
  • Steve Witt (IFLA Journal


Moderators: Krystyna Matusiak (University of Denver, USA), Egbert Sanchez (National Autonomous University of Mexico), and Stefan Schmunk (University of Applied Sciences Darmstadt, Germany)


- Organised by the IFLA Library Theory and Research Section (LTR)



New horizons: emerging metadata standards and practices in the 21st century


Thursday, 27 May, 17:00 - 18:30 CEST/UTC+2 (Live AI Closed Captioning and transcription available)



*Due to high registration numbers, the event will be simultaneously livestreamed on the IFLA Bibliography YouTube channel


Join our New Horizons panel for a wide ranging discussion of metadata standards and practices, and keep current with the latest developments from IFLA's metadata sections and standards groups.  The recording and slides will be made available on the Publication page. Check your timezone and save the date!




  • John Horodyski,Managing Director, Insight & Analytics, SaltFlats, and Adjunct Professor at San Jose State University
  • Frédérique Joannic-Seta, head of the Metadata department at the Bibliothèque nationale de France and co-chair of the "bibliographic transition" French national programme
  • Ángela Quiroz U., Library of Congress of Chile, Sección Producción de Fuentes Referenciales, Departamento de Producción de Recursos de Información, and member of the Cataloguing Section Standing Committee


Moderator: Athena Salaba, Kent State University, chair of the Subject Analysis and Access Section


- Organised by the IFLA Bibliography (BIB), Cataloguing (CAT) and Subject Analysis and Access (SAA) Sections



Health Communication for the Complex World


Friday, 28 May, 17:00 - 18:00 CEST/UTC+2



Please join us for our upcoming webinar, 'Health Communication for the Complex World' with health scientist, science communicator, and podcaster Anna W. I. Au. Learn to use clear health communication strategies to improve your health literacy outreach.


Event Outline

  1. Warming up: introducing health and public health
    • How science communication fits into public health
  1. Who are the health communicators?
    • Institutional and individual actors
    • Primary actors and facilitators
  1. What are the common mistakes we make?
    • Two models of science communication will be introduced.
    • Findings from sociology and psychology literature will be used to explain selected mechanisms of attitude and behavioural change.
  1. How can librarians make health communication better?
  • Open science
  • Makerspaces
  • Design training
  • Communication training


- Organised by the IFLA Health and Biosciences (HBS) Section


Evidence-Based Librarianship: Building the Base as We Respond to the COVID-19 Pandemic/Infodemic


Wednesday, 9 June, 15:00 – 16:00 CEST/UTC+2



IFLA Evidence for Global and Disaster Health Special Interest Group (E4GHD) are pleased to invite you to this webinar in our 2021 webinar series.

The Librarian Reserve Corps is an international volunteer network of over 140 medical and public health librarians from 14 countries, working in partnership with the World Health Organization in response to public health emergencies.


The COVID-19 pandemic sparked a dramatic increase in publishing, including the dissemination of scientific research in preprints, press releases and news stories, as well as the creation of new and specialised databases and search portals. This challenged traditional systems and standards for organization and searching.


This webinar will describe the primary initiatives undertaken by the Librarian Reserve Corps to streamline efforts and encourage sharing and collaboration among partners to inform the evidence-base health information response to COVID-19, focusing on the evolution and preliminary results of two key projects:


  1. The development of best practices for searching during public health emergencies
  2. A database validation study of specialized COVID-19 literature databases, jointly led with the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technology in Health



  • Sara Loree, MSLS, AHIP, Medical Library Manager, St. Luke’s Health System (Idaho, US) and Co-Director of the Librarian Reserve Corps
  • Stacy Brody, MI, reference and instruction librarian, Himmelfarb Health Sciences Library, George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Washington, DC
  • Robyn Butcher is a MLIS-research information specialist at Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health (CADTH)


- Organised by the IFLA Evidence for Global and Disaster Health (E4GDH SIG) Special Interest Group


How to get published in scholarly journals – New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific


Wednesday, 9 June, 03:00 – 04:00 CEST/UTC+2/ Auckland, New Zealand – 13:00 – 14:00 NZST



Dr. Anne Goulding, Professor of Library and Information Management, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand


  • Dr. Amanda Cossham, Principal Lecturer, Open Polytechnic of New Zealand
  • Dr. Anne Goulding, Professor of Library and Information Management, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
  • Jayshree Mamtora, Scholarly Communications Librarian, James Cook University, Australia

The aim of this webinar is to provide guidance on being published in academic and professional journals, with a particular focus on the IFLA Journal. The audience will gain insights on the topics of choosing a journal, the editorial and peer review process, IFLA Journal scope and content, and authors' experience for publications through the peer review process. The webinar will be held in four IFLA regions with local times to enable the participation in these webinars. Webinar participants will have ample opportunities in conversations with the IFLA Journal Editor, learn more from Editorial Committee members on reviewing process, and listen to accomplished authors who will share their experience through peer-review process for publications.


Repeated for different time zone coverage (with different speakers and moderators):


- Organised by the IFLA Journal Editorial Team




Be sure to visit IFLA’s Calendar of Events for additional details. Recordings of previous virtual events can be found on the IFLA YouTube channel.


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