Monday, November 22, 2021

Upcoming IFLA Webinars

 Join us at one of these upcoming virtual events! IFLA Professional Unit Virtual Events are an opportunity to engage with a global audience, sharing relevant research and practice through workshops, presentations and discussions. Click on the individual link to find out more, or check out the IFLA Events Calendar Events are offered free of charge.

ALL OUR MEMORIES – Engaging local communities with their local history


Tuesday, 23 November, 14:00 – 16:00 CET/UTC+1

Registration required

Libraries are widely appreciated as stewards of local history and repositories of community’s collective memory but engaging communities with these collections and their local story has become an equally important role for libraries and other cultural institutions.


The IFLA Local History and Genealogy Section is hosting a webinar on 23 November 2021.  In this webinar, you can hear about ‘Brama’s Grodzka – Teatr NN’ work focusing on the history of Lublin, especially on its Jewish district which was completely destroyed during World War II.

Using archival materials, photographs and recorded oral histories and also advanced technical methods, the institution restores the knowledge of the forgotten heritage for the contemporary inhabitants of the city in innovative and engaging ways.


Meanwhile, the Europeana 1914-1918 roadshows in Romania managed not only to collect from Romanian public documents, stories, photos and all kind of memorabilia from World War One’s time, but to also successfully engage diverse categories of public.


Europeana Migration, another successful crowdsourcing project run by Europeana and its partners focused on gathering personal migration stories and associated objects such as pictures, diaries, videos or letters. These stories are part of Europe’s rich and shared history of migration and are recorded for the future.


In this webinar we shall also hear about the Europeana Migration Campaign in Serbia.



  • Cristina Roiu – Head International Marketing Department, Romanian Academy Library, Member- Steering Group; Europeana Communicators Community; Local History and Genealogy Section Standing Committee Member
  • Emil Majuk – Curator, Tadeusz Przystojecki - genealogist: Brama Grodzka - Teatr NN, Lublin Poland
  • Tamara Butigan – Head of Digital Library Department, National Library of Serbia , Europeana Network Association Councillor


-Organised by the IFLA Local History and Genealogy Section (GENLOC)

Accessibility Helps You Share More, Share Better


Tuesday, 23 November, 17:30 – 18:30 CET/UTC+1

Registration required

The IFLA Audiovisual and Multimedia Section (AVMS) invites you to a 60-minute webinar on how to make born digital content more accessible.

Librarian Jessamyn West will look at “born digital” content and share resources and tips to help content producers and sharers reach the widest audience they can.

Jessamyn West is a library technologist from Randolph, Vermont, USA. She is a nationally known speaker, writer, and educator on the issues facing today’s libraries. Her blog focusing on libraries and politics,, is one of the earliest and longest running librarian websites. She writes a column for Computers in Libraries magazine and is the author of the book Without a Net: Librarians Bridging the Digital Divide. She has taught “Tools for Community Advocacy” for the University of Hawaii’s Library School and was on the Advisory Board to the Wikimedia Foundation. As a librarian without a library, for the past fifteen years she has spent most of her time working with her local community as a hands-on technology educator.


- Organised by the IFLA Audiovisual and Multimedia Section  (AVMS)



IFLA/Systemic Public Library of the Year Award: Meeting with the Stars!


Wednesday, 24 November 13:00-14:00 CET/UTC+1


Registration required:


Please join the IFLA Public Libraries Section as we celebrate the 2020/21 shortlisted libraries for the IFLA/Systematic Public Library of the Year Award and to hear from previous winners of the award.

It is widely accepted that the library building is a crucially important ingredient in the successful operation of a public library.


The IFLA Systematic Public Library of the Year Award celebrates beautiful and unique public library buildings from around the world. The award is presented annually to the world’s best public library – a newly built public library that combines functional architecture with creative IT solutions and includes digital development with local culture. But what makes these exemplar libraries so successful? What can we learn from these libraries and which elements are they most proud of? These questions and others will be answered during The Public Library of the Year Webinar.


Representatives from the following short-listed libraries from the 2020-2021 award will be joining the webinar:


- Organised by the IFLA Public Libraries Section (PUBLIB)

 Volunteering in Libraries – Activities and Benefits: A Webinar Series for LIS students


Friday, 3 December, 15:00 – 16:30 CET/UTC+1

Registration required

The IFLA Education and Training Section (SET) and IFLA Professional Division C invite you a webinar dedicated to the benefits of volunteering in libraries.

December’s webinar is dedicated to the International Volunteer Day (December 5). We will talk about your volunteering activities in the libraries, library associations and other library institutions as a LIS student, whether it has been beneficial for your professional development, or how you impacted the library and the users by your volunteering activity.

Keynote speakers: Magdalena Gomułka, Susanne List-Tretthahn, Andrés Reinoso, and Marija Šimunović will present “Volunteering in librarian’s life.”

-Organised by the IFLA Section on Education and Training (SET)




Be sure to visit IFLA’s Calendar of Events for additional details on these and other library and information-related events. Recordings of previous virtual events can be found on the IFLA YouTube channel.