People Interact

Blog about people-centered design by Lisa Chow and Sandra Sajonas.

IFLA New Librarians Global Connection Webinar Recap

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Last week, as part of my summer plan to prevent brain drain, I attended one of IFLA’s webinar in the“New Librarians Global Connection: best practices, models and recommendations” series.

For the third consecutive year, IFLA Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning and IFLA New Professionals Special Interest Group are partnering with the American Library Association to present a series of free quarterly webinars on issues of interest to new librarians, library associations and library schools, library-decision makers, and all library workers. 

This hour long webinar featured 3 speakers from Denmark, Singapore and Mexico; each presenting on a different library trends. The first speaker spoke on leadership and technology and innovation with subtopics of MOOCs – in a learning perspective, wellness, library trends, digital libraries. This one was a bit of a handful for the 15-20 minutes he was allotted. The second speaker presented on the fascinating topic of increasing discovery as a way to bring outside users into the library; mainly via recommendation tools on library catalogs & databases. The final speaker touched on internet censorship, freedom of expression, infodiversity and why it is important for new librarians and students to be aware of freedom of expression and privacy.

While I found some of the presentations interesting and new, I had a difficult time digesting the webinar as a whole since the topics were unrelated and disjointed. Perhaps revolving the webinars around a central theme would improve the continuity of the webinars. Overall, certainly educational.

To listen to the recording of this webinar and others in the series visit http://npsig.wordpress.com/webinars.

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