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Please join us for the upcoming webinar “Utilizing Partnerships to Expand Professional Development Opportunities Worldwide”

Dear colleagues:

We are proud to present the last session of the 2016 webinar series “New Librarians Global Connection: best practices, models and recommendations.”

Upcoming Webinars

The series “New Librarians Global Connection: Best Practices, Models and Recommendations” is organised jointly by IFLA New Professionals Special Interest group and IFLA SC Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning with the support of the American Library Association. This series of free webinars addresses issues of interest to new librarians, library associations and library schools, library-decision makers, and all library workers.

Please join us for the upcoming webinar
“Utilizing Partnerships to Expand Professional Development Opportunities Worldwide”

While partnerships have been an instrumental part of the library’s success in serving the needs of their communities, they now offer librarians profound opportunities for developing new competencies and skillsets that strengthen their careers. This webinar will highlight various examples of international initiatives that not only expand professional development opportunities for librarians, but also connect them to dynamic and globally-based professional networks.
Success stories, challenges, and the impacts of these partnerships will be discussed.

Join us to hear some truly inspiring stories! Join our free IFLA/ALA Webinar on 10 October at 18 UTC.
Below, the date and time of the next webinar. Save the date!

October 10, 2016
2:00 p.m. EDT
8:00 p.m. CEST
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Link to access the virtual meeting room – coming soon. Webinar length is one hour.

Keynote “Professional Development Outcomes of a Globally Based Virtual Conference Partnership: A Library 2.0 Case Study”

Sandra Hirsh, Director and Professor, San Jose State University School of Information, USA

Currently Director and Professor of the School of Information at San José State University, a 100% online program with participants from all over the world. Sandra Hirsh previously worked for a decade in the Silicon Valley at: Hewlett Packard Labs, Microsoft, and LinkedIn and was assistant professor at the University of Arizona. President of the Association for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T) in 2015, she is the co-founder and co-chair of the global virtual Library 2.0 conference series since 2011 (, and serves in leadership roles in ALA and on the IFLA. She edited Information Services Today: An Introduction, published by Rowman & Littlefield in 2015. She holds both a bachelor’s degree and Ph.D. from UCLA and a MLIS degree from University of Michigan.
“20 years of Russian – U.S. partnerships: Lessons learned”

Susan Schnuer, Associate Director, Mortenson Center for International Library Program, USA
Svetlana Gorokhova, Head of Center for International Cooperation, All Russia State Library for Foreign Literature, Russia

Susan Schnuer has worked at the Mortenson Center for International Library Programs for the past twenty-five years and is currently the Associate Director. The Mortenson Center is a unique program located at the University of Illinois in the United States offering intensive professional development programs to librarians around the world.
Involved in the development and implementation of professional development programs for the over 1200 librarians from more than 90 countries, Schnuer has extensive experience in leadership programs and has worked on country specific professional development projects in all continents.
Schnuer is a Notable Member of the ALA’s International Relations Round Table. In 2013, she was awarded John Ames Humphry/OCLC/Forest Press Award for International Librarianship. She was also presented with the Honorary Lifetime Member award from the Library and Information Association of South Africa. In 2015 she received IFLA Scroll of Appreciation.

Svetlana Gorokhova graduated from Moscow Linguistic University in 1989 with Red Diploma in English Language. During her last year in the University she joined the All Russia State Library for Foreign Literature (6 million items in 146 languages) as a Reference Librarian and has worked there since then. At the moment, she acts as Head of Center for International Cooperation, coordinating projects featuring the library as a community center. For two terms Svetlana served as Standing Committee member for the Library Services to Multicultural Population IFLA section.
Since 1996 Svetlana is facilitating joint research activities of the All Russia State Library for Foreign Literature (Moscow, Russia) and Charles F. Kettering Foundation (Dayton, Ohio). In 1998 the Library for Foreign Literature initiated the inter-regional project “Library as a Community Center”, uniting 7 regions of Russia (Saratov, Bryansk, Moscow, St Petersburg, Novosibirsk, Kemerovo, Vologda and Tomsk).

“Rethinking mentoring: online, international peer mentoring with the International Librarians Network”
Alyson Dalby, International Librarians Network Director of Business Operations

Originally from Australia, Alyson has a background in academic and special libraries, having worked for the University of New South Wales Library, the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia, and the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. She has also worked for vendors and associations, and sat on the Board of Directors of the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) from 2013 to 2015.
In 2015 Alyson moved from Australia to Denmark, and now works as Team Manager, Data Readiness for LEO Pharma in Copenhagen, while volunteering for the International Librarians Network. She tweets as @alysondalby and can be found on LinkedIn.

“Challenges and benefits of international cooperation for libraries”
Magdalena Krasowska-Igras, Project Coordinator in Information Society Development Foundation

Magdalena is currently in charge of fundraising and international projects implementation at the Information Society Development Foundation. She has a M.A. in music from the Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, completed cultural management postgraduate studies at the Polish Academy of Science and studied international relations in Collegium Civitas. She is a Senior Expert of Proposal Writing and Budgeting in the Eastern Partnership Culture Programme and runs numerous trainings mostly in the field of international projects planning. She has been involved – as a writer and manager – in many European Union and European Economy Area funded projects addressing the cultural institutions and their capacity.

Moderator: Matilde Fontanin – IFLA CPDWL and AIB (Italian Librarians’ association) – please contact for registration information.

The topics for the webinars were compiled from global surveys. The webinars are presented in April, July and October. Stay tuned for more news!
The webinars are archived. For more information about the 2012-2016 series and to listen to a number of webinars, visit the following link

Questions and requests for information about the series:
Loida Garcia-Febo
Series Coordinator