Monthly Archives: December 2020

AFLI held its first virtual forum on the role of libraries in supporting E-learning and distance education

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the world has gone through the crisis and witnessed many developments, which made remote work and distance learning a reality that pushed many universities, educational institutions, libraries to develop their capabilities to support the e-learning and distance education processes.

Based on the belief of the Arab Federation for Libraries and Information (AFLI) regarding this subject, AFLI held its first virtual forum entitled “The role of libraries in supporting e-learning and distance education” from 23-23 Jul. 2020

The forum focused on the following themes:

  1. Mechanisms and components of enhancing the role of libraries in e-learning and distance education
  2. Library services and innovative practices supporting e-learning and distance education
  3. Integration of library systems, e-learning management systems, and distance education platforms.
  4. Libraries, virtual learning groups, and cooperative learning platforms.
  5. Experiences and case studies for distance education in libraries and information field.
  6. Libraries’ policies and strategies to support national strategies for e-learning and distance education.
  7. Measuring the impact and the return on investment of library services in supporting e-learning and distance education

IFLA President Christine Mackenzie during her speech

After welcoming the Library professionals and academic from different Library Sector by Prof. Hassan Alsereihy, President of the Arab Federation for Libraries & Information, IFLA President Christine Mackenzie gave the opening speech entitled “IFLA: Adjusting to a New Normal”, where she spoke about IFLA strategy & IFLA Governance review, she also focused on IFLA program and initiatives especially during the pandemic.

During his speech, Michael Dowling, Director of International Relations at the American Library Association provided a presentation entitled ” ALA: Responding to Help Libraries in a Time of Crises and Opportunity” where he gave an overview of how the American Library Association has and is responding to help in this time of crisis, but also a time of opportunity.


It’s worth mentioning that more than 32 speakers presented their research during the virtual forum, from different Arab countries like Jordan, Tunisia, Algeria, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Lebanon, Kuwait and Egypt.

This summary below shows the success of AFLI virtual forum


Forum statistics


Day one

Day two

No. of attendees



Facebook (Live Broadcast)



Twitter (accounts followed the events)



#WeAreCPDWL Global Playlist for 2021!

2020 has been a wild year. We are now heading to 2021. IFLA’s Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning (CPDWL) Section is excited to announce our new global playlist 2021!

CPDWL members contributed their favorite hits and songs to this playlist. Over 60+ songs in many different languages have been added on our Spotify and YouTube channels.


Spotify (account needed):


Enjoy the music and hits curated by CPDWL members to celebrate the holidays and 2021!

Thanks to the following CPDWL members for contributing their songs!

Carmen Lei

Chinwe V Anunobi

Ulrike Lang

Ivana Todorovic

Hiro (Mitsuhiro ODA)

Rajen Munoo

Gill Hallam

Matilde Fontanin

Loida Garcia-Febo

Edward Lim

Ewa Stenberg

Wanda Kay Brown

Svetlana Gorokhova

Almuth Gastinger

Daria Beliakova

Sara Ulloa

Heba Mohamed Ismail

Claudiane Weber

Ray Pun


For a complete list of songs:

Maputo by Bob James and David Sanborne
 Just Dance by Lady Gaga
“Amazing Grace” (Minako Honda)
Your Body is a Wonderland (John Mayer)
Element of Crime: Am Ende denk ich immer nur an dich
The Horses – Ricky Lee Jones
Chetam Onyenwem achụpụkwala nwodibo nwaodibo gi.
Ana Bashaa El Bahr – Nagat
Shall We Talk 陳奕迅
Earth Song (Michael Jackson)
Dance with my father Luther Vandross
 Halo by Beyonce
Perry Como-There Is No Christmas
Celebration Kool and the Gang
Savage Garden: Truly, Madly, Deeply
This Must Be The Place/Iron & Wine and Ben Bridwell
There must be an angel by Eurythmics
Lela- Gustavo Santaolalla
There must be an angel by Eurythmics
Cris Romagna – Chegada É Caminho


YMCA by Village People
Cup of Life – Ricky Martin
“Tsubasa Wo Kudasai” (Hayley Westenra)
私以外私じゃないの (Gesu No Kiwami Otome)
Blues Brothers: Everybody needs somebody to love
Don’t Call my Name – Raphael Gualazzi
Ọdighị onye nwere ike ka Chineke , amamihe mmadu adịghị ka nke Chineke
لو بطلنا نحلم نموت – محمد منير
Tomorrow will be better (Sing Sing Rabbit)
Échame La Culpa (Luis Fonsi, Demi Lovato )
I’m every woman – Shaka Khan
Green day WooHoo
The Ronetess-Frosty The Snowm
Three White Horses (old Russian film)
Olivia Newton-John: Physical
I’m Yours/Jason Mraz
 “Don’t Give Up on Your Dreams” (Takako Okamura)
Tu pum pum – Lisa M
 Crocodile Rock (Elton John)
Tom Jobim – Chega de saudade


Everybody wants to rule the world by Tears for Fear
I am the Fire- Halestorm
“Honesty” (Billy Joel)
アイニユケル (Salyu)
Rainhard Fendrich: Es lebe der Sport
Via con me – Paolo Conte
Kwebenu ukwe n-etinu mkpu ọṅụ, n’ ihina onye nọ netiti unu bụ nnukwu onye dị nsọ nke Izrel.
Ana Ibn Misr – Esseily, Mostafa Hagag & Medhat Saleh
你是你本身的傳奇 (方皓玟)
You can’t stop the beat (from movie “Hairspray”)
Let it Start in me – Gaither vocal
Lorenzo Jovanotti Il più grande spettacolo dopo il big bang
The andrews sisters merry christmas polka
Best Russian Artists “To Live”
Helen Reddy: I am woman
Stay Alive/José González
 Supertramp: It’s raining again
Shake it Off – Taylor Swift
 Let’s dance – David Bowie
Astrud Gilberto, João Gilberto and Stan Getz – The Girl from Ipanema


Orinco Flow by Enya
Here’s to Us- Halestorm
“Sukiyaki” (Kyu Sakamoto) h
Closing Time (Semisonic)
Otis Redding: Sitting on the dock of the bay
Ragamuffin – Selah Sue
Sọ otu ihe ka m na-arịọ n’ aka Dinwenụm
Calum Scott, Leona Lewis – You Are The Reason (Duet Version)
我們都是這樣長大的 (鄭秀文)
Irgendwas bleibt (Silbermond)
Mango Groove Dance Some More
F.Sinatra-Mistletoe And Holly
F.Sinatra-The Christmas Waltz
Polina GAGARINA “Snowstorm”
Kate Miller Heidke: Thanks for today
Bitter Truth/Iron & Wine
 Bia nye ya ekele bia sekpuelu ya bia nye ya ekele tonu chukwu
One River – Benji Wertheimer
 Fairouz – Laylet Eid
Paulinho da Viola – Foi um Rio que passou em Minha Vida –


Thank You For The Music Abba
Celebration (Kool and the Gang)
Celebrate good times
Jazz Dance Orchestra Happy New Year (ABBA cover)
Bing crosby christmas in killarney
Diskoteka Avarija “New Year”
Qantas Children’s Choir: I still call Australia home!
Is This Love/Bob Marley
Feliz Navidad by José Feliciano
The passenger – Iggy Pop
Feliz Navidad by José Feliciano
Daniela Mercury – Aquarela do Brasil –

Russian Libraries in IFLA: New Formats of Engagement by Svetlana Gorokhova, Daria Beliakova and Maria Bereslawskaia

Russian Libraries in IFLA: New Formats of Engagement round table was held on Wednesday, December 09, 2020, by the Library for Foreign Literature, IFLA Russian Language Center at Russian State Library and the International Cooperation Section of Russian Library Association (RLA).

Purpose of the meeting was to inform the Russian library community on the following developments:

  • IFLA Governance Review;
  • Changes in the IFLA Statute to vote for;
  • New WLIC formats.

The questions raised included:

  • how to effectively transfer traditional Russian WLIC events into new formats – online  and hybrid ones;
  • what are the new activities Russian delegates could design to make their participation in 2021 WLIC ultra productive ?
  • what kind of professional development events could make Russian library professionals better prepared for ultimate engagement in WLIC events, various IFLA units, programs and projects all through the year.

The roundtable brought together 73 participants, including members of IFLA sections’ standing committees, representatives of library associations and professional media and managers from libraries of various types. Especially noteworthy was the attendance of representatives from the CIS national libraries.

The online roundtable opened with welcoming remarks by its organizers and a keynote address by IFLA President Christine Mackenzie where she presented in detail the Governance Review outline,  its background  and the anticipated results.

The contributions, which followed C. Mackenzie’s speech, drew upon and further developed the theses made by the IFLA President. The presenters discussed the results of the Global Vision project, which led to the development of the IFLA Strategy for 2019 – 2024, as well as other recent IFLA documents, including a Draft of the Governance Proposal of 11 August 2020 and the IFLA Annual Report for 2019.

The online audience got familiarized with the outcomes of the latest IFLA General Assembly, which took place in the virtual format on 5 November, 2020. They were also informed of an upcoming extraordinary General Assembly to be held on 12 February, 2021. This General Assembly’s primary purpose is to have a vote on the new IFLA Statutes. The speakers paid particular attention to the changes in the IFLA Statutes to help their colleagues – Russian delegates to the General Assembly – to form their judgement in the upcoming vote. The discussion also focused on the anticipated shifts in the IFLA structure, for instance, setting up regional councils, their composition and mission.

The representatives of the IFLA Section for Education and Training ; Statistics and Evaluation IFLA Section; IFLA Section for Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning shared how the pandemic made them adapt to the online communication tools and how their sections effectively used them to stay in touch and achieve their work plans for 2020. In these hard times we are experiencing with the Covid-19 and the cancellation of the WLIC in Dublin and other usual face-to-face meetings, section members are trying to make the most of online collaboration opportunities using blogs and other social media, as well as open access resources. The online discussion focused, among other things, on the results of the Library World Map project and plans for new webinar cycles. Remote working seems to have had a cohesive effect upon the section teams scattered all over the globe.

In the framework of the preparations for the WLIC–2021, representatives of the International Cooperation Section (RLA) came up with a proposal to run a cycle of webinars about different IFLA divisions and sections. It will help present and discuss the value of Russian delegates’ joint work to advance their professional agendas and enhance Russia’s stature in IFLA.

Building the awareness of the IFLA reform trends among library professionals in the CIS countries and promoting their engagement in IFLA units were the topics of another discussion highlighting the need to run a cycle of professional development events for the CIS library community.

Participants also came forward with an initiative to hold meetings in English prior to the next WLIC, to make Russian-speaking delegates better prepared for the effective communication with their foreign colleagues.

The roundtable’s organizers will continue providing up-to-date information about IFLA developments and consultations to all those planning to participate in the coming WLIC and votes to IFLA sections’ standing committees or elections in the divisions and the Governing Board. The organizers are ready to offer assistance in familiarizing with IFLA key concepts and translating essential information materials.

Here’s the recording for this webinar:


Svetlana Gorokhova, Advisor to Director General All Russia State Library for Foreign Literature, Moscow, Russia

Daria Beliakova, Head of the Centre for Cooperation with International Professional Organisations, Library for Foreign Literature, Moscow, Russia

Maria Bereslawskaia, leading methodologist of the Centre for Cooperation with International Professional Organisations, Library for Foreign Literature, Moscow, Russia

Winners of CPDWL+NPSIG Library Meme Contest …

Congrats to all who created and sent memes from Dec 4-6! We are incredibly happy with the participation! CPDWL jury members voted for their top memes. Top 3 winners will receive prizes from Skilltype, an LIS professional development tool!

Honorable Mentions: Memes #3 and #15

librarian's nightmare

Creator: Diego Ariel Vega, Head of Department of Standards and Procedures,Autonomous City of Buenos Aires, Argentina


successful cpd needs diverse teams in libraries

Creator: Ulrike Lang, CPDWL Co-Chair, Germany


Here are our top three voted memes…


In third place: Meme #13

omg it looks amazing, i should organize books by their color. also me: no no no, you're a librarian, you should classify your books by subject.

Creator: Elif Öztop, Master Student in Ankara University, Turkey


In second place: Meme #5

every book is a world, find yours in your library

Creator: Diego Ariel Vega, Head of Department of Standards and Procedures,Autonomous City of Buenos Aires, Argentina


In first place: Meme #1

not even the pandemic will separate us

Creator: Roxana Dinu, Librarian, National Library of Romania


Congrats to all! More information about their work will come in our January 2021 newsletter! Stay tuned!

Thanks to our CPDWL jury members, a global jury, who had to make tough decisions!

Loida Garcia-Febo
Edward Lim
Sandy Hirsh
Monica Ertel
Catharina Isberg
Sara Ulloa
Svetlana Gorokhova
Rajen Munoo
Carmen Lei
Almuth Gastinger
Wanda Kay Brown
Juanita Jara de Súmar
Heba Mohamed Ismail
Chinwe Anunobi
Claudiane Weber
Micle Maria
Ivana Todorovic
Daria Beliakova
Gill Hallam

Our First Library Meme Contest just finished!

We received some great memes over the weekend to celebrate #InternationalVolunteersDay with our NPSIG partnership. 

From Dec 4-6, contributors sent fun library memes from Romania, Argentina, Germany, Austria, Mexico, Turkey, United States, Poland and more!

We’ll be announcing the 3 top winners based on the highest number of votes from CPDWL judges soon!

Watch our video!


A Report on CPDWL and M&M Webinar: From Disaster to Wonder – Managing successful teams,

By Maria Bereslawvkaya,  Library for Foreign Literature, Russia


On 19 November, 2020, the IFLA CPDWL and M&M Sections, in cooperation with ALA, held an online webinar, From Disaster to Wonder – Managing successful teams, focused upon management and leadership skills required to provide the successful team work.

Dr Dilara Begum, Associate Professor and Chairperson, Department of Information Studies, East West University, Bangladesh, opened the webinar with the discussion of the management and leadership concepts, looking into their similarities and differences. Spelling out the multifaceted mission, which information professionals are expected to perform as leaders in their communities, D-r Begum singled out their roles in capacity building through training programs, including digital and information literacy, promoting communication between people, linking with the government and empowering the vulnerable social groups. She drew parallels between characteristics of a librarian and those of an entrepreneur, highlighting the most essential qualities that leaders need, such as communication skills (in particular emotional intellect), motivation, creativity, etc. She dwelled upon the competencies and skills required of the XXI-century library leaders. Speaking of the challenges faced by library leaders, Dr Dilara Begum pointed to the lack of motivation and self-development culture as major impediments. She put particular emphasis on the need to develop the overall organizational culture open to change. She believes that despite the lack of tolerance and the prejudiced attitude towards female leaders in Bangladesh, female leaders have been prominent on the Bangladesh political and public scene in the past decades. Also, she cited some sources according to which women are more resilient leaders than men, and emerging leadership trends will provide more leading roles to females.

The next presenter, Harish Maringanti, Associate Dean for IT & Digital Library Services, Marriott Library, University of Utah (USA), discussed some theoretical aspects of management backed up with practice, which are instrumental in managing successful teams. He looked into two motivation theories – Herzberg Two-Factor Theory and Expectancy Theory – which define the connection between performance and outcome, thus helping design the appropriate reward for a particular employee. Harish Maringanti reminded the five specific criteria of the SMART approach. He showed how goal-setting worked in practice and demonstrated the benefit of relating each employee’s performance to the organization’s strategic directions and overall performance. Further on, Harish Maringanti described some strategies, which are inherent in high-performance teams and which help to have the right perspective while managing teams, especially in the challenging times of the pandemic.

The last presenter, Moon Kim, Acquisitions Librarian, Ohio State University, focused her report upon various ways to acquire skills for managing and leading. She dwelled upon her personal experiences and described the channels, formal and informal, via which she enhanced her skills. Speaking of formalized training groups, she remarked that they differ in scope, length, structure, format (offline and online) and address a variety of issues, such as models of leadership, conducting difficult conversations, systematic problem solving and behavior assessment tools, which are helpful to understand other people’s behavior and learn more about one’s own leadership style. Another critical facet to leadership development opportunities is their focus on equipping managers to lead change efforts, which is quite topical under the austerity measures.

In her closing remarks, webinar moderator Catharina Isberg, Director, Public Library of Helsingborg (Sweden), placed particular stress on the word ‘pandemic’ and characterized it as something affecting us a lot nowadays. She asked the presenters to give a brief answer to the question, how the pandemic changes management and management skills. Common to the responses was the stress on the need to be more flexible and empathetic while communicating with people in such difficult times.

Here’s the recording for this webinar:

Russian Libraries in IFLA: New Formats of Engagement

Dear colleagues,

The Library for Foreign Literature, in cooperation with Russian State Library and Russian Library Association, invites  you to participate in an online roundtable, Russian Libraries in IFLA: New Formats of Engagement, on Wednesday, December 09, 2020, 11:00 – 12:30, on the Zoom platform. The working language is Russian.

         The roundtable’s program will cover the following topics:

  • IFLA Governance Review;
  • IFLA Strategy 2019 – 2024 launch and implementation;
  • WLIC-2021 new formats;
  • News about IFLA Sections in the times of the pandemic;
  • New ways of engagement in IFLA activities for Russian libraries.

During the roundtable IFLA President Christine Mackenzie will deliver an address via teleconferencing.

Your participation is welcome. Please register through December 8, 2020:

The roundtable will be live-streamed on Facebook (the official Library for Foreign Literature account).

Please join our roundtable to discuss new formats of engagement in IFLA and new trends in the development of the global library community.



Daria A. Beliakova, Head, Center for Cooperation with International Professional Organizations, Library for Foreign Literature; Standing Committee Member, Section for International Cooperation, Russian Library Association.


Irina V. Gayshun, Head, International Department, Russian State Library; Standing Committee Member, Section for International Cooperation, Russian Library Association.