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CPDWL Conference programme for the Singapore Congress 2013

CPDWL sessions

Sunday 18 August, 2013 13:45 – 15:45, Session 83
Building a learning and knowledge sharing organisation
Room: Summit 1
Information Technology, Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning and Knowledge Management –a NPSIG programme sponsored by CPDWL
Monday 19 August, 2013 09:30 – 12:45, Session 100
Libraries as learning organisations: how to nurture growth in our staff and our communities
Room: Summit 2
Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning with Education and Training (SET)
Wednesday 21 August 2013 11:45 – 13:45, Session 176
Taking charge of your career: a workshop
Room: Summit 1
Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning
Read more in the workshop blog post.
Thursday 22 August 2013 10:45 – 13:00, Session 210
New librarians global connection: best practices, models and recommendations
Room: Nicoll 3
New Professionals Special Interest Group with Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning

Standing Committee Meetings

Saturday 17 August 2013 12:30 – 15:00, Session 31
Room: 312
SC I Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning
Tuesday 20 August 2013 15:00 – 16:30, Session 149
Room: 310
SC II Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning
New members, please note that SCI and SC II Meetings are our section’s business meetings where we plan our activities for the coming year. Please be sure to try to attend both meetings.

WLIC 2013 Session: Libraries as Learning Organizations: how to nurture growth in our staff and our communities

Libraries as Learning Organizations: how to nurture growth in our staff and our communities

Presentations from 7 countries on Monday, August 19 from 9:30 to 12:45 in Room Summit 2

Conceptualising the learning organisation: Creating a maturity framework to develop a shared understanding of the library’s role in literacy and learning

Speakers: Gillian Hallam, Andrew Hiskens, Rebecca Ong ; Institution: National and State Libraries Australasia (NSLA);City and Country: Melbourne,Australia

The relationships among individual, team and organizational learning in Taiwan’s university and college libraries

Speaker: Ti Yu; Institution: Jinwen Univ. of Science & Technology; City and Country:  New Taipei City, Taiwan

Academic libraries as learning organisations: The Romanian perspective

Speaker: Octavia-Luciana Madge; Institution: University of Bucharest; City and Country: Bucharest, Romania

Thanks for being awesome’: Using the learning organisation model to enhance client service

Speakers: Catherine  Clark, Bel Shilkin, Jill Benn, Merrilee Albatis, Roz Howard, Felicity Renner; Institution: The University of Western Australia; City and Country: Australia

A corporate climate for learning: Practices from the National Library Board, Singapore

Speakers: Yeo Zhe Benedict, Varshini P.Muthu, Idzhana Kailani; Institution: National Library Board of Singapore;  City and Country: Singapore

Share and learn: A recipe for learning

Speakers: Teemu Rauhala, Anki Mölläri, Harri Pikka, Elina Beekmann, Maritta Harjunpää; Institution: University of Tampere, School of Information Sciences; Helsinki Public Library; Kuovola Public Library; City and Country:  Tampere, Finland

Learning community as a model for cultivating teaching proficiencies among library instructors: A case study

Speakers: Lesley Moyo &  Jennifer Nardine; Institution: Virginia Tech; City and Country: Blacksburg, Virginia, USA

Developing library professionals: The influence of communities of practice

Speakers: Shukriah Binti Haji Yon; Geeta Albert ; Institution: Penang Public Library Corporation; Knowledge Connections Inc. & Paradigm Systems &

City and Country: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

July 16 – New Librarians Global Connection, free quarterly webinar

Dear colleagues:
We are proud to present  the 2013 webinar series
“New Librarians Global Connection: best practices, models and recommendations.”
For the second 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 is a great opportunity for membership participation via new worldwide online programming.
Following our tradition of excellence, this year our keynote speakers for each of our quarterly sessions come from different regions of the world. They include IFLA Incoming President, Sinikka Sipilä, and the President of the Library Association of Singapore, Gene Tan.
Below, the date and time of the next webinar. Save the date!
July 16, 2013
2:00 p.m. CDT
3:00 p.m. EDT
9:00 p.m. CET
Link to access the virtual meeting room – coming soon.
Webinar length is one hour.
Keynote by  Barbara Jones, Director, Office for Intellectual Freedom at the American Library Association. Keynote topics: Intellectual freedom and librarians, why IF is important for librarians, recent initiatives and issues.
Eva Hornung, Ph.D., Librarian at CDVEC Curriculum Development Unit in Dublin, Ireland. Topic: continuing development of solo librarians.
Another speaker, TBC.
The topics for the webinars were compiled from surveys, Proceedings from CPDWL Satellite Conference for WLIC 2012, topics presented by speakers during the NPSIG and MLAs program at the WLIC 2012 in Helsinki, NPSIG working group, and new librarians’ forums, listservs and online spaces.
The quarterly webinars are presented in January, April, July and October.Stay tuned for more news!
The webinars are archived, therefore you can join them, ask questions and participate in conversations with international colleagues live, or you can listen to them later, anywhere at any time. For more information about the 2012 series and to listen to the webinars from January and April 2013, visit the following link
Questions and requests for information:
Loida Garcia-Febo
Series Coordinator

June issue of the CPDWL newsletter

The June issue of the CPDWL newsletter is now published. Read some news about the CPDWL sessions in Singapore and other interesting news!

Standing Committee Officers and Responsibilities …………………………. 2

Letter from the co-Chairs …………………………………………………… 5

A thank you note /Ulrike Lang ……………………………………………………… 7

Susan Schnuer awarded the John Ames Humphry OCLC Forest Press Award 8

CPDWL Membership Statistics …………………………………. ………. 8

Introducing the new Standing Committee members …………………… 9

CPDWL Conference programme for the Singapore Congress ……….. 12

From the Information Coordinator / Catharina Isberg…………………… 13

New Librarians Global Connection: best practices, models and recommendations 13

Book tip / Catharina Isberg …………………………………………………………. 14

CPDWL workshop: Taking Charge of your Career

Report of the IFLA DIAL Working Group

Cut from the CPDWL Newsletter 

Ulrike Lang, Co-Chair of CPDWL

During the World Library and Information Congress (WLIC) in Helsinki the issue of communication within IFLA was discussed and an active interest in strengthening the flow of information and communication was expressed.

As a result of one of these discussions, during the Division IV Leadership Brief on August 12, led by Division Chair Anna Maria Tammaro, the IFLA DIAL Working Group was established to investigate concerns related to IFLA communication issues and to develop proposals for the Professional Committee to consider at its meeting in December 2012 and to develop a work strategy and establish a consultation mechanism.

The group posted an opening statement in English and Spanish inviting participation to contribute to web-based discussions using different channels, including IFLA-L and comments on several IFLA blogs.

A short online survey available in English and Spanish received replies with a good geographical spread. 45% of the respondents were IFLA Officers, SC Members or SIG Conveners.

The questions of the survey were also posted on twitter.

Q1. What do you think about the way that IFLA communicates with its activists?

Q2. What do you think about the way that IFLA communicates with its members?

Q3. What do you think about the way that IFLA communicates with the general public?

Q4. What do you think about the way that IFLA uses social media? (blogs, twitter, etc)

Q5. What suggestions do you have to improve communications within IFLA?

A majority of respondents would like to see more transparency in decision-making processes, and more open discussions rather than just decisions communicated to officers and other activists.

There was also the general feeling that officers are limited by rules and the communication between sections is minimal and should be encouraged.

Most communication between IFLA officers and activists is face to face at the WLICs and some email contacts.

If members cannot join the WLIC, there is almost no communication. And for many colleagues IFLA is something far away and expensive.

Most respondents would like ongoing, constant communication online. The need for an

intensified exchange in these virtual spheres and the shift towards more participating media like social networks was expressed.

The responses of the survey also pointed out that IFLA would benefit from a much stronger and more strategic social media strategy. So far (with some exceptions) new media have just been added on top of the old structure. Respondent missed personal blogging and twittering that allow readers to sense the breath and pulse of the organisation.

IFLA’s Professional Committee’s own blog, ProfSpeak: was welcomed as a very good start although it should be more visible – at the moment the new blog, which uses a locally hosted WordPress platform, is not visible on IFLA’s own list of featured blogs thus, new ProfSpeak posts are not visible under Recent posts.

IFLA is the sum of its members. Respondents expressed a wish for IFLA to change for transparency and collective learning purposes, and in order to try new ways of engaging with the community.

While library and information professionals are eager to demonstrate the contributions we are making to society through our work in learning and research, information literacy, health information provision, social engagement, etc., IFLA communicates from the inside out,

We need a communication strategy from the user’s perspective (outside in) to showcase our contributions and bring the voice of librarians to the public discussion, especially in political issues such as copyright, open access, freedom of speech, etc.

IFLA is quite a large body with many parts, and rules and deadlines are needed to ensure that things get done in a coordinated way.

IFLA is made up of many people from many countries and different backgrounds and so there are different communication needs at different levels, in different groups and for different purposes.

While an update is definitely required and social media offers great opportunities, we should not forget that a significant proportion of IFLA members and potential members still encounter barriers due to lack of access to technological advances as well as language and skill barriers. Lack of resources brings a gap in participation as wide as the digital divide, which also needs bridging. Balancing IFLA participation between members from developed countries and professionals from countries still in development through greater communication and involvement, incorporating those from countries which currently still do not have much of a presence, and communicating with and strengthening national library associations are good starting points to achieve more balance.

How could we change for the better?

We could change for the better by practicing real dialogue, deep listening and organisational learning.

For example the leadership forums could be arranged as platforms with GB and PC members’ presence for activists to ask and suggest, and put more effort into organising virtual meetings to encourage greater participation.

Some investment on the website may be appropriate in order to develop a more user friendly IFLA website, including check lists / FAQs for newcomers, a blog to get the answers to common questions etc.

Library blogs exist in a competitive universe. Web readers expect blogs to be relatively informal but also frequently updated.

The IFLA Dial working group is very happy that PC and GB accepted the statement and will start a discussion within the IFLA community.

We see the importance to include this topic in our section work and ask everyone to come up with suggestions how we can improve our work in line with the surrounding needs.

Members of the IFLA Dial Working Group of CPDWL are Catharina Isberg, Information Coordinator and Ulrike Lang, Co-Chair of CPDWL.

A report from the “Satellite Meeting in Tampere”, 2012

Cut from the CPDWL Newsletter (in the newsletter you’ll also find some pictures)

Juanita Jara de Súmar. Newsletter Editor

The Road to Information Literacy: Librarians as Facilitators of Learning is the title of the Satellite meeting convened jointly by the Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning and Information Literacy Sections and hosted by Tampere University Library, in Tampere, Finland, 8 – 10 August 2012 . The organizing committee was chaired by Susan Schnuer and Leena Toivonen.

Conveners, host and editorial team did a fantastic job,. The venue was excellent and the programme was rich, varied and very interesting. For the first time a CPDWL satellite meeting had it own website, where you can find the slide shows that accompanied the presentations.

A mentoring programme for first time participants was offered for this event, The help of seven volunteers coordinated by Arne Gundersen and Zuza Wiorogorska was much appreciated by those who benefitted from it.

Also, as is customary in all CPDWL satellite meetings, the editors of the proceedings: Roisin Gwyer, Ruth Stubbings & Graham Walton delivered the volume containing the Elizabeth Stone Memorial Lecture and 22 selected papers. The proceeding have been published as IFLA Publications Series 157.

A total of 126 registrations were received. Participants came from all five continents, but mainly from Europe. And something they appreciated very much was the friendly atmosphere and the opportunities for networking.

The local committee organized a city and surroundings tour, various library tours, a reception at the Old City Hall, offered by the City of Tampere, and an excellent Conference dinner.

The Conference itself started with a Welcome address from Katja Kannonlahti, the University of Tampere Head of Communications. This was followed by the Elizabeth Stone Memorial Lecture, delivered by Kirsti Lonka from the University of Helsinki, on Engaging Learning Environments for the Future.

The second day started with the Keynote Lecture Facilitating Learning Through Guided Inquiry, delivered by Carol Kuhlthau, Professor Emerita Rutgers University

The rest of the program of the two days was divided in seven sessions, with a total of 37 papers and 6 workshops. There were also 6 poster sessions on display.

The organizers expressed their gratitude to the Tampere University staff who helped in multiple ways and the librarians who conducted visits and library tours, and to Standing Committee members who volunteered to be moderators of the sessions.

And, of course, the coffee breaks and lunches were wonderful!

Additional photos can be seen at