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Save the Date! Free IFLA/ALA webinar “New Librarians Global Connection…”

Dear colleagues:

Please save the date for our next free quarterly webinar scheduled for April 16! IFLA President Elect will deliver the Keynote for the event. More information coming up soon!

The event is also listed on the online IFLA calendar here.

WLIC 2013, Singapore – The CPDWL section sessions

“Taking charge of your carrier”, “New librarians global connection: best practices, models and recommendations” and “Libraries as learning organisations: how to nurture growth in our staff and our communities” are the themes for the three sessions which CPDWL are involved in at the WLIC 2013 in Singapore. One of these is a workshop, one is a session together with NPSIG and one is a session together with SET

The workshop session theme is “Taking charge of your carrier”. The format will be round table discussions each lead by a team leader with some experience on the topic and who will facilitate sharing and recording of information.

Together with NPSIG (New Professional Special Interest Group) CPDWL is planning the session “New librarians global connection: best practices, models and recommendations”. The call for papers is available at http://conference.ifla.org/ifla79/calls-for-papers/new-librarians-global-connection

In collaboration with SET (Education and training section) we are planning a session with the theme “Libraries as learning organisations: how to nurture growth in our staff and our communities”. The call for papers for this sesstion is available at http://conference.ifla.org/ifla79/calls-for-papers/libraries-as-learning-organisations-how-to-nurture-growth-in-our-staff-and-o

If you are interested in all the call for papers at the WLIC 2013 in Singapore, they are all available at:http://conference.ifla.org/ifla79/calls-for-papers

Call for Papers – Libraries as learning organisations: how to nurture growth in our staff and our communities

 World Library and Information Congress:

79th IFLA General Conference and Assembly

‘Future Libraries: Infinite Possibilities, 17-23 August 2013, Singapore 

IFLA Sections for Education and Training (SET) and

Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning (CPDWL)

Call for Papers

Session Title: Libraries as learning organisations: how to nurture growth in our staff and our communities

The concept of the Learning Organization (LO) is a model that can help organizations become successful and grow in a fast changing information environment.  Learning organizations are agile and flexible with the ability to challenge the role of entrenched bureaucracy and rigid rules.  There is a clear focus on continuous improvement: this means that workplace learning is actively encouraged at all levels of the organization, with the open exchange of information enabling managers and staff to share their ideas and experiences. 

While the concept of learning organizations has been discussed in management literature for more than 25 years, it is clear that in recent times the concept has become ever more relevant to the library sector.  The powerful combination of individual learning and collective learning in the library environment contributes to the process of stimulating creative ideas which can transform our institutions and support the development of innovative programs and services for our users.   In turn, our communities look to the library as the source of formal and informal learning opportunities to improve their own lives and livelihoods.  The connections between libraries and learning are widely acknowledged, but we actually know very little about how these connections are shaping today’s public libraries, academic libraries and special libraries.  Beyond the theory – what is the practice?  How do libraries effectively nurture growth in their staff and in their communities?

The IFLA Sections for Education and Training (SET) and Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning (CPDWL) are seeking papers on the topic of learning organizations in the context of the library and information management profession.   Paper proposals are invited that address the following range of topics:

• Has your library actively used the learning organization model to help it achieve continuous improvement?

• Can your library be described as a ‘learning organization’?   Does it thrive on change?

• What strategies does your library have in place to help both staff and the community adapt to the rapidly changing socio-cultural and technological environments?

• How is learning mapped to your institution’s strategic planning process?

• Has your institution developed policies and practices that promote the integration of learning concepts through libraries?

• Do your communities recognise the library as the centre of learning because of the programs it delivers and the services it offers?

• How are LIS education programs developing a new generation of library and information professionals who are committed to embracing change as a positive force?

• What internal learning programs does your library have in place to promote a shared vision of individual and collective learning?

The takeaway from this session will be a series of vibrant examples where the broad concept of the learning organization is either in operation or where the idea has been tried and evaluated.  The ultimate objective is to build a body of literature on this topic that will help to guide librarians who want to implement this concept.

To submit a proposal

Proposals should include:

• An abstract of paper approximately 500 words

• A summary of the author(s) details (name, institution, position) and brief biographical statement of no more

Proposals should be submitted electronically to Sylvia Piggott at spiggott@sympatico.ca with a copy to Gillian Hallam at g.hallam@qut.edu.au  no later than January 31, 2013 and indicate ‘IFLA proposal’ in the subject line. 

 Selected presenters will be notified by March 28, 2013.

Full papers

The deadline for the final version of the full papers accepted for the session is May 14, 2013.  Papers should be in English (or in one of the official IFLA languages1, with an English translation attached).  The language of the session will be English. Presenters will have 20 minutes in the programme session to deliver their papers, and time will be allowed for an open forum to allow audience interaction.

Please note that the Programme Committee has no funds to assist prospective authors: abstracts should only be submitted on the understanding that the expenses of the attending the Singapore conference (including travel, expenses and conference fee) will be the responsibility of the authors(s)/presenter(s) of accepted papers. At least one author will be expected to attend conference to deliver the paper. Some national professional associations may be able to help fund certain expenses, and a small number of grants for conference attendance may be available at: www.ifla.org/III/members/grants.htm

For more information, please contact:

Sylvia Piggott spiggott@sympatico.ca or

Gillian Hallam g.hallam@qut.edu.au


Senge, P. (2006). The fifth discipline: The art and practice of the learning organization.  Revised edition.  London: Random House.

Smith, M. K. (2001). The learning organization.  Retrieved October 24, 2012 from http://www.infed.org/biblio/learning-organization.htm

Archive available for New Librarians Global Connection: best practices, models and recommendations

Dear colleagues:

Thanks for registering for “New Librarians Global Connection: best practices, models and recommendations“ on October 10, 2012. You can visit this link to watch the recording of the webinar.

“New Librarians Global Connection: best practices, models and recommendations“ is a series of free quarterly webinars on issues of interest to new librarians, models of library associations and library schools working with new professionals, and groups by and for librarians. The free webinars are presented by IFLA Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning and IFLA New Professionals Special Interest Group in partnership with ALA.


  • Dr. R. David Lankes, Professor and Dean’s Scholar for the New Librarianship at Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies and Director of the Information Institute of Syracuse. His book, The Atlas of New Librarianship won the 2012 ABC-CLIO/Greenwood Award for the Best Book in Library Literature. Lankes is a passionate advocate for librarians and their essential role in today’s society. http://quartz.syr.edu/blog/?page_id=27
  • Tamara Capper, Library Projects Coordinator for Murdoch University Library. Regional Convener, Western Australia, Australian Library and Information Association’s New Graduates Group, and Melanie Chivers, outgoing ALIA New Graduates Group National Convener and member of the Marketing Committee for the 6th New Librarians’ Symposium.  Featuring a model of library associations working with new librarians.    http://www.alia.org.au/groups/newgrad/
  • Annie Pho, Reference and Instruction librarian at Ivy Tech Community College. Managing Editor at Hack Library School. Featuring a group by and for librarians. http://hacklibschool.wordpress.com/

The series explores useful topics to help new professionals at various stages of their career, including:

  • LIS school curriculum, gained skills and degrees vs. “the reality” at work. Bridging the gap between theory and practice. How to deal with generational differences at work?
  • Mentoring and best practices including pros and cons of different approaches like peer-to-peer, and classical mentor-mentee relationships.
  • How to develop leadership skills as a new professional: programs, mentoring, and learning by doing. Working abroad, leaving your home country.
  • Continuing Professional Development for new professionals, how to stay up to date from the very start even if conditions at work (funding/permission to attend conferences, support with writing articles, etc.) are not the best.

For more information about prior webinars, visit IFLA NPSIG’s blog http://npsig.wordpress.com/webinars/

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

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