New Librarians Global Connection: Best Practices, Models and Recommendations Webinar

Merry Christmas everyone!

A friend forwarded me the following information and thought it would be a great thing to share with this group – I agree!

So this webinar is on January 14, 2014 – which is actually 9AM Wednesday January 15 for us (a pretty decent time!). Even if you can’t make it at this time, you can always watch the archive afterwards.

Some more information below… 😀

We are proud to present the first session of the 2014 webinar series
“New Librarians Global Connection: best practices, models and recommendations.”

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 is a great opportunity for membership participation via new worldwide online programming.

Following our tradition of excellence, this year our keynote speakers come from different regions of the world. They include IFLA President Elect, Donna Scheeder and other senior library leaders.
Below, the date and time of the next webinar. Save the date!

January 14, 2014
2:00 p.m. CDT
3:00 p.m. EDT
9:00 p.m. CET
World Clock

Link to access the virtual meeting room – coming soon.

Webinar length is one hour.


Keynote by Donna Scheeder, IFLA President Elect. Deputy Chief Information Officer, Congressional Research Service, Library of Congress. Topic: Ready for Change.

Ellen Broad, Manager, Digital Projects and Policy. Topic: IFLA Trend Report.
Jaap van de Geer, Founder and Director at DOKLAB. Owner, Shanachie Media and This Week in Libraries. Topics: Tech Trends and Libraries.

The topics for the webinars were compiled from global surveys, topics presented by speakers during the CPDWL and NPSIG programs at the WLIC 2013 in Singapore, 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 and 2013 series, and to listen to a number of webinars, visit the following link

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Fun polls to determine future of #NewProfNZ & arrange #lianza13 meetup!

We have no less than *two* fun polls for you today! This first is to give us some indication of what sort of things you would like to see from New Prof NZ – which will help us shape content and events. If you have any further questions, comments or suggestions, please leave a comment or send me an email.

The second is a short poll to arrange a meetup at LIANZA Conference 2013 (October 20-23) for New Prof NZ people – should be great fun!

So what are you waiting for? Answer away! 😀


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Be part of a global network – join the ILN program

Are you looking for a new opportunity to extend your professional networks?
Are you interested in finding out about libraries & librarians operate in other countries?
Are you wanting to make new connections with other library professionals?

The International Librarians Network (ILN) may be the opportunity you are looking for.

So what is the ILN all about?

The ILN is a six-month facilitated peer mentoring program aimed at helping librarians develop international networks.

The ILN is open to anyone working in the library and information industry around the world. The program remains free and the only requirements to participate are an internet connection, an hour each week and a desire to build professional connections and learn from colleagues. The successful pilot program had over 90 participants from 20 countries, including many New Zealanders.

Applications for the next round of ILN partnerships close on Wednesday 28th August 2013.

Find out more :

– about who is involved in the ILN program (

– the way the program works (

– sign up for the next round of partnerships (

– program FAQs (

If you have any specific questions, please send me an email, ask me on Twitter @megingle or make contact directly with the ILN program coordinators via the ILN’s contact us page.

Megan Ingle
ILN New Zealand Coordinator

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Important note for online meeting!

The Skype meeting is scheduled for TONIGHT, Tuesday, August 20th from 8PM. 

If you are attending, make sure you add me on Skype at abigail.willemse (Hamilton, NZ). Please mention New Prof NZ in your message so I know it’s not spam ;)

There are a number of people who have said they are attending, but have not sent me a Skype request so I will be unable to call them in tonight. So please do this ASAP – looking forward to catching up tonight!


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Online meeting Tuesday August 20th from 8PM

Hi everyone,

 Thanks for responding to the poll for the best time for the meeting.
The meeting is now scheduled for Tuesday, August 20th from 8PM. 

We might just do it via Skype as I think most people are set up for Skype. So if you are attending and don’t have me on your contact list, make sure you add me at abigail.willemse (Hamilton, NZ). Please mention New Prof NZ in your message so I know it’s not spam 😉

Here’s a link below to a few items I’ve put on the agenda for this meeting – please feel free to add your own items in the comments and I will incorporate them in the main document. Alternatively you could send me an e-mail with your ideas.

Agenda items

Looking forward to catching up tomorrow evening!




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Online planning meeting – are you in?

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“Right Brain Planning” by stargardener via CC license on Flickr

Hi everyone,

Sorry it’s been a while since there has been something new posted on the New Professionals Blog. I’ve been very busy personally with running ANZ 23 Mobile Things, which I know a lot of you are involved with. I hope you’re enjoying that, but I thought it was time to invest some more in this group.

So, without further ado, I’m trying to organize an online meeting for those people who are already involved with New Professionals and those who would like to be. I guess you could call it an AGM (for want of a better word) where we will do some planning for the next six months plus about the direction of this group.

If you’re keen to be part of the action (and hopefully carry out some action!), just RSVP and choose the best time(s) for you on this Doodle poll.

We will conduct the meeting either via Skype or Google+ hangout (whichever is your preference; Google+ hangouts maxes out at 10 people so if we have more than that, we’ll have to use Skype).

I’ve got a few things on the agenda to talk about, which I will circulate a little closer to our meeting time.

Any questions? Just leave a comment or flick me an e-mail.

Looking forward to catching up with you again and hearing your ideas!


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Summary of #TwitMentoring research is up!

Hi everyone,

Just informing you that the summary of my research on establishing mentoring relationships on Twitter is now available on this page.

Thank you to everyone who participated; I hope you find the summary interesting. I know I certainly found it a fascinating topic to research, and I am looking forward to presenting the full results at LIANZA Conference 2013.


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The 4 1/2 types of people I met on job interviews

Great blog post from Jacob Berg (@jacobsberg) about different types of applicants in library interviews. It’s a really good look at the hiring process from behind the desk and well worth a read 🙂 It’s also fun seeing some of yourself in these different types, but I’m sure there are infinitely more types as well (or mixtures of the types).

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Twitter Mentoring Research – Calling all librarians for your ideas!

Hi everyone,

 Just a heads-up that I’ve posted a discussion topic on Mentoring and Twitter as a seperate page on this blog.  I’d love to hear your thoughts on this topic for my research; please be assured that I will keep your details confidential and will not identify anyone by name. There is no geographical limits; if you are a librarian on Twitter I would love to hear from you! If you have any questions about this research, please send me an e-mail. I look forward to hearing your perspectives!

Thank you very much,

Abigail Willemse

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What’s the future for e-books in libraries? Part 2.

Last week, I reported on a panel discussion organised by LIANZA about ebooks.

This report is the conclusion, a summary on the presentations by Ksenija Mincic-Obradovic from Auckland University and Martin Taylor, director of Activity Press and founder of the Digital Publishing Forum.

What’s happening with e-books in the Academic space?

Ksenija mentioned New Zealand academic libraries have been in the e-books space for a long time. Currently, e-books account for 30% of Auckland University’s collection. But there’s still a persistent issue with some users not knowing about their e-books collection.

A solution in tackling this issue is to use proper cataloguing standards. Ksenija mentioned by using the MARC standards, the library can dramatically increase the item’s usage by 50 times. Therefore adopting new standards like MARC and RDA has a tremendous affect on the items visibility.

Ksenija also showed libraries are developing and moving beyond the traditional form of customer engagement, an example could be seen in this video about The Underground Library:

Neat huh? We can now develop new ways of engaging with our customers through new technologies. Libraries have to think outside the traditional concept of lending and that e-lending doesn’t necessary need to be a reflection of how the real world works.

Ksenija concludes with listing a few areas for improvements that includes:

  •  more standardisation of purchase models, content formats, and ways of access
  • high quatlity metadata for discovering e-books
  • more recommended NZ texts
  • better ways of e-lending
  • better collaboration between vendors, publishers, and LIS developers
  • and libraries should work closely together and explore best practices, workflows and business models.

Views from the outside

Martin Taylor next spoke on the changing paradigm for libraries.

He began his presentation about a story from the NZ Herald about how the Government has decided to outsourced the task of providing access to books and resources to Amazon. Although the story isn’t true, the possibility is not too far-fetched.

Currently, Amazon already has an e-books lending service and with the recent acquisition of Goodreads, has increased it’s power in the books review market. Therefore an important question was put forward in what role can libraries play in this changing paradigm.

Martin noted there is still space for libraries. Libraries can be a counter balance to the commercialisation of the review market. From a publishers point of view, libraries are great vehicles to discover new books and for the public, a good authoritative source for recommendations.

There is a market for libraries in providing an unbiased source of authoritative reviews, but this will require them to become content creators on top of their traditional roles. We have to see ourselves as a media business, providing and pushing content to our users.

This is an interesting observation.

What do you think?
Do you see us moving towards a media business model?
If not, where do you see us heading?

Love to hear your thoughts, observations or ideas, comment below.

Want more?
Come and join me in future events.
Hope to see you there.

Signing out.

Mark Huynh
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