Round the world – a journey of discovery and interaction with other New (information) Professionals groups

I just had a brainwave – what if this blog ran a series focusing on other New Professional groups around the world? We could use IFLA’s list of New Professional Groups for starters and focus on a group a week (or every two weeks). 

We can brainstorm a list of questions here for what we would like to know and they could do a guest post (or series of guest posts) on this blog for that week. In turn, we could follow them on Twitter, visit their blogs/websites, comment and post and get to know another New Professionals group in a different country!

I think this would be a fantastic way to get tips and feedback on our group, ideas for further development and international networking and collaboration happening! Who’s with me?

If you’re keen on this idea, just comment and post any questions you think we could ask. Or if you are another New Professional group keen to be profiled and included in this series, comment away also. 

Let’s get this going international!!!


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10 Responses to Round the world – a journey of discovery and interaction with other New (information) Professionals groups

  1. Mark says:

    What a great Idea!

    It would be good to see what mission statement each of these groups have. This will really help us understand what each of these groups are trying to achieve.

    • Good point! I was thinking of asking about:
      Mission statement/purpose/role
      Relationship to national lib assoc
      Level of engagement
      Online or face to face mostly?
      How they communicate with everyone – blog, wiki, twitter, Facebook
      What tips/advice do they have for this fledging group?
      How did they get started?
      Any fun stories, experiences, events to share?

      Anything else?

      • Dace says:

        That’s interesting to see you’re coming to these questions. Cause just the previous year Sebastian Wilke, convenor of the IFLA New Professionals Special Interest Group, did his master theses on exactly the same issue. For sure, it would be inspiring to read these stories on your blog. It’s a very great idea! 🙂

      • Thanks for your comments – I didn’t realise Sebastian had done his masters thesis on this topic *makes mental note to check it out*. I guess most library associations are answering these questions and facing these challenges all around the world! I’ve found so far that it has thrown up a lot of questions about the role of LIANZA as well and how we should be involved with it. What is it about this group that makes it different (and hopefully effective)? And how are we to keep the enthusiasm and passion typically associated with new professionals when we are no longer new? Will be interesting working through these issues. Thanks for dropping by 🙂

  2. Lis marrow says:

    excellent idea! How about we ask for ways in which their libraries are engaging their clientelle in this new age of Librarianship? I would be particularly interested in School Libraries – in preparation for my small contribution towards the SLANZA 2013 Conference in July. I would be keen to hear of any overseas schools that have taken on board the ideas of David Lankes and actively facilitate the access of information and creation of knowledge…

    • Hi Liz – sorry I missed your comment 🙂 Those are also interesting questions to ask, though perhaps asking around the National Library associations of other countries (as well as the New Professional groups) would give you more answers to your questions. I also am interested to hear about the impact of David Lankes’s ideas and how they have been implemented 🙂 Thanks for your comment

  3. I’d be interested to see if any established new prof groups have had problems maintaining momentum as memberships naturally turns over to new new professionals, and what strategies they have to keep up the strength of the group given this inevitable churn.
    And definitely what activities/events/campaigns they have run – and it would also be good to hear if they have feedback from their members about what the members have found most valuable about the group.

    • Great ideas Amy – the longevity of these groups is always a good issue to consider. The type of events would be really interesting to hear about also; good thinking 🙂

    • thewhaanga says:

      Hey good point Amy and Abby,

      Something definitely to consider is the longevity of the group. LISning (library and information students ning) unfortunately is no longer maintained because of the financial cost of maintaining it, (account fee) and the cost in time to the founder, Kirsten. She started LISning from an initial library studies requirement to maintain a blog I think and it grew from there. I was given the opportunity to maintain and administer LISning but quickly found I couldn’t as I have different priorities now in raising a child. I also couldn’t afford to put my own money into it either. The site wasn’t able to be maintained at its membership level without financial backing.

      Make sure you have a core group of administrators to keep the momentum going and to share the responsibilities. Look after this baby Abby, and if you find you want to move on in a few years time, make sure you’re bringing a protege along with you so they can fill your shoes.

      Just my thoughts. It looks good Abby 🙂

      • Hi Hana – thanks for the advice 🙂 It is important to think about where this group is going to go. I’m hoping at the Skype meeting to put together a committee (or several people) who can help update the site and be involved in the planning.

        Good point about also bringing along a protege – any volunteers? :p

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