On 28 November, I will have the pleasure to represent IFLA’s New Professionals Special Interest Group by giving a presentation at the 58th Congress of the Italian Library Association in Rome. This year, the conference focuses on how to improve the professional recognition of the library sector. My presentation “New Librarians and new ways of professional exchange: Inspiration from the international context” (see the abstract below) will be part of a session devoted to new librarians. You find more info on the talk on the website of the Goethe Institute Rome who is kindly supporting my trip.
A strong library community is based on effective networking and professional exchange between each other and with the public. It is worth taking an international point of view and considering the activities of library associations in other countries, as they can act as a source of inspiration for your own work. Especially the work done with and by LIS students and new librarians often includes innovative approaches that can be achieved easily and with low cost but, at the same time, provide plenty of space for networking and exchange. The presentation will start with an overview on innovative event formats such as speed networking, barcamps, and cycling tours organized by librarians. The second part will focus on the virtual exchange and give practical advice on how to facilitate webinars and different mentoring models. It will become apparent that these approaches not only help New Professionals at the start of their career, but the whole library sector can greatly benefit from them, for they change the way we do networking and professional exchange across educational degrees and library types.
UPDATE: The slides of my presentation are now available on slideshare: