Through my activities with the New Professionals Special Interest Group and being a part of the IFLA family, I became more and more interested in working culture and communication in library associations. In the daily routine, I try to practice the kind of working culture that I think should be state of the art in associational work by using innovative approaches to communication and collaboration, being generally open-minded and inclusive. This is also reflected in talks I have been giving within IFLA to share experiences from NPSIG and examples of improving communication. The efforts of NPSIG in this field got rewarded in 2011, when Dierk Eichel (NPSIG Information Coordinator) and me received the IFLA Communicator of the Year Award on behalf of the group.
I have been coordinating the IFLAdial Working Group that was set up at the World Library and Information Congress in Helsinki, Finland with the goal to address communication issues within IFLA and to develop proposals for IFLA’s Professional Committee. Based on feedback by IFLA activists around the world through social media and other means, an extensive report was compiled and got published in December 2012. The final report is available at the IFLA website and on NPSIG’s blog. The IFLAdial Work Group continued its work by providing translations of the report in several languages and creating awareness about the results.
expertise for library associations
My expertise with New Professionals and my views as a new librarian let me take part in internal brainstorming meetings of library associations on a national and international level (see this report about the working meeting at IFLA Headquarters that was dealing with the future look and feel of IFLA’s online activities). I have been a regular advisor to colleagues and library associations on New Professionals matters.