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"Bridging the Gap – Involving new professionals in the international development of our profession in the digital world" - IFLA Workshop findings

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This presentation was held on Day 2 of BOBCATSSS 2010 in Parma, Italy, 26 Jan 2010.

This presentation was held on Day 2 of BOBCATSSS 2010 in Parma, Italy, 26 Jan 2010.

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  • 1. Bridging the Gap – Involving new professionals in the international development of our profession in the digital world IFLA Workshop findings Sebastian Wilke , Convenor IFLA New Professionals Special Interest Group 18th BOBCATSSS, Parma, Italy, 26 January 2010
  • 2.
    • Agenda
    • IFLA Education & Training Section
    • „ Adopt a Student!“-Programme
    • IFLA New Professionals Special Interest Group
    • Background & Activities
    • Brainstorming – Findings
  • 3.
    • „ Adopt a Student!“-Programme
    • The idea
    • Private and company sponsors play the role of LIS students‘ mentors through taking over the fee for a 1 year IFLA student membership
    • Benefits
    • IFLA membership and one free section m embership
    • One-year free subscription to the IFLA Journal
    • Networking!
    • http://www.ifla.org/en/set/adopt-a-student
  • 4.
    • New Professionals Special Interest Group
    • Founded in 2004 (New Professionals Discussion Group)
    • Listserv with more than 500 members
    • Programmes at each IFLA Congress since 2004
    • IFLA 2009 – Satellite Meeting:
    "Moving In, Moving Up, and Moving On: Strategies for Regenerating the Library and Information Profession"
  • 5.
    • NPSIG wants you!
    • Changing needs and challenges regarding new professionals entering the profession (generational shift, changing job profiles and workplace environments, new leadership skills etc.)
    • IFLA New Professionals SIG – a forum for discussion of current issues and for global networking of new professionals
    • students need to get more involved in IFLA to actively deal with these aspects and thus help developing the profession
    • Re-structuring mission and objectives of the NPSIG
    • -> become a part of it!
  • 6.
    • 1. Support on a national level
    • Are there groups for new professionals in your country?
    • What does your national organisation(s) do to support new professionals (scholarships, discounts, awards, special conferences and so on) and are you satisfied with this support?
    • How can this support be improved?
  • 7.
    • 2. Recruitment on an international level
    • How can new professionals become more motivated and involved in professional activities?
    • What are the challenges for new information professionals and what can be done to meet them?
    • What should be the main goals and activities of IFLA / NPSIG?
  • 8.
    • 3. Web-based component / digital platform
    • What would new professionals like to do in the digital area of the international IFLA network?
    • Which kind of web-based component would be useful to help new professionals getting more involved in the IFLA community?
  • 9.
    • Recruitment on an international level
    • Get new professionals involved
    • Student conferences at universities
    • Access information from the distance
    • Challenges
    • Being able to find information
    • Change/develop current structures
    • Main goals for IFLA / NPSIG
    • Keep on motivating new professionals to become active
    • Cooperate with national organizations
  • 10.
    • Situation
    • lack of fundings to go to conferences
    • -> no promotion
    • Only few connections between university and job market
    • Possible solutions
    • Facebook, Twitter and national social networks as ways of communication between students and the profession
    • Organization and realization of conferences via web 2.0 tools
    • Webinars
  • 11.
    • Recruitment on an international level
    • Catching the networking virus!
    • Work + FUN
    • -> young people
    • -> int. and multicultural environment
    • -> socializing
    • Challenges
    • Time
    • -> support from the university
    • Money
    • -> discount for students (or even free)
  • 12.  
  • 13.
    • Let‘s stay in touch!
    New Professionals SIG Blog: http://npsig.wordpress.com/ Mailing list – submissions: [email_address] NPSIG Fanpage http://twitter.com/npsig NPSIG photostream