NSK to host IFLA CPDWL Satellite Meeting and preconference announcing IFLA WLIC 2019
On 20 and 21 August 2019, the National and University Library in Zagreb (NSK) will be hosting IFLA CPDWL Satellite Meeting 2019, a special meeting of the Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning Section operating as part of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA). The meeting, which will announce this year’s IFLA World Library and Information Congress, IFLA WLIC 2019, will be held under the theme Librarians and information professionals as (pro)motors of change: immersing, including and initiating digital transformation for smart societies.
IFLA CPDWL Satellite Meeting 2019 is organised by the Federation’s Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning Section (IFLA CPDWL) in cooperation with the Croatian Library Association, National and University Library in Zagreb and the Zagreb City Libraries network of public libraries. Its purpose is to encourage a wider professional debate on the existing and future skills of information specialists and librarians and it will be held as a preconference announcing the 2019 IFLA World Library and Information Congress. Several scholarships will be granted as part of the meeting’s programme, applications for which will be possible soon.
In compliance with the highlights of IFLA WLIC 2018 and basic assumptions of IFLA Global Vision, the main purpose of digital society is to ensure equal and easy access to information and knowledge. Taking their part in the creation of digital societies, information specialists should thoroughly analyse the ongoing process of digital transformation, adopting the most in-depth and critical approach to changes on the global level. In this context, IFLA CPDWL focuses on all forms of professional development and learning of librarians, encouraging them, as well as all other information specialists, to adopt skills geared to rapid social development, and in this way contributes to the advancement of the library profession.
Under the preconference theme, meeting participants will also discuss:
– the importance of building competencies required by information specialists in the fields of digital inclusion, critical thinking, argumentative reasoning, data literacy, open education resources,
– examples of information specialists acting as (pro)motors of global digital transformation, through embedded librarianship, co-creation, e-participation, e-democracy, social networks and digital collaboration,
– the value of exploring new working methods and learning through work in libraries and heritage institutions through makerspaces, the Internet of Things (IoT), smart services, robotics, assistive technologies, chatbots, smart learning and BYOD strategies,
– the development of new sets of competencies in the fields of big data ethics, privacy in the age of big data, data protection officers, research data and open data repositories,
– the necessity of collaborative learning for the purpose of ensuring that heritage institutions are technology-enabled through data-empowered services, data analytics and data visualisation,
– training and mentoring information specialists in fields related to sustainability of libraries and heritage institutions, raising public awareness and empowering local communities in this context.
Abstracts may be submitted until 25 February, and all applicants will be notified of the details of the outcome of their submission until 18 March 2019.