IFLA Congress in Milan

The World Library and Information Congress: 75th IFLA General Conference and Council, “Libraries create futures: Building on cultural heritage” tales place from 23-27 August in Milan, Italy—and I can’t wait!

 My first conference was in 2004 in Buenos Aires (thanks to an ALA/IFLA fellowship). Since then I’ve attended conferences in Oslo, Seoul, Durban, and Quebec.

 I am a member of IFLA/ FAIFE and work with IFLA New Professionals Special Interest Group (NPSIG) which I co-established in 2004 during the IFLA Congress in Buenos Aires with Andrew Cranfield and Stuart Hamilton.

 This year, I coordinated a satellite conference in Bologna in conjunction with colleagues from IFLA/ Continuing Professional Development & Workplace Learning Section (CPDWL), “Moving in, Moving up, and Moving on: strategies for regenerating the library and information profession” (August 18-20).

 The NPSIG and CPDWL also joined forces to present a program at the IFLA Congress entitled “Creating positive work environment for a multi-generational library and information workforce.” 

 I will do my best to blog about the satellite conference in Bologna and the Congress in Milan. I will definitively tweet about them at loidagarciafebo (twitter name!). Follow me for updates about these events.

More soon. 


Continuing Professional Development and Workplace

Learning with New Professionals SIG  present


Creating a positive work environment for a multi-generational

library and information workforce

Monday, August 24, 13.45-15.45, Yellow Room 


  • • Report from the Bologna Satellite Meeting: Moving in, moving

up, and moving on: strategies for regenerating the library and

information profession

LOIDA GARCIA-FEBO (Queens Public Library, New York, USA)

and JANA VARLEJS (Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA)

 • The baby manages the boomers and beyond: new library

administrators managing older workers in small library settings

WAYNE FINLEY (Northern Illinois University Library, Dekalb,

USA) and JOANNA KLUEVER (Julia Hull District Library, Stillman

Valley, USA)

 • Preparing for the next generation librarianship: innovations to

tailor library and information workforce to match the new

environment in Makerere University, Uganda


TUMUHAIRWE (Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda)

 • E-learning in the building of a multi-generational workplace

learning community: observations drawn from practice

MATILDE FONTANIN (University of Trieste, Trieste, Italy)

 • All dressed up and no place to go: addressing the underclassification

of librarians and creating opportunities for

development in an academic library

VANESSA WARREN (University of Tasmania, Launceston,




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