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Upcoming webinars:


Secret International Library Networks No One Has Told You About

Date recorded: Thursday, June 8, 2023

Recording available (575 MB) 

Description: You all know about IFLA (the International Federation of Library Associations), and if you’re a school librarian, you may have heard of IASL (the International Association of School Librarianship), but what about the Global Literature in Libraries Initiative (GLLI)?  Or the various networks of international school librarians, living as expatriates and organizing professional development for each other, as well as promoting truly diverse literature in English and engaging with local libraries within their country of residence?

Speakers: Karen Van Drie ( is a USA expatriate all-school librarian in Yangon, Myanmar, having previously lived in Prague and Istanbul; Katie Day ( is an international school teacher-librarian who has been living overseas for almost 40 years, including the UK, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Thailand, and Singapore. 






(Links to recordings will be added as they become available


Changes and Challenges in Libraries in Latin America

Recording Available (656MB)  

Recorded on May 19, 2023

Description: Join us for a look at libraries in Latin America, with a special focus on South America. Three librarians will talk about trends, changes and challenges faced by libraries in Argentina, Colombia and Venezuela. From creating modern library spaces, to providing access to digital tools and MakerSpaces, libraries in Latin America are adapting U.S. library trends to their unique clientele and creating their own successful library models. This webinar is intended to give the participant a better understanding of libraries in Latin America, and there will be plenty of time to ask questions of the presenters.

Moderator: Carol Brey, Director, Quality of Life Department, City of Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA.


  • Francisco Javier Bolaños has more than 15 years of experience in management and planning in libraries and cultural institutions in the public and private sectors. Email:
  • Pedro Lutz, Director of Inter-institutional Projects and Libraries, Centro Colombo Americano, Bogota, Colombia. Email:
  • Jesús Amado, Cultural Director, Centro Venezolano Americano del Zulia (CEVAZ), "Luis Guillermo Pineda" Library, Maracaibo, Venezuela. Email:


Sister Libraries Chat

Recorded on February 17, 2023

Recording available (720 MB)

Description: Join librarians from around the world for an informal chat about Sister Libraries programming and partnerships. Participants will be able to share their own experiences, ask questions, and connect with other librarians.

Olga Casey, Technical Services Librarian at Troy University Library. Janet Lee, Dean Emerita, Regis University (Denver, CO); Deborah J. Margolis is Middle East Studies Librarian at Michigan State University Libraries (MSUL; Tamara Pianos is the head of information provision and access at the ZBW in Kiel; Jeffrey Rosenberg, currently with the Miami-Dade Public Library System. 

Diana Price, Central Library Manager, Alexandria Library in Alexandria, Virginia; Cornelia Thoma, Secondary School Librarian,International School of Boston.


Engaging in LIS Practice: Impact of COVID-19 on Research, Teaching, and Mentorship

(Recorded on December 7, 2022)

Recording available (771 MB) 

Description: The COVID-19 pandemic has forced libraries and institutions of higher education to adapt and shift to remote setups, mainly teaching and guiding students in their academic courses and research projects. These adjustments have not been easy for everyone, primarily because this global health crisis has caused tremendous stress, fear, and social exclusion to faculty and students. The webinar centers on the experiences of three LIS educators from different countries/locations as they deal with the impact of COVID-19 on their research, teaching, and mentorship. Despite the barriers and challenges of the pandemic, the panelists will share how they collaborated and maximized the situation in rethinking their approaches to support faculty members, students, and library practitioners in developing robust and relevant research plans and projects from different parts of the Philippines.

Presenters: Iyra Buenrostro-Cabbab, Associate Professor, UP School of Library & Information Studies, Philippines; Michael Olsson, Visiting Professor, UP School of Library & Information Studies, Philippines; Danilo M. Baylen (Professor, University of West Georgia, USA).


Use of reflective practice as a tool for storytelling and demonstrating impact through the framework of the UN Sustainable Development Goals

(Recorded on October 12, 2022)

Recording available (590 MB)

Description: This webinar focuses on how reflective practice is used in evaluating Library services using the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a global framework. The presentation reports on reflective practice as a core component of evidence-based practice in the University of Southern Queensland (UniSQ) Library. Examples of our use of reflective practice are discussed. This includes UniSQ Library’s approach to storytelling around the SDGs, an approach used to reflect on and highlight the impact libraries can have in their local communities within a global framework.

Presenters: Carmel O’Sullivan, University Librarian, University of Southern Queensland.  Emilia Bell, Coordinator (Evidence Based Practice, at University of Southern Queensland Library. 





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