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Advisory and Projects

advisory services &

special projects

Advisory Services

  • International Advisory Board of San Jose State University School of Library and Information Science \ Library 2.011 and 2.012 Worldwide Virtual Conferences, 2011-present
  • Access to Learning Award (ATLA) Advisory Board from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and its Global Libraries, 2011-2013
  • Greenwood Publishing Group: Praeger Publications, The Latino American Experience, 2006-2009
  • Webjunction various advisory boards, online cooperative developed by OCLC Online Computer Library Center supported with funds from Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, 2006-2009


Special Projects

Coordinator, New Librarians Global Connection: best practices, models and recommendations 1/2012-present

Series of free quarterly worldwide webinars on issues of interest to students, new librarians and new professionals, models of library associations and library schools working with new professionals, and groups by and for librarians. The free webinars are sponsored by IFLA Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning and IFLA New Professionals Special Interest Group in partnership with the American Library Association.

 Library Advocate at the United Nations 1/2014-2016

Advocacy and lobby on behalf of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) to include access to information on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Represent IFLA at meetings at the United Nations with Member States, civic society and other stakeholders. Speak at conferences presented at the United Nations representing IFLA.

                                      Co-founder, IFLA New Professionals 8/2004

The New Professionals group of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions is the first and largest global forum for Library and Information Sciences students and recently qualified librarians. It was established in 2004 during the IFLA global congress in Argentina. In 2005 I became the sole Convenor of the group coordinating global conferences, workshops and online services for students and new professionals, and partnering with hosting countries, companies and professional groups to present these. In 2009, I recruited the New Professionals' current convenor. I continue to work with the group and I am currently its very active Advisor.

 Principal Researcher, Worldwide Views of New Professionals 10/2006-present

Research to explore the views and activities of recently qualified librarians worldwide. First Phase 2006-2007; Second Phase in collaboration with Robin Kear 2011-2012. Results published on Feliciter (Canadian Library Association), and BOBCATSSS 2012 Proceedings. Multiple presentations and keynotes at library conferences.

                                     International curricula developer, teacher and strategizer for human righs

                                      and intellectual freedom 8/2004-2012

Since 2004 works with the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) in various capacities including strategizing curricula development and teaching of access to information, human rights and intellectual freedom. Strategized initiatives in various countries working with elected officials, government agencies, national organizations, NGOs, universities, academics and professionals from various fields in countries such as Canada, Finland, France, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, South Afriaca, South Korea, Sweden. Lectured in many of these countries, and taught courses in Colombia, Costa Rica, Jamaica, Mexico, Peru and the Philippines.

Member of teams developing curricula for courses about Access to Information on the Internet usin IFLA\UNESCO Internet Manifesto and Guidelines, Access to Information About HIV\AIDS Through Libraries, and Public Access to Health Information.

                                      Principal Researcher, Information seeking behavior of Hispanic newcomers

                                      in Queens, New York  3/2007

This study examines information-seeking practices of Hispanic adult newcomers living in Queens, N.Y., by identifying information sources consulted by this population to start a new life in the United States, and identifying barriers keeping immigrants away from public libraries. The final intention is to recommend ways for libraries to reach out effectively to this population.