About Me
Speaking, Consulting and Training
Contact Info
Fine Print
Comment Policy


Bobbi Newman is a librarian, writer, consultant, library advocate, and an international speaker.

Her interests include privacy, public policy, technology, new media, digital literacy, class, political communication and behavior. She is passionate about the role of libraries in equal access and opportunity for all.

She is involved in national library initiatives including serving on the National Information Standards organization committee to develop a Consensus Framework to Support Patron Privacy in Digital Library and Information Systems and the Pew Internet & American Life Project research on Libraries in the Digital Age. She is a regular speaker at local, national, and international events covering topics such as the future of libraries, digital literacy, ebooks, policy, and innovation and change.

Newman has served as an American Library Association (ALA) Councilor-at-Large, a member of the Office of Information Technology Policy (OITP) Advisory Committee, and a member of the OITP Digital Literacy Task Force. She is the author of the award winning blog, Librarian by Day and in 2011 was named a Mover and Shaker by Library Journal. Her writing is regularly highlighted by American Libraries Direct. Her work has been featured by the New York TimesThe GuardianBlogHerO’Reilly Radar, The L.A. Times, Mental FlossTechdirt, and GigaOm, and was used by Facebook in a smear campaign against Google.

She holds a Masters of Arts in information research and library science, Masters of Arts in political science, and a Graduate Certificate in Public Management. She has received awards for her service and teaching.


Speaking, Consulting and Training

I am available, and delighted, to speak on a variety of library, technology, and innovation related topics.  You can see a list of past presentations and training on the presentations page.

If you are interested in a topic not listed there please ask. If I am unable to speak on it I keep a list of speakers and trainers so I may refer you to someone who can meet your needs.

You can see speaking recommendations on my LinkedIn profile.

Contact Information:

Email: bobbi.newman AT gmail.com


The Fine Print:

Statements made are strictly my opinion and do not reflect the opinion or position of any of my past, present, or future employers, or organizations I belong to or volunteer for. Nor do they necessarily reflect the opinion or position of any of my colleagues, coworkers, co-presenters, confidants, friends, enemies or frenemies. As these opinions are my own, I reserve the right to update or change them at any time.


Comment Policy:

  • I reserve the right to delete any comment, for any reason, at any time. Don’t like it? Get your own blog.
  • Comments that are rude, anonymous, self promoting, or display other bad manners are more likely to be deleted than others.
  • Emails sent to me regarding blog topics are not considered confidential and may be posted.


I use an Amazon Associate id in my links to Amazon products. Don’t worry, I’m not getting rich off of it.


  1. great IL2008 blogging. really getting a lot from it. big thanks!


  2. You’re welcome I’m glad you’re getting something from my notes, I worry they aren’t clear enough.


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  4. […] a response by Bobbi Newman (Librarian by Day) with her post, What’s the Matter with our […]


  5. […] here is an excerpt from Bobbi L. Newman’s post today which started with the latest incarnation of the popular “Did You […]


  6. […] new technology back then, reaped the biggest long-term benefits. Anyway, here is an excerpt from Bobbi L. Newman’s post today which started with the famous “Did You Know” video: “Now think […]


  7. Pepper Tasker · ·

    Hi Bobbi!
    I’m a librarian in California and I just ran across your blog. Very cool!
    University of Missouri where? I went to Columbia.

    Question: What kind of education/training did you get to become a “digital” librarian? What are they looking for when responding to a job ad titled this?


  8. Hi Bobbi-

    I really like the way comments are displayed on your site – is that a plugin, or just your style sheet? Would you mind sharing so I could try to copy it on my site?


  9. Do you mean the way it looks if I reply to someone? Its an option under Settings->Discussion-> Enable threaded (nested) comments


  10. […] check out this blog post from Andy Woodworth about Bobbie Newman’s Library Day in the Life  Project, Round 4 […]


  11. […] and Random House respectively –  join a slew of librarians drawn into the fray by our guest, blogger and tech activist Bobbi Newman […]


  12. […] first or a new opportunity – is challenging.  This morning I saw a link to a blog post by Bobbi Newman (@librarianbyday) come across on Twitter.  She pulled together advice from across the web related […]


  13. […] by Bobbi Newman, Library Renewal Contributing Editor and […]


  14. […] Seth Godin misses the point on libraries again, by Bobbi Newman, a South Carolina librarian who shares my interest in literacy and digital divide issues. This […]


  15. […] ir tipiska bibliotekāra diena? – šāds jautājums pamudināja Bobiju Ņūmenu (Bobbi Newman), bibliotēku interešu aizstāvi no ASV, aizsākt kustību, kurā informācijas […]


  16. I can’t find your blog as an Android app, I was looking in the Android market is that correct?


  17. Sharon Vaughn · ·

    I’m a MLS student and library assistant in a public library in NC. I was curious about the term transliteracy. The definition on you website was clear and concise. I need to learn more about the digital age having been raised during the time of “enlightenment” namely the 60’s and 70’s. We were just getting out of the dark ages then.


  18. Bobbi,

    Just saw your comment re:TEDx DSM on twitter followed your link here. I’m a huge fan of Libraries. Encouraged to see your work and vision and passion represented here.

    Keep creating…strange or not,


  19. […] editoras, Bobbi Newman y Erin Downey Howerton, tratan de romper con la imagen tópica de los bibliotecarios, ofreciendo […]


  20. […] of my librarian-heroes (Bobbi Newman) recently tweeted about “the biggest threat to the internet that you’ve probably never heard […]


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