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


Bobbi Newman, aka, Librarian by Day, is a blogger, a Tweeter, and an international speaker.

Bobbi 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 Times, The Guardian, BlogHer, O’Reilly Radar, The L.A. Times, Mental Floss, Techdirt, TechCrunch, and GigaOm and was once used by Facebook in a smear campaign against Google.

She shares her passions by speaking and providing instruction workshops locally, nationally, and internationally.

Bobbi’s professional involvements include serving on the National Information Standards Organization committee too develop a Consensus Framework to Support Patron Privacy in Digital Library and Information Systems. She is currently a research fellow for EveryLibrary.

She has also served on the advisory board for the Pew Internet & American Life Project research on Libraries in the Digital Age, as a Councilor-at-Large in the American Library Association (ALA), on the ALA Office of Information Technology Policy (OITP) Advisory Committee, the ALA OITP Digital Literacy Task Force, and chaired the ALA Library Information Technology Association (LITA) Transliteracy Interest Group.

Her noteworthy projects and accomplishments include founding and coordinating the semi-annual Library Day in the Life Project. Bobbi co-founded and launched the award winning, This Is What a Librarian Looks like in February of 2012. Bobbi co-founded and wrote for the award winning Libraries and Transliteracy Project.

Bobbi Newman is doctoral student in media studies at University of Colorado – Boulder.

Newman has a masters in political science with a minor in mass communication. She also has a masters in information resources and library science. Her research interests include technology policy, digital literacy, class, the digital divice, new media, technology, and political communication and behavior.


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.

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26 comments for “About

  1. October 21, 2008 at 3:11 pm

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

  2. October 22, 2008 at 10:26 am

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

  3. Pepper Tasker
    April 16, 2009 at 8:00 pm

    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?

  4. August 4, 2009 at 11:39 pm

    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?

    • August 5, 2009 at 6:25 am

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

  5. Sandra
    November 3, 2011 at 10:38 am

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

  6. Sharon Vaughn
    May 27, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    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.

  7. July 16, 2012 at 11:18 am


    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,

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