Bobbi Newman is a librarian, writer, consultant, library advocate, and international speaker. She is the author of  Fostering Wellness in the Workplace: A Guide for Libraries, editor of the forthcoming A Manager’s Guide to Creating a Flourishing Workplace: Strategies for Fostering Wellness in Libraries, co-editor of Protecting Patron Privacy: a LITA Guide, and author of the award-winning blog, Librarian by Day. She developed the popular NNLM course “Wellness in the Library Workplace.” Bobbi is a mindfulness student and health at every size (HAES) advocate. 

She currently serves as a member of the Advisory Board for Let’s Move in Libraries. She has been involved in national library initiatives, including past service on the Steering committee for the OCLC and PLA project Public Libraries Respond to the Opioid Crisis with their Community, 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 served as American Library Association Councilor-at-Large, a member of the OITP Advisory Committee, and a member of the OITP Digital Literacy Task Force. She is a regular speaker at local, national, and international events.

Bobbi’s educational background includes a Masters of Arts in Information Research and Library Science, a Masters of Arts in Political Science, and a Graduate Certificate in Public Management. She has received awards for her service and teaching, and her work has been featured in prominent publications such as The New York Times, The Guardian, O’Reilly Radar, and The L.A. Times, among others. In 2011 she was named a Mover and Shaker by Library Journal (voluntarily revoked due to irreconcilable differences in values).

Her expertise in designing and delivering classes, her passion for promoting well-being, and her commitment to professional growth continue to drive her contributions to the field of librarianship. 


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  1. 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?


  2. 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?


  3. 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.


  4. 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,


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