Bobbi Newman is a librarian, writer, consultant, library advocate, and international speaker. She is the author of the forthcoming Fostering Wellness in the Workplace: A Guide for 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.
The New York Times, The Guardian, BlogHer, O’Reilly Radar, The L.A. Times, Mental Floss, Techdirt, and GigaOm have featured her work, and Facebook used her work in a smear campaign against Google.
She holds 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. In 2011 she was named a Mover and Shaker by Library Journal (voluntarily revoked due to irreconcilable differences in values).