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

Newman currently serves as a member of the Office of Information Technology Policy (OITP, ALA) Advisory Committee and the Advisory Board for Let’s Move in Libraries.

She is the co-editor of Protecting Patron Privacy : a LITA Guide, co-author of the forthcoming  Fostering Wellness in the Workplace for Libraries, and author of the award-winning blog, Librarian by Day. In 2011 she was named a Mover and Shaker by Library Journal (voluntarily revoked due to irreconcilable differences in values).

Her work has been featured by the New York Times, The Guardian, BlogHer, O’Reilly Radar, The L.A. Times, Mental Floss, Techdirt, and GigaOm, and was used by Facebook in a smear campaign against Google.

In the past, she has served on the Steering Committee for the 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 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 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.

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.

Contact Information:

Email: bobbi.newman AT gmail.com

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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.

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28 thoughts on “About

  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. 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.


  3. 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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