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, on the Public Libraries Respond to the Opioid Crisis with their Community Steering Committee and the Advisory Board for Let’s Move in Libraries. In the past, she has served as an 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 the author of the award-winning blog, Librarian by Day and in 2011 was named a Mover and Shaker by Library Journal. 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.
She has been involved in national library initiatives including past service 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.
She is currently a Community Engagement and Outreach Specialist at the National Network of Libraries of Medicine where she helps public libraries meet the health information needs of their communities.
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.