Bobbi Newman

Bobbi Newman

Speaker, Writer, Librarian, PhD Student

Boulder, Colorado (Greater Denver Area)
Higher Education

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Bobbi Newman's Summary

Bobbi Newman has a masters in political science with a minor in mass communication. Bobbi also has a masters in information resources and library science. Her research interests include political communication, political behavior, policy, and new media.

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

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

Bobbi's past professional involvements include serving on the advisory board for the Pew Internet & American Life research on Libraries in the Digital Age, serving as an American Library Association (ALA) councilor-at-large, serving on the Office of Information Technology Policy (OITP) Advisory Committee, the ALA OITP Digital Literacy Task Force, and chairing the ALA 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 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, and GigaOm and was once used by Facebook in a smear campaign against Google.

Bobbi Newman's Experience

Graduate Assistant

University of Colorado

Educational Institution; 10,001+ employees; Higher Education industry

August 2014Present (2 months) Boulder

Speaker, Writer, Trainer

Librarian by Day

Self-Employed; Myself Only; Professional Training & Coaching industry

February 2008Present (6 years 8 months)

• Speaker at state, national, and international conferences and events
• Trainer on a variety of topics including: digital literacy, the digital divide, digital services, social media, time management and ebooks
• Blogger, Librarian by Day, (
• Co-Founder & Contributing Author, Libraries and Transliteracy,
• Founder and coordinator Library Day in the Life Project
• Co-Founder and editor, This is What a Librarian Looks Like
• Contributing Author, Readers’ Advisory Toolkit, American Library Association
• Contributing Author, No Shelf Required II, American Library Association
• Contributing Author, E-Books, Current Controversies
• Library Advisory Group, Pew Internet & American Life Research Initiative To Study The Changing Role Of Public Libraries And Library Users In The Digital Age, 2012 - present


American Library Association

Nonprofit; 201-500 employees; Nonprofit Organization Management industry

July 2011July 2014 (3 years 1 month)

2011 - 2014, ALA Councilor-at-Large
2011 - 2013, Member, OITP Advisory Committee
2011 - 2013, Member, Digital Literacy Task Force, OITP
2010 - 2013, Chair, Transliteracy Interest Group (LITA - Library & Information Technology Association)

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Iowa State University

Educational Institution; 5001-10,000 employees; Higher Education industry

August 2012May 2014 (1 year 10 months) Ames, Iowa

Teaching Assistant in Political Science

Digital Branch Manager

Chattahoochee Valley Libraries

Government Agency; 201-500 employees; Libraries industry

May 2009March 2011 (1 year 11 months)

o Responsible for short term and long-range strategic planning of digital services
o Supervise a team of staff from multiple departments in the creation of digital content and services
o Represent the library to local community organizations

o Manage projects to bring new technology and services into the library including ebooks, databases, and a social networking presence
o Explore new technologies for delivering services and enabling access to information
o Anticipate changing community needs and interests

o Train staff and the public in new technologies for delivering services and information
o Enhance the effectiveness of library information and instructional services

Digital services
o Evaluate existing and potential digital services
o Training and support of digital resources
o Develop and support online learning

o Coordinate with IT department to ensure databases and digital services software are integrated with the website and functioning correctly
o Collaborate with branch managers, administration and IT on the development of new and revision of existing policies
o Chair, Future Innovation and Technology committee
o Serve on multiple committees for the improvement of patron and staff services including ILS search and implementation

Adjunct Instructor

University of Missouri

Educational Institution; 10,001+ employees; Higher Education industry

January 2009May 2009 (5 months)

Taught collection development to library science graduate students.

Digital Services Librarian

Missouri River Regional Library

February 2005April 2009 (4 years 3 months)

Technology – applied for and received a grant for creation of a mobile computing lab including laptops, projector and cart, to allow for staff and patrons training,

Training - created and implemented a web based learning program for staff, provided patron hands-on workshops on a variety of technology and internet services

Patron Services - provided reference and reader’s advisory services, assisted patrons with computer issues in the Public Computer Center, led Current Events Book Club, led Sit n Knit, created instructional workshops on digital services and technology

Digital Services - participate in the creation and provision of information in digital formats, explore new technologies for delivering services and information, train staff and the public in new technologies for delivering services and information

Management – supervisor nights and weekends

Administration - served on multiple committees for the improvement of patron and staff services, served on various committees to improve awareness of library services, selected materials and provided fund management for subject selection, developed and maintained promotional materials and displays to publicize materials and services

Librarian II


Public Company; 10,001+ employees; RTN; Defense & Space industry

July 2002February 2005 (2 years 8 months)

Management - supervised library staff and interns, liaison to other Raytheon libraries and external contacts, received two Individual Achievement Awards: one for initiative and one for grace under pressure

Administration - served as a representative on committees, created five year plan for library budget, managed library materials and services budget of over $647,000

Innovation - streamlined article procurement process from 2 weeks to 48 hours, increased circulation by 13% from 2002 to 2003

Digital Services - maintained library website, negotiated subscription services

Patron Services - performed research using various print resources and on-line systems, conducted reference interviews, carried out selection and weeding of library materials, copy and original cataloging

Marketing - developed marketing plan to expand awareness of the library and its services, educated company employees about the library services

Bobbi Newman's Publications

Bobbi Newman's Skills & Expertise

  1. Library Science
  2. Public Speaking
  3. Social Media
  4. Blogging
  5. Digital Libraries
  6. Teaching
  7. Collection Development
  8. Emerging Technologies
  9. Digital Literacy
  10. Social Networking
  11. Training
  12. Transliteracy
  13. Digital Divide
  14. Community Outreach
  15. Staff Training
  16. Ebooks
  17. Library Instruction
  18. Training & Development
  19. Research
  20. Technology Integration
  21. Public Libraries
  22. E-Learning
  23. Library Research
  24. Information Literacy
  25. Employee Training
  26. Facebook
  27. Grant Writing
  28. Information Management
  29. Program Management
  30. Leadership
  31. Information Retrieval
  32. Library Management
  33. Distance Learning
  34. Online Research
  35. Digitization
  36. Content Management
  37. Knowledge Management
  38. Instructional Design
  39. Instructional Technology

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Bobbi Newman's Education

University of Colorado Boulder

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Communication and Media Studies

20142018 (expected)

Iowa State University

MA, Political Science


major - political science
minor - journalism and mass communication
graduate certificate in public management

University of Arizona

MA, Information Resources & Library Science


Activities and Societies: Vice President of Student chapter of SLA

University of Northern Iowa

BA, History, Spanish, Anthropology


Bobbi Newman's Additional Information


political communication, political behavior, new media, digital divide,social media, privacy,libraries, public policy

Groups and Associations:

American Library Association, Public Library Association, Library and Information Technology Association

Honors and Awards:

2014, Teach Excellence Award, Iowa State University
2014, Young S. Lee Excellence in Public Management Scholarship, Political Science, ISU
2012, 1st place Salem Press blog awards for Librarian by Day
2012, Honorable Mention, Salem Press blog awards for This Is What Librarian Looks Like
2011, Mover & Shaker, Library Journal
2010, Honorable Mention, Online Category, OverDrive’s Outreach Program
2010, 1st Place Salem Press Blog Awards for Libraries and Transliteracy
2008, LSTA grant for creation of a mobile computer training lab including laptops, projector and cart
2004, Individual Achievement Award for grace under pressure
2003, Individual Achievement Awards for initiative

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