• Bobbi Newman is a librarian, writer, consultant, and international speaker.

    Bobbi has been speaking since 2008 at local, national, and international events, from Iowa to Malaysia, covering topics such as the future of libraries, digital literacy, e-books, policy, and innovation and change.


    She is 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 advisory committee for the Pew Internet & American Life Project research on Libraries in the Digital Age. Newman has served as an American Library Association (ALA) Councilor-at-Large, a member of the Office of Information Technology Policy (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 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 used by Facebook in a smear campaign against Google.


    She holds an MA in information research and library science, MA in political science with a journalism & mass communication minor, and a graduate certificate in public management. She has received awards for her service and teaching.

  • Leader

    NISO committee to develop Consensus Framework to Support Patron Privacy in Digital Library and Information Systems, member, 2015 – present

    Pew Internet & American Life Research Initiative To Study The Changing Role of Public Libraries & Library Users In The Digital Age,  Advisory Group Member,  2012 – 2014

    American Library Association Council (ALA), Councilor-at-Large, 2011- 2014

    Office of Information Technology Policy (OITP), ALA, Advisory Committee Member, 2011-2013

    Digital Literacy Task Force, OITP, ALA, , Member, 2011-2013

    Transliteracy Interest Group, LITA, ALA, Chair, 2010-2013

  • Speaker

    Select presentations

    Keynote,  WALE Conference, Washington, 2015

    Keynote, Iowa Library Association, Association of College and Research Libraries, Iowa, 2014

    Spotlight Speaker, Ontario College and University Library Association division, , Ontario Library Association Superconference, Canada 2014

    Webinar, South Central Library System, Wisconsin, 2013

    Keynote, Accufest Conference, Heidelberg Germany,  2013

    Keynote, Annual Faculty Conference, Houston Community College, Texas, 2013

    Keynote, Colorado Library Association, 2012

    Closing the Digital Skills Gap, Panhandle Access Library Network, Florida, 2012

  • Writer

    Protecting Patron Privacy: A LITA guide. with Bonnie Tijerina (May, 2017).

    Rowman & Littlefield.

    Should Libraries Get Out of the E-Book Business (2013). In D.A. Miller (Ed.), E-Books. Greenhaven Press.

    E-Books,  Sea of Change in Public Libraries (with Michael Porter & Matter Weaver) (2012). In S. Polanka (Ed.), No Shelf Required II. American Library Association

    Taking Readers Advisory Online (2010). In J.E. Moyer & K.M. Stover (Eds.), Readers’ Advisory Handbook. American Library Association.

  • Projects

    Resources and information related to privacy in libraries in the digital age.

    Photos submitted from over a thousand librarians from over 40 countries to show the world what a librarian looks like!

    Semi-annual project that ran from 2008 - 2012 that allowed librarians from around the world to share a snapshot of their day.

    Created to raise awareness of Twenty-first century literacies in libraries. 

  • Awards

    Teaching Excellence Award, Iowa State University, 2014

    Yong S. Lee Excellence in Public Management Scholarship, Iowa State University, 2014

    First Place, Salem Press Blog Awards, Librarian by Day blog, 2012,

    Honorable Mention, Salem Press Blog Awards, This Is What Librarian Looks Like, 2012

    Mover & Shaker, Library Journal, 2011

    First Place Salem Press Blog Awards, Libraries and Transliteracy blog, 2010

    Library Services & Technology Act (LSTA) grant,  mobile computer training lab, 2008

    Individual Achievement Award for grace under pressure, Raytheon Company, 2003

    Individual Achievement Awards for initiative, Raytheon Company, 2003

  • recommendations

    I am happy to recommend Bobbi Newman as public speaker / trainer. Having coordinated training and speaking events for nearly three decades, I’ve learned to appreciate rare gems like Bobbi. She is an event-planner's dream. She's punctual, readily available for communication via any method, well-prepared, self-reliant and recognized as an expert in her fields. Her prices are reasonable, her style uncommonly easy to work with and her personality warm and pleasant.


    When I scheduled her as a featured speaker for Technet 2012, a conference about using technology in the library profession, she was among the few speakers who needed absolutely no assistance from event staff from the time she walked into the room until the time she left the event. It’s almost sad that – even at a conference about technology – her ability to take care of her own needs was seen as such a rare but welcome skill!


    Her reputation in the worlds of library and of technology added great value to our event and, in turn, the presentation she delivered increased the number of devoted fans and followers of Bobbi Newman. I was impressed that she was interested in hearing other speakers whenever she was not scheduled to speak and that she readily accepted invitations to join several of us for dinner the night before and the night after the event. It is always a pleasure to find a speaker who not only is known as an expert but also values the knowledge and ideas of others.


    Without hesitating for a moment, I recommend her for any speaking engagement

    related to her many skills and abilities.


    dona weisman, M.L.I.S.

    Library Consultant and Event Coordinator

    I very highly recommend Bobbi to speak or offer a training at your next event. She’s best-of-class when it comes to being on top of her field(s), personable, organized, prompt, and generally a real pleasure. She can hold the attention of a room, intellectually respond to even the most persnickety PhD in your audience, and your attendees with both laugh and learn. Hire her now, as I can imagine her dance card fills fast!

    I hired Bobbi by tremendous recommendation for the Spring conference of the 2014 Association of College and Research Librarians (ACRL) – Iowa chapter. (See http://www.iowaacrl.org/content/conference/2014.) Bobbi presented both a Keynote address to ~100 academic librarians and a breakout session. From the minute we contacted her, to the day-of experience, all our touches were fantastic and our conference a tremendous success. Reviews from attendees were overwhelmingly positive. I especially appreciated her use of active learning techniques, her deep subject knowledge, and warm sense of humor.

    Before becoming a librarian, I was a professional conference and event organizer for a large association of nonprofits, and did more than my share of presenter-wrangling. I know the pain of a non-communicative presenter, and Bobbi is THE MOST IDEAL kind of professional. She’s very prompt, timely, courteous, professional, and smart as a whip. Well worth your time and money.


    Nicole Forsythe

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