Bobbi Newman is a writer, consultant, library advocate, and an international speaker.
Her interests include privacy, public policy, technology, new media, digital literacy, class, political communication and behavior. She is passionate about the role of libraries in equal access and opportunity for all.
She is involved in national library initiatives including serving 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.
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 and a Graduate Certificate in Public Management. She has received awards for her service and teaching.