A Day in the Life in South Africa: a guest post from Karen Du Toit

Guest post over at International Librarians Network. I have signed up for a next round of peer mentorship, as well as being the ILN South African coordinator this year.

International Librarians Network

Today’s guest post is a day in the life post from our Country Coordinator for South Africa, Karen Du Toit:
First day back at work: 2015
 
Karen du Toit, Archivist at the SABC Radio Archives in South Africa
ILN South Africa Coordinator
I only started working on 12 January this year! I can recommend it greatly to help with easing into a new year with new challenges and possibilities.
The passage to my office and my office looked very inviting on Monday. I am looking forward to the new year again! 
(Off time really does help in getting a bit of perspective!)
I had emails that kept me busy for most of the morning, but it also felt good ticking it off. There were a few programme and sound queries to attend to as well which kept me busy for the rest of the day. An Afrikaans writer…

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Certificate of participation – International Librarians Network

ILN certificate 2014

International Librarians Network – Certificate of participation August to December 2014

I value these certificates greatly from the International Librarian Network.

With each programme I am able to add new partnerships and professional development opportunities to my own resume!

Thanks to all the programme coordinators who make this happen! It is a huge effort!

I have signed up for the new programme!

The applications close on 15 February 2015 for the next round!

#RuinADateWithAnArchivistInFiveWords – Storify

The hashtag #FiveWordsToRuinADate is taking the Twitterverse by storm.
It topped the trending list in both the United States and the United Kingdom.
This new hashtag game has something for everyone -- from big corporations to regular folks. (CNN International)

Even for archivists!

Applications open for the next round of International Librarians Network

ILN Cycle

International Librarians Network – partnerships

The International Librarians Network: new round begins March 2015

Want to build your professional network and learn about librarianship around the world? The International Librarians Network (ILN) is for you.

The ILN peer mentoring program is a facilitated program aimed at helping librarians develop international networks. Over 1500 librarians from 103 countries have already participated in this program, and we are pleased to announce the next round will commence in March 2015.Applications close at midnight on Sunday 15th February 2015.

Get involved now! Find out more about the way the program works, or apply online.

This is my fifth time I will be signing up for the programme. I have made new connections, and not only from my partners, but also from the people signing up for the peer mentoring.

I have learnt many new things, such as the ANC 23 Mobile Things (from which this blog was born), completed the New Librarianship MOOC (because of recommendations from ILN partners), and also started with the Emerging Future MOOC. Unfortunately the end of last year was too busy to complete it, but it is still available to finish!

I have definitely enhanced my own professional development, and picked up from my international partners that they are actively engaging and pursuing their own professional development.

I am looking forward to connect with a new partner again!

Certificate of Appreciation – ILN Country Coordinator for South Africa for 2014

ILN South Africa Country Coordinator - Certificate of Appreciation

ILN South Africa Country Coordinator – Certificate of Appreciation

The International Librarians Network sent out this certificate of appreciation for being the Country Coordinator for South Africa for the International Librarians Network in 2014. (Thank you!)

I will be doing it again this year! I will sign up for the next round as well as continue as country coordinator! I really enjoy the international connection, as well as meeting like-minded peers from around the world.

The call for more country coordinators went out on 3 January already!