ILN certificate of participation
I have taken part in each round of the International Librarians Network, since it’s inception. I have been taught so much, and have met great librarians from around the world. I still “see” my peer mentors popping up on my social media feeds.
The ILN is taking a break for the first part of 2017, but will hopefully come back in another version for the second part of 2017?
Cate Carlyle (Canadian Ambassador at ILN) wrote a great article in World Libraries: Information Professionals Go Global: Reflections on the International Librarians Network Peer Mentoring Program. The article includes a thought I also shared about the ILN.
The International Librarians Network has successfully managed to mentor of over 4500 librarians, archivists and information professionals from around the world! It is a peer mentorship programme that’s free, and runs twice a year!
That is a fantastic accomplishment!
Kate Byrne, Alyson Dalby and Clare McKenzie, the initiators and directors of this programme, has released a report in June 2016:
Rethinking mentoring: Online, International peer-mentoring with the International Librarians Network.
Published under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license.
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peer mentor for this round is Anja Jerse, a librarian at the academic library of the Faculty of Theology at University of Ljubljana (Slovenia).
We organized a Skype call a while back, and it was most insightful! I learnt more from her in this 45 minute call than all of our email exchanges previously! It was great to hear how a librarian in another country is living and working. I was also amazed that they only get a job with a Masters degree, but it doesn’t include a honors degree which we have to get here before the Masters.
I will definitely be doing Skype calls in the next rounds as well!
I missed most of today’s International Librarians Network Twitter chat, as it was still a busy Monday here at work, but luckily they have compiled a Storify!
- Guilty dogs on the bed
The International Librarians Network Coordinators and Ambassadors have been sharing their pet photos through email.
I am really loving all the pet photos.
I shared our dogs on SnapChat (karentoittoit) this morning.
They were both supposed to have been pure-bred, but both of them are nothing more than pavement specials.
The one is from the worst batch of a Miniature Yorkie and the other one should have been a Miniature Doberman Pincher. But she is more of a Dachshund.
(We could not give them back, obviously!)
They are not allowed on our bed, but they usually sneak in while we are busy getting ready for work in the mornings!
I have applied again for this round at the International Librarians Network peer mentorship programme.
I have experienced that even though I sometimes don’t get a very engaged peer mentor, I still get much worth from the discussion points and networking opportunities through social networks.
My reasons for applying to become a peer mentor at ILN:
- Meeting a librarian from across the world whom I would never have met otherwise.
- Learning about the library profession globally.
- Having a peer mentor to ask questions about my daily challenges, and not feeling as isolated about our challenges here. The challenges are universal!
- Learning about different sections in the library from a librarian in the field.
- With each round I am able to add a new global connection to my networking circle! It’s great to say that I now know a librarian in England, Australia, Bangladesh, Spain and Zimbabwe!
It’s worth signing up each time!
Sign up here: Apply for the ILN
More info: How the ILN program works
The application process closes on 15th February for the next round in 2016.
I have been taking part for over 3 years now in the International Librarians Network. I have met two peer mentors each year, and have build my own professional network while learning about librarianship around the world.
I recommend signing up if you haven’t done before!
The ILN peer mentoring program is a facilitated program aimed at helping librarians develop international networks. Over 3500 librarians from 120+ countries have already participated in this program, and we are pleased to announce the next round will commence in March 2016. Applications close at midnight on Monday 15th February 2016.
Find out more about the way the program works, or apply online.