Blogging for Librarians

Blogs for Librarians slidesThe Library and Information Association of South Africa (LIASA) did a series of five webinars about Social Media for Librarians.

The presentation on Blogs for Librarians was done by me on 25 November 2015.

The webinar was recorded as well: Blogs for Librarians: Karen du Toit

The importance of blogging for librarians cannot be emphasized enough! Through blogging you have direct access to your communities. Your communities are online, and they are searching for your services on the Internet!

It is time for Africa’s libraries to get on board as well!

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Librarians: Apply now to grow your international network

There are so many reasons to sign up to the next round of the International Librarian’s Network. The closing date is 26 July.


Apply now to grow your international network.

Discussion topic: Games and libraries

The upcoming Twitter chat on Thursday at 11 am South African Standard Time (UTC + 2:00) will be about gaming and libraries. I will be running it from the ILN Twitter handle. Check out a Time zone converter here and please take part. Please give us a shout-out from your part of the world and tell us what you do with gaming in your library? Maybe it is still something you should try in your library?

Libraries and Social Media: Follow a Library Day #followalibrary

Follow SABC Media Libraries on Twitter

Follow a library day is again upcoming on 1 October.

David Green wrote a guest post for the International Librarians Network:

Libraries and Social Media: Follow a Library Day.

“It’s a marketing, advocacy, networking free-for-all; a drop-in, casual twitter chat that feels like a group hug. Everyone everywhere can participate, and with steering committee members from South Africa, the Netherlands, and Australia, it’s truly an international affair.

How to play:

• Add #followalibrary to your tweets

• Follow @followalibrary for discussion topics and questions

• Watch the stream by searching #followalibrary”

First ILN welcome webinar

ILN webinar1I attended the International Librarians Network first webinar on Saturday morning at 12am South African time. Although I have been through 3 ILN peer mentoring programmes already, it was the first time that an introductory webinar was held.

They made use of anymeeting to conduct the webinar. It had to be downloaded to my iPad, but it was extremely easy to use!

I was glad that I stayed awake on Friday night to hear the voices of the ILN programme coordinators.

ILN webinar 2It is an eye opener to see how the programme is expanding: 572 participants from 72 countries is taking part in this most recent programme. It is very inspiring!

I have had peer mentors from Australia, Indonesia, Spain and now from Manchester in the United Kingdom.

It is also exciting to see all the country coordinators from around the world.

ILN webinar 3

The most important message that I am taking with me is that we can take up issues with the programme coordinators, and rather sooner than later. I have been very lucky with regards my own peer partnering, and have learnt much from my international peers.

Thank you very much, International Librarians Network! I appreciate all your efforts, which is voluntary and must take up a lot of your time!

International Librarians Network Applications Open

Another great opportunity for connecting with a peer mentor from around the globe.

It is great for librarians as well as archivists to develop professional relationships with like-minded peers.

This is my fourth round that I am signing up for.