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.
It is always a great to hear when there is recognition for the work that we do in the Archives. It is a behind-the-scenes job, which always have us motivating the hours and work that we do here!
Translation of the audio clip featured here: Margot Luyt, announcer at SABC Radio Sonder Grense radio station says: “…what luxury we have in archives! If it were not for the Sound Archives…” she would not have been able to play the voice of the original poet introducing the musical composition of his own poem being played!
Yes, what a luxury and a treasure!
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.
To be overwhelmed with requests!
So much so, that I am unable to ingest more material into my specific archive collection!
Getting to hear a voice from the past.
In this specific clip that I have shared on Twitter today, a well-known and loved Afrikaans writer has died yesterday. They are busy compiling tribute programmes to be broadcasted on radio.
I get to listen to the whole interview with her that was done in 1990. In this short snippet she says that she is not one for the limelight!
What a privilege!
The International Librarian Network Coordinators are now called ILN Ambassadors.
The next round of the international peer mentorship programme for librarians has begun. Some of the excitement can be seen on Twitter via the hashtag #InterLibNet