e-Mentoring – How International Librarians Network are doing it!

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.
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Skype with my ILN peer mentor – definitely worth it! 

#interlibnet , Skype , ILN

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 My ILN 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!

Reasons why I am signing up again for the International Librarians Network

ILN peer mentor

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.

 

The International Librarians Network – Certificate of appreciation 2015

ILN Certificate 2015

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

Twitter chat reminder: don’t miss out! #interlibnet #libraryschool

I will be running the ILN Twitter chat from Africa tonight at 8 pm GMT +2. The discussion topic will be about library school and what we wish we learned.

I am looking forward to hear the suggestions!

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One last invitation to join us for a twitter chat on the topic “What I wish I’d learned in Library School” on Wednesday 16th September at 18:00 GMT. We have a link to a time conversion tool so you can work out what time that is for you.

Please join us – we’ll be able to find your contributions much more easily if you use #interlibnet (and maybe #LibrarySchool as well).

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#LibrarianCommute – Karen du Toit shares her (dark) winter drive

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Sharing my photos about my drive to and from work every day! This was during winter, and already the mornings and evenings are looking a bit more sunny now!
Shared with the hashtag #librariancommute

International Librarians Network

Karen is our ILN Country Ambassador for South Africa.

This is my morning and afternoon photos on my way to work at the SABC Radio Archives. The Archives is part of the SABC Media Libraries of the national broadcaster (South African Broadcasting Corporation).

I leave the house just after 6 am and gets back at 5 to 6 pm. This is winter time and that’s why it is still dark.

It takes me an hour going there and an hour back. If the traffic allows it! (Sometimes I spend three hours altogether in traffic to and from work.)

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Feedback about hosting a Twitter chat – ILN discussion about games and libraries

Library InternetHow I prepared and some of my observations while hosting the Twitter chat through the International Librarians Network Twitter account: @InterLibNet

The Twitter chat was on 2 April, about Libraries and Games.

I prepared by reading up on how to run a successful Twitter chat:

– 4 Steps to running a successful Twitter chat

Twitter chat

7 Steps to launching a successful Twitter chat

Taking games in libraries seriously

– The posts on ILN website as well as emails also added to my reading:

Discussion topic: games and libraries

Games and libraries: Twitter chat on Thursday 2 April

I searched for a social media management platform, and tested out Sprout Social. I was very happy with the results, especially some of the reports that could be generated.

I also scheduled my tweets before the time; a selection of 6 questions marked with Q (every 10 minutes). I also simultaneously could schedule it to post on my own personal Twitter account.

Some thoughts and feedback about the results:

– The InterLibNet Twitter followers was 1584 at 9:30 am, with 3071 tweets from the account. At 12:00 they had 1590 followers (6 more), with 3170 tweets (99 tweets that went out from the account).

– There was mostly retweets and favourites of the discussion that was happening from the @InterLibNet account.

– I would have liked to have more hands-on and personal experience of gaming in libraries. It would have made the discussion more fruitful from the hosting site. I suggest using an expert for a next Twitter chat if own experience and expertise are lacking.

– Two of the pictures posted vertical, which made it look non-professional.

– The use of pictures with the tweets worked really well! (My own thoughts)

– Sprout Social worked perfectly for scheduling.

– I should have addressed more tweets without the outstanding hashtag and added it. I was difficult from the computer since it was just before Twitter introduced the new feature of making it possible to add comments to retweets.

– I should have scheduled more tweets in-between questions. Easier to think of it before the time than during the chat.

– I suggest in scheduling some go-to sources and expert links as well. Luckily some of the participants did that for this Twitter chat.

– It is great to ask some people to help/contribute – two of my ILN peer mentors jumped in and helped quite a bit. They were excellent contributors! Thanks to Fiona Malcolm @tapsister and Paschalia Terzi @digitallitsa.

– The ILN Directors did a great job! Clare McKenzie @ccmcknz, Alyson Dalby @alysondalby and Lisa Miller @L15A (social media coordinator). Thank you very much!

The Storify of the Twitter chat is here: