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!
I 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.
It 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.
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!
The third round of the International Librarians Network kicked off with an invitation to showcase our workspaces.
I shared two of these photos with my new ILN partner from Manchester in the UK. I am excited to learn more about a new library environment.
Two technical computers to handle digital audio systems, with a personal computer on my desk
Yamaha Digital Mixing Console
Reel-to-reel tapes machines: Studer (left) and ReVox (right)
Marantz CD player, Tascam MD player and a Denon cassette player
Thorens record player in the middle (marked as a “professional Disc Drive”)
The March to June round of the International Librarians Network has ended with certificates sent to all the participants.
The reflection, review and what next? post has already been published, and I will be signing up to the next round of ILN which will start in September.
I have connected with librarians from Australia, Indonesia and most recently Spain. It has been an eye-opening experience!
To sign up, complete the Expression of Interest form.
With regards Censorship and the archives:
During the previous regime of Apartheid in South Africa they had very strict censorship laws in place. The archives used to delete or damage all the material that were in contravention of the censorship laws of the time. A lot of material was lost. Now the archives sometime have to buy material back from other organizations who also filmed the same historical events.
My own thoughts on this is that they should have kept the material, but with a note on it. After the bans were lifted, they could have changed the restrictions on the material.
Searching for Sugarman was awarded the best documentary at the Oscars this year. The SABC archives get a mention in the movie.
Who did the damage to the recordings? The archivists themselves!
Another though about archivists and censorship. We are daily busy with a form of censorship by our mere choice of which material to keep and which to throw it. Also by the way we assign more importance to one collection and giving more attention to it. The shear volume of the archives make it impossible to catalogue it all.
I am the only archivist assigned to catalogue a radio station’s programmes. Because of my own affinity towards certain programmes and themes, I am daily doing a form of censorship. The previous archivist concentrated more on certain programmes. I am concentrating more on other material that I am focusing on. I can only hope that I am selecting the right programmes in years to come.
Time will tell!