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!
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 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!
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