ILN certificate and change next year

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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.

 

 

 

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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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Published under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license.

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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!

ILN professional Development Twitter chat #ilnpdchat #Storify

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!

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.

 

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!

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

librarian-commute-Karen du Toit

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