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.

DOI 10.6084/m9.figshare.3413632

 

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.

 

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

Blogging for Librarians

Blogs for Librarians slidesThe Library and Information Association of South Africa (LIASA) did a series of five webinars about Social Media for Librarians.

The presentation on Blogs for Librarians was done by me on 25 November 2015.

The webinar was recorded as well: Blogs for Librarians: Karen du Toit

The importance of blogging for librarians cannot be emphasized enough! Through blogging you have direct access to your communities. Your communities are online, and they are searching for your services on the Internet!

It is time for Africa’s libraries to get on board as well!

#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

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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