Applications open for the next round of International Librarians Network

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International Librarians Network – partnerships

The International Librarians Network: new round begins March 2015

Want to build your professional network and learn about librarianship around the world? The International Librarians Network (ILN) is for you.

The ILN peer mentoring program is a facilitated program aimed at helping librarians develop international networks. Over 1500 librarians from 103 countries have already participated in this program, and we are pleased to announce the next round will commence in March 2015.Applications close at midnight on Sunday 15th February 2015.

Get involved now! Find out more about the way the program works, or apply online.

This is my fifth time I will be signing up for the programme. I have made new connections, and not only from my partners, but also from the people signing up for the peer mentoring.

I have learnt many new things, such as the ANC 23 Mobile Things (from which this blog was born), completed the New Librarianship MOOC (because of recommendations from ILN partners), and also started with the Emerging Future MOOC. Unfortunately the end of last year was too busy to complete it, but it is still available to finish!

I have definitely enhanced my own professional development, and picked up from my international partners that they are actively engaging and pursuing their own professional development.

I am looking forward to connect with a new partner again!

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International Librarians Network Applications Open

Another great opportunity for connecting with a peer mentor from around the globe.

It is great for librarians as well as archivists to develop professional relationships with like-minded peers.

This is my fourth round that I am signing up for.

International Librarians Network

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Want to build your professional network and learn about librarianship around the world? Love the idea of professional travel but just don’t have the budget?

The International Librarians Network (ILN) is for you.

The ILN peer mentoring program is a facilitated program aimed at helping librarians develop international networks. We are pleased to announce the next round of this popular program will commence in September 2014.

Applications for the next round of partnerships are now open and close at midnight on 22 August 2014

If you want to know more about the ILN,  check out the information about  how the program works for details.

The ILN is open to anyone in the library and information industry around the world. The program remains free and the only requirements to participate are:

  • an internet connection
  • fluent English skills
  • one hour each week
  • a desire to build…

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International Librarians Network – a certificate of participation

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.

Reflection, review and what next – International Librarians Network final discussion topics for this round #InterLibNet

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The most recent round of the International Librarians Network has come to an end. I have taken part in three of these sessions, and I have found it to be very valuable to my own professional development.

Most recently I have learnt a great deal from Alberto Boada García, a legal librarian from Spain. From Bekti Mulatiningsih from Indonesia who is studying towards a PhD in Information Science, and who helped me tremendously with some of the papers I presented at conferences. I also still keep in contact with Fiona Malcolm from Australia through social media.

I am going to answer the questions from two discussions topics in one.

What did you learn about the library profession in your partner’s country?
It was interesting to learn about the work of a legal librarian. It seems that legal librarians are doing it a bit differently than how we do it in the corporate world or in public libraries.

What did you learn about your partner’s workplace?
He works for the Judiciary Documentation Centre in San Sebastian (which looks like a fantastic place to stay) in Spain. He is mostly responsible for the website content for supplying judges with legal information.

What professional issues do you have in common with your partner?
We have the same issues with regards tight budgets and struggling being valued for our specialised skills in Information Science. It is also very difficult to advance in our careers (although I don’t think it is because of the same reasons in our countries), and working conditions are also not always ideal.

What professional issues are different for your partner?
Because he works in a legal setting, he has different content that he has to work with than in a normal library setting.

What was new or different for you about participating in the ILN?
Getting to meet with so many new, but also so many like-minded professionals who struggles with the same issues that we do!

What are the things you’ve wondered about throughout the program but have never asked?
I wanted to know more about my ILN partners’ private lives to get a greater sense of how they juggle their working lives with their private lives. Next round I am going to give it more attention! (Ask more questions!)

What next?

What changes have you or will you make to the way you work, based on your experience with the ILN?
I was inspired by my international peers to take more control of my own professional development. They plan and make a plan to attend conferences, although it is not always supported (and financed) by their libraries or corporations.
I also got involved with MOOCs and are planning to do them as they come along.

Has your approach to professional development changed? Will it?
Yes!

What will you do to continue developing your international network?
I will keep on signing up at the International Librarians Network! Of course!
I have already signed up here: Participate in the ILN
I will also continue with my participation in social and professional networks.

 

One thing that I missed in this round was the fact that my international partner was not involved in social networks such as Twitter. He is connected to library lists and networks in his country, but not connected on the global platforms. I would have liked to have more networking opportunities with him through these channels!

Library advocacy & lobbying – discussion topic for ILN #blogjune

I am linking up with the International Librarians Network with their discussion topic about Library advocacy for my third blogging in June (#blogjune) post.

The questions that needs answering:

Is there an library advocacy or lobbying campaign you’ve loved? What made it stand out for you? 

I love the #followalibrary yearly advocacy campaign on the 1 October. It was a bit quiet in 2013. Luckily it seems that the Twitter outreach this year, awakened by the International Librarians discussion topic about library advocacy and lobbying, has already taken up the challenge.

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#followalibrary on Twitter

A Facebook page for Followalibrary for this year has been created by Wilma van den Brink @wbk500 from Amsterdam, and she suggests that each upload a library shelfie #libshelfie for this year.

What are some examples of how you have been an advocate for libraries? How did it work out?

Social Media is one of the great new ways of advocating for libraries. The feedback from our own libraries active on social media is that it has given us a voice and has created awareness about our services.

What are 3 ways in which you think you could become a better advocate?

1. Getting more skilled with regards social media and advocacy practices, to use it to upgrade the library’s social media presence.

2. To always have a positive view on my own library services, and to have that elevator speech ready when asked about our jobs and our services.

3. Love what I do! (Even more, which I do!)