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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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!
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!
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 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.