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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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.

 

ILN Ambassadors

ILN Ambassadors

ILN Ambassadors

The International Librarian Network Coordinators are now called ILN Ambassadors.

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The next round of the international peer mentorship programme for librarians has begun. Some of the excitement can be seen on Twitter via the hashtag #InterLibNet

Certificate of participation – International Librarians Network

ILN certificate 2014

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!

Applications open for the next round of International Librarians Network

ILN Cycle

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!

First ILN welcome webinar

ILN webinar1I 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.

ILN webinar 2It 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.

ILN webinar 3

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!

South Africa Country Coordinator: International Librarians Network

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The International Librarians Network is a facilitated peer mentoring programme that starts it’s next round in September.

Country coordinators act as liaison points for each country. If you are in England, for example, and you want to know more about the program, you would speak to the England coordinator. Country coordinators are responsible for recruiting people in their country to the program.
Country coordinators are also expected to contribute content to the website and online discussions.

Karen du Toit has applied and was accepted as the country coordinator for South Africa. She has signed up for her fourth round (including the first test round), because it has proved to be of so much value to her own professional development.

Karen du Toit – South Africa Country Coordinator

Karen is a radio archivist in the SABC Radio Archives at the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), the national public broadcaster in South Africa. She has been working in archives and libraries at the SABC for nearly 25 years. She loves how technology and social media has changed the library and archives profession, and the fact that librarians and archivists are the change agents in this process.

Karen tweets at @karentoittoit and blogs at Karen’s 23 Mobile Things (personal) and SABC Media Libraries blog (corporate), while keeping the SABC Media Libraries website and social media sites updated.

 

Contact details for the South Africa ILN country coordinator: southafrica.ilnetwork@gmail.com

Twitter: @karentoittoit