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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UCT Social Media Online Short Course #blogjune

GetSmarter Social Media Short Course

UCT Social Media Online Short Course

I have been doing the UCT Social Media Online Short Course from GetSmarter from April 2016 this year. It is a nine week online course, with assessments that have to be completed each week. I have already submitted Assignment 7 this week.

It has been a tough course, but also a very worthwhile course to me. I thought a knew a lot, but I have been taught much more that I’ve missed in my own journey on social media!

I have been asking for years to do this course, and I could finally do it this year! I was subscribed a week late, but luckily I could still catch up!

The topics that’s been covered:

Module 1: Positioning your brand on social media

Get introduced to social media, look at how it has evolved, the various platforms that exist, and the most popular tools in use.

Module 2: Managing and growing your Facebook community

Learn how to use Facebook business pages and the new Timeline effectively, measure user engagement, and craft effective content.

Module 3: Building a following on Twitter

Learn how to leverage Twitter for both business-to-business and business-to-consumer relationship building.

Module 4: Leveraging LinkedIn and Google+

Explore the various ways in which LinkedIn and Google+ can be used for business and individual gain and business-to-business marketing.

Module 5: Pinterest and social bookmarking

Learn how to create a lifestyle around a brand.

Module 6: Using Youtube, Instagram and understanding mobile

Get introduced to multimedia and mobile marketing.

Module 7: Blogging for community engagement and search

Discover the various content management systems and blogging platforms available.

Module 8: Managing and measuring your online reputation

Learn about crowdsourcing and using social media for market research.

Module 9: Intergrating social media into your marketing strategy

Learn about strategy and marketing integration – the most important aspects of utilising social media for marketing.

I can really recommend this or any other social media course for extra “enlightenment”. It’s tough to keep up with all the continuous changes on social media!

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!

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!

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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Curation is an important part of a librarian’s arsenal

Curation

The Storify was made in answer to Thing 14 of ANZ 23 Mobile Things: Curating with Pinterest, Tumblr and Scoop.It.

I am a big user of curation in my daily life, and the following points clarify the importance of curation.

The positives of using curation as a Information Specialist

– I am using curation on a daily basis to enhance my own professional development

– I keep up to date with the latest news, research and developments in my professional niche.

– I am able to connect with like-minded peers, as well as my community.

– I am increasing my social media presence in the niche that I would like to be known in.

– It is an activity that should not be neglected, but be part of compulsory duties of every day.

If neglected, it will banish you to the “nether regions of lost librarianship”, I’m sure!

New Librarianship – a future paradigm for librarians

I have just completed my first ever MOOC. It has been an interesting learning curve, both in doing an online course, as well as getting bombarded with “new thoughts” (new to me) in librarianship.

I have done the New Librarianship Master Class presented by the School of Information Studies at the Syracuse University.

I feel a bit overwhelmed by the thoughts and ideology surrounding New Librarianship, as explained in The Atlas of New Librarianship by R David Lankes.
But the course has definitely opened up my thoughts and ideas about librarianship. It has given me tremendous hope for the future of librarians and libraries!

Some positive thoughts that I am taking away:

– Librarians are positive change agents

– Librarians are not passive, but pro-active in their involvement of the community.

– I love the mission statement:

– Librarians are part (members) of the community, and actively involved in solving the problems of the community through innovation and creation

– We are moving away from a lending model, towards a sharing model; where all the members of the community contribute towards a common goal through resources, information, goods, experience and skills.

– We as librarians must model the positive change we want to see in our communities. It places a huge responsibility on our shoulders.

– We are more than our collections, spaces and places.

– We create the opportunity for new learning, new innovation and new creation!

– We do not have to have all the skills, but need to be able to put the experts in contact with the rest of the community. It demands social networking skills.

The future of librarianship is bright!
If we do not have an ideology (with a good theoretical framework) to address the future of libraries and librarians, we would not be able to take our profession into an exciting future!

I am inspired! Thanks to R. David Lankes!