Post by: Fiona @ BL
So early this year the blogosphere was abuzz with talk of a new program called the International Librarians Network (ILN)
It sounded interesting so I checked out the website:
The International Librarians Network (ILN) is a facilitated, peer mentoring program aimed at helping librarians develop international networks.
The ILN seeks to enable professionals to create their own international opportunities using contemporary technologies to bridge the gap (and save on airfares)…
Participants in the program are matched with others outside their country, based on the information they provide to the program coordinators. Partnerships are made for a fixed term, and during this period the partnerships are supported by regular contact and discussion points led by the program coordinators.
I joined up and was partnered with a librarian from South Africa. Karen is a Senior Archivist with the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) in Johannesburg.
We share an interest in social media, technology, and library issues – email & twitter are our main communication channels and we generally email once or twice a week. We are both passionate about the industry, about our professional development & we are both taking part in anzm23things and New Librarianship MOOC
There is a monthly discussion topic posted on the ILN website but usually our discussions range beyond that – we talk training, technology, social media, funding, local history, professional development. We alert each other to interesting articles, sites, apps, conferences and blogs.
Offline I’m reading up on South Africa – I was embarrassed by how little I knew about the country.
The next round of the ILN starts in September. If you are interested in learning more about librarianship around the world have a look at their website for more info.