The International Librarians Network pilot program was officially launched with a presentation by our own Kate Byrne at the ALIA New Librarians Symposium on Monday. We got a great response to the presentation, including a huge increase in our Twitter followers and lots of visits to our website. We’ve had nearly 3000 visits to the site from 37 countries and 6 continents.
The really exciting news is that we’ve received over 55 applications for the pilot program of ILN, and these applications are coming from 12 different countries! Given that we’re in Australia and our local professional networks are strong, we were worried that most of our pilot participants would also be Australian, but we’re doing well so far. There is still a chance that pilot program participants might have to be matched with someone from their own country, but we’ll try and make it someone from another city, at least – Australia is, after all, quite large.
In order to launch the pilot program at the beginning of March we’re going to have to close off applications on the 15th February. If you’re planning to sign up but haven’t gotten to it yet, you should do so soon! For those that sign up after the 15th February, we’ll keep your details and contact you shortly before the full program launches in September, to see whether you’re still interested.
So the key messages of this post are:
- We’re getting lots of applicants
- Our applicants are coming from all over the world
- If you haven’t yet signed up, do so now!