Welcome to round 3 of the ILN peer mentoring program. We are so happy to begin this digital journey together. We are excited about the new round of the program kicking off and wish our participants all the best in their new partnerships. We hope that they learn new things, grow their professional expertise, and feel inspired.
If social media is anything to go by, you are all excited to begin your partnerships. The first discussion topic is all about getting to know one another. This fortnight we recommend you talk to your partner about:
What do you do?
Think about information like where you work, and what your role involves on a daily basis. What are the issues that face your library, and other libraries in your country? Remember that people in other countries might have a different understanding of job titles and jargon.
What does your workspace look like?
We would like to encourage you to send your partner a photo of your workspace. This is a great way to break the ice and learn a little about each other. To help get this started, we will be sharing photos of our workspaces on the ILN blog over the next week or two. If you would like us to feature your workspace please email us or share your photo on social media and tag us.
What is your career path?
How did you get where you are today? Where are your hoping to go in your career?
What are your hopes and expectations for the new partnership?
How often would you like to be in contact, and what is the most convenient method for you? What inspired you to join the ILN program and what do you hope to get out of it? We recommend you are in contact a least once a week to give your partnership the best chance to flourish. We also encourage you to try multiple communication methods, consider going beyond email to include social media tools or even Skype/video chats.
Have you participated in the ILN before?
We do have a number of returning ILN partners this time. If you have gone through another round, what do you want to do differently this time?
Open discussion forums
We will also be posting each of our discussion topics here on the blog and we strongly encourage our participants and the wider international library community to participate in open discussions right here and on Facebook and Twitter. Comments are welcome from anyone – you don’t have to be in the program to join in the discussion.
As always, if you have any questions about the ILN or about your partnership please contact us.