Welcome to all our participants to the new round of international librarian peer mentoring. We are so happy to begin this virtual journey with you all. This round we have 762 participants from 78 countries including 9 new countries: Bhutan, French Guyana, Greenland, Guatemala, Mauritius, Morocco, Papua New Guinea, Samoa and Taiwan.
If social media is anything to go by, you are all excited to begin your partnerships. However we know that many of our participants are likely to be unsure how to start building their new relationship so the first discussion topic is all about getting to know one another. We recommend that for the next two weeks you talk to your partner about:
What does your workplace look like? What is your favourite feature?
Do you work in a big library or a little library? Or perhaps not in the library at all?
We would like to encourage you to send your partner a photo of your favourite feature of your workplace. This is a great way to break the ice and learn a little about each other.
Your favourite feature might be something that gives you pleasure personally – like the view from your window or the cool piece of art in your lobby, or it might be a feature you are proud of professionally – like a service area you are particularly proud of or a special architectural feature.
To help get this started, we will be sharing photos of our favourite features on the ILN blog over the next week or two. If you would like us to showcase your favourite feature – please email us or share your photo on Facebook or Twitter and tag us with #interlibnet and #favouritefeature
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 is your career path?
How did you get where you are today? Where are your hoping to go in your career?
Your ILN Partnership
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 once a week (and a minimum of once a fortnight) 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?
Don’t forget to also join our 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. Please use the #interlibnet. 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.