International librarianship means different things to different people. For some, it means being a librarian who gets to travel constantly around the world being a librarian – but that’s not many of us. For most of us, it’s about engaging with our profession across the boundaries of our home countries to try and be a part of something bigger. Just like the networking we already do at home, innovation and inspiration can cross borders, and spreading our networks beyond our home countries has the potential to make us better at what we do.
The International Librarians Network (ILN) is a facilitated, peer mentoring program aimed at helping librarians develop international networks. It was dreamed up after the experience of one of our coordinators as a first time IFLA attendee and speaker and was launched with a highly successful pilot program in early 2013. The ILN seeks to enable professionals to create their own international opportunities using contemporary technologies to bridge the gap (and save on airfares).
The International Librarians Network. Conference Poster to the IFLA World Library and Information Congress, Singapore, August 2013.
The International Librarians Network (ILN) peer-mentoring program is a facilitated program aimed at helping librarians develop international networks. We believe that innovation and inspiration can cross borders, and that spreading our networks beyond our home countries can make us better at what we do. Participants are matched with others outside their country and are supported by regular contact and discussion topics. The ILN is open to anyone working in the library and information industry around the world. The program remains free and the only requirements to participate are an Internet connection, half an hour each week and a desire to build professional connections and learn from colleagues. This poster describes the results of a participant survey conducted during the pilot phase of the program in the first half of 2013.
BYOC: Build your own community. Presentation to New Librarians: Global Connections, IFLA CPDWL/NPSIG ALA, April 2013.
Through her work with ALIA Sydney and the International Librarians Network, Kate Byrne has now experienced collaboratively creating two successful volunteer-run professional development communities. Both of these communities engaged professionals across the entire spectrum of experience including the newer sections of the profession by creating opportunities for them to build connections and create their own professional development. Recently she has written a couple of more formal research papers reflecting on her experiences using the communities of practice research literature, however today she takes a less formal approach and synthesize this to talk to you about how you can build your own strong, vital and sustainable professional development communities, plus share a bit of information about how you can join the International Librarians Network.
International librarianship 101 (NLS6 Reprise) Presentation to ALIA New Graduates Group, Sydney, Australia, March 2013.
Alyson Dalby and Clare McKenzie joined the ALIA New Graduates Group NLS6 Reprise to introduce the International Librarians Network and talk about the experience of taking part in a conference presentation when you aren’t able to attend the conference.
The term international librarianship means different things to different people. For some, it means being a librarian who gets to travel constantly around the world being a librarian – but that’s about six people. For most of us, it’s about choosing to engage with the profession of which we are all a part, across the boundaries of our home countries to try and be a part of something bigger. Just like networking at home, international librarianship can give you access to new ideas and perspectives, the opportunity to learn from others’ experiences and the opportunity for them to learn from you.
This session, and the broader project it supports, was about enabling new professionals to create their own international opportunities using contemporary technologies to bridge the gap. It featured a brief talk about Kate Byrne’s experiences as a first time IFLA attendee and speaker, followed by international perspectives on librarianship and the information profession through videos from other librarians around the world. The session concluded with steps to help you start to build your own international professional networks.