Background to the position
The International Librarians Network (ILN) 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.
ILN is run by volunteers all around the world. The organisation directors and coordinators match participants, support the partnerships, and manage the website. ILN Ambassadors act to promote the program and provide advice to the directors as required about the library and information profession in their country. Program participants share their experiences, opinions and ideas to create an international network of librarians. While ILN enjoys the support of many esteemed professional and commercial bodies worldwide, it is run independently.
ILN Ambassadors provide marketing and promotion of the program around the world. We expect that Ambassadors will have a good understanding of the professional network in their country, and we ask them to use this network to recruit participants to the program. Ambassadors are also expected to contribute content to the website and online discussions.
ILN Ambassadors are expected to:
- Promote the program and recruit program participants using the appropriate professional networks in their country
- Provide advice to the ILN directors about specific local issues as required
- Read and respond to communication from the ILN directors or other coordinators.
- Write 2 guest blog posts per year about professional issues in their country
- Contribute to monthly online discussions including commenting on the blog
- Regularly report back on your promotions and other activities.
- Other tasks as negotiated.
Average time demand: 1-3 hours per week.
The interested person should:
- Have an active interest in professional development within the library sector
- Maintain an awareness of news, current events and emerging developments within the library sector
- Be familiar with the professional communication structure in their country
- Have strong interpersonal and communication skills so that they can support the development of partnerships within the program
- Be comfortable using new communication technologies as they develop, including social media.
How to apply
It is a requirement that all ILN Ambassadors must have been a participant in the program or be willing to participate in the next round. We have found that volunteers who have experienced the program have a much better understanding and personal connection when promoting it.
- Check whether we already have an Ambassador for your country. If we do and you are keen to help out, please contact us as there are some countries where we are happy to have more than one representative.
- Send us an expression of interest (EOI) to firstname.lastname@example.org. The EOI should include:
- A copy of your Curriculum Vitae (CV) or Resume including details of any relevant professional experience or volunteering work.
- A statement (up to 300 words) on what you hope to bring to the position.
- Evidence of the ILN round you in which you have participated (please tell us when you participated and who your ILN partner was).
Please note: This role was formally known as ‘Country Coordinator’.