We’re very excited to announce that the International Librarians Network is now incorporated as a not for profit association, under the laws of New South Wales, Australia. This is a big deal for us as the program directors, and we wanted to share the news with our community.
What does this mean?
It means that the ILN is now a legal entity. When we started the ILN we did so very informally; we didn’t predict the support the program would receive. Now we know how much enthusiasm exists for international peer mentoring, we want to ensure the program’s long term future. Being a legal entity allows us to enter into formal agreements with other organisations. We believe this is an important step towards developing financial sustainability for the program.
What will change?
For our participants, nothing.
We remain dedicated to delivering a high-quality, accessible peer-mentoring program. Participation in that program will remain free, something we are very passionate about.
We’ve received lots of offers of support over the years, being a legal entity will allow us to accept them. In the next few months you’ll receive information on how you can support us if you wish, but there is no obligation to do so.
What is the ILN hoping to achieve?
Simply put, sustainability. We want to make sure that the program is still running in 2, 3, 4 years time, hopefully even longer.
The ILN Directors have been running the program now for two and a half years, with no funding and with all time volunteered. The work involved in running such a large program is substantial, and we now need to bring in outside help and technology to keep it working. These things cost money. We’d also like to be able to invest in promoting the ILN more effectively, which can also be expensive.
What happens next?
We have several organisations that we are talking to about supporting the program. If you or your organisation would like to join in, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll keep our community informed of any news as soon as we can.
If you have any questions about this or any other aspect of the ILN we are always eager to hear from our community – just email us!