Final discussion topic: Reflection and Review

Photo: 'Copenhagen Diamond Reflection' by Arne Halvorsen CC-BY-NC2.0

Photo: ‘Copenhagen Diamond Reflection’ by Arne Halvorsen CC-BY-NC2.0

Congratulations to all of our current program participants! You have reached the final stage of  the program. We hope that over the last four months you’ve learned something new about another part of the world, and about libraries. We hope that  you were able to share experiences and ideas with your ILN partner. Most of all, we hope that you gained something from your participation in the program.

There are only 2 weeks left until the end of the program. For the final discussion topic we’re asking our participants to reflect on their experiences of being part of the ILN.  The importance of reflection on our professional practice cannot be overstated. It is through reflection that we consolidate our learning and evaluate our activities. Training courses and professional development should always include time for reflection on what was learned and, importantly, what remains to be learnt.

It is also an important opportunity to stop and talk to your partner about the future of your partnership.

We would like our participants to think about and discuss the following questions:

  • What did you learn about the library profession in your partner’s country?
  • What did you learn about your partner’s workplace?
  • What professional issues do you have in common with your partner?
  • What professional issues are different for your partner?
  • What was new or different for you about participating in the ILN?
  • What are the things you’ve wondered about throughout the program but have never asked?

We also encourage you to:

  • Talk to your partner about whether or not you plan to stay in touch with each other once the program has concluded.
  • Consider if you would like to sign up for the next round. Applications will open in July 2015.
  • Give us your feedback. We will be distributing another survey to our participants shortly.

As always, we encourage you to share your thoughts in the comments below  and on Facebook and Twitter (#InterLibNet). So tell us,  what have you learned from the ILN over the last four months?

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  1. Hi all. I’d like to thank you for making this programme possible. I’ve not been as active as I’d have liked to be in the last four months. I think my partner would testify to that as well. *winces* However, I’ve read many posts, watched the Twitter discussions, and have learned a lot. As a new, unemployed, librarian I have yet to find confidence to engage in discourse. But it’s going to get easier with the help of programmes like these. I look forward to the next round.
    Warm regards.

    • Hi Sandy, Thanks for sharing so honestly. We’d pleased to hear you value the program – remember you have lots to offer from all of our life experience even if you are still learning about libraries. It’s great to have you in the ILN Community. – Kate

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