Discussion topic: Getting to know you

Welcome Sign Mosaic in Warm Tones by Margaret Almon. Used with permission under CC BY-ND 2.0

Welcome Sign Mosaic in Warm Tones by Margaret Almon. Used with permission under CC BY-ND 2.0

Welcome to a(nother) new round of the ILN peer mentoring program!

We are very excited about the new round of the program kicking off and can’t wait to hear stories of your experiences. We wish our participants all the best in their new partnerships as they learn new things and grow their professional expertise. If you are not one of our participants, you can follow along on the blog as we release discussion topics every two weeks for the next four months. If you’d like to make sure you don’t miss out on signing up for the next round – put your name down and we’ll email you when applications open again.

The first discussion topic is all about getting to know one another and setting some expectations for the way you would like to continue your partnership over the next four months. So, we recommend you talk to your partner about the following:

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 does your workspace look like? #welcometomydesk

We would like to encourage you to send your partner a photo of your workspace if you can. This is a great way to break the ice and learn a little about each other. Watch out for blog posts from us over the next couple of weeks featuring some workspaces from our ILN community. We encourage anyone from our community to share your photo on social media using #interlibnet and #welcometomydesk or you can email us a photo and a story to feature on our blog.

What is your career path?

How did you get where you are today? Where are your hoping to go in your career?

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 a least once a week 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 been through a previous round, what do you want to do differently this time?

Open discussion forums

We will also be posting each of our discussion topics 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. Comments are welcome from anyone – as we said earlier, 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.

Let the conversations begin!


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