Guest Post: Turning New Professionals “upside-down”

Sebastian Wilke & Dierk Eichel from IFLA’s New Professionals Special Interest Group (NPSIG) have kindly shared their post about the workshop NPSIG ran at the 2013 Bobcatsss event in January 2013. Bobcatsss is an annual symposium with library and information themes, organised by university students under the auspices of the European Association for Library & Information Education […]

MONTHLY DISCUSSION: READING AND WRITING

Our monthly discussion topic for May is all about reading and writing, which brings to mind one of my favourite quotes from Alice in Wonderland: ‘Reeling and writing of course, to begin with,’ the Mock Turtle replied, ‘and the different branches of arithmetic-ambition, distraction, uglification and derision.’ What we want to know this month is  how […]

Call for Country Coordinators

As the International Librarians Network prepares to transition from pilot to program later this year, we are adding some additional roles to our volunteer cohort. We are currently recruiting country coordinators. What is a country coordinator? We’re glad you asked 🙂 Country coordinators act as liaison points for each country. If you are in New […]

From New Zealand to Australia and back again

As the next in our occasional series of guest posts from international librarians, this week we bring you the voice of Mel Chivers. Mel is a New Zealander, who moved to Australia to study and work – then headed back to New Zealand. Here, she gives us her perspective on all that moving! When I […]

Postcard from a sofa in Sydney, Australia

Last night (12 midnight Sydney time) I stayed up late to speak as a part of the most recent webinar in the IFLA & ALA joint series “New Librarians Global Connection: best practices, models and recommendations”. I was invited to speak at this webinar  (recording now available) as a result of my IFLA presentation in Helsinki last year and […]

Monthly discussion: What is international librarianship?

What is international librarianship? In thinking about writing this post, we came across this definition from 1974 and present it here as a starting point for some discussion. The first question then is this: Is a definition nearly 40 years old still relevant in a rapidly moving profession? “International librarianship consists of activities carried out […]

Monthly discussion: Getting started

On a rainy Sydney Saturday a few weeks ago, the ILN team sat down to match up all the participants in the pilot project. This was a very exciting moment for us, sorting through all our applicants and trying to find someone from a different country that would meet some or all of their expressed […]

Culture shutdown – a day of solidarity

This week, 200 cultural institutions from 40 countries around the world participated in a Day of Solidarity to show support for seven institutions in Bosnia-Herzegovina that have been closed down due to a funding crisis with the government. The list includes art galleries, museums, libraries and archives. An organisation called Culture Shutdown was founded in […]

Ready, set, go! Pilot program gets underway

The pilot program is just about off and running! Participants have been matched and over the next few days, we will be sending each person contact information for their program partner. While we tried to meet all the requests of our applicants for their preferred partner, in some cases this wasn’t possible. However, we ask […]