Conference follow up: further reading

We hope that our program participants are having some good discussions about conferences: how to make the most of them and who their dream conference speaker would be. Amy Barker, ILN Program Coordinator, has done a bit of web trawling for us and come up with a few resources to help you plan future conference […]

Monthly Discussion: Round One Begins

Round One has kicked off and if you signed up to participate you should now have an email with  contact information for your peer-mentor. For round one we have 392 participants from 40 countries which creates a whopping 196 partnerships! If Twitter is anything to go by, you are all excited to begin your partnerships. […]

Monthly discussion: a moment of reflection

Welcome to August. This is a rather significant month for us, because this is the final month in the ILN pilot program. We’re proud to have reached this point, and our discussion topic for August is reflection. The importance of reflection on our professional practice can’t be understated. It is through reflection that we consolidate […]

Monthly Discussion: The future of the profession

As volunteer-run organisation, ILN is full of people from different parts of the library industry. As well as being Program Coordinators for ILN, we all play a number of roles in libraries as do our Country Coordinators. This month’s discussion topic has been inspired by one of our coordinators, Alyson Dalby, who amongst her other […]

Monthly discussion: Making connections

This month’s discussion topic comes to us as a guest post from Sally Pewhairangi, one of our ILN participants from New Zealand. Sally blogs at Finding Heroes and you can find her on twitter as well. Sally’s post about the Maori world view ponders the nature of the connections we make, both in person and […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]