Reflection and review: Round 2015B comes to an end

We have now come to the end of Round 2015B of the International Librarians Network peer mentoring program. We hope you have all enjoyed it as much as we have. We’ve already received so much wonderful feedback from our participants about the connections and opportunities they have created. This was our largest round so far, […]

Reflection and review: Reflective learning

In our first post for this discussion topic, we said that “the importance of reflection on our professional practice cannot be overstated”. What do we mean when we talk about reflective learning, and why is it so important? Simply put, reflective learning is about reviewing the experience you had, and asking yourself “What did I get […]

Reflection and review: The year in your library

As we ask our participants to spend the last two weeks of the ILN program reflecting on their experience, we’d also like to ask our whole community to take a moment to reflect on the year in your library. Did your library introduce any new services this year – or, just as importantly, discontinue any […]

Final discussion topic: Reflection and review

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 […]

Personal Branding: Make a Contribution

To prepare this discussion topic I have been doing a lot of reading about personal branding. There are some good articles out there and also some awful ones and a whole bunch in between. Many offer useful tips but others take a very shallow approach focussed on self-promotion at almost any cost. These kinds of […]

Personal Branding: Me, Myself and I (and lots of hats)

In my professional career I wear lots of different hats. First, there’s my “day job” as the Manager of Research Reporting at UNSW Library. In this role, I manage  the system UNSW uses to collect information about all of the publications produced by UNSW researchers. I support open access at UNSW and explore emerging research support tools such […]

Personal Branding: Professional Writing

Professional writing is a valuable way to make your stamp on the world. It is a way to share your thoughts, showcase your knowledge but also to build your reputations with colleagues near and far. There are many ways you can approach professional writing to build your brand. Where can you start? Our ideas about […]

Personal Branding: “Sell” yourself

When perfecting your personal brand, it is useful to think about how you are ‘selling yourself’ to colleagues and prospective employers. A really important tool to have in your toolkit is the elevator pitch. The idea of the elevator pitch comes from an imaginary scenario where you are sharing an elevator ride with someone that you […]