Today we start a new round of the ILN peer mentoring program. We are excited about the new round of the program kicking off and can’t wait to hear stories of our participants’ 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. The first discussion topic is, as always, about getting to know one another and setting some expectations for the way our participants would like to continue their partnerships over the next four months.
This time, we’re also asking our ILN community the following:
What is the most surprising thing about your workplace?
Just about everyone in libraries has a surprising story to tell. It might be something unexpected in your building, or a service you offer that isn’t common across libraries. It might also be something funny or surprising that turned up in the returns chute! Share some of these stories with each other – and with us! If you have photos,that’s even better. Watch out for blog posts from us over the next couple of weeks featuring some workplace surprises from our ILN community. We encourage you to share your story (and photos if you have them) on social media using #interlibnet and #librarysurprise or you can email us a photo and a story to feature on our blog.
We recommend our participants are in contact a least once a week to give their partnership the best chance to flourish. We also encourage everyone 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?
If you have been through another round of the ILN, what would you do differently this time?
Open discussion forums
We also post each of our discussion topics here 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 – 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.