Discussion topic: Getting to know you

Surprise! Used with permission under CC BY 2.0

Surprise! Used with permission under CC BY 2.0

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.



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  1. Thank you for this opportunity to contribute to librarianship in the global sphere. As a South African librarian I particularly enjoy the multicultural approach of ILN.

  2. I appreciate this golden opportunity given me to learn, contribute and share my experiences to the global community in the field of librarianship. This is a step to the right direction. Thanks to ILN

  3. Am glad to be accepted to be part of this family. I’ve been in contact with my partner and we’re getting to know each other.

  4. I am glad to be a part of this international community of librarians. I am looking forward of my partner and sharing and learning a lot of things from her/him about librarianship in our level.

  5. I joined the ILN program to widen my network of contacts and to gain an insight into how others manage their libraries, market them to their own organisation and how to keep a library relevant to users and increase usage! Being in a private corporate library I have found that there are not many other Associations or Networks that focus on Private Libraries so hope to reach out to others through this network. Thanks for the opportunity and I hope that my new contact and I can be of assistance to each other in some way.

  6. Happy to be a part of this, just contacted my partner. I look forward to sharing, learning and creating lasting partnerships.

    • Hi Sana, great, we’d love to hear your story! Just email us contact[at]interlibnet.org and we’ll take it from there! – Clare

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