In the four years since the ILN was founded we have run 8 rounds of the ILN’s peer mentoring program, providing unique professional development, networking and mentoring experiences to over 5,500 participants from 133 countries. We have also reached countless more library professionals through our website and social media activities. The growth of the ILN over the last four years has been tremendously exciting. We have loved hearing from our participants about their experiences engaging in the world of international librarianship.
The ILN is 100% volunteer run, meaning all of this has been achieved through the efforts of our amazing team of volunteers and a lot of our own time and energy. Whilst it has been very rewarding to see our community flourish, it has also been a challenge continuing to manage and grow the ILN on top of jobs and lives.
We feel it is time to invest in looking at options for the future of the ILN. Over the last few years we have run a number of strategic planning exercises, however, running the ILN takes a fair amount of time and effort and can take focus away from the planning activities. Over the last four years, we have always had only short breaks between program rounds, most of which is spent promoting the next round. In order for us to allow ourselves the time and space to deeply consider the shape of the ILN in the future, we need to take a break from the program.