International Librarians Network
Over the summer I signed up for the International Librarians Network (ILN) peer mentoring programme and in September the programme got under way. ILN is a volunteer run organisation which creates and fosters links between librarians in different countries, sectors and career stages, in the hope that through communication and sharing knowledge we can all improve our working practices. Essentially, (though without wishing to downplay the quality of the scheme) I’ve now got a librarian pen-pal with whom to discuss professional issues. This year there are 572 participants from 72 countries.
I was matched with Magda, who works in one of the most important public libraries in Poland, the Silesian Library (http://www.bs.katowice.pl/en/o_bibliotece). So far I’ve enjoyed my correspondence with Magda; our first professional discussion was on Social Media and I’m looking forward to future subjects. Will update after future discussions.