"...participants at the end of each round [evaluates]what impact the ILN had on their professional activities. Based on that feedback [...] the number one outcome for participants in the ILN is developing a wider professional awareness and an international perspective on their work.ILN- Apply now to grow your international network
The reason: The ILN is an incredibly diverse global community, with volunteers from nearly 30 countries and participants from over 110.
By participating in the next round of the ILN’s peer mentoring program, you will not only be matched with a peer mentor from another country, but you will receive discussion topics and guest posts from librarians all over the world."
The International Librarians Network is a free and a three month opportunity to connect with an international peer from wide-ranging careers in librarianship. The programme asks that the participants connects with their mentors on a regular basis. It happens mostly through email contact, but the participants themselves can decide how much and in what way they want to connect. There are also themes in that period that are being run on the International Librarians Network blog page that enhances the experience, and helps participants to focus their discussions.
The applications closes on 26 July 2015 for the next round.
I have been signing up for each round of the ILN, and I have met great librarians from across the world. I now can say that I know librarians in Spain, Bangladesh, Australia and England. There is also a wider community that I have met through my contact on social media with the ILN! It has been an eye opening experience, and to realize that we have the same issues, career challenges and love for the work that we do!
Here's some more reading material about the advantages of joining a round of ILN:
Apply now to grow your international network!
5 Reasons to apply now to be a peer mentor
Applications now open for the next round of the ILN
Blog post by Karen du Toit, South African ILN Ambassador.