Guest post: Speed Mentoring. The fast and furious way to network!

The following post is a a guest post by Joanna Hare. Joanna is a  a coordinator of Hong Kong Libraries Connect (HKLC). More information, including links to HKLC blog and project, is included at the bottom of the post. 

Greetings from Hong Kong! Today I’d like to share with you a networking activity we hosted last year as a way to launch our inaugural mentoring program: Speed Mentoring!

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In early 2017 we launched a pilot mentoring program as a means to nurture LIS students, and provide an opportunity for students and professionals to gather and talk about the profession in Hong Kong in an informal, low-pressure atmosphere. We wanted to host a special event to officially launch the program. To give the whole group a chance to talk to a broad range of people, as well as identify potential partnerships, we decided to coordinate a speed mentoring session.

(For anyone unfamiliar with the term, it is based on ‘Speed Dating’, where a large group of participants gather to have ‘speed dates’. Each date is usually under 10 minutes, meaning participants are able to meet lots of different potential partners and decide if they might like to meet that person again for a more formal date.) Continue reading


Webinars 2018: and the winners are…


Dear colleagues:

We are pleased to announce that the topics for the Webinars are already selected!
We want to thank you for the enormous participation in the election of these topics.

These will be organized jointly by IFLA New Professionals Special Interest Group, IFLA Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning and the American Library Association during 2018.

After a closed eleccion in the Mentimeter survey, the four selected are the following:

  1. Can the library do everything? Changing role of librarians and the library as a space of social inclusion
  2. Can new librarians have a voice? Training and professional development vs. workplace reality.
  3. Technology in libraries: event management tools, CMS and information retrieval tools; how to and best practices
  4. How to market your library. Tools for measuring the impact and presenting the results to the public



Definitely they are great topics, and they will surely come out of them very interesting webinars.
We thank you again for your participation and we are waiting for you for the first Webinar, whose date we will confirm shortly.

2018: a blank book


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2017 was an extraordinary year for us, full of activities and great events. Webinars, virtual encounters and our annual meeting.

The IflaCamp in Wroclaw was spectacular, a great reunion between colleagues and friends from all over the world where we shared experiences, cycling for libraries and closing the event we made a Flashmob that caught the attention of everyone!

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2018: un libro en blanco

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2017 fue un año extraordinario, lleno de actividades y grandes eventos. Seminarios web, encuentros virtuales y nuestra reunión anual.

El IflaCamp en Wroclaw fue espectacular, una gran reunión entre colegas y amigos de todo el mundo donde compartimos experiencias, la tradicional bicicleteada por las bibliotecas y cerrando el evento hicimos un Flashmob que llamó la atención de toda la ciudad.

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