The International Librarians Network (ILN) peer mentoring program is a facilitated program aimed at helping librarians develop international networks. We believe that innovation and inspiration can cross borders, and that spreading our networks beyond our home countries can make us better at what we do.
Participants in the program are matched with others outside their country, based on the information they provide to the program coordinators. Partnerships are made for a fixed term, and during this period the partnerships are supported by regular contact and discussion points led by the program coordinators. Supported partnerships have an end date, however it is our vision that participants would develop a widening network of independent professional relationships.
Since launching earlier this year the ILN website has already had over 7,500 views from 91 countries across 5 continents. Currently, the International Librarians Network is midway through a pilot phase with 92 participants from 20 countries. The aims of the pilot are to test the model for both its effectiveness and sustainability before launching a full round in September 2013.
Welcoming participants from any type of library and any point in their career, the program is keen to attract librarians from as many different parts of the world as possible to give it a true international flavour and ensure a widespread sharing of ideas. Much more information about the program, including how to sign up can be obtained from the program website.
Our vision for the International Librarians Network is that it will be run by volunteers all over the world. We are currently calling for expressions of interest for Country Coordinators. If you are interested in becoming involved please visit our website for more information.
Kate Byrne, Outreach Team Leader, University of New South Wales and Program Coordinator of International Librarians Network, Australia.