Thursday, January 21, 2016

The International Librarians Network: New Round Begins March 2016

IRRT Member,

IRRT has teamed up with the International Librarians Network to offer IRRT members an opportunity to sign up to be partnered with a librarian from another country for a three month facilitated professional networking opportunity! The links below will take you to a sign up form. The deadline to apply is February 15.

The International Librarians Network: new round begins March 2016

Want to build your professional network and learn about librarianship around the world? Love the idea of professional travel but just don’t have the budget? The International Librarians Network (ILN) is for you. We are pleased to announce the next round of this popular program will commence in early March 2016.

The ILN peer mentoring program is a facilitated program aimed at helping librarians develop international networks. Participating in the ILN brings wider professional awareness, an international perspective to your work, new ideas, and increased professional confidence. We know this because many of our participants tell us – and we’ve had over 3500 librarians from 120+ countries take part so far.

Applications for the next round of partnerships will open in mid-January and close at midnight on Monday, February 15, 2016. Numbers are limited, so apply early to ensure you don’t miss out.

The ILN is open to anyone working (or studying) in the library and information industry around the world. The program is free and the only requirements to participate are an internet connection, fluent English skills, an hour each week and a desire to build professional connections and learn from colleagues.

Get involved now! Find out more about the way the program works, or apply online.

You have received this email message because you are a member of the International Relations Round Table (IRRT). 

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Call for Participation - International Librarianship Experiences

Call for Participation - International Librarianship Experiences

Call for participation
Lara Seven Phillips (formerly of the University of the South Pacific, Fiji) and Kate Holvoet (currently at Zayed University, in the UAE) are writing a book on librarianship abroad; basically all the things we either learned the hard way or wish someone had told us before we started. It is scheduled to be published in December 2016 by ABC-CLIO/Libraries Unlimited.

We are looking to include anecdotes, advice, cautions, lessons learned, etc. from other librarians who have worked abroad.  We want to hear from people who work in all areas of librarianship, and at different kinds of libraries.  We want our book to reflect a variety of international experiences.  If you are interested in telling us about your experience, please click on the Dropbox link, download the survey and return it to: and
The questionnaire lists the kinds of things we're looking to find out about your experience working internationally. You can be as brief or as thorough as you like; please don't feel obligated to answer all the questions if they either don't apply or you don't have anything to share on the topic.

We would appreciate having questionnaires returned by 31 January, 2016. If not, feel free to pass our contact information to other American/Western school librarians working internationally who you think might be interested in participating.
I am happy to answer any questions about the book that you may have. I can share the table of contents, a sample chapter, my own "personal narrative' of my experience working abroad, or whatever else you might like to know about the project.

The questionnaire is in both PDF and a word DOCX formats- please use whichever is easiest for you (an email response is also fine).

Thanks in advance for your consideration!