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Amy Barker
Alyson Dalby
Kate Byrne
Program Coordinators, International Librarians Network
Who are we?
Clare McKenzieAmy BarkerAlyson Dalby Kate Byrne
Currently
on holiday
in England
What we’re going to talk about
1. Why international professional networks are
valuable
2. The International Librarians Net...
Why develop an
international
network?
Photo used under Creative Commons licence. Sourced from http://bit.ly/GSrxOI
The International Librarians Network
Program
Coordinators
Country
Coordinators
Participants
ILN
Partnerships
Social Media
...
“What impact does the ILN have on
your professional activities?”
•Develops an international perspective
•Generates wider p...
What makes the ILN work?
We provide a structure on which to build:
• Matching partners
• Discussion topics
• Intervention ...
What works: frequent contact
0%
20%
40%
60%
80%
100%
Very satisfied Satisfied Unsatisfied Very unsatisfied
Frequencyofcont...
End dates allow
for a graceful exit
Copyright LS Wilson, used under Creative Commons licence. Sourced from www.geograph.ie...
What doesn’t work: lessons learned
•Some discussion topics fall flat
•Overcoming cultural differences requires
patience an...
The formula
Step 1: Find the right person (or people!)
Step 2: Find common ground
Step 3: Keep it professional
ilnetwork.wordpress.com
contact@interlibnet.com
twitter.com/InterLibNet @InterLibNet
www.facebook.com/InterLibNet
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  1. 1. Amy Barker Alyson Dalby Kate Byrne Program Coordinators, International Librarians Network
  2. 2. Who are we? Clare McKenzieAmy BarkerAlyson Dalby Kate Byrne Currently on holiday in England
  3. 3. What we’re going to talk about 1. Why international professional networks are valuable 2. The International Librarians Network – what it is and how it works 3. How to build your own international professional network
  4. 4. Why develop an international network? Photo used under Creative Commons licence. Sourced from http://bit.ly/GSrxOI
  5. 5. The International Librarians Network Program Coordinators Country Coordinators Participants ILN Partnerships Social Media ILN website and blog Participate in Discussions Grow international networks Share with others
  6. 6. “What impact does the ILN have on your professional activities?” •Develops an international perspective •Generates wider professional awareness •Brought new ideas •Increased professional confidence and motivation •Provided general professional development •Networking benefits •Developed a particular skill
  7. 7. What makes the ILN work? We provide a structure on which to build: • Matching partners • Discussion topics • Intervention when things go wrong • Regular communication
  8. 8. What works: frequent contact 0% 20% 40% 60% 80% 100% Very satisfied Satisfied Unsatisfied Very unsatisfied Frequencyofcontact Overall satisfaction Relationship between satisfaction and frequency of contact Once a week or more often Once a fortnight Once a month Less often than once a month No contact
  9. 9. End dates allow for a graceful exit Copyright LS Wilson, used under Creative Commons licence. Sourced from www.geograph.ie/photo/2070170
  10. 10. What doesn’t work: lessons learned •Some discussion topics fall flat •Overcoming cultural differences requires patience and tolerance •A closed mind inhibits conversation
  11. 11. The formula Step 1: Find the right person (or people!) Step 2: Find common ground Step 3: Keep it professional
  12. 12. ilnetwork.wordpress.com contact@interlibnet.com twitter.com/InterLibNet @InterLibNet www.facebook.com/InterLibNet

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