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ILN Library 2.014 presentation

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Building professional relationships with the International Librarians Network

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ILN Library 2.014 presentation

  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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