Get Your Very Own Library Pen Pal with the International Librarians Network

Megan Hartline —  January 26, 2016 — Leave a comment
Photo of globes on a shelf in the Portland Central Library

Globes in the Portland Central Library. Photo by flickr user Another Believer

Reignite your wanderlust with a peek at the International Librarians Network (ILN), a group that connects peer librarians across the globe for a two-way sharing experience.

Sign up now to be connected with a librarian from another part of the world. You’ll exchange emails, and (if your schedules are compatible) talk on the phone or video chat. ILN suggests weekly topics to help keep conversation flowing.

The last time I signed up for ILN, I was partnered with Claire Sewell from the UK. Our email exchanges were great – we bonded over lack of shelf space and talked about our dreams for career advancement. It was really cool to develop a connection with a librarian I wouldn’t normally have a chance to meet in person.

This program is an excellent reminder that a library career is not incompatible with glamorous international travel. I love hearing about colleagues traveling to conferences like IFLA (in Singapore this summer) and ECIL (in Istanbul next month). Connecting with a librarian in a different country is also a great way to consider what elements in our career transcend geographical and cultural differences, and what about library work might be influenced locally.

Sign up by February 14 to join the upcoming cycle of international connectivity.

Megan Hartline

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Megan Hartline (@awrybrarian on Twitter) is a librarian in Denver, Colorado. In addition to librarianship, Megan's background is in nonprofit leadership. She would love to visit your library to talk about management, workflows, or customer service.

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