Two go to New Zealand

Last month Alana Ward, Library and Museums Manager at Inverclyde Council, was selected from a worldwide list of applicants for the International Network of Emerging Library Innovators (INELI) which is part if the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s Global Libraries programme.

I was fortunate to enough to be invited to support her and other delegates as they embark on a two year programme of learning and international projects. The first convening took place between 26th October and 30th October in Wellington on New Zealand’s North Island and segued into the LIANZA Conference from 30th October to 2nd November.

The 18 INELI delegates come from across the globe with 16 different countries represented and they are supported by a team of sponsors (although these are locally based enablers or mentors) and some very distinguished mentors, again from difference countries (Chile to Australia). The event was led by Amy Gipson of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and facilitators June Garcia and Sandra Nelson. The INELI delegates are now ready to start following their online learning programme and also to work in small groups on one of 5 projects with their mentors. All of the content was of a high quality and well received by the group. The idea for the programme emerged from the Bertelsmann Foundation members who benefited from the international partnership working.

Attendance at the LIANZA provided a great opportunity to meet lots of librarians and be part of a library conference which is a slightly larger scale than the CILIPS one, with around 550 delegates. LIANZA have recently introduced a registration scheme akin to chartership and it was interesting to discuss the similarities and differences. There was a good range of papers to choose from and 5 of the INELI delegates presented short papers on their innovations as part of the larger event.

This was a wonderful opportunity to find out about librarianship in other places and to start to share our learning, as well as learning from others. Here’s a taste from Lancashire County Council’s INELI delegate Stewart Parsons and Get it Live in Libraries.
Rhona Arthur
Assistant Director

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