29 Mar 2016

The International Librarians Network (ILN) receives prestigious “Mover and Shaker” award from Library Journal

Irish librarians are part of this success story! Thanks to all who are participating in the International Librarians Network (ILN)!

Press release posted on behalf of the Directors:

The International Librarians Network (founders Kate Byrne, Alyson Dalby and Clare McKenzie), has been named a “Mover and Shaker” in the library industry by the US national publication, Library Journal.

In its March 15, 2016 issue, Library Journal named 54 outstanding professionals committed to providing excellent service and shaping the future of libraries. The ILN and its founders were selected because of their commitment to the profession and their role in building library community globally.

Kate Byrne, Alyson Dalby and Clare McKenzie are founders and Directors of the ILN, a not-for-profit international, online, free peer mentoring program for librarians that is now in its fourth year of operation.

“This year’s class of 54 joins a group of talented professionals who are committed, passionate, and invigorated—each alone and all together transforming the library world and the communities it impacts for the better,” said Rebecca T. Miller, Editorial Director of Library Journal and School Library Journal.

The ILN founders are former colleagues from Sydney, Australia, although they now run the ILN from both Australia and Denmark. Kate, Alyson and Clare all have a history of professional involvement and volunteering and had been active in their local professional associations prior to founding the ILN.

The 2016 Movers & Shakers were selected by the editors of Library Journal, the profession’s leading trade magazine. Each of the Movers & Shakers will be prominently featured in the March 15th issue of Library Journal and celebrated at a special reception in June during the American Library Association’s annual conference in Orlando, FL. The print feature’s companion website is sponsored by OCLC and available at www.libraryjournal.com/movers2016.

The International Librarians Network (ILN) peer mentoring program is a facilitated program aimed at helping librarians develop international networks. The ILN believes that innovation and inspiration can cross borders, and that spreading our networks beyond our home countries can make us better at what we do.

Participants in the program are matched with a colleague outside their country, based on the information they provide to the ILN. Partnerships are made for a fixed term, and during this period the partnerships are supported by regular contact and discussion points led by the ILN. Supported partnerships have an end date, however it is the founders’ vision that participants would develop a widening network of ongoing, independent professional relationships.

The International Librarians Network is independent and importantly, supported by the work of over 40 volunteers and our generous partners and sponsors all around the world.


Founded in 1876, Library Journal is one of the oldest and most respected publications covering the library field. Over 75,000 library directors, administrators, and staff in public, academic, and special libraries read LJ. Library Journal reviews over 8000 books, audiobooks, videos, databases, and web sites annually, and provides coverage of technology, management, policy, and other professional concerns. For more information, visit www.libraryjournal.com. Library Journal is a publication of Media Source Inc., which also owns School Library Journal, The Horn Book publications, and Junior Library Guild.


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