Along with LISNPN there are a lot of other networks out there to help new and established professionals; here are a list of the ones we (and our members) recommend:
Primarily existing on Twitter it hosts monthly twitter chats on various topics, with discussion agendas that followers can add to or suggest topics for the next discussion. Participants use the #uklibchat hashtag so all comments can be storified. Chats are open to everyone around the world but tend to have a UK focus and are held on UK time. They also have an excellent blog.
The #SLAtalk twitter chats bring together SLA members from across the globe. It allows you to expand your network, share information and ideas as well as gain valuable insight into differing perspectives on common issues. For more information visit the SLA website.
A group of 23 Scotland based Library and Information Professionals who post about what attracted them to the field, their jobs and other items of interest to the LIS world. It provides useful snapshots of various sectors as well as experiences of events/training. They are also open to new contributors. Follow their blog or via #23librarians on Twitter.
FLIP (Future Library and Information Professionals) Network
FLIP Network is the brainchild of a Bodleian Libraries Graduate Trainee, Sarah Arkle, who wanted to develop a network to connect the trainee and aspiring librarian community across the UK.
I Need A Library JOB (INALJ)
Established in the US in 2010 by Naomi House (and now supported by 180 volunteers) INALJ is a global network (mainly US, Canada & EU focused, but other regions are included too) that aims to help all new professionals find that first professional post. The INALJ website provides links to jobs (organised via area) and also includes great articles on applying for jobs, coping with interviews and tips for developing your career. There are twitter accounts for each region, but the main INALJ account is a brilliant place to start.
International Librarians Network (ILN)
The ILN provides a meeting place for library professionals across the globe. It has created a peer mentoring program to help librarians develop international networks. It facilitates the sharing of creativity, ideas, motivation and inspiration across boarders and can help librarians improve what we they do. If youwant to get involved, or simply find out more then why not check out their blog, Facebook or Twitter feed.
Looking for a library/information related event that is a bit different? Why not try LibraryCamp? They are ‘unconferences’ which develop according to the people that attend, the agenda is created on the day. There are no keynote speakers, it is open to anyone: public/private/any sector and you don’t have to work in a library. LibraryCamp is also FREE! To find out more check their website , Facebook or Twitter feed.
Library Trainee Network
UK (mostly) based network of people looking to be or currently working as a “graduate trainee” in the library/information sector, they have a great blog offering insight into the life of a grad trainee, as well as advice from those who have already been through the process and potentially an MA programme. They are always open to contributions from all in the information community so if you want to share your experiences or offer some advice why not write for them? They also have Twitter.
New Library Professionals Network (NLPN) (formerly Manchester NLPN)
Created by 4 MMU graduates in 2012, NLPN provides a network for all new library professionals, although they are based in the North West they are very happy to receive contributions and participation from further afield. They organise their own event days with guest speakers from all areas of the library profession, these have proven to be very successful and are always over subscribed – so keep your eye out for their next event. The Manchester NLPN team also report on any events they have been too e.g. CILIP regional branch meetings and various conferences, giving a detailed insight on topics covered. The Manchester NLPN blog is definitely worth regular visits and their twitter covers all things library and information related. Check out the Facebook group too!
If you know of any other network that you would recommend to your fellow new professionals then please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will include it on this page.