March 15th was a special day for Hong Kong Libraries Connect: the launch of our pilot mentoring program! We gathered at SCAD Hong Kong to learn about the details of the program and to meet our mentors or mentees for the first time.
The night started with a simple and fun ice breaker activity. We moved into small groups and were given the task of finding five to ten things all the group members have in common. Things like "we are all human" or "we all have legs" didn't count! Here are some of the things the groups came up with:
- We have all been to Japan
- We have all been to Taipei
- We all like the sound of the ocean
- We watch a lot of YouTube videos
- We are Apple users
- We all regularly stay up until 1am
- We all love hiking
- We can all swim
- None of us have kids
- None of us live on HK Island
After the ice breaker activity the pairings for the mentoring program were announced, and mentors and mentees had time to get to know each other and talk about what they might do together during the program, which will be three months long. Some of our suggestions are:
- Have lunch or coffee
- Visit a Library together
- Explore/learn a new tool together (Snapchat, perhaps? 😜)
- Share interesting articles
If you have any other suggestions just leave us a comment below!
All mentors and mentees were encouraged to share their experience on the HKLC Blog. Templates will be provided to help participants get started, but they are not compulsory - participants can write in any style they like, and participants can write in either English or Chinese.
We were very happy to see such a dedicated group of people happily chatting away about the profession and the future of libraries, and we look forward to more opportunities to get together in future. In the meantime, stay tuned to the blog for updates from the HKLC mentors and mentees!
Text by: Jo