The INELI-Oceania program consists of a suite of online learning modules, offered across a two year period, with convenings held over four days at the beginning and end of the cycle.
Cohort One, a group of fifteen participants from Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu, commenced in July 2014 and completed the program in June 2016.. Cohort Two commenced in July 2016 and will finish in June 2018.
The Modules The 10 - 15 week modules include:
Professional Development Team support The innovators work on the modules, both individually and within Professional Development Teams (PDTs) lead by senior mentors, all of whom have many years of library and community sector leadership experience in their careers. The mentors' guidance and support enhances both the learning and the networking and relationship-building intent of the program.
The mentors across the two programs include:
Jane Hill - Group Manager, Community Networks and Chief Operating Officer, Wellington City Council, New Zealand.
Patrick Gregory - Director, Northern Territory Library
Opeta Alefaio - Director, National Archives of Fiji
The Convenings The learning cycle involves two face-to-face convenings - a series of workshops, discussions and networking opportunities. For Cohort One, the first of these was held in Melbourne with a focus on program outcomes, team formation, visits to innovative libraries and on the reflective approach to evaluation in the program. The second convening was held in Auckland in July 2016 as a combined event with Cohort Two, supporting the program objective of building a cohesive network of young innovators.
Following the success of two midway meetings for the Cohort One innovators to reconnect and to discuss the nature of leadership and their learning within the program, this adaptation will also be made in 2017 for the Cohort Two group. .