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ILAB Mentoring Programme

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ILAB has recently launched the ILAB International Mentoring Programme. This programme aims to help young or recently launched booksellers throughout the world by offering support and counsel on a one to one basis.

The ILAB International Mentoring Programme gives experienced booksellers the opportunity to lend a hand in the early days of a bookseller’s career when help is likely most needed.

There is nothing new about this: throughout the history of the book trade booksellers have helped each other.  But as large bookselling firms grow fewer, apprenticeships are on the wane.  By formally offering a mentoring programme ILAB hopes that newer booksellers who might not know how, or whom, to approach for advice will find a colleague willing to continue this tradition.