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 booksellerís 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 younger booksellers who might not know how, or whom, to approach for advice will find a colleague willing to continue this tradition.