ALA Career Mentoring program offers librarians a chance to connect

Samantha writes "I just wanted to let LISNewsterz know about a program I'm co-chairing. The NMRT Mentoring Committee’s Career Mentoring Program focuses on long term mentoring. We will pair up "newbie librarians" with "seasoned vets" as part of a year long mentoring program. If you are interested in finding a mentor or mentee and in charting new territory with our new program, please check out our website. The deadline is Sept. 30th, and the mentoring will start in mid October."

Comments

As someone who is planning on entering the MLIS program in another year, I would love for there to be a mentoring program for people in my situation.

That is a very valid concern. We decided, however, with this program to focus on those in the workplace, adjusting to a first professional position.

We can (and often do) work around ALA. I've mentored several folks, most of them pre- or during MSLIS. What I've learned is that mentoring doesn't have to be formal or long term, and that often, the best mentoring relationships happen unexpectedly. I would be happy to be available to answer questions, or just listen.--rochelle