Mentorship

Mentorship Program

The Alberta Association of Academic Libraries (AAAL) is pleased to provide a mentorship program for its members. The Mentorship Committee annually recruits AAAL participants, pairing mentors (experienced guides to provide support and encouragement) with mentees (early-career library professionals or those taking on new tasks/responsibilities) for one academic year.

The goal of the program is to support career development, share professional advice with those who want to achieve success, promote networking, and provide leadership to the profession.

Benefits to Mentors:

  • Developing new relationships and meeting new colleagues in the library community
  • Practicing and refining leadership and coaching skills
  • Getting a fresh perspective and insight into the challenges facing new professionals

Benefits to Mentees:

  • Access to feedback and suggestions from experienced professionals in the field
  • Meeting and developing professional relationships with colleagues
  • Insights into the realities of library and information work

(While networking is encouraged, the AAAL Mentorship Program does not exist to facilitate job placements or internships.)

Who should get involved?

Mentors

Are you an experienced library professional? Are you a good communicator and an active participant in the profession? Do you have strong interpersonal and leadership skills? Are you interested in challenging and encouraging newer members of the library community, or those taking on new roles and responsibilities? If you answered yes to these questions, you would be an ideal mentor. Experienced library professionals at all levels can make great mentors.

Mentees

Are you inquisitive and curious about your chosen profession? Are you willing to learn and able to accept feedback graciously? Are you willing to enter into an open, honest dialogue? If you answered yes to these questions, you would be a suitable mentee. Mentees must be working at an AAAL institution at the time of registration.

Applications will be accepted from July 2 until August 16th, 2019 by filling out the appropriate form below:

I’ve applied. What happens next?

You will receive a receipt of application upon submission. Please keep this for your records.

The Mentorship Committee will review your application and match you with a mentor/mentee. You and your partner will then be sent an email of introduction, including a AAAL Mentoring Partnership Agreement for you to complete together. The mentorship agreement is a tool to assist you in clarifying expectations and norms for communicating and will serve as an easy measurement for the success of the mentoring experience.

Expectations

The program is intentionally flexible; participants are encouraged to create and structure a professional relationship according to their particular needs and interests.

Applicants to the program are expected to:

  • Commit to the full term of the mentorship program (September – April).
  • Read the content of this web page and be familiar with the mechanics, intent, and spirit of the program.
  • Keep in touch with their partner monthly or as agreed upon by both parties.
  • Provide mid-term and final feedback to the AAAL Mentorship Committee (online).

If you have any questions or comments about the AAAL Mentorship Program, please contact us at aaal.mentorship@gmail.com.

Thanks for your interest in the AAAL Mentorship Program.

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