Mentorship

Mentorship Program

The Alberta Association of Academic Libraries (AAAL) is excited to announce the launch of a one-year pilot mentorship program for its members in 2017-18. The Mentorship Committee is now recruiting AAAL participants and will be pairing mentors (serving as experienced guides to provide support and encouragement) with mentees (who may be early-career library professionals or those with new tasks and 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 that face new professionals

Benefits to Mentees:

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

(While networking is encouraged, the 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 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 now until June 30 by filling out the appropriate form below:

I’ve applied. What happens next?

Once you have filled out the online application, you can expect an acknowledgement email within 10 days. If you have not received an email after 10 days, please contact aaal.mentorship@gmail.com to ensure your application has gone through.

The Mentorship Committee member will review your application and match you with a mentor/mentee. You and your mentorship partner will 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 designed intentionally open-ended for participants to design the session according to their own needs and interests.

Applicants to the program are expected:

  • To commit to the full term of the session.
  • To have read the content of this web page and be familiar with the mechanics, intent, and spirit of the program.
  • Once matched, to keep in touch with their mentorship partner a minimum of twice per month (email, in person, phone, whatever works for both partners, etc.).
  • At the close of the session, provide feedback to the Mentorship Committee (online).

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

Thanks for your interest in the AAAL Mentorship Program.

 

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