ACRL/NY Mentoring Program – Call for Participants

ACRL/NY Mentoring Program – Call for Participants
The Association of College and Research Libraries / Greater New York Metropolitan Area Chapter (ACRL/NY) is pleased to offer another round of mentoring partnerships for the 2017 – 2018 academic year. Please consider participating and forwarding this call to those you think might be interested.

The ACRL/NY Mentoring Program contributes to the professional development of academic librarians by pairing experienced academic librarians with recent LIS graduates and/or those new to the field. The program creates a formal and informal forum for the exchange of ideas between paired mentors and mentees, provides them with opportunities for a shared learning experience, and makes available the benefits of networking within the academic librarian community.

Mentors and mentees will be paired up based on expertise, interests, and needs of the mentee. Most communication is done via email and encouraged by monthly discussion topics (program participants should be able to commit to communicating with their mentee/mentor at least two times per month). We will be developing in-person programs in conjunction with the New Librarians Discussion Group to be held at different times during the year, and encouraging all pairs to attend the annual ACRL/NY Symposium on Friday, December 1, 2017.

Want to be a mentor?
Mentors are library professionals who offer significant experience (5+ years) or an exceptional knowledge base in specific areas (e.g., management; research and writing; web design; instruction; project management) to the field of library and information science. Most importantly, they are enthusiastic about the profession and eager to give back to it by offering their time and counsel as mentors. Mentors must be ACRL/NY members*, and should be willing to participate in discussion groups (e.g., the New Members Discussion Group) and/or other ACRL/NY committees. A mentor is someone who:
· Encourages professional behavior;
· Listens to problems and offers advice and counsel;
· Assists the mentee in a specialized area, e.g. publishing an article, guidance in changing library career tracks, managing projects, etc.;
· Offers encouragement and inspires self-confidence and excellence;
· Assists with career development, exploration, and advancement.
To apply to be a mentor in the ACRL/NY Mentoring Program, fill out the form.
Want to be a mentee?
A mentee is an LIS student, a new librarian, or someone with less than five (5) years of professional library experience. Mentees must agree to join ACRL/NY*. A mentee is someone who:
· May need assistance in navigating professional library settings and organizations;
· Would like to have the advice and counsel of an experienced professional, or someone to confide in with specific issues and challenges;
· Does not possess experience in certain specialized areas, e.g. publishing an article, changing library career tracks, managing projects or people, etc.;
· Needs an outside professional eye to inspire self-confidence and excellence;
· Would like guidance with career development and advancement, or in finding a job.
To apply to be a mentee in the ACRL/NY Mentoring Program, fill out the form.
*Membership is for a calendar year. Participants who join ACRL/NY for the program in the fall of one calendar year, will be granted membership for the following calendar year.

Questions? contact Susanne Markgren, Mentoring Program Coordinator, at:

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