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 2014 a�� 2015 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 December 5:

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 for publication; 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, 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. All ACRL/NY Mentees must agree to join and be a member of the ACRL/NY New Librariansa�� Discussion Group. A mentee is someone who:
* May need some initial help navigating professional library settings;
* Has no one outside the library organization with whom to confide in about problems and from whom to seek advice and counsel;
* Does not possess the experience in certain specialized areas, e.g. publishing an article, guidance in changing library career tracks, etc. and needs the help of another;
* Needs an outside professional eye to inspire self-confidence and excellence;
* Is not sure about how to develop in the profession, know how to explore other areas of academic librarianship or how to advance in his/her role.

To apply to be a Mentee in the ACRL/NY Mentoring Program, fill out the form:

Please share this information with anyone you think might be interested. We will pair up mentees and mentors the best we can, based on the information provided. The program will officially begin in October, and we will notify the participants at that time.

Want to join ACRL/NY, or renew your membership? Go here:

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

DISCLAIMER: Participation in the ACRL/NY Mentoring Program does not remove from the mentee/mentor the responsibility for meeting the criteria for promotion and tenure at the menteea��s/mentora��s institution. The information and advice that mentors offer mentees is just that, advice. Mentors act solely in an informal advisory capacity: advice and information offered by mentors is in no way legal or binding. Mentees/Mentors are responsible for their individual levels of professional development, research and service. Mentors will not be held responsible for the outcome of any personnel actions involving their mentees, including tenure, promotion, or continuation of appointment.

About John Pell

John Pell is an assistant professor and librarian at Hunter College in New York City.

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