The current mentoring program is underway. Calls for participation in the ALAO Mentoring Program 2020-21 will be coming in the spring! In the meantime, take a look at our program summary and watch for announcements through the website, listservs and the ALAO newsletter.
The Academic Library Association of Ohio (ALAO) Professional Development Committee (PDC) reviews registration information and matches mentoring pairs over the summer months. The PDC supports mentors and mentees throughout the program with resources, tips and regular communication. Program participants are free to arrange times to talk or meet up as meets their needs. Watch for opportunities to catch-up at events like the spring IG workshops or the ALAO Annual conference, as well as informal, fun and virtual settings. The annual program typically runs from late July through early May, and participants will be invited to give feedback on their experience to allow the PDC to evaluate and update the program as needed.
We are also open to facilitating less structured mentoring. If you would prefer short-term peer-to-peer mentoring or have a project you’d like a second opinions on, we’d be happy to help you make connections. Contact the co-chairs with any questions or requests.
Heidi Beke-Harrigan, MLS, CPL
Online Learning Librarian
Everyone is welcome to be a mentee, whether you are a student, a newly minted professional, or a more seasoned librarian. This is a great opportunity to connect with someone in the field who will work with you to develop your career.
We welcome mentors from all levels of professional experience in academic libraries. Mentoring offers a meaningful way to engage with a colleague, be a supportive listener, and help them identify and achieve their professional goals.
If you are interested in both mentoring someone and being mentored, simply submit the form twice—once for your preferences as a mentee and once for your preferences as a mentor.