The current mentoring program is underway. The Academic Library Association of Ohio’s Professional Development Committee (ALAO PDC) is excited to announce the 2020-21 Mentoring Program. Calls for participation for mentors went out in June 2020. Stay tuned for the call for participation for mentees in September.
In the meantime, take a look at our program summary and watch for announcements through the website, and the ALAO newsletter. We are excited about the new changes to the program this year.
Changes to the program include an added section to the ALAO Mentoring Program website for mentor bios. Prospective mentees are able to look over and identify three prospective mentors they would like to work with. ALAO PDC will then work to create a match. When a match is confirmed, both parties will be notified. ALAO PDC supports mentors and mentees throughout the program with resources, tips, and regular communication. Program participants are free to arrange times that meet their needs. Typically, most mentoring relationships meet for at least four sessions spread out over a few months based on mentor/mentee availability and scheduling preferences. Watch for opportunities to catch-up at events like the virtual ALAO Annual conference, as well as other informal and fun virtual settings. The annual program will run from October through early Spring 2021. Participants will be invited to give feedback on their experience to allow the ALAO PDC to evaluate and update the program as needed.
The ALAO PDC will be collecting responses and matching mentors and mentees in October 2020. Contact the committee with any questions or requests.
The 2020-21 Mentoring Program Committee:
Coordinator of Access Services
University of Dayton
Reference and Web Services Librarian
University of Cincinnati, Blue Ash College
Team Leader, Research Services
Case Western Reserve University
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.