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ALAO Mentoring Program 2022-23

The Academic Library Association of Ohio’s Professional Development Committee (ALAO PDC) is excited to announce the 2022-2023 Mentoring Program.

Take a look at our program summary and watch for announcements through the website and the ALAO newsletter.

Program Overview

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 ALAO Annual conference, as well as other informal and fun settings. The annual program will run from November 2022 through October 2023. Participants will be invited to give feedback on their experience to allow the ALAO PDC to evaluate and update the program as needed.

Please apply to be a mentee in the 2022-2023 ALAO Mentoring Program by October 28 at More information about the program can be found here.

ALAO Mentor Biographies

Contact the committee with any questions or requests.

The 2022-23 Mentoring Program Committee:

Melissa Bauer
Online Learning Librarian
Kent State University, Stark Campus
Chris Robinson-Nkongola
Reference and Instruction Librarian
Bowling Green State University
Melissa Hill
Serials & Electronic Resources Manager
Ohio Wesleyan University

Who Can Be a Mentee?

Everyone is welcome to be a mentee, whether you are a student, a newly minted professional, or a more seasoned librarian. (ALAO membership is encouraged but not required.) This is a great opportunity to connect with someone in the field who will work with you to develop your career.

Who Can Be a Mentor?

We welcome mentors from all levels of professional experience in academic libraries. ALAO membership is required. Mentoring offers a meaningful way to engage with a colleague, be a supportive listener, and help them identify and achieve their professional goals.

Interested in Both?

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.

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