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ALAO Mentoring Program 2021-22

The Academic Library Association of Ohio’s Professional Development Committee (ALAO PDC) is excited to announce the 2021-2022 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 October 2021 through September 2022. Participants will be invited to give feedback on their experience to allow the ALAO PDC to evaluate and update the program as needed.

Prospective Mentors' Bios, 2021-2022

The ALAO PDC will be collecting responses and matching mentors and mentees in September 2021. Contact the committee with any questions or requests.


The 2021-22 Mentoring Program Committee:

Melissa Bauer
Online Learning Librarian
Kent State University, Stark Campus
Phone:330-244-3320
Email: mbauer10@kent.edu

Michelle McKinney

Reference and Web Services Librarian

University of Cincinnati, Blue Ash College

Phone: 513-558-8740

Email: michelle.mckinney@uc.edu

Kristen Peters
Interim Library Director and Reference Librarian
Wittenberg University
Phone: 937-327-7533
Email: petersk@wittenberg.edu

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. 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. 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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