SELA Mentoring Program
What is a Mentor?
A SELA mentor is an experienced person who willingly provides professional and useful advice to librarians, library science students, or library assistants/support staff/paralibrarians in order for him/her to achieve success in his/her new position and profession.
- Five plus (5+) years of professional library experience.
- Minimum commitment of one year to program.*
- Willingness to communicate with mentee as often as necessary, at least 4-6 times during the year.
- Must be a SELA Member.
- To serve as a guide, sharing your professional experiences, triumphs, and struggles
- To listen, answer questions, and offer tips and suggestions for action
- Promote and encourage the importance of participation in SELA activities and committees.
- Provide feedback to the mentee regarding his/her strengths and development needs
- Be a sounding board for ideas
- Assist in setting goals
- Share knowledge and experiences
- Assist in the growth and education of library professionals
- Gain insights to new and cutting edge librarianship from new graduates
- Give back what has been gained (if you had a mentor in the past)
- Practice problem solving and listening skills
- Meet people with diverse experiences, skills and contacts
- Collaborate with mentors/mentees who have similar career goals, interest, and job functions.
- Clarify expectations with the mentee as to the extent to which you will offer guidance.
- Become familiar with the mentee through personal interactions and reading his/her resume.
- Attend either the SELA Biennial Conference or Leadership Conference and provide guidance to the mentee during the Conference**
- Introduce the mentee to other professionals
- Share pertinent information and email messages
- Advise mentee on SELA organizational norms and expectations
- Be honest and professional in all interactions with mentee by following the ALA Code of Ethics
- Submit a a report/survey monkey every 6 months about the mentoring program and your relationship with the individual you mentored to the Chair of the Mentoring Committee.
**If you are unable to attend either the Leadership Conference or the Biennial Conference, arrange with a SELA Board Member to meet with the mentee and provide him/her with an agenda.