SELA Mentoring Program

SELA Mentoring Program

Program Description

Mission Statement

What is a Mentor?

What is a Mentee?

Mentoring Committee

Time Line

Leadership Conference

Biennial Conference

Required Activities for Mentors and Mentees

Suggested Activities for Mentors


Resources: Books, Articles, Websites

Appendix: Forms and Brochures

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 both the mentee and mentor agree, the mentoring program could be extended to a second year.
**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.