I want to hold your hand:<br />Conference mentoring in the Australian library and information sector<br />Naomi Doessel<br...
Yesterday<br />ALIA New Generation Advisory Committee (NGAC)<br />Review of New Librarian’s Symposium in 2008<br />Gaps:<b...
From me to you<br />Alyson Dalby attended ALA Annual in 2008 <br />Presentation on New Librarian’s Symposium<br />ALA New ...
Paperback writer<br />Inspired to research as a practitioner<br />Bang for your buck: getting the best experience and valu...
Magical mystery tour<br />ALIA Study Grant Award Proposal:<br />at a major ALIA conference: Information Online<br />short ...
Across the universe<br />Evidence of mentoring in the Australian LIS sector<br />ALIA QLD & QUT<br />Curtin group mentorin...
Help!<br />What’s my methodology?<br />How do I do data analysis?<br />What have I gotten myself into]<br />Making the mos...
I’m talking about you<br />Definitions<br />Mentor<br />Assumptions<br />what mentors know<br />what mentees want to know<...
I want to hold your hand<br />Online qualitative interviews of LIS professionals<br />Experienced conference attendees & p...
With a little help from my friends<br />ALIA Information Online Group<br />extremely supportive <br />web hosting, registr...
I saw her standing there<br />Based on ALA NMRT model<br />lack of literature on conference mentoring<br />information on ...
Please Mr. Postman<br />Registration<br />separate to conference registration <br />contact & employment details<br />sess...
Come together<br />Matching criteria<br />sector<br />session attendance<br />professional experience<br />job title<br />...
In my life<br />
I call your name<br />Percentage<br />
Ticket to ride<br />Percentage<br />
Octopus’s garden<br />54 participants<br />mentees from 31 down to 28 <br />mentors from 28 down to 26<br />Matches<br />2...
All together now<br />First timer’s breakfast<br />opportunity for matches to meet<br />served a larger purpose – addition...
That’ll be the day<br />Mismatches<br />lack of specific information in registration<br />secret weapon <br />Facilitator<...
She came in through the bathroom window<br />Day Trippers<br />change in registration to allow for no session attendance<b...
Ob-la-di ob-la-da<br />Pre-survey didn’t ask if you were mentor or mentee<br />rectified in post-survey and will match pre...
The long and winding road<br />56 responses to pre-survey <br />1 duplicate, 1 empty<br />4 with no match in post-conferen...
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I wanna hold your hand: Conference mentoring in the Australian LIS sector

  1. 1. I want to hold your hand:<br />Conference mentoring in the Australian library and information sector<br />Naomi Doessel<br />Information Literacy Librarian<br />Information Services (Learning & Teaching)<br />Griffith University<br />
  2. 2. Yesterday<br />ALIA New Generation Advisory Committee (NGAC)<br />Review of New Librarian’s Symposium in 2008<br />Gaps:<br />support for transitioning new graduates<br />mentoring program<br />Chair of NGAC, budding researcher<br />attended ALIA Information Online in 2009 <br />interested in professional development for new graduates and mentoring<br />
  3. 3. From me to you<br />Alyson Dalby attended ALA Annual in 2008 <br />Presentation on New Librarian’s Symposium<br />ALA New Member’s Roundtable (NMRT)<br />“Conference Mentoring” program<br />a program designed to help first time attendees ... feel at ease at a conference (whose size can often be overwhelming and intimidating!) by pairing them with seasoned conference attendees<br />Potential support mechanism for new graduates in the transitional stage of professional maturation<br />
  4. 4. Paperback writer<br />Inspired to research as a practitioner<br />Bang for your buck: getting the best experience and value for money from your library association investment NLS4 presentation by Katy Watson<br />Not in jobs that offered research opportunities<br />Professional focus on ALIA<br />ALIA Study Grant Award 2010<br />Conference mentoring: Assisting new professionals to get the most out of ALIA conferences<br />
  5. 5. Magical mystery tour<br />ALIA Study Grant Award Proposal:<br />at a major ALIA conference: Information Online<br />short term pairing – conference lead up & duration<br />surveys pre- & post-conference, 1 year follow-up<br />creation of program guidelines<br />evaluation of relevance for Australian context<br />provide a model for future conferences<br />I didn’t know what I didn’t know<br />
  6. 6. Across the universe<br />Evidence of mentoring in the Australian LIS sector<br />ALIA QLD & QUT<br />Curtin group mentoring<br />ALIA groups – formal, informal, peer<br />IFLA research partnership<br />Conference mentoring as a concept<br />Creating facilitated mentoring programs<br />workplace, schools & universities<br />associations: sporting, youth, etc.<br />
  7. 7. Help!<br />What’s my methodology?<br />How do I do data analysis?<br />What have I gotten myself into]<br />Making the most of your staff: A practical guide to mentoring<br />Dr Gillian Hallam, QUT, 1 November 2010<br />Research mentor, friend & guide<br />QUT staff & ALIA Research Committee<br />Personal Learning Network on Twitter<br />Supportive & encouraging workplaces (UQ & Griffith)<br />
  8. 8. I’m talking about you<br />Definitions<br />Mentor<br />Assumptions<br />what mentors know<br />what mentees want to know<br />qualitative research regarding conference attendance & mentoring experience, expectations and outcomes<br />P<br />Protege<br />Protege<br />Mentee<br />Mentoree<br />Mentoree<br />
  9. 9. I want to hold your hand<br />Online qualitative interviews of LIS professionals<br />Experienced conference attendees & potential mentors (156)<br />Inexperienced conference attendees & potential mentees (64)<br />international & local<br />Guidelines for conference mentoring<br />Paper at NLS5<br />From the sandpit to the deep end: <br /> Surviving large plenary conferences<br />
  10. 10. With a little help from my friends<br />ALIA Information Online Group<br />extremely supportive <br />web hosting, registration support<br />First timer’s breakfast – integration of participants<br />
  11. 11. I saw her standing there<br />Based on ALA NMRT model<br />lack of literature on conference mentoring<br />information on career mentoring program<br />Local context<br />different sectors<br />potential for group mentoring<br />mentor & mentee roles based on attendance at Information Online, not large conferences in general<br />weakness – made exceptions<br />
  12. 12. Please Mr. Postman<br />Registration<br />separate to conference registration <br />contact & employment details<br />session attendance<br />Additional information<br />sector experience & interest<br />anything else...<br />
  13. 13. Come together<br />Matching criteria<br />sector<br />session attendance<br />professional experience<br />job title<br />free text responses<br />magic <br />
  14. 14. In my life<br />
  15. 15. I call your name<br />Percentage<br />
  16. 16. Ticket to ride<br />Percentage<br />
  17. 17. Octopus’s garden<br />54 participants<br />mentees from 31 down to 28 <br />mentors from 28 down to 26<br />Matches<br />24 pairs<br />3 groups of 3<br />
  18. 18. All together now<br />First timer’s breakfast<br />opportunity for matches to meet<br />served a larger purpose – additional networking<br />anecdotal & qualitative evidence indicates popular<br />Encourages connections and networking<br />breaks<br />tweetups<br />stitch’n’bitch<br />
  19. 19. That’ll be the day<br />Mismatches<br />lack of specific information in registration<br />secret weapon <br />Facilitator<br />provide a point of contact<br />troubleshoot, liaise<br />
  20. 20. She came in through the bathroom window<br />Day Trippers<br />change in registration to allow for no session attendance<br />Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band<br />self-selection of mentor/mentee<br />Let it be<br />independence of participants at conference<br />no need for volunteers to assist<br />Eight days a week<br />huge investment in time & energy<br />
  21. 21. Ob-la-di ob-la-da<br />Pre-survey didn’t ask if you were mentor or mentee<br />rectified in post-survey and will match pre & post<br />Pre and post surveys were more aligned to mentees<br />asked too many questions<br />recommend separate sections of future surveys<br />
  22. 22. The long and winding road<br />56 responses to pre-survey <br />1 duplicate, 1 empty<br />4 with no match in post-conference<br />57 responses to post-survey<br />2 duplicates, 2 empty<br />3 with no match in pre-conference<br />49 valid responses (54 participants)<br />watch this space...<br />
  23. 23. Here comes the sun <br />Expectations vs. Experience<br />stayed the same or were exceeded<br />encouraging qualitative responses<br />Comprehensive guidelines<br />Model for future use<br />
  24. 24. Revolution<br />Registration combined with conference registration<br />Collect more matching data - e.g professional interests, not just session attendance, require qualitative information (description helps!)<br />Mentors – experienced conference attendees, not necessarily experienced with specific conference<br />Mentees – open to all, as established professionals & international guests benefited<br />
  25. 25. Hello, Goodbye<br />Longer lead time for matches<br />Incorporate a networking event<br />Potentially more groups, peer support<br />Identification “I’m a mentor”<br />Pay the facilitator<br />Money (That's What I Want)<br />
  26. 26. naomidoessel@gmail.com@naomidoessel<br />

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