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I wanna hold your hand: Conference mentoring in the Australian LIS sector

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Presentation by Naomi Doessel at RAILS7, 10 May 2011

Presentation by Naomi Doessel at RAILS7, 10 May 2011

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