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Presentation to prospective mentors and mentees. Outlines various types of mentoring available. Reviews major resources for help.

Presentation to prospective mentors and mentees. Outlines various types of mentoring available. Reviews major resources for help.



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Ajl+Mentoring+Chicago+2009 Purple Revised Ajl+Mentoring+Chicago+2009 Purple Revised Presentation Transcript

  • AJL Mentor Mingle Chicago 2009 "Empowering Librarians for the 21st Century!"
  • Presented by Stephanie (Sara Leah) Gross MSLIS, MATESOL Librarian, Yeshiva University
  • 3 types of mentors • Convention (Sun.--Wed.) • Yearlong professional partnership • Subject specialists (i.e. website, bibliographies, HaSafran)
  • Convention mentors • Meet with new member or first- timer • Decide on goals • Review convention program and make suggestions • Spend some meals together to compare notes • Make introductions/network
  • Yearlong mentors: • Meet with mentee to decide on major areas of need • Suggest ways in which mentee can grow professionally, e.g. associations, workshops, webinars • Make certain that mentee knows of major resources
  • NEW!--Chapter, regional liaisons • Begin to discuss this here in Chicago • Blog or poll local constituents for their interest and input • Promote the importance of mentorship, coaching, & advisement however possible throughout the year
  • Subject specialists • Currently: Use Website, Hasafran archives, listserv, bibliographies, users groups • Desired: "Maven" mentors • NOTE: Important to check what has already been answered in FAQs & listserv. AJL Homepage to be vastly improved
  • Modes of communication: • Email: ajlmentoring@gmail.com • Telephone: 212.960.5442 • Skype: Stephanie.L. Gross • IM: GTalk, Yahoo!,SMS • Magic Jack PC calls (all local) • DimDim.com conference calls
  • Ironing out Glitches • Contact Chair at the first sign of major problem • Suggested turn-around time: 10 business days • Inform mentee of "black-out" times, e.g. vacation, holidays, busy season
  • Difficult situations • Some positions may demand all 3 types of mentors • Understand that this is pro bono professional help. • Endeavor to prioritize problems • Mentees must do Due Diligence • Commitment to CE & Prof.Dev.
  • Topics for the 21st librarian • UX/UE User Experience • Embedded librarianship • Library2.0 (LibraryThing,FB apps) • Library literacy & critical thinking • Chat reference • Disruptive technology
  • Lessons learned this year • Healthy competition, but not exclusion • Importance of freeware & Web2.0 to facilitate communication, outreach • Collaboration with others to multiply dividends
  • Related committees, SIGs • Accreditation • Professional development • Continuing education (AJL, SLA, online SILS schools) • Student librarians & newly employed --SIGs 4 P2P? • Chapter Relations
  • Even better... • Study-buddies (learning new technology) • Peer-to-peer for recent SILS grads
  • Where applicable: • Help place library students in internships • Provide advisement and coaching for SILS major, thesis, etc. • Librarians in-between jobs------ o Wherever o However........(networking)
  • Web2.0 Aids for Mentors • Resource page on AJL • Twitter? Facebook? Blogs? • ALA Connect [http://connect.ala.org] • LinkedIn--Discussions • Bookmarklets: Delicious
  • Remember: Promote successes • Flickr--(hashtags) • YouTube (CommonCraft tutorials) • Blogs (AJL, Blogspot.com) • Podcasts--- Possibilities, but NOT necessities
  • Further Reading • Farmer, D., M. Stockham, & A. trussell (January 2009) Revitalizing a mentoring program for academic librarians. College & Research Libraries (70)1: 8-24. • SmartComputing. Reasonably- priced monthly. Includes technical support w/account