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Ajl Mentoring 2009


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First edition of later revised PPT on mentoring. Includes Mentor Guidelines and suggestions for establish rapport with new librarians.

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Ajl Mentoring 2009

  1. 1. AJL Mentoring 2009 “Step forward and be counted” Presented by Committee Chair: Stephanie (Sara Leah) Gross, MSLIS MATESOL Stephanie’s Homepage
  2. 2. Mentoring Mission Statement  The mission of the Mentoring Committee is to assist AJL members new to the field of Judaica librarianship or members experiencing new aspects of the field in finding experiences librarians to whom they can regularly turn for guidance.  Further, our mission is to promote “best mentoring practices” and to encourage mentoring at national, chapter, and individual levels.
  3. 3. State of the Mentoring Committee to Date  Number of mentor pairs from across the USA : 20 (plus/ minus)  One chair, no other official committee members (but much input from others)  Openings for: Secretary, Liaisons (including students)  Should include members from local chapters and/or divisions  Revise Mentor/Mentee application. (e.g. Encourage mentees to submit C.V. or background notes) QUESTION: Submit separate requests for mentors on different subject areas?
  4. 4. Role of the AJL Mentoring Committee  Helps members build relationships in which they can give and receive, learn and grow.  Mentees avoid reinventing the wheel  Mentors deepen their understanding of the field by teaching about it.
  5. 5. Recommendations for Mentors  Informal commitment to 1-2 hours weekly contact with mentee  Desire to connect with new professional(s) in order to establish collegial relationships with them beyond casual friendship  Approach should be that of a counselor/advisor, someone who will guide new librarians in the path of appropriate behavior (i.e. communication, collaboration, troubleshooting, keeping abreast of technology, etc.)
  6. 6. Brief Biography of Presenter  BGU English and Teaching Certificate  MATESOL, St. Michael’s College VT  MSLIS, Pratt Institute, Board Certification School Media Specialist  Employed: Yeshiva University, Electronic Reserves  For more information: My Homepage
  7. 7. Organizational Affiliations  VP, New York Library Club, Inc.  Organizer, NY Librarians Meetup  Chair, AJL Mentoring Committee  Member, AJL-NYMA  Member, ACRL-NY (affiliated w/LACUNY)  Member, myMETRO (focus group, panel for CE & PD)  Member, Beta Phi Mu/Theta chapter
  8. 8. Web 2.0 applications (personal selection)  Facebook (Lev Grossman, TIME March 19, 2009 “Why Facebook is for Old Foggies” e.g. Getting in touch, Business contacts, Don’t understand Twitter, Forgotten email addresses (add: privacy).  LinkedIn : Contacts and referrals  Twitter: Microblogging (i.e. 150 characters)  Delicious: Bookmark sharing with notes  Flickr: Secure site for sharing pictures (and videos)  YouTube: Educational, personal webcam videos  MySpace: Glitzy alternative to FB (mainly for entertainers)   NY Librarians Meetup (Organizer)  NYC Hebrew Language Meetup (Member)  Facebook/LinkedIn Meetup, and others (occasional)
  9. 9. Current trends  Collaboration of ideas and resources  Aim to be intergenerational (i.e. Gen-X, Gen-Y, Millennial’s, plus Baby-Boomers)
  10. 10. Current trends (cont’d)  Healthy competition, but not exclusion  Appreciation of various modes of communication w/forms of information (i.e. print & digital)  Promote effective Task/Project management  Lead in the way to follow. Set trends (Tsvi Muskal, UN @ NYMA Fall 2007)  Demonstrate sensitivity to “Netiquette”, including confidentiality, timeliness, volume of emails, appropriateness of postings.
  11. 11. Contemporary modes of communication  E-Mail (with attachments, PDFs)  Fax (less popular, too print-dependent)  Cellphone (detest texting, but OK with Sprint Picture Mail)  IM (Instant Messaging)  Facebook (FB) Chat  Gmail (Chat & Talk)  Yahoo! IM  Meebo & Trillian
  12. 12. Blogging  Microblogging:  Twitter  Facebook (aggregator)  Blogging:  Blogger account (dormant)  Yahoo! 360 (explore technology and how its used, experienced, issues and solutions)
  13. 13. Related Committees, SIGs, individuals, etc.  Accreditation (Avi Chai separate)  Professional Development (e.g. METRO)  Continuing Education (AJL, alma maters, online SILS schools [U Wisconsin])  Student librarians and newly employed (Form committee for career advisement and job hunters? SD)  Subject specialists (e.g. Weine users) through Homepage portal or MC link  Subject specialists, including authors, contributors who will earn royalties through publications (see also: Hasafran discussion concerning mentor v. consultant)
  14. 14. Guidelines for Mentors: Avoiding typical pitfalls  Help your mentee identify areas in which they need guidance  Guide your mentee through their projects, BUT do not take over their work for them.  Guide your mentee to other information sources (including other people) as needed.  Help your mentee network. Introduce them to people who are useful to know.
  15. 15. Other roles for mentors  Provide moral support and a calming influence (re: soft or hard skills).  Give an annual progress report to the Mentoring committee about your mentoring relationship, and contact us when/where necessary.  Promote “study buddies” for learning new technology, projects (e.g. book fairs)
  16. 16. Guidelines for mentees  Use written, online (e.g. webinars), or live sources to education yourself as much as you can  Examples of resources are:  Hasafran listserv (digest)  AJL Publications (esp. bibliographies and book reviews)  The FAQ on the AJL web page (as well as resources and directory)  The Freshman Seminar at the annual AJL Convention  Your local chapter meetings and division conferences.  Other local organizations, e.g. METRO, SLA, etc.
  17. 17. Remember:  There are no dumb questions.  Be sure to share your successes with your mentor, as well as your questions and problems.
  18. 18. 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. Inexpensive annual subscription. Perks include own account, save articles and tips, Q&A, as well as technical support.