Mentoring and CPD
Fran Porritt, Academic Librarian, Social Sciences, Humanities and Law
One of the many definitions of
"Mentoring involves primarily listening with
empathy, sharing experience (usually mutually),
professional friendship, developing insight
through reflection, being a sounding board,
SCONUL definition of mentoring
Mentoring has been defined by SCONUL as ''a professional
relationship in which an experienced person (mentor)
assists another person (mentee) in developing specific
skills and knowledge that will enhance the mentee's
professional and personal growth. It is an effective way of
helping people to progress in their chosen career, and is a
helpful relationship based upon trust and respect''.
Ten mentor competencies
Self awareness (understanding self)
Sense of proportion/humour
Interest in developing others
Behavioural awareness (understanding others)
Committed to own learning
Relationship management (Clutterbuck, 2000)
Mentoring for CILIP
For Chartership, Certification or Fellowship
We recommend you choose a CILIP mentor in a different sort of organisation
This will make it easier to discuss service performance objectively, and helps
with acquiring wider professional knowledge.
Though you may choose a CILIP mentor within your organisation, your line
manager must not be your mentor as this would make it difficult to evaluate
For Fellowship your mentor doesn’t have to be registered as a CILIP mentor;
this gives you the freedom to use someone from another sector.
Wider Library, Information and Knowledge Sector context
The … Profession covers a wide spectrum from schools to business.
It is important that professionals maintain their current awareness and understanding of the wider
profession, not just their own sector, for a number of reasons:
•Sharing of knowledge and information between sectors
•Broadening our horizons and gaining a different perspective
•Joint working, cooperation and partnership working opportunities
•Employability (there is much greater movement between sectors)
Library, Information and Knowledge Workers should be
able to demonstrate that they are aware of key factors
that affect their own sector and cross-cutting issues that
affect all sectors.
In addition, it is important for Library, Information and
Knowledge professionals to have a basic understanding of
the history of the Library, Information and Knowledge
Sector and Information Disciplines – past, present and
This provides professionals with an understanding of
background and context to the work that they are doing
but also ensures they understand the importance of
keeping abreast of the latest research and developments
in the sector.
Which current factors affect all sectors?
Your top 5 factors
Some of what I’ve learnt from my
The Word: National Centre for the Written Word
South Shields: strong linkage with urban regeneration
Multimedia storytelling room
Creative Writing hub: opportunities for links with academic creative writing
And more generally, public libraries hosting reading groups
The Big Read
Teesside University Reading Group
Reading Development: Accelerated Reader schemes
Golden Ticket initiative
School Library objective: To reach out into the wider community with the
view to improving literacy of both future pupils and their parents
What outreach to the wider community do we do? What could/should we do?
How can we apply what we have learnt
from other sectors in our own sector?
Would anyone like to share other examples?
Teesside University Library
Clutterbuck, D. (2014) Everyone needs a mentor. 5th edn. London: CIPD.
Gibbons, A. (2013) The Coaching and mentoring network . Articles. Available
portal/Articles/ViewArticle.asp?artId=54 (Accessed: 27 June 2018).