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Mentoring and CPD- Fran Porrit


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Fran Porritt, Academic Librarian, Social Sciences, Humanities and Law, Teesside University. Presentation at ALISS AGM 2018

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Mentoring and CPD- Fran Porrit

  1. 1. ALISS Mentoring and CPD Fran Porritt, Academic Librarian, Social Sciences, Humanities and Law Teesside University
  2. 2. One of the many definitions of mentoring  "Mentoring involves primarily listening with empathy, sharing experience (usually mutually), professional friendship, developing insight through reflection, being a sounding board, encouraging"  David Clutterbuck
  3. 3. 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''.
  4. 4. Ten mentor competencies  Self awareness (understanding self)  Communicating  Sense of proportion/humour  Interest in developing others  Goal clarity  Behavioural awareness (understanding others)  Conceptualising  Business/professional savvy  Committed to own learning  Relationship management (Clutterbuck, 2000)
  5. 5. The mentoring relationship
  6. 6. Mentoring for CILIP  For Chartership, Certification or Fellowship  We recommend you choose a CILIP mentor in a different sort of organisation from yourself.  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 things objectively.  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.
  7. 7. 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) PKSB
  8. 8. 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 future. 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.
  9. 9. Which current factors affect all sectors?  Your top 5 factors
  10. 10. Some of what I’ve learnt from my mentees…..  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 programmes  And more generally, public libraries hosting reading groups  The Big Read  Teesside University Reading Group
  11. 11. School Libraries  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  Baby-sitting packs  EPQ  Open days  What outreach to the wider community do we do? What could/should we do?
  12. 12. How can we apply what we have learnt from other sectors in our own sector?  Would anyone like to share other examples?
  13. 13. Teesside University Library Student as Researcher projects on Learning Spaces Future facing learning strategy Digital empowerment
  14. 14. References  Clutterbuck, D. (2014) Everyone needs a mentor. 5th edn. London: CIPD.  Gibbons, A. (2013) The Coaching and mentoring network . Articles. Available at: portal/Articles/ViewArticle.asp?artId=54 (Accessed: 27 June 2018). Thank you