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Desperately Seeking Dumbledore: The Value of Mentorships Throughout Your Career


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Presentation at the Virginia Library Association Annual Conference 2016

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Desperately Seeking Dumbledore: The Value of Mentorships Throughout Your Career

  1. 1. Desperately Seeking Dumbledore The Value of Mentorships Throughout Your Career Julia Feerrar & Katelyn Burton, VLA 2016
  2. 2. the value of mentoring
  3. 3. Feeling unprepared for certain aspects of your job? You’re not alone. Instruction or teaching librarians (Westbrock & Fabian, 2010; Click & Walker, 2010) Library managers (Rooney, 2010) Technical services librarians (Mueller, Valdes, & Thompson, 2015)
  4. 4. “It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”
  5. 5. “Do you see the flaw in my brilliant plan now? I cared about you too much. I cared more for your happiness than your knowing the truth…”
  6. 6. Have you benefited from a mentor? What were the takeaways from your experience?
  7. 7. our story
  8. 8. sorting considerations
  9. 9. “Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, is only one remembers to turn on the light.”
  10. 10. reflection
  11. 11. ?
  12. 12. finding a mentor, being a mentor
  13. 13. VLA NMRT Mentoring “It's like having a secret pen pal...I've learned about how things are done in another system and been given a new perspective on the profession as a whole.” - 2016 participant 2017 interest form:
  14. 14. Informal Options ● LEO: Libraries Exchange Observation ● VLA Regional Groups ● VLA Forums
  15. 15. “Help will always be given at Hogwarts to those who ask for it.”
  16. 16. ● Try to ask in person ● Discuss goals & expectations ● Pay it forward
  17. 17. Thanks! Julia Feerrar @JuliaFeerrar Katelyn Burton @katelyntucker09
  18. 18. Photo Credits Presentation template by SlidesCarnival ● Harry Potter Hogwarts ● Dumbledore and Harry at the Headmaster’s Office ter's_office_HBP.jpg ● Limbo ● Harry, Ron, and Hermione -are-you-harry-ron-or-hermione ● The Sorting Hat ● Remus Lupin ● Hermione Granger's_mother ● Dumbledore’s Office