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Mentoring the next generation of diversity librarians


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Presentation by Dr. Mega M Subramaniam, Associate Director at the Information Policy and Access Center - on how to be a good mentor using the Information and Diverse Populations mentorship program as a model at MLA 2012 - May 10, 2012

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Mentoring the next generation of diversity librarians

  1. 1. Mentoring  the  Next  Genera/on     of  Diversity  Librarians  The  Informa,on  and  Diverse  Popula,ons  (IDP)   Concentra,on  at  the     University  of  Maryland’s  iSchool   Dr.  Mega  Subramaniam   Associate  Director,  iPAC   Assistant  Professor,  iSchool,  UMD  
  2. 2. Mentees  -­‐  the  IDP  Scholars   Race   Gender   15   4   14   Male   Female  Iden,fies  as  person  with  disability   Disability   0   No  Disability   18   Not  Disclosed   3  
  3. 3. Mentors  to  the  IDP  scholars   Race   Gender   14   7   Male  Iden,fies  as  person  with  disability   Disability   1   No  Disability   10   Not  Disclosed   10  
  4. 4. Mentors  in  Par/cipa/ng  Ins/tu/ons     5   1   1   1   5   1   1   4   1   1  
  5. 5. Mentoring  Approach   Domain   Career   Cul,va,ng  knowledge   Development   the  next   of  LIS  +   Content   Mentoring   genera,on  of  Day-­‐to-­‐day   Diversity   librarians  experiences     Librarian   AND  mentors   Cultural   Competencies   Skills,  disposi,ons  &  knowledge  needed   to  work  with  diverse  popula,ons  
  6. 6. Making  the  Match   Partnering  ins>tu>ons  sent  lists   of  mentors   Examine  applica>on  essay,   target  student  interests   Matched  
  7. 7. Making  the  Match   Student   Mentor  #1   Interest   Par>cipa>ng   Improving   Ins>tu>ons   Best match! access  in  a   Maryland  State   special  library   Library  for  the   Mentor  #2   seFng  to   Blind  and   underserved   Physically   popula>ons  in   Handicapped   Bal>more     Mentor  #3  
  8. 8. Virtual  Mentoring  Space  
  9. 9.    Mentoring  Handbook     Mentor  Roles     Characteris,cs   Ø  Proac/ve   Ø  Professional  &  approachable   Ø  Willing  to  listen  &  share  knowledge     Responsibili,es   Ø  Mee/ng  at  least  once  a  month   Ø  Help  create  ac/onable  goals   Ø  Exposure  to  best  prac/ces  &  policies  
  10. 10. Mentoring  Handbook    Mentee  Roles  Characteris,cs  Ø Mo/vated  Ø RespecSul  of  mentor’s  /me  Ø Willing  to  pose  challenges  &  take  risks    Responsibili,es  Ø Keep  records  of  monthly  mee/ngs  Ø Ar/culate  goals  Ø Reflect  on  experience  &  share  using  21 st-­‐C  tools  
  11. 11. Brown  Bag  Mee/ngs  Ø  1st  Wed.  of  every  month  Ø  Professionals  from  the  field  as  guest   speakers  Ø  Exposure  to  others‘mentors  
  12. 12. Connect  with  Us   Informa>on  Policy  &  Access  Center  (iPAC)     Thank you:  @iPAC_UMD   Mega  Subramaniam   Lead PI: Dr. Paul Jaeger   My Co-PIs:John Bertot & Jonathan Lazar, Renee  @mmsubram   Franklin Hill GA: Rebecca Oxley All of our partnering institutions