IS Mentoring Program

Purpose of the Program:

The IS Mentoring Program contributes to the professional development of academic librarians interested in information literacy instruction and improving their teaching skills by pairing librarians experienced in teaching with librarians new to instruction or to the Instruction Section. The program creates a forum for learning opportunities, networking, and the exchange of ideas between paired mentors and mentees.

Resources for Mentors and Mentees



How the Program is Accomplished:

  • All interested members of the Instruction Section are invited to participate.
  • The mentoring partnerships are managed through the IS Mentoring Program Committee.
  • Mentors and mentees will be matched based on completed web form applications.
  • The partnerships require a time commitment for both mentors and mentees.
  • Mentors are provided with guidelines on the roles, competencies, and expectations of the IS Mentoring Program.
  • Mentor/Mentee support is provided through a resource list for background reading on excellence in mentoring, and also by the IS Mentoring Program Committee.
  • Participation in the IS Mentoring Program is virtual; meeting in person is encouraged if both partners are attending a conference.

Selected Sources:

Annotated list of sources related to mentoring. Our text for the group is The Elements of Mentoring by W. Brad Johnson and Charles R. Ridley (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004).

Mentoring Program Committee home page

Questions and comments may be sent to the Mentoring Program Committee Chair.

Instruction Section Home Page

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