Mentor Roles and Responsibilities

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Psychosocial Roles

  • Role Modeling – provide an excellent professional example
  • Encouraging – provide emotional support and positive feedback
  • Counseling – provide a forum for discussion of career issues
  • Colleagueship – enable feeling of being a valued peer

Vocational Roles

  • Educating – teach; challenge; evaluate knowledge and skills
  • Consulting – clarify politics and power; coach for success
  • Sponsoring – provide visibility and exposure
  • Protecting – shield from damage by the system or others


  • Leadership
  • Management
  • Organizational knowledge/know-how
  • Content knowledge / experience / expertise
  • Communication/Interpersonal skills
  • Availability


  • Willing to commit to a 1-year program
  • Participate in mentor orientation / training
  • Help to establish goals and expectations of mentee
  • Establish relationship/build rapport with assigned mentee
  • Communicate with mentee on regular basis
  • Be available for questions/consultation, as needed by mentee
  • Provide general guidance and support
  • Help resolve problems/difficulties in accomplishing goals and expectations
  • Give professional career-related advice
  • Facilitate professional networking and contacts
  • Help acclimate mentee to IS / ACRL / ALA
  • Be open to modifications of mentor/fellow relationships if needed
  • Communicate with and provide feedback to IS Mentoring Committee at least two times per year
  • Recommended: Attend IS functions/events, when possible

Last revised: December 5, 2007

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

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