The Professional Development Committee developed and oversees the Sci/Tech Library Mentors Program in order to facilitate connections between SciTech librarians wanting to grow their talents/interests, share their talents/interests, and intentionally expand their professional networks. To learn about what makes a mentoring relationship valuable and successful, we encourage you to visit the Learn About Mentoring information below.
Mentoring Program Goals:
- To facilitate the development of professional support networks for SciTech librarians at all stages of their careers
- To provide a way for SciTech librarians to learn (and share) skills and interests in a partnership setting
- To provide a flexible, but structured, way for SciTech librarians to engage in professional partnerships
What is a Mentor?
The role of the mentor varies, depending upon the level of commitment established by both the mentor and mentee. Types of mentoring relationships include:
- Teacher, trainer, coach
- Positive role model
- Developer of talent
- Opener of doors
- Successful leader
A mentoring relationship can be established based on just one of these areas, or a mentor can serve in all of these functions. Typically, a mentoring relationship is developed between someone who is new to the profession and a more experienced person in the field. However, mentoring relationships can involve someone who has been in the field for a while, but is changing career paths and is looking for guidance and support. It can also be someone who is just looking for support and direction. (The Mentorship Handbook: A Guide for SLA Chapters and Divisions to Establish Mentorship Programs, Special Libraries Association.)
Who Should be a Mentee/Mentor?
Mentees should have the following attributes:
- Potential leadership skills and an interest in becoming a leader.
- Willingness to listen to feedback and advice.
- Commitment to advancing in the profession.
Good mentors have the following qualities:
- Motivated, committed to mentor.
- Excellent communicator.
- A good listener as well as advisor.
- Professionally active and well-respected.
- Supportive and encouraging.
- Experienced in the areas of interest to the mentee.
Mentors will spend much time and effort in helping you to develop professionally, and they want to know their efforts will be rewarded by your success in, and contributions to, the profession.
Steps to Participating in the Mentoring Program
Participating as a mentee
- Step 1: Complete the goals worksheet if you need help determining what you would like to focus on
- Step 2: Review the mentor profiles to select a mentor
- Step 3: Contact a potential mentor to discuss entering into a relationship
Participating as a mentor
- Step 1: Reflect on your areas of experience, interest, and expertise
- Step 2: Create your mentor profile (STS members please login to access the Mentor Profile Creation link)
- Step 3: Respond to requests to enter into a mentoring relationship
- Step 4: Update availability in your profile as necessary
Entering into the mentoring relationship
- Step 1: Bring all relevant documentation to the initial meeting (e.g., CV, goals exercise)
- Step 2: Complete the first meeting worksheet to set goals and discuss boundaries and decide on the specific time period for the relationship
- Step 3: Provide feedback or ask questions at any time by emailing email@example.com
At the end of the agreed-upon mentoring period
- Step 1: Review your first meeting worksheet and decide whether to continue or end the relationship (for a specified period of time)
- Step 2: When you are ready to end the relationship, complete the final meeting worksheet
- Step 3: Provide feedback via the online mentoring survey
Ask questions at any time: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Professional Development Committee members monitoring this email are: Susan Brazer, April Colosimo, Chapel Cowden, and Uta Hussong-Christian.
Last Update: November 2016 (the STS Mentoring Program was significantly revised at this time)
The Professional Development Committee expresses gratitude to McGill Library and SLA's Physics Astronomy Mathematics (PAM) Division for allowing the STS Professional Development Committee to borrow and adapt sections of their mentoring program pages.