The ACRL Dr. E. J. Josey Spectrum Scholar Mentor Program

The ACRL Dr. E. J. Josey Mentoring Program for Spectrum Scholars provides an opportunity to assist with the development of the next generation of academic librarians. The goal of this new program is to link participating library school students and newly graduated librarians, who are of American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino or Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander descent, with established academic librarians, who will provide mentoring and coaching support; serve as a role model in academic librarianship; and provide guidance in seeking a career path and opportunities for leadership in the profession. This program pairs recipients of ALA's Spectrum Scholarship Program with mentors from ACRL.

Spectrum Scholars who would like to be matched with an ACRL mentor should contact Gwendolyn Prellwitz, Assistant Director, Spectrum & Related Grants at gprellwitz@ala.org or (800) 545-2433, ext. 5048 for application instructions.

ACRL members who would like serve as mentors should meet the following criteria:

  1. Must be a personal member of ACRL.
  2. Committed to being a mentor for a minimum of one year (up to a maximum of three years).
  3. Must attend an online mentor orientation session.
  4. Assume a proactive role in achieving goals.
  5. Agree to communicate with mentee monthly or on a mutually-agreeable regular basis.
  6. Agree to spend time together at conferences when both mentor/mentee attend (relationship building).
  7. Complete brief assessment surveys about the mentor/mentee relationship at the request of the committee (no more than twice per year).

Please complete the online application form to participate.

If you have additional questions about the ACRL Dr. E. J. Josey Spectrum Scholar Mentor Program, please contact David Connolly at ACRL at  dconnolly@ala.org or (800) 545-2433, ext. 2513. This program is administered by the ACRL Dr. E. J. Josey Spectrum Scholar Mentor Committee.