Call for Mentors for the Spectrum Scholar Mentor Program

If you are interested in developing the next generation of academic librarians and ensuring a diverse workforce, consider becoming a Spectrum Scholar mentor through the ACRL Dr. E. J. Josey Spectrum Scholar Mentor Program. The goal of the 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. Because many of the Spectrum Scholars are part-time library school students, a mentor must make a commitment for a minimum of one year beyond the degree or a maximum of three years.

Criteria for Mentors

The mentors are academic librarians, both directors and non-directors, from small, medium, and research libraries. Mentors must have a minimum of ten years of professional library experience and be active in ACRL.

Responsiblities of Mentors

A key feature of the ACRL Dr. E. J. Josey Spectrum Scholar Mentor program includes a required training session for mentors, which will take place at the ALA Midwinter Conference. Other responsibilities of the mentors include:
  • Agreeing to contact the mentee monthly or on a regular basis.
  • Agreeing to attend a Dutch-treat lunch or dinner meeting with other Spectrum Scholars and mentors to promote networking when at ALA/ACRL conferences.
  • Agreeing to spend time with the scholar at library conferences when both are in attendance.
  • Submitting a brief (one paragraph) mid-year report and an annual report (one page form).

Date of Training

If you are interested in becoming a mentor in the ACRL Dr. E.J. Josey Spectrum Scholar Mentor program, please complete the application on the ACRL Web site by November 18. The training session will be held at ALA Midwinter in San Antonio on Friday, January 20, 2006, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Because ACRL has no funding for this training, librarians who agree to be mentors must be willing to pay their own hotel/travel expenses. The cost of the training session is free.

Mentor/Mentee Matching

The ACRL Dr. E.J. Josey Spectrum Scholar Mentor Committee (the Committee) will match Spectrum Scholars after the conference. As the Committee is not certain how many Spectrum Scholars will seek ACRL mentors, we may not be able to assign you a scholar immediately. If this is the case, we will notify you and keep your paperwork on file until your expertise is needed. All information exchanged within the mentor/scholar relationship must be treated as confidential.

The profession needs you. Become an ACRL mentor for a Spectrum Scholar. If you have additional questions about the ACRL Dr. E. J. Josey Spectrum Scholar Mentor Program, contact Theresa Byrd at or (740) 368-3246. You may also contact Mary Jane Petrowski at ACRL at mpetrowski@ala.orga or 1-800-545-2433, ext. 2523.