Call for Mentors for Spectrum Scholars

Interested in developing the next generation of academic librarians to ensuew a diverse workforce? Xonsider becoming a Spectrum Scholar mentor through the ACRL Dr. E. J. Josey Spectrum Scholar Mentor Program. The program will 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.

Responsibilities 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 Meeting. 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).

Get Involved—Get Training

To be considered for this exciting experience, complete the application form on the ACRL Web site by October 31, 2006. Training will be held at ALA Midwinter in Seattle on Friday, January 19, 2007, from 9 a.m.-Noon. Because ACRL has no funding for this training, librarians who agree to be mentors must be willing to pay their own hotel/travel expenses. There is no cost for the training session.

Mentor/Mentee Matching

The ACRL Dr. E.J. Josey Spectrum Scholar Mentor Committee (the Committee) will match Spectrum Scholars after Midwinter. The Committee is not certain how many Spectrum Scholars will seek ACRL mentors and therefore 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 (740) 368-3246 or Mary Jane Petrowski, ACRL, at 1-800-545-2433, ext. 2523.