ALSC Mentoring Program
The ALSC Mentoring Program seeks to match individuals with an interest in library service to children together. A one-year program, participants have the opportunity to apply twice a year (once in the summer, once in the fall). This program is administered by the ALSC Membership Committee and the Managing Children's Services Committee.
The recorded webcast from the Spring 2015 Mentoring Forum is now available! Get new ideas for handling expectations and creating time for your match. A new forum will be held in Fall 2015.
Applications for the spring 2015 mentoring program has now closed. Successful applicants will be notified soon. A new round of applications will open in July 2015.
Mentee applicants do not need to be ALSC or ALA members. The only requirement is that mentees have some connection to children’s library service. Mentees may be students, early career professionals, individuals returning to the profession, or those who would like to refine their skills, make connections, and learn more about children’s librarianship as a career.
Mentor applicants must be ALSC members and should have experience working in the field of children’s librarianship or children’s literature.
The ALSC Mentoring Program suggests that matches be in contact at least twice a month. This could be via email, phone, Skype, online chat, etc.
Email updates from the ALSC mentoring program. Learn get the latest on activities, events, discussions, and goals.
Working with a match
What goes into a match? Learn how to work with your mentor/mentee.
Matches are given the freedom to determine their own activities, but ALSC provides a list of suggested activities.
Explore mentoring outside of the ALSC mentoring program. Find resources that will help you improve your match.