ALSC Mentoring Program

ALSC Mentoring Program

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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 objectives of ALSC mentoring program are as follows:
 
1. Build the skills and confidence of early career children’s librarians and those new to the profession
2. Encourage personal and professional connections 
3. Give members the opportunity to acquire peer-taught skills
4. Re-energize and re-invigorate members in their work
5. Create interest and familiarity with ALSC committee service and participation
6. Build familiarity with ALSC’s Competencies for Librarians Serving Children in Public Libraries
7. Foster the development of a new cohort of leaders 

ALSC Mentoring Forum

Coming up this spring, ALSC is hosting the Spring 2016 Mentoring Forum: Get the Match You Deserve. This event takes place on Wednesday, June 1, 2016 and open to anyone interested in mentoring. 

Apply

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. 

Matches

Working with a match
What goes into a match? Learn how to work with your mentor/mentee.

Suggested activities
Matches are given the freedom to determine their own activities, but ALSC provides a list of suggested activities.

Mentoring resources
Explore mentoring outside of the ALSC mentoring program. Find resources that will help you improve your match.

Timeline

Spring
 
January  – February 2017 - Applications accepted for both mentors and mentees
March – April 2017 - Working group reviews applications and notifications are sent to accepted participants
 
Fall
July - August 2016 - Applications accepted for Fall 2016 mentoring program
September - October 2016 - Working group reviews applications and notifications are sent to accepted participants
November - December 2016 - Matches submit goals and attend a virtual orientation