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. 


Applications for the Fall 2014 program are now open. The deadline to apply for the program is Friday, August 29, 2014. Applicants will be notified of their status by Friday,  October 10, 2014.


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 
The work between matches can be greatly enhanced by setting specific goals. The goal sheet will act as a contract between mentees and mentors. This goal sheet should be completed by the match and submitted by the mentee.


Interested in becoming part of match? Explore the links below for information on how the mentoring program works and what to expect from your match.

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.

Mentoring Forum
On Monday, November 18, 2013, ALSC hosted a live mentoring forum for participants. ALSC Mentoring Program participants were invited to discuss how to interact and grow in their match. You can access the free recorded webcast from this event. 


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. 


September 1 – October 15, 2014 – Task force reviews applications and notifications are sent to accepted participants
October 15 – November 15, 2014 – Matches attend a virtual orientation and training session
January  – February 2015 - Applications sumbitted for both mentors and mentees
March – April 2015 - Task force reviews applications and notifications are sent to accepted participants
April - May 2015 - Matches attend a virtual orientation and training session