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 fall 2013 matches are now closed. Applications for spring 2014 will open in January, please check back then.
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.
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.
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.