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 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 


Applications for fall 2015 are now open. Applications will be due Sunday, August 30, 2015. Applicants will be notified of their status by Friday, October 9, 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. 


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.

Program news
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.

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.


January  – February 2015 - Applications accepted for both mentors and mentees
March – April 2015 - Working group reviews applications and notifications are sent to accepted participants
April - May 2015 - Matches submit goals and attend a virtual orientation
September - October 2015 - Working group reviews applications and notifications are sent to accepted participants
November - December 2015 - Matches submit goals and attend a virtual orientation