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.
On Wednesday, December 16, 2015, ALSC held ALSC Mentoring Forum: Ideas, Support, and Tough Love. This one-hour long forum is now available as an archived webcast.
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.
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.