Matches can choose how and when they communicate. The ALSC Mentoring Program is a virtual one, so most communication will be done over the phone, by email, video conferencing or online chat. While there is no requirement for in-person contact, If matches are geographically close, they can choose to meet in person. Opportunities at conferences may be made available to matches.
What happens if a mentee/mentor is unhappy with their match?
The ALSC Mentoring Program has a 45-day match guarantee. If either party is unsatisfied by 45 days into the program that individual may request a re-match. The ALSC staff will do as much as it can to accommodate this request. It may not be possible to re-match in which case the individuals will need to reapply for the following mentoring period.
What training will be available for matches?
The 2012 ALA Emerging Leaders report recommended that ALSC offer “an online webinar and/or workshop at Midwinter or Annual about how to get the most out of a mentoring relationship” (Recommendation #3). The ALSC Mentoring Program will be offering an online forum
for matches to discuss ways to improve their communication and goal-setting. A recorded webcast will follow the live webinar and be available for viewing.
For information on training and mentoring development within the ALSC Mentoring Program, please contact Dan Bostrom, firstname.lastname@example.org
How will the program be evaluated?
At the end of each mentoring period, mentors and mentees will complete a survey. In it, each participant will discuss the positives and negatives of the program. It is the responsibility of the advisory task force to review these surveys and write a final report based on them. This will be done on an annual basis.
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