ALSC Mentoring Program

ALSC Mentoring Program

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The ALSC Mentoring Program seeks to match individuals with an interest in library service to children together for this one-year program. 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
7. Foster the development of a new cohort of leaders 

Apply

Applications for the Fall 2017 program are now closed. If you  would like to be considered for the next round of the program, please fill out this RSVP form. We will keep those interested in the program updated on the next round of applications. 

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. 

Matches

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.

Timeline

 
2017 - 2018
August 2017 - Applications accepted for Fall 2017 mentoring program 
September - October 2017: Working group reviews applications and notifications are sent to accepted participants
November - December 2017:  Matches develop best communication practices and submit goals
January 2018 - August 2018: Matches work on fulfilling goals 
August 2018: Wrap-up Survey will be sent to all participants (mentors and mentees). This will conclude the program.
 
2018-2019
June 2018: Applications accepted for mentoring program 
August- September 2018: Working group reviews applications and notifications are sent to accepted participants
October - November 2018:  Matches develop best communication practices and submit goals
December 2018 - August 2019: Matches work on fulfilling goals 
August 2019: Wrap-up Survey will be sent to all participants (mentors and mentees). This will conclude the program.