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
6. Build on best practices and work which support Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI). Refer to ALSC's Statement on EDI
8. Foster the development of a new cohort of leaders 


Applications for the Fall 2020-2021 program have now closed! If you would like to be considered for a future round of the program, please fill out this RSVP form.

Mentor Application (next round to open Fall 2021)

Mentee Application (next round to open Fall 2021)


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.


October 2020: Applications accepted for mentoring program 
November 2020: Notifications are sent to accepted participants
December 2020: Matches work on introducing themselves to each other, establishing best practices, and developing 1 short-term goal
January 2021: A virtual networking session will be hosted by members of the Mentoring Working Group
January 2021 - June 2021: Matches work on fulfilling the short-term goal
June 2021: Program concludes