Suggested Mentoring Activities

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The most important part of the program will be to ensure that matches are familiar with ALSC Competencies for Librarians Serving Children in Public Libraries and the ways that they can bring them to their libraries. There are also some suggested activities below:



  • Create a shared document/spreadsheet of program ideas. Encourage others to enter their own ideas/suggestions.
  • Create a book list of titles that you both enjoy. Discuss the benefits/drawbacks of your favorites. 
  • Create a wish-list for your library. What sort of technology would you like to have? What resources would you buy?
  • Conduct a survey with your match! Come up with a topic, questions, and then create a form. Contact the ALSC office if you'd like help promoting your survey. 

Practice Interviews

  • Do a resume/CV review. Share/critique job experiences and skills.
  • Perform a mock interview. Take turns asking each other difficult interview questions (i.e. “Where do you see yourself in 5 years?”). Afterwards give written feedback. 
  • In advance of your meeting, each come up with 3-5 questions for the other to answer. Make sure to forward to the other person a few days before your meeting to give that person time to come up with appropriate answers. 

Topic Discussion

  • Discuss the qualities that make an effective manager/director. Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of managers you’ve both encountered in your previous jobs. 
  • Discuss your experiences with mock Newbery/Caldecott elections. What has worked for you? What hasn’t?
  • Visit ALSC’s Great Websites for Kids. Discuss which of the featured sites you’ve used and which you would like to try. Suggest a site. 
  • Read an article about mentoring (i.e. resources). Discuss how it applies to your match. 
  • Discuss your experiences with El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children's Day/Book Day) programs. Have you hosted an event? What has worked? 
  • Explore the Every Child Ready to Read Ning site. Discuss what resources would work for you and how you might be able to add to the site.

Reading and Writing

Participate in Association Events

  • Participate in an #alscchat Twitter discussion (every second Thursday of the month at 9pm Eastern).
  • Participate in an ALSC Community Forum. Each come up with a question to ask the ALSC President and ALSC Board of Directors.
  • Participate in a free ALSC Student Session and discuss how the materials apply to you. 

Match Activity Examples

Mentoring matches undertake a number of different activities and projects. Here are some that you may want to view:

Are you looking for practical examples of match projects? Check out the ALSC Blog for posts about mentoring activities. Interested in writing a blog post with your match? Please contact Elizabeth Serrano, 1-800-545-2433 ext 2164.