Library Research Round Table Initiatives and Projects

2015 LRRT Mentorship Program

 

Call for Mentees

Call for Mentors

 

Purpose

 

The central purposes of the Library Research Round Table (LRRT) Mentorship Program are to promote and support the development of rigorous, substantive research in information and library science, and to help individual scholars to succeed professionally. Through professional relationships with experienced mentors, rising scholars will develop skills in areas skills like creating research designs, conducting surveys, collecting and analyzing data, writing papers and disseminating the results to both the research and professional library communities.

 

Governance

 

The LRRT Steering Committee will appoint a standing subcommittee of at least 3 members to oversee the program and plan Mentorship Program Discussion Forum events.

 

Process

 

The LRRT Mentorship Program Discussion Forums will be held at the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference on a two-year cycle.

 

Initial Year: New mentors and mentees will be recruited through the LRRT web site, social media sites, ALA committee listservs, and ALISE. A call will be posted to recruit mentees who would like to secure a mentor; this will identify the number of potential mentees for any given cycle. Prospective mentees will also be asked to indicate the research areas or methodologies that are of interest to them. Another posted recruiting call will seek mentors, as well as identify their interests and expertise in particular research areas and/or research methodologies.

 

The initial LRRT Mentorship Program Forum will focus on establishing new mentorship/ mentee relationships. The following elements will be included:

 

  • A discussion of the mentor/mentee relationship, i.e., responsibilities, commitment, etc.
  • A session identifying models of how the mentors and mentees might work together, with an emphasis on bringing research projections to completion, and resulting in presented or published papers.
  • Mentors and mentees will meet face-to-face at the initial Forum to determine if their research interests are compatible, and if and how they wish to develop their professional relationship. Once arrangement are made, the relationship will continue over the next ten months. In most cases mentors will serve in an advisory role, while in other cases mentors and mentees may develop full-fledged collaborations.

 

 

 

 

 

Following Year: The program will culminate in a second Discussion Forums at the following year’s ALA Conference. The second Forum will focus on reconnecting mentors and mentees, presenting updates on mentees research projects, and discussing lessons learned from the experience,. The following elements will be featured:

 

  • Mentees presentations outlining completed projects or continuing works in progress.
  • A session offering suggestions on how mentors and mentees can continue to work together to bring “in process” projects to completion.
  • Discussing ideas for furthering developing the mentor/mentees relationships and improving the Mentorship Program Forum.

 

Outcomes

 

  • Attendees will develop personal and networking connections.
  • Mentees will develop research skills
  • Papers or studies facilitated as part of the program will have the potential to be communicated widely in the profession.
  • The profession’s knowledge base can be enhanced.

 

Evaluation and Assessment: The mentors and mentees will complete evaluations after each of the two LRRT Mentorship Program Discussion Forums; this will provide feedback on the process and Discussion Forums, and generate ideas for supportive materials that might be posted on the LRRT web site. This feedback and ideas will serve to modify and improve the Mentorship Program and Discussion Forums.

 

Recognition of Completed Work: Those mentors and mentees who have presented or published research outputs initiated within the LRRT Mentorship Program will be invited to participate in subsequent LRRT Mentorship Program Discussion Forums to discuss the mentor/ mentee relationship and outputs produced because of this relationship. A list of publications and presentations that were supported by the Mentorship Program will be included on the LRRT web site and publicized on listservs and social media sites.

 

 

 

 

2013 LRRT Mentorship Program

Call for protégés

Appliction to become a protégé (by June 5, 2013)

Call for mentors

Appliction to become a mentor (by June 5, 2013)

Purpose: The primary purpose of the Library Research Round Table (LRRT) Mentorship Program is to promote and support the development of substantive and rigorous research in information and library science through professional relationships with experienced mentors who will help protégés develop research skills to collect and analyze data, as well as disseminate the results to both the research and professional communities. Individuals will have the opportunity to work in groups with researchers who have experience using specific research methodologies. Mentors and protégés will meet face-to-face annually at the LRRT Mentorship Program Discussion Forum at the American Library Association (ALA) to determine if their research interests are compatible and if and how they want to develop their professional relationship.

Governance: The LRRT Steering Committee will appoint a standing subcommittee of at least 3 people to oversee the program and to plan the Mentorship Program Discussion Forum at the ALA Conferences.

Process: New mentors and protégés will be recruited on a semi-annual basis through the use of the LRRT web site, social media sites, ALA committee listservs, and ALISE. A call will be posted inviting people to sign up if they would like a mentor for conducting research and to indicate which research areas (e.g. library history) or methodologies (e.g. user experience or mixed methods) are of interest to them.. This will identify the number of people interested in participating in the program. Another call will be posted inviting mentors to sign up and indicate their interest or expertise in different research areas and/or research methodologies.

A LRRT Mentorship Program Discussion Forum will be scheduled at the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference every year. In alternate years, the Discussion Forum will focus on 1) establishing new mentorship/protégé relationships; and 2) reconnecting with established mentors/protégés, discussing challenges and best practices for fostering the mentorship relationship, and sharing updates on research in progress.

  1. In years when new mentors/ protégés are recruited, the LRRT Mentorship Program Discussion Forum will include:
    1. A discussion of the mentor/protégé relationship, i.e., responsibilities, commitment, etc.
    2. A discussion of the research process.
    3. Discussion time for the mentors and protégés to meet and possibly connect
      1. Discussion tables will be identified by research methodologies  and/or areas with mentors seated at each table so that protégés may select their area of interest.
    4. Wrap-up session with suggestions on how the mentors and protégés will be able to continue to work together on bringing research projections to completion, resulting in  papers for publication in conference proceedings, journals, and  presentations at the LRRT Research Forums.  In some cases this will involve mentors serving in an advisory role, while other pairs may develop into full-fledged collaborations.
  2. In alternate years, the Mentorship Program Discussion Forum will include:
    1. Discussion time for the mentors and protégé to reconnect
      1. Discussion tables will be identified by research methodologies and/or areas with mentors seated at each table so that protégés may select their area of interest.
    2. Brief presentations or reports on research in progress
    3. Discussion of ideas for furthering developing the mentor/protégé relationships and improving the mentorship program
    4. Wrap-up session with suggestions on how the mentors and protégés can continue to work together on bringing research projections to completion, resulting in  papers for publication in conference proceedings, journals, and  presentations at the LRRT Research Forums. 
  1. Participant Outcomes
    1. Attendees will develop personal connections through which their own ideas can be brought to realization.
    2. The work facilitated as part of the program will have the potential to be communicated widely in the profession.
    3. The profession’s knowledge base can be enhanced by means of the productive partnerships between mentors and protégés.

Mentors and protégés who have worked together in the LRRT Mentorship Program will be encouraged to submit their research to one of the LRRT Research Forums for presentation.

Evaluation: The mentors and protégés will be asked to complete an evaluation form after attending the LRRT Mentorship Program Discussion Forum to gain feedback on the process and Discussion Forum and to solicit ideas for supportive materials that might be mounted on the LRRT web site. This feedback, as well as the ideas that come up during the Forum, will be used to modify and improve the Mentorship Program and Discussion Forum.

Additional Outcomes: Those mentors and protégés who have research outputs initiated by the LRRT Mentorship Program will be invited to participate in the LRRT Mentorship Program Discussion Forum at the ALA Annual Conference to discuss the mentor/ protégé relationship and outputs produced because of this relationship. A list of publications and presentations that were supported by the Mentorship Program will be included on the LRRT web site and publicized on listservs and social media sites.