Mentoring in the library

For Immediate Release
Mon, 03/07/2011

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CHICAGO — Mentorship is essential to the health of any institution;  sharing knowledge and experience transforms managers into stronger leaders and helps less senior employees improve their job skills. In “Mentoring in the Library: Building for the Future,” published by ALA Editions, noted reference librarian and researcher Marta K. Lee offers librarians at all levels experienced-based ideas for establishing a formal mentoring process at the library. Readers will learn:

  • The kinds of skills the mentor should have, with techniques for successful development, education and training;
  • How to establish formal and informal mentoring arrangements, with a chapter devoted to mentoring people electronically;
  • Keys to working with students, interns, volunteers and individuals interested in a library.

Lee has worked as an associate librarian at Regent University Library, in Virginia Beach, Va. and as an assistant librarian at Washington Theological Union, in Washington, D.C. She has written articles on distance learning, instruction, mentoring, interlibrary loan, public libraries and reference services.

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