Julie Todaro’s A-Z guide to mentoring

For Immediate Release
Tue, 06/16/2015


Rob Christopher

Marketing Coordinator

ALA Publishing

American Library Association



CHICAGO — A library’s future is as good as the talent it develops. Too many mentorship programs are cursory; without structure and expectations, accomplishing little beyond a procedural orientation. But a solid, sustainable mentorship program can be a game changer for libraries, with long-term results that include career development, organization-wide professionalism and retention. 2016–2017 ALA President-Elect Julie Todaro’s new book “Mentoring A-Z,” published by ALA Editions, is an accessible guide to putting mentorship into practice, complete with scanning checklists and critical questions that will assist libraries in designing, planning, and implementing their own programs. Bypassing abstract management theories in favor of succinct action items, this book includes:

  • four case-method scenarios that will prepare readers for making decisions in common mentoring situations;
  • a discussion of mentor, mentee, reverse-mentoring and co-mentoring terminology and how to choose the best language to shape mentorship program expectations;
  • tips on how to use measurements to make a program even more effective;
  • suggested content and events in a mentorship curriculum, with sample goals, job descriptions and advice on program planning;
  • ways to address objections to a mentorship program.

Todaro is the dean of library services at Austin Community College in Austin, Texas. She is also a management consultant and frequent workshop presenter. Her research and publications are focused on the 21st-century management of nonprofit environments and include best practices in human resources, customer service, and emergency preparedness. She is the 2016–2017 president-elect of the American Library Association.

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