Undertaking a new research project? Like some help from an experienced researcher?
Now you can find the mentor you’ve been hoping for through the Library Research Round Table
(LRRT) Mentorship Program!
The LRRT Mentorship Program promotes and supports LIS research in a wide variety of areas.
Your LRRT mentor will offer advice and support while you develop research skills like collecting
and analyzing data, and disseminating the results to both the research and professional
Criteria for Protégés
You’d make a great protégé if you are considering conducting research on LIS issues. Whether
you’re an experienced librarian, new to the field or a student, you’ll be ready to make the most of
this opportunity if you a) have a research question in mind and know the areas or approaches
you want to learn more about and b) have a commitment to developing your research question
further in collaboration with a mentor.
A Word About the Mentors
Mentors are experienced researchers volunteering to provide coaching and support for one or
more developing researchers, in onetoone
or small group formats. Involvement can vary: some
mentors may serve in an advisory role, while others may choose to pursue a fullfledged
collaboration with their protégé(s).
Responsibilities of Protégés
Responsibilities of the protégé include:
● Agreeing to attend the LRRT Mentorship Program Discussion Forum at the ALA Annual
Conference in 2013 and 2014.
● Agreeing to contact your mentor on a regular basis between Annual Conferences.
● Agreeing to seek the advice and support of your mentor as you develop and execute your
● Agreeing to seek the advice and support of your mentor as you bring the research project
to completion. Your research may result in papers for publication in conference
proceedings, journals, and presentations at the LRRT Research Forums.
● Agreeing to prepare a brief presentation or report on research in progress at the LRRT
Mentorship Program Discussion Forum at ALA Annual 2014.
● Agreeing to complete an evaluation form regarding participation in the LRRT Mentorship
Program to inform the improvement of the Program.
If you are interested in becoming a protégé in the LRRT Mentorship Program, please complete
the protégé application by May 30, 2013 (application available here: http://goo.gl/uvqtB). The
LRRT Mentorship Program Discussion Forum will be held at the ALA Annual Conference on
Saturday, June 29, 2013 from 1 2:
30pm, in the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, Regency
The LRRT Mentorship Program Discussion Forum at the 2013 ALA Annual Conference will
provide discussion tables identified by research methodologies, with mentors seated at each
table. This will allow potential protégés to identify mentors, and it will permit mentors and
potential protégés to speak in person. This way you can determine if your research interests are
compatible and if and how you wish to develop your professional relationship.
The profession needs you! Please consider deepening your
commitment to research by becoming a protégé in the LRRT
Please fill out the protégé application (available here: http://goo.gl/uvqtB), and a LRRT
Mentorship Program Committee member will be in touch in June.
If you have additional questions about the Library Research Round Table (LRRT) Mentorship
Program, contact Lynn Silipigni Connaway at firstname.lastname@example.org or Stephanie Alexander at