Mentoring benefits both the new librarian and the experienced professional as each learns from the insights and perspectives of the other. This page presents information and resources to help you learn more about these transformative experiences.
Divisions, Sections and Round Tables all run mentoring programs. Learn how you can be involved!
Join a group of experienced RUSA (Reference & User Services Association) leaders to engage in a fun, interactive "speed mentoring" session at the RUSA Leadership Development & Speed Mentoring Session at ALA’s 2015 Midwinter Meeting. Similar in format to "speed dating," MLS students, new librarians and mid-career librarians are invited to participate in this session, where they will have the opportunity to gain leadership advice from a number of senior librarians and RUSA leaders. The event will be held on Saturday, January 31, 2015, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Hilton-Chicago Waldorf Room.
ACRL Dr. E. J. Josey Mentoring Program for Spectrum Scholars links participating library school students and newly graduated librarians, who are of American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino or Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander descent, with established academic librarians.
ACRL College Library Directors Mentor Program matches a first-year college library director with an experienced college library director.
ACRL Instruction Section Mentoring Program contributes to the professional development of academic librarians interested in information literacy instruction and improving their teaching skills by pairing librarians experienced in teaching with librarians new to instruction or to the Instruction Section.
ALSC Mentoring Program seeks to match individuals with an interest in library service to children together. A one-year program, participants have the opportunity to apply twice a year (once in the summer, once in the fall). This program is administered by the ALSC Membership Committee and the Managing Children's Services Committee.
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table Buddy Program pairs an active member of the round table with a new or perspective GLBTRT member, as well as any member becoming active for the first time or after a long absence.
LLAMA Mentoring Program pairs librarians who are currently in leadership positions with librarians who are interested in becoming leaders.
New Members Round Table program pairs a more experienced NMRT member with a new ALA member with less than five years experience as a librarian.
STS Sci/Tech Library Mentors relationship is typically developed between someone who is new to the profession and a more experienced professional. However, mentoring relationships can involve someone who has been in the field for awhile, but is changing career paths or someone who is just looking for support and direction.
YALSA’s virtual mentoring program pairs an experienced librarian with a new librarian or graduate student in a Library Science program.
Discussion Groups includes committees, connect groups, and any collection of ALA members whose primary foci are mentoring relationships and programs.
IRRT International Librarians' Orientation/Mentoring Committee organizes the orientation for international visitors at annual conference and works closely with the ALA International Relations Office to develop a mentoring program for annual conference.
LLAMA Mentoring Committee plans, implements, and oversees an ongoing LLAMA mentoring program.
MentorConnect is an informal mentoring network implemented within ALA Connect that allows all ALA members to participate and only requires that you actively choose to join the network in order to begin serving as a mentor or seeking a mentor.
Many library associations affiliated with ALA also offer mentorship programs.