ALCTS Mentoring Program

The ALCTS Mentoring Program facilitates and encourages professional development of ALCTS members at any stage in their career and in any of the areas related to our work. The ALCTS Mentoring Program aims to develop strong leadership in areas of librarianship covered by ALCTS; support members in developing their professional skills; cultivate leadership and involvement in ALCTS; provide networking opportunities, and expand members’ professional learning circles. 


ALCTS Mentoring Program Guidelines

  • Open to ALCTS, LITA, and LLAMA members only
  • Participant can either be a mentor, mentee or both
  • Participants commit to one year in the program
  • Formal mentoring begins June 1, 2020 and ends April 30, 2021 (10 months)
  • Participants can continue their mentoring relationship even after the formal mentoring program ends (this will be on their own and not part of the ALCTS Mentoring program anymore)
  • Mentor and mentees assist in the assessment of the program at the end of mentoring period

What mentors and mentees can expect from the program

  • Mentee: Career planning, job assistance, shaping careers, and succession planning with an eye on sustainability, legacy, realism, structure, and expectations and an emphasis on professional career – especially at the entry level.
  • Mentor: Exposure to new ideas and interests, new opportunities for professional challenges, personal satisfaction in sharing your career experience, knowledge and skills, opportunity to reflect on your own practices, opportunity to practice developmental behaviors outside own direct line responsibilities, learning from the shared interactions with mentees.

Mentoring Program Tools


January 22, 2020 – Call for application begins
April 17, 2020 – Application period ends
May 22, 2020 – Mentor/Mentee notified of pairings 
May 28, 2020 – Training/Orientation to the ALCTS Mentoring Program begins
June 1, 2020 – Formal mentoring program begins
April 30, 2021 – Formal mentoring program ends
May 2021 – Assessment and feedback from participants

Mentoring Subcommittee of the ALCTS Leadership Development Committee

Zachary Stein, Head of Special Collections/Assistant Professor Edith Garland Dupré Library University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Laura Evans, Metadata Librarian and Assistant Head of Cataloging, Binghamton University Libraries
Erica Findley, Cataloging & Metadata Librarian, Multnomah County Library
Joy Panigabutra-Roberts, Head of Cataloging, University of Tennessee
Paul Lightcap, Collection Manager, Multnomah County Library