ALSC Mentoring Program

ALSC Mentoring Program

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The ALSC Mentoring Program seeks to match individuals with an interest in library service to children together for this one-year program. This program is administered by the ALSC Membership Committee and the Managing Children's Services Committee. 


The objectives of ALSC mentoring program are as follows:
1. Build the skills and confidence of early career children’s librarians and those new to the profession
2. Encourage personal and professional connections 
3. Give members the opportunity to acquire peer-taught skills
4. Re-energize and re-invigorate members in their work
5. Create interest and familiarity with ALSC committee service and participation
6. Build on best practices and work which support Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI). Refer to ALSC's Statement on EDI
8. Foster the development of a new cohort of leaders 


Applications for the Fall 2021-2022 program have closed. If you'd like to receive an update on the next round of applications, please submit this form.


Working with a match
What goes into a match? Learn how to work with your mentor/mentee.

Suggested activities
Matches are given the freedom to determine their own activities, but ALSC provides a list of suggested activities.

Mentoring resources
Explore mentoring outside of the ALSC mentoring program. Find resources that will help you improve your match.


September 2021: Applications accepted for mentoring program 
November 2021: Notifications are sent to accepted participants
November - December 2021: Matches work on introducing themselves to each other, establishing best practices, and developing 1-3 SMART goals
January 2022: A virtual networking session will be hosted by members of the Mentoring Working Group
December 2021 - June 2022: Matches work on achieving their established goals
June 30, 2022: Program concludes