Mentoring applications

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Applications for the 2021-2022 program have closed.


Requirements

Mentees

Mentee applicants do not need to be ALSC or ALA members*. The only requirement is for mentees to have some connection to children’s library service and must be at least 18 years old. Mentees may be students, early career professionals, individuals returning to the profession, or those who would like to refine their skills, make connections, and learn more about children’s librarianship as a career. 

Mentors

Mentor applicants must be ALSC members* and should have experience working in the field of children’s librarianship or children’s literature. 
 
*NEW: If you are not an ALSC member and identify as Black, Indigenous, or a Person of Color and are applying to participate in the ALSC Mentoring Program, consider applying for our membership funding opportunity!

Success Story

Do you have a success story to share on your involvement in the program? We're collecting them! Please use the form below to submit your mentoring success story. In alignment with ALSC's 2020-2023 Strategic Plan, ALSC staff and the Mentoring Program Working Group will use this stories to promote ALSC mentoring opportunities and benefits to help increase participation in the program. 

Timeline

2021-2022

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