Core Mentoring Program

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


Core Mentoring Program Guidelines

  • Open to Core members only
  • Participant can either be a mentor, mentee or both
  • Participants commit to one year in the program
  • Formal mentoring begins January 2023 and ends June 30, 2023 (six 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 Core 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.


November 1, 2022 – Call for application begins
November 18, 2022 – Application period ends
December 2022 – Mentor/Mentee notified of pairings 
TBD – Training/Orientation to the Core Mentoring Program begins
January 2023 – Formal mentoring program begins
June 30, 2023 – Formal mentoring program ends
July 2023 – Assessment and feedback from participants

Members of the Core Leadership Development and Mentoring Committee

Co-chairs: Kathy M. Irwin, Central Michigan University, Libraries
                   Maurini R. Strub, University of Rochester, River Campus Libraries

Members: Dani Brecher Cook, UC San Diego Library
                  Michelle Demeter, New York University
                  Kate L. Ganski, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Libraries
                  Dr. Linda Marie Golian-Lui, Ed.D, MLIS, M.D., Florida Atlantic University Libraries
                  Brian A. Guenther, Oakland Public Library
                  Victoria Ames Hart, Northeast Lakeview College
                  Kathy M. Irwin, Central Michigan University, Libraries
                  Cotina M. Jones, State Library of North Carolina
                  Morris S. Levy, Ohio State University Libraries
                  William M. Modrow, Miami University
                  Dr. Tiffany Davis Norris
                  Dennis J. Smith, West Virginia University
                  Bethany C. Stone, Orange County Library System
                  Andrea Berstler, Carroll County Public Library