For immediate release | January 5, 2022

ACRL releases “Academic Library Mentoring: Fostering Growth and Renewal”

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of the three-volume "Academic Library Mentoring: Fostering Growth and Renewal," edited by Leila June Rod-Welch and Barbara E. Weeg. This thorough work presents a cross-section of mentoring thought and practice in college and university libraries, including mentoring definitions, practice fundamentals, models, program development, surveys, analysis, and lived experiences.

Mentorships help mentees understand and meet performance standards, broaden their skills, shift to new specializations, and discern options for contributing to the larger institution and the profession. Through mentoring, mentors may be invigorated by contributing to the growth of mentees and by encountering ideas and approaches different from their own. In 30 chapters across three volumes, "Academic Library Mentoring" addresses the many dimensions of contemporary academic library mentoring and how best to engage in inclusive, effective mentoring.

Volume 1, "Fundamentals and Controversies," details effective mentoring skills and behaviors, mentoring models, dysfunctional mentoring relationships, conflicts of interest in mentoring, and, through a feminist lens, power differentials in mentoring. Chapters on diversity, equity, and inclusion call for library personnel to understand the exclusion some experience in the profession and to implement more inclusive mentoring practices.

"Mentoring of Library Faculty and Librarians," Volume 2, explores mentorship skills, models, purposes and issues, and program development. Mentoring purposes include support for the pursuit of tenure and promotion, other career goals, and psychosocial concerns. Issues incorporate understanding and addressing diversity, equity, and inclusion in mentoring. Chapter methodologies include surveys, program assessments, analysis of practices against standards, case studies of mentor and mentee lived experiences, and case studies of libraries and affiliated entities.

In Volume 3, "Mentoring of Students and Staff," we hear the voices of library science students and library student employees as they describe their library school and library employment mentoring experiences. Also presented are mentoring programs for recruiting individuals to the profession, practices supporting all library employees regardless of formal employee classification, and methods for enhancing the skills of consortial members. The volume ends with a look to the future of mentoring and organizational development and with a tool any library employee at any career stage can use in forming their own mentoring constellation.

"Academic Library Mentoring" can help you develop programs and practices for intentional, effective, committed mentorships that benefit both mentees and mentors at all stages in their careers.

“Academic Library Mentoring: Fostering Growth and Renewal” is available for purchase in print and as an ebook through the ALA Online Store, individually and as a set; in print through; and by telephone order at (866) 746-7252 in the U.S. or (770) 442-8633 for international customers.


The Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) is the higher education association for academic libraries and library workers. Representing nearly 9,000 individuals and libraries, ACRL (a division of the American Library Association) develops programs, products, and services to help those working in academic and research libraries learn, innovate, and lead within the academic community. Founded in 1940, ACRL is committed to advancing learning, transforming scholarship, and creating diverse and inclusive communities. Find ACRL on the web, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.


Erin Nevius

Content Strategist