Would you like to share your knowledge and experience with a new video librarian or student FMRT member? Or, are you a new media librarian looking for guidance? If so, we invite you to take part in FMRT’s mentorship program.
As the concept of "media" continues to morph and expand within the information environment, The American Library Association's Film and Media Round Table (ALA /FMRT) recognizes its special role as being exceptionally familiar with these challenges. Media librarians face the immediate effects of these significant changes, often while working solo, without formalized training. As such, FMRT seeks to support active mentoring, by encouraging new talent and offering opportunities to share expertise and seek support- acknowledging the ultimate impact of mentorship as a professional development tool for both new and experienced librarians.
Those participating in the Mentoring Program may explore these topics and more:
- Offer new video librarians an opportunity to speak informally with a professional in their chosen field
- Give insight on what you have learned from personal career experiences
- Share knowledge of trends and options within media librarianship
- Assist in developing and implementing professional plans
- Improve communication and networking techniques
- Advise on job-related networks
- Communicate on a consistent basis as decided by both you and the mentee
- Answer questions about FMRT, the conference, and how to make the most of the conference
- Attend a session, roundtable, and/or exhibits together
- Introduce newcomers to people at the conference
Other opportunities for interacting may include meeting face-face, and socializing at the FMRT dinner.
If you are interested in becoming a FMRT Mentor or Mentee, please fill out & submit the application form below.
Matches will be made as quickly as possible, so you can plan a time to meet well before ALA and maybe even arrange to meet there. Mentors must be FMRT members, prepared to share their knowledge of FMRT and tips for navigating the ALA Conference, as well as more general information about the profession.
We believe that members have the ability to contribute something at any level of their career. Therefore, people who sign up for the program may serve as a mentor in one area as well as a mentee in another.