The purpose of the MN SLA Mentoring Program is to help library students and newer librarians develop skills (both career skills and professional skills) and to feel included in SLA, specifically the Minnesota Chapter. The Program can also help librarians who are moving, or hope to move, from one industry or role to another. Mentors can share experiences, offer insight, and act as a sounding board.
General guidelines: Members are not required to participate, but mentors must be MN SLA members. A six-month commitment is necessary for those who do participate. Mentors and mentees should have meetings on a regular basis, but "regular" is defined by the mentor and mentee. Mentors and mentees should attend at least one chapter meeting together.
Guidelines for Mentors: Contact mentee periodically throughout the year, especially when mentor comes across information that might be of interest to the mentee. Encourage mentee to join special interest sections or other professional groups. Help mentee network. Be upfront with mentee regarding relationship expectations, including contact expectations.
Guidelines for Mentee: Initiate contact and first meeting with the mentor. "Meetings" can be in person, via e-mail, or on the phone. Be upfront with mentor regarding expectations and what you would like to learn.
For more information on the program, please contact the chapter's Mentoring, Diversity, and Consultation co-chairs: Liz Scheibel and Molly Hagen. To volunteer to be a mentor or request a mentor, please click the appropriate link below and fill out the form: