“I have truly enjoyed my conversations with Julie. She has asked questions about topics that I have taken for granted. It is refreshing to think about why we librarians do the things we do and the rich history of our profession. Our jobs have changed so much during the nearly 30 years I have been a librarian and I learn so much from talking with a 'new' librarian and hearing her views of the issues we face. I am glad that Julie feels she is benefitting from our Mentor/Mentee relationship because I know it has helped me grow.” ~Sandra Balough, mentor
about the program
The Mentoring Program is open to both members and potential members of the WPWVC-ACRL. Right now, the program requires only filling out an application to indicate your interest in either being mentored or serving as a mentor, along with any areas of librarianship in which you either have expertise (mentor) or a desire to learn more (mentee). These areas will be used to match you with an appropriate mentor/mentee.
Once you have been matched, you will be asked to complete a brief contract. The relationship should last at least 6-9 months and should involve several good contacts each month, some in person or by phone. Our recommendation is that a 9-12 month working relationship is better.
Expectations for Mentors and Mentees
To learn more about what is expected of you as mentor/mentee, please go here.
A bibliography of supporting materials can be found here.
Kate Wenger of Chatham University and Carroll Wilkinson of West Virginia University are fostering this effort. They will match people and/or seek people who ask for a particular type of mentoring. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact them: