Mentoring

Guidelines

There is a recognized need to foster better understanding of the Librarian profession, especially as it impacts those who may face solo positions within the corporate world.  Unlike our colleagues working in public service or academic environments, librarians in a corporate setting are often seen as more clerical in nature than the true professional knowledge management specialist they truly are. Thus we find ourselves looking ourside our workplace for the professional, critical, emotional and social support network necessary to maintain our self esteem.

Whether a person is newly hired or fresh from a profession educational experience, there are times when guidance from another more experienced individual who may have walked a similar path in the past is beneficial.  A mentor can fill this gap — advising, encouraging, and providing insight into libraries in the corporate world, whether it be a in traditional business library, a specialized medical, legal, sci/tech, film, or media library or in archives or museum libraries.

Purpose

The goal of our program is to:

  1. To provide focused mentoring events, by linking two individuals, one with a need for experienced advice in a specific career or interest field, and another with experience in the career or interest area.
  2. Offer a long or short term mentoring experience. A short-term experience might include introducing someone to others within a meeting, seminar or other special event. A long-term relationship may be best defined as one, which is open ended, lasting as long as the perceived need for support and comradeship is desired. This is a mutually achieved relationship.

Participant Eligibility

Persons seeking a Mentor or Mentee should be:

  • A library school student with an interest in the world of special libraries OR a person working in the field in a technical position, who is interested in becoming a professional
  • While not required, SLA membership is encouraged

Persons seeking to be Mentors should be:

  1. A professional librarian, working in a corporate setting
  2. A Member of SLA
  3. A willingness to share experiences and provide counsel in a non-threatening, confidential and cordial relationship
  4. A desire to learn

Applications
Print this page, then fill out either the Mentor form or the Mentee form and send to the address at the bottom of the form

             Mentorship Program
               Mentor Profile

Name:
Title:
Organization:
Address:
City:
Phone: Fax: Email:

Areas of Mentor expertise (Check all that apply)

Subject area (please describe): Solo Librarian
Information technology
Web Master

Non-traditional role (please describe):

Racial / Ethnic background

American Indian / Native American / Alaskan Asian / Pacific Islander

African American / Black

Gender (Yours)

Male Female

Caucasian Hispanic

Gender (Mentee Preference)

Female Male No Preference

State: Zip:

Please describe your work experience in the information field:

What would you like to get out of the Mentoring relationship?

How much time are you willing to commit to working with a Mentee?

What are the personal qualities you are looking for in a Mentee?

What is the preferred method of communication you would like to use with the Mentee?

To submit this form for consideration, save your work to your desk top. Then e-mail to:

Maria Brahme (maria.brahme@pepperdine.edu)

Attach the saved form to the email. Please make certain that you have included an email address so that I may contact you. If I should need to contact you by telephone I will make those arrangements ahead of time in an email.

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Mentorship Program
               Mentee Profile

Name:
Organization (School):
Address:
City: State: Zip:Phone: Fax:
E-mail:

Areas of Mentee expertise (Check any that apply)

Subject area (please describe): Solo Librarian
Information Technology
Web Master

Non-traditional role (please describe):

Racial / Ethnic background

American Indian / Native American / Alaskan

Asian / Pacific Islander Hispanic

African American / Black

Gender (Yours)

Male Female

Caucasian

Gender (Mentor Preference)

Female Male No Preference

Please describe your work experience:

What would you like to get out of the Mentoring relationship?

How much time are you expecting a mentor to commit to working with you?

What are the personal qualities you are looking for in a Mentor?

What is the preferred method of communication you would like to use with your Mentor?

To submit this form for consideration, save your work to your desk top. Then sent and e-mail to:

Maria Brahme (maria.brahme@pepperdine.edu)

Attach the saved form to the email. Please make certain that you have included an email address so that I may contact you. If I should need to contact you by telephone I will make those arrangements ahead of time in an email.