NMRT Mentor Program

The TLA NMRT Mentor Program is designed to assist new members in learning more about TLA help them grow professionally, by providing the opportunity for new members to be partnered with seasoned TLA members who share their professional experience.The program is open to:  

  • New librarians in the first 5 years of their professional career
  • Library school students
  • TLA members in the first 5 years of association membership
  • NMRT members

Membership in TLA and NMRT membership is required. Conference attendance is not required. Mentor/mentee partnerships will officially run from September to April.  

Mentors and mentees will be partnered based on their similar interests, professional experience or goals. The availability of mentors and mentees and the information provided on the applications will determine the partnerships made.

Application information for 2018 to be announced.

Please email the chair of the NMRT Mentor Program Committee, Pauline Stacchini, with any questions.

 

Don't have a mentor but need some advice? Check out our On-The-Spot Mentors! 

 Looking for the Mentor Program Discussion Topics? Click here.

 

Mentees are new librarians, library school students, and new TLA members who are seeking guidance in their TLA involvement and professional growth. 

Qualifications
We welcome mentees from all types of libraries, in all positions, and library school students to apply for the NMRT Mentor Program! 

 

  • New librarians in the first 5 years of their professional career
  • Library school students
  • TLA members in the first 5 years of association membership
  • NMRT members

Expectations
Mentees will receive an introductory email from their mentor at the start of the program, at which point mentees are expected to respond with an introduction of their own. In this initial communication it is important to discuss the goals and expectations for your partnership. Mentees are expected to correspond once a month, even if it is only to check in. The Mentor Program Committee will send the mentors periodic discussion topics via email. Mentors and mentees are free to discuss whatever they choose, whenever and however they would like––these topics will merely be conversational prompts.
 

Please Note

This is not intended as a job search program; it is an opportunity to learn more about TLA and become involved to learn more about librarianship and grow professionally. Please visit the TLA NMRT New Member Resources wiki for information on job opportunities. 

If there are ever any questions or concerns, mentees should contact the NMRT Mentor Program Committee Chair, Pauline Stacchini

 Guidelines edited April 2018

*These guidelines were modeled after the ALA NMRT Career Mentoring Guidelines.

 

 

A mentor is experienced in both the library or information the profession and TLA and have a desire to pass on their experience and knowledge to new professionals. 

Qualifications
We invite mentors from all types of libraries, in all positions, to apply for the NMRT Mentor Program! A mentor must have been employed in a professional position for at least 5 years and be willing to correspond with their mentee at least once a month. Mentors can be from any TLA division, round table, or interest group.
 

Expectations
Mentors will be expected to initiate contact with the mentee at the start of the program with an introductory email. In this initial communication it is important to discuss your goals and expectations for your partnership as well as your preferred method of communication, and your shared goals for participation in the program. 

The Mentor Program Committee will send mentors monthly discussion topics via email. Mentors and mentees are free to discuss whatever they choose, whenever and however they would like––these topics will merely be conversational. If there are ever any questions or concerns, mentors should contact the NMRT Mentor Program Committee Chair, Pauline Stacchini.  

 Guidelines edited April 2018

*These guidelines were modeled after the ALA NMRT Career Mentoring Guidelines.

 

 

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Created on Oct 24, 2010 | Last updated May 10, 2018