NMRT Mentor Program

The TLA NMRT Mentor Program is designed to assist new members in learning more about TLA and its benefits, as well as helping them grow professionally, by providing the opportunity for new members to be partnered with a seasoned TLA member who can 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

Membership in TLA is required. NMRT membership is encouraged. Conference attendance is not required. Mentor/mentee partnerships will officially run from January to December.  

Mentors and mentees will be partnered based on their similar interests, professional experience or goals, and when able, by their geographic proximity to each other. While face-to-face communication is not required, we hope that mentors and mentees who are near one another take the opportunity to meet in person. The availability of mentors and mentees and the information provided on the applications will determine the partnerships made.

Please read the TLA NMRT Mentor Program Guidelines before applying. 

Application information for 2015 to be announced.

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

 

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

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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! Mentees are TLA Members, and preferably NMRT members, who have been in a professional position for less than 5 years, who are currently in library school, or who are new to TLA. Mentees should have a sincere interest in learning about TLA and librarianship. They should be open to guidance and advice from an experienced librarian and TLA member.
 

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 your goals and expectations for your partnership. Mentees are expected to correspond with their mentor at least 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 suggestions.
 

Please note this is not intended as a job search program; it is an opportunity to learn more about TLA and becoming an active member, and 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. At the end of the program, mentees will be asked to give feedback to the Committee to help determine how the program can be improved. Mentees will receive a letter recognizing their participation in this program for their files upon request. 

Benefits

  • Receive support and guidance.
  • Learn more about TLA and how to be involved.
  • Meet other professionals, networking opportunities.
  • Develop confidence.

ALL PARTICIPANTS

All participants are asked to recognize that participating in this program involves a time commitment and a commitment to your mentor/mentee. Mentors and mentees are expected to communicate with each other at least once a month; beyond that, mentors and mentees are free to design their partnership as they see fit to benefit the needs of both. Keep in mind that this program is a learning experience for all participants and that the best partnerships are characterized by open, honest communication. Finally, participants are asked to contact the NMRT Mentor Program Committee Chair if there are any questions or problems at any time. The current Committee Chair can be found on the NMRT Officers page.

 Guidelines created September 2010
*These guidelines were modeled after the ALA NMRT Career Mentoring Guidelines.

 

 

A mentor is defined by Merriam-Webster as ‘a trusted counselor or guide.’ TLA mentors are experienced in both 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, from all groups within TLA 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. A mentor needs to have a sincere interest in helping librarians who are new to the profession and/or library school students. Mentoring involves being a good listener, a thoughtful advisor and a role model.
 

Expectations
Mentors will be expected to initiate contact with the mentee at the start of the program with an introductory email to which the mentee is expected to respond with an introduction of their own. In this initial communication it is important to discuss your goals and expectations for your partnership. Mentors are expected to correspond with their mentee at least once a month, even if only to check in, but be open and available to additional communication.
 

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 suggestions. If there are ever any questions or concerns, mentors should contact the NMRT Mentor Program Committee Chair. At the end of the program, mentors will be asked to give feedback to the Committee to help determine how the program can be improved. Mentors will receive a letter recognizing their service in this program for their files upon request. 

Benefits

  • Contribute to the profession by helping to develop future leaders.
  • Gain leadership and communication skills.
  • Grow and learn from the experience.

ALL PARTICIPANTS

All participants are asked to recognize that participating in this program involves a time commitment and a commitment to your mentor/mentee. Mentors and mentees are expected to communicate with each other at least once a month; beyond that, mentors and mentees are free to design their partnership as they see fit to benefit the needs of both. Keep in mind that this program is a learning experience for all participants and that the best partnerships are characterized by open, honest communication. Finally, participants are asked to contact the NMRT Mentor Program Committee Chair if there are any questions or problems at any time. The current Committee Chair can be found on the NMRT Officers page.

 Guidelines created September 2010
*These guidelines were modeled after the ALA NMRT Career Mentoring Guidelines.

 

 

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Created on Oct 24, 2010 | Last updated February 12, 2016