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Mentees & Mentors: Maximizing the Benefits

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Paula C Johnson
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The majority of articles on mentoring in the LIS field address career development by emphasizing the orientation process for new librarians and building the requisite skills for a specific job. Few articles deal with the psychological and social challenges that many early-career and minority librarians face, which can affect their satisfaction with their work. This paper argues that a more personal approach to mentoring—one that addresses such issues as racial microaggressions, the impostor phenomenon, and burnout—is needed to create a more welcoming, inclusive organizational culture.

Increasingly, new librarians graduate to face a world of changing technology and new ways of interacting with information. The anxiety of this shifting environment is compounded for tenure-track librarians who must also meet scholarship and instruction requirements that may be unfamiliar to them. One way that librarians can navigate the transition to tenure-track professional positions is to participate in mentoring programs for new academic librarians.

From Everwise, this list includes advice on setting clear goals and tracking your progress in achieving them. They also advice that mentoring partners periodically discuss and assess how the mentoring partnership is going.

This study examines how mentors promote and improve mentees job performance for career development and advancement. The study also focus on various approaches to mentorship.

An OER from University at Albany. This helpful handbook includes good information for mentees related to questions to ask, what kind of mentoring relationship do you want to develop, and more. All aspects of mentoring and mentoring programs are covered in this useful book.

Effective mentoring is essential to the growth and success of librarianship in all types of library. This paper considers the possibilities for fostering mentoring activities among early career librarians, mid-career transitional librarians, and non-professional library workers.

This article is based on a presentation given at the 2016 Pacific Northwest Library Conference in Calgary, Alberta. The authors examined mentoring best practices and provide analysis of a mentoring program offered through a small library association.

Very interesting insights from the Harvard Business Review, including advice to put the relationship before the mentorship. In other words, get to know and care about your mentoring partner.