ALCTS Launching New Mentoring Program

Illinois Association of College & Research Libraries Forum (IACRL)

January 21, 2017

(via the American Library Association)

The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) is pleased to announce the launch of a new mentoring program for its members.

The ALCTS Mentoring Program facilitates and encourages professional development of ALCTS members at any stage in their career and in any of the areas related to our work. The program aims to develop strong leadership in areas of librarianship covered by ALCTS; support members in developing their professional skills; cultivate leadership and involvement in ALCTS; provide networking opportunities, and expand members’ professional learning circles.

Applications are now being accepted for the first cohort of mentors and mentees. The application deadline Mar. 17, 2017, with the mentor and mentee pairing process to be completed by May 12, 2017. The actual mentoring program for the first cohort will begin Jun. 1, 2017 and end Apr. 30, 2018.

The development of the ALCTS Mentoring Program started with an American Library Association (ALA) Emerging Leader project in 2015. This team project resulted in a poster session and accompanying document, “Developing a Mentoring Program for 21st Century Librarians,” that were presented at the 2015 ALA Annual Conference and Exhibition in San Francisco. Further work was done on a program proposal by the ALCTS New Members Interest Group, including holding an online chat session for member feedback in October 2015. In July 2016, final development of the mentoring program was assigned to the ALCTS Mentoring Subcommittee of the ALCTS Leadership Development Committee.

Additional information about the ALCTS Mentoring Program will be forthcoming. If you have any questions about the application process or the program, please contact Regina Gong, chair of the ALCTS Mentoring Subcommittee.

The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) is the national association for information providers who work in collections and technical services, such as acquisitions, cataloging, collection development, preservation and continuing resources in digital and print formats. ALCTS is a division of the American Library Association (ALA).

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