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INVEST IN YOUR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT by finding and nurturing your unique talents with a knowledgeable information professional. The guidance you receive from a mentor will help you
- explore potential development areas that are untapped.
- become empowered in making decisions in the profession.
- enhance self-awareness by identifying where you are going and how to get there.
- expand opportunities for career advancement by making valuable contacts.
- be able to transition smoothly into a job in information and or library science.
There are many opportunities offered by various library associations. Below is a list of active mentoring programs. Applications and procedures for the programs vary from organization to organization. If you have any questions please contact the Assistant to the Dean, Vinette Thomas, MSLIS at email@example.com. Feel free to recommend any mentoring programs that you know, so that we can share these valuable opportunities with the SILS community.
Founded in 1979, the Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York, Inc. (ART) is a not-for-profit organization representing a diverse group of more than 400 archivists, librarians, and records managers in the New York metropolitan area. It is one of the largest local organizations of its kind in the United States with members representing more than 160 repositories.
The Mentoring Program is under the jurisdiction of the Membership and Nominating Committee Coordinator and the Program Co-Chairs. The program is designed to nurture students as they begin their careers in archives by bringing them together with members who have professional expertise and practical experience.
After assessing the mentees’ interests, the Mentoring Program Co-Chairs match participants with mentors and provide contact information, guidelines and suggested activities to the pair via email. Together, the participants will determine their expectations and how to best structure their relationship. ART advises participants to stay involved for the academic year and encourages the pair to meet at least twice per semester. This relationship can be extended as desired.
Mentors may be able to suggest coursework, conferences, or workshops to help their mentee achieve his or her career goals. They may also give guided tours of their institution and make introductions to their professional colleagues, or provide resources such as publications, sample finding aids and policies for additional reading. Mentees can ask questions about their mentor’s education and career path, and/or request a resume and cover letter review.
You can sign up as a mentee by emailing the Co-Chairs at firstname.lastname@example.org.
American Research Libraries is a nonprofit organization of 125 research libraries at comprehensive, research-extensive institutions in the US and Canada that share similar research missions, aspirations, and achievements. The Association's importance and distinction is born from its membership and the nature of the institutions represented. ARL member libraries make up a large portion of the academic and research library marketplace, spending more than $1.4 billion every year on library materials.
The ARL Diversity Programs recruit people from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups into careers in research libraries (the Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce and the Career Enhancement Program) and prepare and advance minority librarians into leadership positions in ARL libraries (the Leadership and Career Development Program).
The Annual Leadership Symposium--a component of the ARL Diversity Programs--focuses on issues related to transitioning into, and building career networks in, research libraries.
The Diversity Programs also encompass ARL’s Career Resources: Job Announcements, LIS Graduate Student Résumé Database, and Research Library Residency Programs Database. Click on the programs below to get more information regarding the program and application.
- Leadership and Career Development Program 2013–2014: Call for Nominations and Applications (Sept. 14, '12)
- ARL/MLA Diversity and Inclusion Initiative 2012–2014 Participants Chosen (Sept. 13, '12)
- Career Enhancement Program Call for Applications (Aug. 15, '12)
- Synergy: News from ARL Diversity Programs—Issue 9 Published by ARL (Aug. 3, '12)
- ARL Selects Diversity Scholars for 2012–2014 (July 26, '12)
The American Association of Law Libraries was founded in 1906 to promote and enhance the value of law libraries to the legal and public communities, to foster the profession of law librarianship, and to provide leadership in the field of legal information. Today, with over 5,000 members, the Association represents law librarians and related professionals who are affiliated with a wide range of institutions: law firms; law schools; corporate legal departments; courts; and local, state and federal government agencies. The American Association of Law Libraries supports and serves its members, promotes and enhances the value of law libraries, fosters law librarianship, and provides leadership and advocacy in the field of legal information and information policy.
To utilize AALL’s mentor program you have to sign up and become a member. The Program provides:
- Newer members: an informal, personal source of valuable insight and advice on charting your career path as a law librarian .
- Experienced members: an avenue to lend your knowledge and experience to promising new members of the profession and strengthen the future of law librarianship .
- Mid-career members: a network for law librarians who are contemplating a move to another type of library or taking on a new job responsibility.
You can also get connected to other organizations through the LinkedIn page of Pratt Center for Career & Professional Development. The Center also offers a Mentor Database on Prattpro where you can contact a mentor directly.
The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), a division of the American Library Association, is a professional association of academic librarians and other interested individuals. It is dedicated to enhancing the ability of academic library and information professionals to serve the information needs of the higher education community and to improve learning, teaching, and research. ACRL is the largest division of the American Library Association (ALA). ACRL currently has a membership of more than 12,000 members, accounting for nearly 20% of the total ALA membership.
Search through a wide-range of mentorship opportunities by creating an account at ALA Connect.
The Art Libraries Society of New York was founded in 1972 through the initiative of Judith Hoffberg and a group of art librarians attending the American Library Association annual conference in Chicago. This group realized that to fulfill the need among art librarians for better communication and cooperation and to provide a forum for ideas, projects, and programs, an entirely new and separate organization was required. Inspired by the model of the Art Libraries Society, established in 1969 in the United Kingdom and Ireland, ARLIS/NA was created.
The mission of ARLIS/NA is to foster excellence in art and design librarianship and image management. This is achieved through:
- Networking and sharing ideas in person at our annual conferences.
- Publishing articles of a practical and scholarly nature in publications such as Art Documentation, ARLIS/NA Reviews, Occasional Papers, and online publications.
- Providing a forum for professional communication.
- Reaching out to future art librarians through numerous scholarship awards.
- Recognizing excellence in the field through awards for research, service, and publication.
The Mentoring Subcommittee, under the auspices of the Professional Development Committee, maintains the year-long ARLIS/NA Career Mentoring Program for ARLIS/NA members.
A call for mentors and mentees is made through ARLIS-L after the first of the year; applications must be submitted to facilitate the matching of pairs with similar interests and time commitment requirements. Participation in a mandatory 4-hour workshop at the annual conference gives mentors and mentees the tools necessary to create and maintain a successful relationship.
Members of the subcommittee monitor the mentoring pairs throughout the year to advise and trouble-shoot if needed. The subcommittee's predecessor, the Mentorship Task Force, produced a report that can be found as Hass, V. Heidi and Tony White. "Mentorship Task Force Report, Professional Development Committee, ARLIS/NA." Art Documentation 24, no. 2 (Fall 2005): 49-56.
In order to facilitate optimal matching of mentor/mentee pairs, a short application form must be submitted prior to the annual conference.
The Association of Jewish Libraries promotes Jewish literacy through enhancement of libraries and library resources and through leadership for the profession and practitioners of Judaica librarianship. The Association fosters access to information, learning, teaching and research relating to Jews, Judaism, the Jewish experience and Israel.
AJL membership is open to individuals and libraries, library workers, and library supporters. There are two divisions within AJL: RAS (Research Libraries, Archives, and Special Collections) and SSC (Schools, Synagogues, and Centers). The diverse membership includes libraries in synagogues, JCC's, day schools, yeshivot, universities, Holocaust museums, and even the Library of Congress. Members represent North America and beyond, including China, the Czech Republic, Holland, Israel, Italy, South Africa, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.
AJL was established in January 1966 with the merging of the Jewish Librarians Association and the Jewish Library Association. AJL has always been a volunteer-run nonprofit organization, and continues to rely on the energy and enthusiasm of its members.
Mentoring information is only accessible when you become a member. However, if you have any questions about the mentoring program before registering, you can contact the Chair of AJL Mentoring and Pratt SILS alumni, Stephanie Gross at email@example.com.
Code4lib isn't entirely about code or libraries. It is a volunteer-driven collective of hackers, designers, architects, curators, catalogers, artists and instigators from around the world, who largely work for and with libraries, archives and museums on technology "stuff." It started in the fall of 2003 as a mailing list when a group of library programmers decided to create an overarching community agnostic towards any particular language or technology.
Mentor support is available for those who needs help or would like to learn new topics. Volunteer mentors are listed here.
The Council on Library and Information Resources is an independent, nonprofit organization that forges strategies to enhance research, teaching, and learning environments in collaboration with libraries, cultural institutions, and communities of higher learning. CLIR aspires to transform the information landscape to support the advancement of knowledge. CLIR promotes forward-looking collaborative solutions that transcend disciplinary, institutional, professional, and geographic boundaries in support of the public good. The organization advances its mission through project initiatives and partnerships, publications, the DLF program, and award and fellowship opportunities.
CLIR and its initiative partner, EDUCAUSE launched Leading Change Institute as an initiative in 2012 to reinforce the importance of partnership, learning, and collaboration. Through a seminar approach, Institute participants will focus on specific issues as they seek to develop new kinds of thinking to foster collective action. They will deconstruct the issues, craft arguments to re-conceptualize what is happening in higher education, and catalyze action through collaborative projects. Further information about the Leading Change Institute may be found on What is the Program?
The Information Architecture Institute is a 501(c)6 professional organization, operated by a multi-national group of people who promote the concept, craft and community of information architecture.
The Mentoring Program serves to introduce experienced IA professionals ("mentors") to practitioners, newcomers to the field, students, and anyone interested in being mentored ("protégés"). It provides a listing to prospective mentors for protégés to review, and, if requested, making introductions based on criteria provided during registration. This program is provided as a service to IAI members only. Mentors do not need to be members, but protégés do. If you are not already a member, you can join the Information Architecture Institute to participate as a protégé.
The Institute of Certified Records Managers (ICRM) is an international certifying organization of and for professional records and information managers. The ICRM was incorporated in 1975 to meet the requirement to have a standard by which persons involved in records and information management could be measured, accredited and recognized according to criteria of experience and capability established by their peers.
The ICRM offers a program that is facilitated by its Mentorship Coordinator who will help pair CRM mentors with Part 6 candidates upon request. If a mentor is already working with a candidate through a chapter study group, the mentor may request additional materials from the ICRM to facilitate the process. For more information on establishing a mentor relationship with CRMs, you can contact the ICRM Mentorship Coordinator:
Howard Loos, CRM, CDIA
KPMG LLP, Houston
Office: (832) 335-8411
Interaction Design Association is an international organization located in Mexico, Nederland, and
Tucuman. There is no cost for membership as the organization relies on its passionate members to help serve the needs of the international Interaction Design community. With more than 30,000 members and over 120 local groups around the world, the IxDA network actively focuses on interaction design issues for the practitioner, no matter their level of experience.
IxDA was founded in 2003 and incorporated as a not-for-profit in late 2005. Today, the IxDA is involved in initiatives relating to the following core topics:
- Education and Mentoring
- Local Groups
- Interaction Conference
- Public Relations for IxDA
- Outreach to Business
- Internationalization of IxDA
Due to the member driven system, initiatives for mentoring programs happen only when prompted by members of the community. Therefore, it is best to subscribe to IXDA daily feeds and emails to receive updates throughout the year regarding possible opportunities to connect with a professional. You have to sign up to become a member first. Although there is no official page on mentoring you can find discussions on this topic by using the search box. As a member, you can also start the discussion on the need for mentors and invite people to participate in getting a program in place.
The Library Leadership and Management Association aims to encourage and nurture current and future library leaders, and to develop and promote outstanding leadership and management practices. Since its establishment in 1957, LLAMA has been a powerful catalyst in the development of leadership in the library and information science field. Attuned to ever-changing technological, economic, political, and cultural conditions, LLAMA equips library professionals with dynamic tools for building vibrant library services and successful careers. Highlighting all aspects of library management, LLAMA's sections (special interest groups) offer opportunities not only to connect with people of similar interests, but also to exchange ideas, collaborate on projects, publish research, mentor future leaders, and hone leadership and managerial skills.
Participants must be ALA and LLAMA members as of the start of its mentoring program, and must either attend the Mentor/Mentee orientation at ALA Annual or be able to participate in a virtual orientation at a time to be determined. Mentee applications are available here.
Founded in 1898, Medical Library Association is a nonprofit, educational organization of more than 1,100 institutions and 3,600 individual members in the health sciences information field, committed to educating health information professionals, supporting health information research, promoting access to the world's health sciences information, and working to ensure that the best health information is available to all.
You can become a member or simply contact an administrator for a list of mentors that are available to provide support and knowledge in the area of your desire. For general information you can visit the MLA Mentoring page.
Founded in 1936, Society of American Archivists is North America's oldest and largest national archival professional association. SAA's mission is to serve the educational and informational needs of more than 5,500 individual and institutional members and to provide leadership to ensure the identification, preservation, and use of records of historical value.
The Mentoring Program is designed to facilitate communication and to cultivate career development between generations, SAA's Mentoring Program brings together experienced archives professionals and members who want to build their knowledge in specific subject areas. Students, educators, working archivists, records managers, and retirees—every SAA member is eligible to participate as a mentor or protégé. You must register to become a member to access the application form.
SAA also offers the Students and New Archives Professionals Roundtables (SNAP) to advocate for students, interns, new professionals, early-career project archivists, and archivists who are still looking for their first professional jobs. Find out more about SNAP’s goals here.
User Experience Professionals Association supports people who research, design, and evaluate the user experience of products and services.
The UXPA was established in 1991 and continues to be the organization of choice for usability professionals worldwide. The UXPA holds a yearly international conference, publishes new findings through both the Journal of Usability Studies (JUS) and through User Experience Magazine, and has 50 chapters around the world. In 2004, the UPA established World Usability Day, which in 2009 was celebrated in over 40 countries.
UXPA Mentorship Program works with local UPA chapters to help you find a mentor. The New York Chapter is the local UXPA chapter for SILS students. To find a mentor, you can send the following information to firstname.lastname@example.org:
- Name, E-Mail Address and Phone Number
- Geographical Location
- Interaction Preferences (in-person, phone and/or e-mail communications)
- Your Professional/Educational background
- What you want to learn
Founded in 1957 and headquartered in Chicago, Young Adult Library Services Association is a division of the American Library Association, a financially stable 501(c)3 charitable association. Current membership is more than 5,200 members. YALSA is a national association of librarians, library workers and advocates whose mission is to expand and strengthen library services for teens, aged 12-18. Through its member-driven advocacy, research, and professional development initiatives, YALSA builds the capacity of libraries and librarians to engage, serve and empower teens.
Apply by following YALSA guidelines to partner with an experienced librarian with more than 5 years of professional library experience. This program also encourages mentors and mentees to embark on a project in order to get the most out of the mentoring experience.
Rhoda Garoogian Memorial Scholarship
The scholarship is given in remembrance of Rhoda who served as Assistant Dean and later as Acting Dean (1989-1991) at a critical juncture in the program's history. Enrollment had dropped below 100 students and the School had been downgraded to a department. Library schools were closing nationwide at a rapid rate. In her brief two years, Rhoda doubled enrollment and reestablished SILS as a School. But Rhoda is most remembered for her many acts of kindness, accessibility, and dedication to students. Our Scholarship is given in her spirit that is so much a part of the SILS tradition. Please email email@example.com for more information.
The THETA CHAPTER at Pratt Institute, founded in 1962, is the oldest in the New York area. We have over 500 members, many still in the metro area. In the past, we have supported the school by providing funds to the library in order to purchase much needed materials for library science students.
Our goal is to support Pratt's School of Library and Information Science by providing financial aid to the students through its Rhoda Garoogian Memorial Scholarship; offering lectures and activities of interest to our members and colleagues; sponsoring a Mentoring Program enabling alumni to contribute their expertise fostering networking and camaraderie through an annual dinner and other social activities.
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Treasurer - Aisha Potts
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Director - Michelle Dollinger
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