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1 Librarian Peer Mentoring: Let Me Help You With That! Jessica Adamick Paulina Borrego Rachel Lewellen Annette Vadnais

2 Why Mentoring Matters UMass Amherst Libraries History Logistics Mentoring Program Wiki Being a Mentee Being a Mentor Being both a Mentee and a Mentor University of Massachusetts Amherst Librarians Mentoring Program

3 Evolution of Mentoring

4 Benefits to the Mentee

5 Benefits to the Mentor

6 Benefits to the Organization

7 University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries

8 Timeline January 2008 February 2009

9 Goals Sharing skills, experience, and expertise Providing support Expanding organizational perspectives Developing contacts Enhancing workplace satisfaction and retention

10 Open to: New Librarians Librarians seeking guidance Exploring a career in librarianship

11 Logistics Voluntary Rolling basis Mentoring Committee Confidentiality Matches Duration Supervisor

12 Support Release time Mentoring Check-in Administrative support Creates a culture of mentoring

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19 Being a Mentee

20 Being a Mentor Mentors are people who help others to reach their potential. Jane Cranwell-Ward, Patricia Bossons, and Sue Gover, Mentoring: A Henley Review of Best Practice (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2004), xiii.

21 Being a Mentor …[my] mentors succeeded in doing what I, at first, did not know I needed – connecting me, as a librarian, to the larger community and culture. …. instead of saying Heres what you should do, she was more likely to say, Lets think this through together. Working with [my mentee] helped me to see what enormous gains can be made when colleagues allow themselves to trust each other, and to share ideas. Being a mentor to [….] has been an absolute joy for me. I have gained much wisdom from our conversations and I often wonder who is really the mentor and who is the mentee? …. I look forward to our ongoing friendship throughout our lives." Each of us has something unique to give to our colleagues. My participating in this structured mentoring program helped me to recognize that in myself; its something I now accept, gladly, as a professional responsibility. Despite my early doubts, I found my mentor/mentee relationship with […] to be challenging and inspiring.

22 Simultaneously being a Mentee and a Mentor Mentoring is an ongoing process in which individuals in an organization provide support and guidance to others who can become effective contributors to the goals of the organization. John C Daresh, Leaders, Helping Leaders, 2 nd ed.

23 Librarian Peer Mentoring: Let Me Help You With That!

24 Questions? Comments? Whats Your Mentoring Story?

25 Photo Credits Slide 1: State Library of New South Wales / Theatre Royal chorus, Tamarama Beach, ca / by Sam Hood Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries: Slide 2: Library tower with other elements of campus / Buildings and Grounds / Item # RG Slide 3: Faculty Groups / Library Staff / Item # RG Slide 4: Goodell Library / Buildings and Grounds / Item # RG Slide 5: Library Staff / Faculty and Staff / Item # RG Slide 6: Library Staff / Faculty and Staff / Item # RG Slide 7: Book processing / Library Tower / Item # RG Slide 8: Goodell Library / Buildings and Grounds / Item # RG Slide 9: Goodell Library / Buildings and Grounds / Item # RG Slide 10: Move in to Tower Ca. Summer 1973, Main floor / Library Tower / Item # RG Slide 11: Volunteers from Football team carrying boxes of light bulbs in library stairwell during Mass Transformation, / Library Tower / Item # RG Slide 12: Cindy Olken standing in library, pulling book out of stacks / Olken, Cindy, Student Trustee (1969/1970) Amherst Campus / Item # RG Slides 13-18: Mentoring Program Wiki / Slide 19: Move in to Tower Ca. Summer 1973, Main floor / Library Tower / Item # RG Slide 20: Librarian / Library Tower / Item # RG Slide 21: Reflections on Mentoring Slide 22: Goodell Library / Buildings and Grounds / Item # RG Slide 23: Goodell Library Addition / Building and Grounds / Item # RG Slide 24: South face of The University Library, [1970's] / Library Tower / Item # RG

26 Allen, T. D., Lillian T. Eby, L. T., Poteet, M. L., Lentz, E., & Lima, L. (2004). Career benefits associated with mentoring for proteges: A meta-analysis. Journal of Applied Psychology, 89(1), Bell, S. (2013, April 24). The next generation may not want your mentoring. Library Journal. Gibb, S. (1999). The usefulness of theory: A case study in evaluating formal mentoring schemes". Human Relations, 52(8), Freedman, S. (2009). Effective mentoring. IFLA Journal. 35(2), Goodyear, M. (2006). Mentoring: A learning collaboration. EDUCAUSE Quarterly, 29(4), McDonald, J. (2002). Mentoring: an age old strategy for a rapidly expanding field: A what, why, and how primer for the alcohol and other drugs field. Adelaide, SA: National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA), Flinders University of South Australia. Zachary, L. J., & Fischler, L. A. (2009). The mentee's guide making mentoring work for you. San Francisco: Jossey- Bass. Zimmerman, E. (2013, June 10). The modern mentor is a listener, too. The New York Times. Wegener, D. T., & Petty, R. E. (1994). Mood management across affective states: The hedonic contingency hypothesis. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 66, References


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