Presentation on theme: "Professional Partnerships for New Librarians: Making a Case for Mentoring Nikki Tummon McGill University Library Library Research Forum 2013 – Concordia."— Presentation transcript:
Professional Partnerships for New Librarians: Making a Case for Mentoring Nikki Tummon McGill University Library Library Research Forum 2013 – Concordia Libraries
Motivation The purpose of this study is to find out more about current mentoring perceptions and practices at Canadian academic libraries, and to promote a mentorship model (formal or informal) as a key component to help an entry-level academic librarian’s organizational socialization
What is organizational socialization? “Learning the Ropes”
Organizational socialization and mentoring “In a nutshell, we know [mentoring] works; we are still grappling with the why, when, and how.” - Belle Rose Ragins and Kathy E. Kram
New academic librarians adjusting to the workplace OR woman!
Organizational culture How to deal with library politics How to work with a difficult supervisor How to speak in meetings How to manage conflict Most different from new librarians’ expectations Most difficult for them to learn
What’s left for me to discover?
Methodology > survey Informal scan on Canadian library listservs? Preliminary interviews with a sample of new academic librarians? Dissemination of a web-based survey in multiple parts to get at all of the data I am interested in
Next steps Research… Discuss… Collaborate?
Feedback and questions? Does this study sound too unwieldy? What do you think of the population I have chosen? Any suggestions with regard to the methodology for a qualitative study like this?
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