Presentation on theme: "Mentoring Matters Jeannie An, McMaster University Allison Bell, University of Toronto."— Presentation transcript:
Mentoring Matters Jeannie An, McMaster University Allison Bell, University of Toronto
Outline Background Building a Mentoring Programme Types of Mentoring The Mentoring Experience Roles and Sustainability Reflections
Your Experiences? Have you been involved in mentoring, as a mentor or protégé? Name one quality your partner had that made him/her a good mentor/mentee.
Background Why develop a mentoring program? at McMaster? In general?
4-Way Benefits of Mentoring To the Protégé To the Mentor To the Library To the Profession
4-Way Benefits of Mentoring To the Protégé -Learn about the job, institution, & librarianship in general -Get help with setting and meeting goals -Broader perspective of the world of librarianship -Assistance with research and publication -Greater or more successful engagement in profession -Networking opportunities To the Mentor -Growth in Place: learning & career revitalization opportunity -Prestige and Personal gratification in seeing your protégés enhanced performance -Reverse mentorship, more experienced librarian will learn from their protégé -Networking and collaboration opportunity To the Library/Institution -Novice librarians can learn required skills for the job/institutional information more quickly -Staff develops talent which contributes to the reputation of the organization -Managerial development and succession planning within the organization -Increases collegiality, collaboration and Engagement -creates or enhances a sense of community To the Profession -Knowledge of industry events/committees, etc. -Encourages participation from new librarians in professional organizations and publications -Enhances knowledge of the breadth of the library field across many types of libraries -May enhance caliber of research & publication within the field -creates or enhances a sense of community
Building a Mentoring Program Building blocks: Cornell Library Mentoring Program: https://confluence.cornell.edu/display/prodev/Mentorship+Progra m https://confluence.cornell.edu/display/prodev/Mentorship+Progra m McMaster Centre for Leadership and Learning Professional Managers Mentoring Program (U of T)
Building a Mentoring Program continued… Structure of Program Planning Volunteers & Matching Formal Agreements Launch of Program
McMaster Timeline Summer 2006 – initial planning Initial pilot – Dec – Dec Formal programme launched fall 2007 Review and recommendations submitted Jan 2009
Types of Mentoring Traditional Mentoring Targeted Mentoring Group Mentoring Reverse Mentoring Peer Mentoring
What Excellent Mentors Do Matters of Skill Be there Know your protégé Encourage and support Nurture creativity Provide correction –even when painful Teach faceting
When things go wrong Above all, do not harm Slow down the process Seek consultation Document carefully
Reflections on the Mentoring Experience Sustainability of Formal Program Personal experiences
Useful Resources The Elements of Mentoring. By W. Brad Johnson & Charles R. Riley, 2004 The Handbook of Mentoring at Work: Theory, Research & Practice. Edited by Belle Rose Ragins & Kathy Kram, 2008 CLA website: Career Development – Mentoring plate=/CM/HTMLDisplay.cfm&ContentID=2487 plate=/CM/HTMLDisplay.cfm&ContentID=2487 The Successful Academic Librarian. Edited by Gwen Meyer Gregory, 2005
In Review: Outline Background Building a Mentoring Programme Types of Mentoring The Mentoring Experience Roles and Sustainability Reflections