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Find your mentor/mentee with ALSC!

ALSC is offering a new mentoring program this fall. The program, which is open to members and non-members, is intended to help build a new collection of leaders in the field of library service to children. Applications are now open for both mentors and mentees. Registration ends on Friday, August 30, 2013.

Here are a few quick hits about the program:

  • The program lasts one year
  • Mentee applicants do not need to be ALSC or ALA members The only requirement is that mentees have some connection to children’s library service. Mentees may be students, early career professionals, individuals returning to the profession, or those who would like to refine their skills, make connections, and learn more about children’s librarianship as a career
  • Mentor applicants must be ALSC members and should have experience working in the field of children’s librarianship or children’s literature
  • Matches develop their own schedule, but ALSC suggests that mentors and mentees communicate at least twice month

Mentors and mentees who apply to the program will be matched by members of the ALSC Membership and Managing Children’s Services Committees. The mentoring program was developed through the hard work of these two committees. ALSC cannot guarantee that every applicant will be matched.

The program was developed based on the recommendations of the 2012 ALSC Emerging Leader Project Team. It is a one-year program with two application periods (one in summer, one in winter). The program received the support of the ALSC Board of Directors at the 2013 ALA Annual Conference.

For more information on the ALSC Mentoring Program or to apply, please visit http://www.ala.org/alsc/mentoring

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