- Aulik, Judith, Holly Ann Burt, Michael Geeraedts, et al. "Online Mentoring: A Student Experience at Dominican University." Cataloging & Classification Quarterly 34, no. 3 (2002): 289-92.
paper explores the online learning experience of seven students in the
Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Dominican
University. In a class entitled Metadata for Internet Resources, the
students developed a distance learning relationship with professional
catalogers. Student assignments included posting bibliographic records
on the WebBoard for mentor input. In an online exchange, the mentors
responded by posting their suggestions for improving students records.
The interaction between students and mentors is discussed, as is the
education value of distance learning.
- Bonnette, Ashley. "Mentoring Minority Librarians up the Career Ladder." Library Administration & Management 18, no. 3 (Summer 2004): 134-39.
library and information science (LIS) profession, like most other
professions, has addressed the issue of minority recruitment through a
variety of efforts over a number of years. Recently, library literature
has documented an aging and shrinking library workforce. Recruitment of a
new, competent, and multicultural workforce is one widely touted
strategy intended to counter the effect of anticipated large numbers of
librarians approaching retirement. While a proactive recruitment program
is an essential component to maintaining and promoting overall growth
and diversity within the library profession, a new, competent, and
diverse workforce at the entry level cannot hope to replace the
managerial experience from the soon-to-be retiring administrative ranks.
The American Library Association's (ALA's) Office for Diversity has
recognized an apparent lack of upward mobility for minorities within the
profession and has designated that issue as one warranting further
research to fill critical gaps in the knowledge of diversity issues.
- Borchert, Carol Ann, and Jana Futch Martin. "Developing a Mentor Program at the University of South Florida." The Southeastern Librarian 50, no. 2 (Summer 2002): 3-11.
is an excellent in-depth article on the importance of mentoring. The
University of South Florida implemented a program as part of its
Diversity Plan 2000, and a year later, they present, in this article,
the challenges and difficulties they faced, as well as a summary of
where the program stands now. The article also includes the results of a
survey of the mentors and mentees who participated in the program. An
extensive bibliography on mentoring is included.
- Bullington, Jeffrey, and Susanna Boylston. "Strengthening
the Profession, Assuring our Future: ACRL's New Member Mentoring Program
Pairs Library Leaders with New Professionals." College & Research Library News 62, no. 4 (April 2001): 430-32.
2000, ACRL launched its New Member Mentoring Program. New librarians
were paired with experienced professionals during this year-long program
in order to prepare them for leadership roles. The participants
subsequently evaluated the program, and their responses are presented
- Gibson, Rita, comp. "Mentoring & Libraries: A Bibliography." Available at http://colt.ucr.edu/bibmentoring.html.
Gibson, Library Specialist/Access Services Supervisor in the State Law
Library of Montana, is a well-known advocate for paraprofessionals and
mentoring. Last updated in May 2003, this bibliography offers citations
to over 100 books, journal articles, and web sites that focus on
mentoring for support staff, as well as professionals. Publication dates
range from 1980 to the present.
- Harcourt, Kate, and Susan Neumeister. "Online Distance Learning with Cataloging Mentors: The Mentor's Viewpoint." Cataloging & Classification Quarterly 34, no. 3 (2002): 293-98.
experts from across the United States were asked to critique
assignments from students enrolled in Professor Gertrude Koh's classes
at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the
Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois through the use of an
Internet bulletin board (WebBoard, O'Reilly & Associates, Inc.).
This paper examines the mentors' perspective on teaching cataloging and
their experience in teaching future colleagues via the WebBoard. [This
is a companion to the Aulik article cited above.]
- Kuyper-Rushing, Lois. "A Formal Mentoring Program in a University Library: Components of a Successful Experiment." The Journal of Academic Librarianship 27, no. 6 (November 2001): 440-46.
Louisiana State University (LSU) Libraries began a formal mentoring
program in the fall of 1998 to help tenure-track librarians meet the
requirements for tenure and promotion at LSU. At the end of the first
year of the program, those responsible for, and involved in, the program
were well satisfied. The program had its share of difficulties and
problems, but much was learned from the misdirections as well as the
successes of the program. . . . Although much has been written on the
subject of "mentoring," little has been written on how to develop a
mentoring program, and how to develop it to be effective. The literature
that discussed mentoring programs did not address several of the issues
that the LSU Libraries program found to be key to its success. This
article outlines the step-by-step process used in setting up LSU's
program, the key components used in developing the program, and the
parts of the program that had not been documented in the literature
before this article.
- Martorana, Janet, Eunice Schroeder, Lucia Snowhill, and Andrea Duda. "A Focus on Mentorship in Career Development." Library Administration & Management 18, no. 4 (Fall 2004): 199-202.
librarians have long recognized the importance of ongoing professional
and career development for achieving their personal and professional
goals and contributing to the success of the libraries in which they
work. As in other professions, professional and career development in
academic librarianship involves a mix of many different issues that vary
at different stages of individual careers. For entry-level and
mid-career librarians as well as veterans with many years of experience,
the immediate, day-to-day challenges of fulfilling core job
responsibilities in a complex and demanding environment play out against
a background of broader concerns: assessing potential career
directions, channeling energies effectively, setting long-term goals,
and enhancing leadership skills.