Library Leaders

February 26, 2007


Filed under: leadership,library profession,mentoring — wenlib @ 8:59 am

Inspired by our talk of being an aid to the next generation, I recently volunteered to be a mentor to a student at Western.  (That sudden whooshing sound is years flying by – it was stunning to realize that it’s been 17 years since I graduated from UWO! ACK!)

 I had to smile when the student asked me (in slightly woeful tones) if she really had to join associations and schmooze as she had heard at school. Although I can remember feeling the same reluctance at that point in my career, I couldn’t honestly tell her that she can cruise through her career without becoming involved in the larger life of her profession. There are *lots* of people who do (too many), but the benefits you gain from being able to share with others who share the same perspective, challenges and context are so significant that I think you do yourself and your employer a disservice if you don’t participate.

 Rob Hyndman is going to be speaking to TALL next month on Web 2.0 – I think the new technologies are fantastic, and I’m eagerly learning everything I can about them. But in the end, they are merely a new forum – a new way to transmit the impulse to share.

We need to continue to encourage that impulse, regardless of the form it takes.



November 27, 2006

Mentoring is a Whole New Ball Game! with Caitlin Williams

Filed under: mentoring — connie @ 1:58 pm

The education institute  is offering an audioconference on mentoring this Friday. 

Mentoring is a Whole New Ball Game!
with Caitlin Williams.
Friday, December 1, 2006
1 p.m. ET
10 a.m. PT


Have you been interested in mentoring? Have you been wanting to share your wisdom and savvy with others? Are you excited about encouraging others to join our field? Or, do you wish you had a mentor, yourself?

Mentoring is the fastest growing activity in institutions across North America. The 8Rs program is pursuing this through its Info*Nation Web site – not your average approach for attracting the gifted and the creative. The Partnership is rebuilding the Web sites of provincial and territorial associations across Canada to develop a fresh Career Centre that will be an important new tool nationally. These are but the tip of the iceberg.

Learn about new options and models for mentoring and how you can be part of this exciting new initiative.

For more information, see the full session details.

If you do take part, we’d love to have see report back here on this blog!

November 9, 2006

Mentoring Our Future Colleagues – Call for Mentors @ Western

Filed under: current awareness,library profession,mentoring — connie @ 2:11 pm

Western University has put out a call for librarians to mentor our future colleagues: “The Mentorship Program of the CLA Student Chapter at the University of Western Ontario is currently recruiting mentors for the upcoming winter term.”

The mentorship program has been successfully matching students in the MLIS program at Western with professionals in the LIS field since its inception. Suggested topics for discussion between mentors and their student mentees include:

  • resume review
  • course recommendations
  • industry overviews
  • professional trends
  • current issues
  • job shadowing
  • library tours
  • attending conferences
  • introductions to other professionals in the field

They have been receiving very positive feedback from both mentors and mentees involved in the program and we invite you to participate!
If you would like to learn more about the program or to register to be a mentor for an LIS student please email:

More details on the “Inside OLITA” blog.

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