IS Mentoring Program

Purpose of the Program:

The IS Mentoring Program contributes to the professional development of academic librarians interested in information literacy instruction and improving their teaching skills by pairing librarians experienced in teaching with librarians new to instruction or to the Instruction Section.  This professional development program is structured around cultivating instruction skills and confidence, rather than general professional development.

The program creates a forum for learning opportunities, networking, and the exchange of ideas between paired mentors and mentees.  Mentors should have a passion for instruction and experience in this field.  Mentees should be librarians who are new to instruction and are seeking to improve their instruction skills and knowledge.

Applications for the 2020-2021 program have closed. Check back in late August 2021 to submit an application for the 2021-2022 program year. 

Resources for Mentors and Mentees



How the Program is Accomplished:

  • All interested members of the Instruction Section are invited to participate.
  • The mentoring program is managed through the IS Mentoring Program Committee.
  • Mentors and mentees will be matched based on completed web form applications.
  • The partnerships require a time commitment for both mentors and mentees.
  • Mentors are provided with guidelines on the roles and expectations of the IS Mentoring Program.
  • Mentor/Mentee support is provided by the IS Mentoring Program Committee as well as through suggested background readings on excellence in mentoring (see annotated list of sources).
  • Participation in the IS Mentoring Program is virtual; meeting in person is encouraged if possible.

Selected Sources:

Annotated list of sources related to mentoring. Our text for the group is The Elements of Mentoring by W. Brad Johnson and Charles R. Ridley (Palgrave Macmillan, 2nd ed. 2008).