CJCLS 2022-2023 Mentorship Program

Are you new to community college libraries and want to expand your professional knowledge/skills? Or are you an experienced librarian willing to share your knowledge to help others develop their skills? The ACRL Community and Junior College Libraries Section (CJCLS) Mentoring Program Committee invites you to participate in the CJCLS Mentorship Program.

The Mentoring Pilot Program was a success and the section is now accepting applicants for the 2022-2023 (8-month) mentoring program. The pilot program mentors and mentees have shared many positive and beneficial experiences. Comments included:

  • A positive experience and plan to participate again in fall.
  • This was very helpful for me to be able to talk with another director about the challenges we are facing.
  • Found it very beneficial to talk to someone further along in their career who is specific to the college setting.

Participants are being accepted until September 15, 2022. After the deadline, participants will be paired (mentor/mentee) and the mentoring program will then run from October 15, 2022 until June 30, 2023.

After the pairing, there will be a Mentoring Program Kick-Off Meeting to review the expectations. At the end of the program in June, participants will be asked to complete a survey to assist our committee in collecting data on what worked well, what can be improved, and assessing the program overall.

Requirements for Participation:

For Mentees – Open to all who are currently employed at a community college library as a librarian, staff, administrator, or students enrolled in or recent graduates from graduate-level Library and Information Science (MLIS) programs.

For Mentors – Currently employed at a community college library as a librarian or administrator with a minimum of 4 years of library experience.

How to Apply:

Fill out the appropriate mentor and mentee application by the September 15 deadline.

For more information, contact CJCLS Mentoring Committee Chair Sandy McCarthy at mccarthy@wccnet.edu.