E. J. Josey Spectrum Committee Seeks Mentors

What’s it About?
If you are interested in developing the next generation of academic librarians and ensuring a diverse workforce, consider mentoring a Spectrum Scholar through the ACRL Dr. E. J. Josey Spectrum Scholar Mentor Program.  The goal of the program is to link participating library school students and newly graduated librarians, who are of American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino or Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander descent, with established academic librarians who will provide mentoring and coaching support.

What’s Involved?
Mentors will serve as role models in academic librarianship and provide career guidance as well as helping mentees find opportunities for leadership in the profession. Because many of the Spectrum Scholars are part-time library school students, a mentor must make a commitment for a minimum of one year beyond the degree or a maximum of three years.  Mentors must be academic librarians,  have a minimum of ten years of professional library experience,  and be active in ACRL.
Mentors will receive web-based training  from ACRL to assist them in building a successful mentoring relationship. Mentor responsibilities include:
*       Agreeing to contact the mentee monthly or on a regular basis.
*       Agreeing to attend a Dutch-treat lunch or dinner meeting with other Spectrum Scholars and mentors to promote networking when at ALA/ACRL conferences.
*       Agreeing to spend time with the scholar at library conferences when both are in attendance.
*       Submitting brief status reports and an annual report (one page form).

How to Apply
If you are interested in becoming a mentor for an ALA Spectrum Scholar through the ACRL Dr. E.J. Josey Spectrum Scholar Mentor program, please complete the application.

What Happens Next?
The ACRL Dr. E.J. Josey Spectrum Scholar Mentor Committee will work to match you with a Spectrum Scholar by October. If we are unable to assign you a scholar immediately, you will be notified and your paperwork will be kept on file.  For the current round of matching, preference will be given to ACRL members who have previously volunteered to participate in this program and who have attended a mentor training session but who were never paired with a Spectrum Scholar. If you match this criteria please be sure to mention it in the cover email you send with your application. We do ask all interested ACRL members to complete the application as the criteria has been updated.

Please apply here to be an ACRL Spectrum Scholar Mentor!
The profession needs you.  If you have additional questions about the ACRL Dr. E. J. Josey Spectrum Scholar Mentor Program please contact Program Chair Kathleen M. Carney at kcarney@holycross.edu or ACRL Staff Kathryn Deiss at kdeiss@ala.org.

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