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About the SCOPA Mentoring Program

The annual cycle for the SCOPA Mentoring Program runs from January to December. A call to participate in the next round of the mentoring program will be issued each fall.

What are the goals of the Librarian Mentoring Program?

  • To support the professional development of Yale librarians.

  • To assist librarians new to Yale University Library in becoming familiar with and involved in the library system.

  • To open channels of communication between those at different levels and in different departments of the YUL system.

Who might request a mentor?

  • The program is primarily aimed at librarians at the L1 or L2 level, and librarians new to YUL.  However, anyone interested in making connections with colleagues is welcome to request a mentor.

Why request a mentor?

  • Mentors can be a resource for advice on professional development and navigating within the Yale library system. (Please note that issues concerning job performance should be dealt with by your supervisor.)
  • Mentors can provide assistance in getting involved at both the local and national level.
  • Mentors can offer perspectives from a Yale librarian working in a department other than your own. 

How does the program work?

  • The Mentoring Subcommittee will handle all information gathered from participants in the program confidentially.
  • Anyone who is interested in participating in the program will initialize contact with the Mentoring Subcommittee.
  • The Mentoring Subcommittee will send the potential mentee a questionnaire that will provide information about the mentee's professional plans. Once this questionnaire is returned to the SCOPA Liaison, the mentee's information will be matched to appropriate mentors.
  • Potential mentors will be contacted to verify that they are able to take on the mentoring responsibility.
  • Once the mentoring agreement is established, it is the responsibility of the mentee to contact the mentor to arrange meetings and topics for discussion.
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SCOPA: Contact Information

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Committee Membership: 2019-2020

  • Alexandria Brackett (Chair)
  • Jessica Bower
  • Barbara Esty
  • James Kessenides
  • Monika Lehman
  • Sarah Lerner
  • Stephen Naron
  • Natalia Sciarini

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