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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.
The SCOPA Mentoring Program Guidelines are intended to set expectations of participation and support for both mentors and mentees. These guidelines will provide direction for the mentoring program overall, as well as ideas and resources for a successful mentoring experience.
Not sure what to discuss with your mentor or mentee? We've put together a guide of prompts to help you start conversations. Feel free to use this document (or talk to your mentor/mentee about completely different things!).