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Smathers Libraries Career Development Handbook

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IV. C. Mentoring Program

Purpose/Goals of program:
Assist new faculty in understanding and navigating the T&P process; assist new faculty in understanding the culture of the libraries; provide staff members pursuing or holding a degree in librarianship with adequate support in understanding the requirements necessary to secure a librarian position; provide a venue for seasoned faculty to share their knowledge and expertise with newer staff.

Eligibility to become a mentor:

  • Any tenured faculty is eligible to be a mentor for tenure-track faculty.
  • Any faculty is eligible to be a mentor for non-tenure track faculty and staff members pursuing or holding a degree in librarianship.

Eligibility to become a mentee:

  • All tenure track faculty are required to participate in the Mentoring Program.
  • All non-tenure track faculty and staff pursuing or holding a degree in librarianship may elect to participate in the mentoring program by completing a Mentor Request form.

Mentor selection process:

  • The selection of a mentor will be made jointly with input from the appropriate dean, department chair, supervisor, employee and HR representative.

Duration of mentoring relationship:

  • For tenure-track faculty the mentoring relationship will last until the mentee has submitted the T&P packet.
  • For non-tenure track faculty and staff pursuing or holding a degree in librarianship – the mentoring relationship will last 1 year with the option of renewal if requested.

Level of interaction:

  • The level of interaction between a mentor and mentee is flexible and is mutually agreed upon by each pair. It is however recommended that the participants meet at least once a month and participate in training opportunities provided through the Libraries’ Training program.

Feedback mechanism:

  • All participants will be asked to complete a questionnaire annually to evaluate the program and comment, if desired, on the mentor/mentee pairing. This questionnaire will be circulated at the beginning of the calendar year prior to the faculty evaluation period which begins in February. During the annual faculty evaluation the supervisor or department chair will solicit feedback on how well the mentor/mentee assignment is working out.

Formalizing the program:

  • For mentors the mentoring relationship will be considered Service to the Libraries and the Mentoring Agreement will become part of their annual activity report.

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