I saw this recently and thought I’d mention it here, though I think I may have mentioned it previously. Anyway, the productive students back at my alma mater have finally got the mentoring program up and running. Good for them! The CLA student chapter there has always had pretty good leadership that followed through on project plans. Well, the program seems to be better received with the students than expected so they now have more mentees than mentors, so if you’re willing to email a prospective librarian/information professional a couple times a term to extoll the virtues of the profession and share your wealth knowledge, please send Sophia an email!
To show you how well organized they are, just take a look at their charter; this is just a portion of it:
“Mentoring Relationship Guidelines
* Communication between mentor and mentee should occur at least twice per term.
* The mentor should try to respond to the mentee within two weeks.
* The mode of communication is at the discretion of the participants but several effective methods include emails, phone calls, and lunch or coffee meetings.
* Suggested discussion topics and activities include
o resume review;
o course recommendations;
o industry overviews;
o professional trends;
o current issues;
o job shadowing;
o library tours;
o attending conferences;
o introductions to other professionals in the field.
* Should either party have any concern about the mentoring relationship, the administrators are available for advice.
* Students who take part in the Mentorship Program should consider returning to the program as a Mentor.”