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Mentoring in the Library: Building for the Future
Marta K. Lee
Item Number: 978-0-8389-3593-4
Publisher: ALA Editions
Price: $52.00
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136 pages
6" x 9"
ISBN-13: 978-0-8389-3593-4
Year Published: 2011
AP Categories: A, C, E, G, I

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Mentorship is essential to the health of any institution; sharing knowledge and experience transforms managers into stronger leaders and helps less senior employees improve their job skills. Noted reference librarian and researcher Lee offers librarians at all levels both her experience and her ideas about establishing a formal mentoring process at the library. Readers will learn
  • The kinds of skills the mentor should have, with techniques for successful development, education, and training
  • How to establish formal and informal mentoring arrangements, with a chapter devoted to mentoring librarians electronically
  • Keys to working with students, interns, volunteers, and individuals interested in a library science career
In this useful book Lee shows librarians how mentoring can be both satisfying and good for career development and personal growth.
Table of Contents


Chapter 1    Introduction to Mentoring
Chapter 2    Mentoring Internships
Chapter 3    Mentoring and Library School Assignments
Chapter 4    Mentoring the Potential Librarian
Chapter 5    Developing the New Librarian in the Workplace
Chapter 6    Mentoring for Promotion
Chapter 7    Volunteers in Libraries and Librarians as Volunteers
Chapter 8    Mentoring Librarians Electronically
Chapter 9    Other Kinds of Mentoring in the Library Field
Chapter 10    Conclusions

A    Request for Internship Form
B    Request for Enrollment in Practicum LSC 906
C    School of Information Studies Proposal Form
D    Video Viewing Information: AFR Manual Form
E    Promotion Review Timetable


About the Author

Marta K. Lee, BS, MA, MLS, has worked as an associate librarian at Regent University Library, in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and as an assistant librarian at Washington Theological Union, in Washington, D.C. Lee has written articles on distance learning, instruction, mentoring, interlibrary loan, public libraries, and reference services.

"Seeing widespread opportunities for becoming a mentor, the author advises all librarians to listen to individuals who might need assistance. The author presents a firm case for the need for mentoring and describes how formal mentoring projects may be implemented ... This is a well-written book that is handy for active use and, as well, can be valuable as a continuing reference source."
--Catholic Library World

"A valuable book on an important topic ... I would recommend Mentoring in the Library to any librarian thinking about seeking out or serving as a mentor."
--Serials Review

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