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Thursday, June 6 • 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Mentorship in Collections & Resource Management: An Implied Competency

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While mentorship is not explicitly mentioned in NASIG’s core competencies, it has an implied role in relationship building and perpetual learning, which are essential to the profession. In our rapidly changing information industries, many of our roles and responsibilities revolve around skills we were not formally taught. Even expertly crafted and forward thinking MLIS curricula cannot anticipate all the unexpected developments and challenges that impact our work in collections management, assessment, systems, and discovery. Robust and dynamic mentorship opportunities help formalize reciprocal knowledge sharing and support adaptive skill development.

Peer-to-peer learning can be incredibly valuable, but those who are new to the profession, or are entering unfamiliar professional territory (like e-resource management), might not have an obvious peer group to rely on. Mentorship can help new or transitioning professionals, while simultaneously exposing those who are more established in the field to the perspectives of practitioners at different career stages. Mutually beneficial mentorship plays a vital role in keeping the profession agile and enhancing its inclusivity.

This session will focus on the purpose and benefits of mentorship, while summarizing the presenters’ experiences. Courtney McAllister will comment on the mentee’s perspective, reflecting on the formal and informal mentorship opportunities she has pursued. Kirstin Steele will describe the mentor’s perspective and share her experiences supporting the professional development and growth of paraprofessionals, librarians, MLIS students, and others.

Attendees can expect to learn more about useful mentee/mentorship practices and expectations, professional areas that benefit from mentorship, and how to expand mentorship beyond the librarian-librarian dynamic. The interrelationship between the Personal Strengths outlined in NASIG's competencies and the qualities of a successful mentor/mentee will also be discussed.

Speakers
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Courtney McAllister

Electronic Resources Librarian, Yale Law Library
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Kirstin Steele

Branch Librarian, Berkeley County Library System



Thursday June 6, 2019 1:15pm - 2:15pm EDT
Three Rivers - WP Floor