California Academic and Research Libraries
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CARL Mentoring Program

How do I become a Mentee?

CARL members may enroll via the CARL Mentee Information Form. You will be contacted by a member of the Mentoring Program Committee, who will match you with a mentor.

Benefits of being a Mentee

  • Create valuable professional connections
  • Receive counseling when navigating the hurdles of librarianship in an academic setting
  • Experience performing primary assignment tasks (reference service, teaching, cataloging, or systems work, to name just a few areas of responsibility librarians often have in their portfolio)
  • Become familiar with issues of professional achievement (conducting research, presenting conference papers, posters or other professional talks, writing and producing publications of various types)
  • Understand the service needs of diverse campuses and communities

Mentee Expectations and Guidelines

  • One mentor per librarian
  • Official length of the formal relationship will be one year (and can be extended unofficially by mutual consent)
  • Must initiate and maintain interest in the assigned relationship
  • Assure regular meetings and mentor (face-to-face, telephone, or email)
  • Accept career advice and counseling based on the mentor's related experience
  • Share skills and knowledge with chosen mentor
  • Accept feedback on projects

Questions? Comments? Please contact the CARL Mentoring Program Committee Chair.

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