If you're looking to try your hand at writing—or feel passionate about the importance of mentoring in the LIS profession—this call for book chapter proposals might be of interest.
Beyond Mentoring; a guide for librarians and information professionals
Edited by Dawn Lowe-Wincentsen, published by Chandos (UK)
Proposals due November 1st, 2015
Chapters due January 10th, 2016
It seems that you cannot google librarian without finding a librarian mentoring program or leadership institute anymore. There are a plethora of options available to the new librarian, mid career librarian, librarian interested in leadership, new library director… Well, you get the point, there seems to be a mentorship program for any and every librarian out there. This book intends to look at mentorship, mentorship programs, what works, what doesn’t, and some different types of techniques such as group mentoring, peer mentoring, and more.
This book will look at many aspects of mentoring, various programs, how they got started, successes, and not. The book will also go beyond the usual types of mentoring, and look outside at newer and different models. What makes mentoring so successful, and so coveted is having that one on one connection with someone in the institution, association, or field. There are more than the one way to do that, and newer research on learning models, and on how newer professionals learn opens those models up to the wider group of professionals. In some ways, these are already in use.
An Example of the cohort model that this book will have a case study on is the American Library Association Emerging Leader model. Another example is the Sunshine State leadership Institute.
This book will also provide a toolkit, or DIY portion on building your own program. I recently had the experience of designing a program and proposal for an association section. We went through many steps in the process from research to talking to constituents, to getting into the logistics. The final section of the book will offer perspectives on this, and tools that people can use in designing their own programs.
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