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Library Journal 10/15/2011, Vol. 136 Issue 17, p28-29
The author presents advice for graduates of library and information science (LIS) programs who are looking to embark on careers as librarians. She discusses her own experience as an academic library instruction specialist, and emphasizes the importance of finding a mentor. The benefits of communicating with other professionals, attending conferences, and reading widely are also noted.
Library Trends; Spring2002, Vol. 50 Issue 4, p614, 17p
ISSUES OF CAREER MOVEMENT AND CHANGE are examined between library and archival fields and from small colleges to large universities. Issues examined include professional education and training, initial career-planning and placement, continuing education, scouting and mentoring, job market conditions, work experience and personal skills, professional involvement, and professional association self-interest.
This article examines the current conceptualization of mentoring in academic libraries and argues that traditional hierarchical mentoring relationships are no longer sufficient for developing tomorrow's leaders. Drawing insights from the management and human resources development literature, it concludes that an expanded understanding of developmental work relationships in libraries is needed.
When people think of mentoring, they often think of an older executive counseling a young upstart. The senior leader advises the junior employee on his career, how to navigate the world of work, and what he needs to do to get ahead. But mentoring has changed a lot in the last few decades. Just as the notion of a 50-year linear career with a single company or in one industry is outdated, so is the idea that career advice must come from a wise old sage. The traditional mentor-mentee relationship is not necessarily a thing of the past, but it's no longer the standard. Now, there are many ways to get the information and guidance you need.
The ideal mentor is a network of mentors--from all levels of your organization. This article explains how to get the most out of mentoring by: Defining learning goals Making mentoring relationships reciprocal Fostering a learning culture