[Asis-l] ALA Conference Mentoring Opportunity
lratliff at library.ucla.edu
Fri May 24 15:19:42 EDT 2002
For ALA Annual Conference Attendees:
Are you interested in the Library and Information Technology
Association (LITA)? Would you like to have a mentor at the ALA
conference, someone to talk to about LITA and the offered programs or
to help you acclimate? Are you a seasoned conference attendee and
LITA member who would like to share your experience with a student or
a new member?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, the Conference Mentor
Program is for you! The Mentoring Committee of NMRT is sponsoring
this project to help make new attendees feel at ease at a conference
whose size can often be overwhelming and intimidating. They are
working with the LITA Leadership Development Committee to match
experienced LITA members with applicants who are new to LITA or
interested in the division.
What is a mentor? A mentor is an experienced and trusted advisor.
Within the context of ALA conferences, it is someone who can help a
new librarian or a library science student negotiate a path among the
numerous meetings, programs, exhibits and acronyms. The mentor can
also answer questions about LITA.
Mentees, or protégés, (those being mentored) may be library
science students, new librarians, first-time conference attendees, or
anyone who would like to feel more comfortable attending the annual
conference. If you have an interest in LITA, you will be matched
with an experienced LITA member.
The only qualification for being a mentor is to have a sincere
interest in helping someone get the most out of the conference. This
involves being a good listener, a thoughtful advisor and a role
model. Mentors should expect to meet at least once with their
protégés during the conference to answer questions, give guidance or
just to listen. More contact during the conference or, even
afterwards, is encouraged. Mentors can be from any ALA division or
affiliate group in order to show protégés the many opportunities for
involvement in ALA.
In order to participate, just complete the application form
<http://www.ala.org/nmrt/mentoring_application.html>. In the box,
"Please specify position type", please indicate your affiliation with
or interest in LITA. If your browser does not support forms or you
would like more information, please contact NMRT Mentoring Committee
Chair Vicky Schmarr at schmarrv at aol.com <mailto:schmarrv at aol.com>
Mentors and mentees (protégés) will be matched based on the
information provided. Mentors will be responsible for contacting
mentees before the conference to arrange a meeting.
Louise Ratliff Office: (310)825-4019
Social Sciences Cataloger/Automation Support Pager/VoiceMail: (818)629-2984
UCLA Library Cataloging Dept. Fax: (310)206-4974
Charles E. Young Research Library
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