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January is National Mentoring Month. Mentoring programs can help a community, institution or individual grow. Libraries have a unique position and can help in all three mentoring areas.

The library is a meeting place for groups from all over the community to share their experiences and learn from each other.

Image: Photojournalist Alfred Eisenstaedt speaking to students at Miami-Dade Community College North Campus.  State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory.

Libraries, like any institution, risk falling into an island mentality. One way to fix that is to connect with other institutions.   

Image: Interior view of the Walker Library in Tallahassee.  State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory.

Mentor-Friendly Environment

Your library can foster a mentor-friendly environment for your staff and the general public.

  • Advertise spaces in the library for mentor meeting locations.
  • Encourage staff to seek or be mentors; give them time to meet with mentors/mentees for lunch.
  • Encourage staff to reach out to professional mentor opportunities from groups like ALA.
  • WebJunction: Directors ASK!

Image: Stone, Robert L., 1944-. Jamaican storyteller Lucille Frances-Fuller (center) with apprentices Sophia Campbell (R) and Veta Plummer- Carol City, Florida. State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory.

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