ALIA Mentoring Scheme

 
 
 
 
 

Have you wished there was an LIS professional in your life who you can turn to for guidance and insight? Are you new to the sector or wanting to move into a different LIS sector or a more senior role? Do you have the ability and desire to learn new things about your practice and yourself? Or alternatively are you an experienced professional who would like to contribute back to LIS community?

If so, this is the right time in your career to seek a mentor/mentee. Applications for the 2021 ALIA Mentoring Scheme will be open between Monday 17 May and Friday 25 June 2021 for a July 2021 start. 

Please send any queries to pd@alia.org.au.
 

What is the mentoring Scheme?

The ALIA Mentoring Scheme is a formal structured mentoring relationship that creates professional partnerships and provides early and mid-career ALIA Members access to the wisdom and expertise of LIS professionals.

The scheme matches experienced LIS professionals (mentors) with upcoming LIS professionals (mentees). The mentor helps the mentee develop their own goals and skills through a series of time-specific, confidential, one-on-one contacts (either virtual or face to face), supported by resources from ALIA. The scheme is designed to assist those seeking opportunities for career and professional development and widen their knowledge.

How long does the scheme run for?

Each intake runs for 12 months and ALIA provides ongoing support to both mentees and mentors throughout this time.  Applications open in May and close at the end of June. In June the matches are made and participants notified of their mentoring partner.  The program officially gets underway in July. And runs for 12 months. A number of our partnerships each year stay in contact at the conclusion of the formal program. 

When does the scheme start?

The introductory orientation webinar will be held shortly after pairs are matched. It’s currently scheduled for Thursday 22 July, 1.00pm - 2.00pm (AEST). This Zoom webinar will provide an overview of the structure of the ALIA Mentoring Scheme, mentor and mentee roles and responsibilities, and how to get the most out of your time with your mentor or mentee. You will receive a separate invitation to the webinar via email. 

INFORMATION FOR MENTEES

Should I be a mentee?

Have you felt the need for a professional in your life who you can turn to for guidance and insight? Are you new to the sector or wanting to move into a different LIS sector or a more senior role? Do you have the desire to learn new things about your practice and yourself? Mentorship can be a great way to identify professional growth and development areas, work towards goals, develop new skills and build networks. Hours spent count towards the ALIA Professional Development (PD) Scheme.  

'I cannot thank you enough for the mentor you matched me with. It has been a wonderful 12 months of learning and sharing. You cannot put a price on this kind of experience. It is amazing to see how diverse the library sector is an the strenght of library services, not just her in Australia, but globally.'

How will I be supported? 

ALIA provides a structured mentoring program that each pair can tailor to suit. It includes the following

  • Matching of mentees and mentors
  • ALIA Mentoring Scheme Workbook, ALIA Career Development Kit, and themed monthly webinars.
  • The MyPD Tracking Tool to record reflections - open to students and ALIA PD Scheme Members
  • A Certificate of Participation 

An ALIA staff member is always on hand to pick up the phone/answer an email should anything go awry or some additional support be needed. 

How much does it cost?

Mentees will pay a cost of $150 for the 12-month program. All participants must be ALIA Personal Members, you can apply for membership at the same time as you apply for the program. 

What non-financial resources will I need?

A mentee should make a time commitment of at least three hours per month, one hour for contact and two hours to prepare for your time with your mentor. It is expected that the mentee will take primary responsibility for initiating contact and being proactive about their development.

In addition we encourage mentees and mentors to attend the monthly hour-long webinars.

What happens if you can’t match me with a mentor?

ALIA will make all attempts to match and support mentors and mentees. There may be very rare instances where no suitable mentoring matches can be made as the scheme is dependent on self-nomination from both mentees and mentors. If no suitable match can be made, no payment will be taken. 

How to apply

To apply, complete and sign the Mentee Application form and Code of Conduct and send along with your current resume to pd@alia.org.au.

 

INFORMATION FOR MENTORS

Should I be a mentor?

If you are a mid to senior level LIS professional who would like to give back to the LIS community, foster upcoming talent and be exposed to new perspectives and insights then this program is for you. In return for your valuable time, you will build your mentoring and coaching skills and be introduced to new perspectives, practices and areas of knowledge. Mentoring hours qualify towards ALIA PD Scheme. 

'I decided to participate in the mentoring scheme because I wanted to find a way to share some of my workplace experiences with others. The best aspect of mentoring is that it benefits both mentors and mentees. I’ve learned a lot from my mentee.'

How will I be supported?

ALIA provides a structured mentoring program that each pair can tailor to suit. It includes the following

  • Matching of mentees and mentors
  • ALIA Mentoring Scheme Workbook, ALIA Career Development Kit, and themed monthly webinars.
  • The MyPD Tracking Tool to record reflections - open to students and ALIA PD Scheme Members
  • A Certificate of Participation 

An ALIA staff member is always on hand to pick up the phone/answer an email should anything go awry, or some additional support be needed. 

How much does it cost?

Nothing, the scheme is free for mentors. Mentors received access to all the supporting materials, webinars, and support from ALIA staff in return for their time and engagement.  

What non-financial resources will I need?

The mentor should expect to spend at least one hour in direct communication with the mentee each month. Mentors also often find it useful to tune into the monthly webinars and may need time to prepare and reflect on meetings.  It is expected that the mentee will take primary responsibility for initiating contact and being proactive about their development.

Can I have more than one mentee?

Mentors can choose to have more than one mentee per intake. They should consider carefully the time requirement involved in mentoring and ensure that they have adequate time to give to more than one mentee. It is recommended to spend at least one hour per month per mentee contact time, however some mentoring pairs communicate on a more regular basis than the recommended minimum and this should be taken into account when considering whether you could be paired with more than one mentee.

What happens if you can’t match me with a mentee?

ALIA will make all attempts to match and support mentors and mentees. There may be very rare instances where no suitable mentoring matches can be made as the scheme is dependent on self-nomination from both mentees and mentors, however this is rare.

How to apply

To apply, complete and sign the Mentor Application form and Code of Conduct and send along with your current resume to pd@alia.org.au.

 

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ALIA would like to thank the International Librarians Network for their past peer mentoring program.