OLA Mentor Match

mentor-match_squareThe Ontario Library Association Mentoring Program strives to link working library staff with students, new graduates and other library staff interested in a career in libraries and related fields. The duration of the mentoring relationship is a minimum of six months. In some cases, this may last longer depending on the mentor and mentee. The program is intentionally open-ended so that participants can design the mentorship according to their own needs and interests.


Program Objectives:

  • Provide guidance about professional development, education and training
  • Assist with career development, exploration and advancement
  • Provide mentees with opportunities to network and make professional connections
  • Assist with job search strategies and provide resume/cv critiquing
  • Support the introduction of new members into OLA and the profession

What is a mentor?

  • A member of the Ontario Library Association to participate in the program
  • An experienced (three or more years) library staff member who voluntarily offers advice and guidance
  • Possesses significant experience in areas related to the library field
  • Someone who is willing to share experience and advice to assist the mentee to achieve success

Role/Expectations of the Mentor:

  • Decide on regularity, frequency, and method of contact e.g. face-to-face, phone, email, etc.
  • Be a good listener and respect confidentiality
  • Show a willingness to listen and communicate with the mentee
  • Provide guidance, offer relevant advice and give feedback to the mentee when required
  • Introduce the mentee to professional networks
  • Help the mentee explore career development opportunities
  • At times refer the mentee to others who might have specific knowledge they seek

The mentor is not responsible for:

  • Finding the mentee a job
  • Giving personal counseling
  • Providing daily job advice

Qualifications for mentors – Mentors should:

  • Have good interpersonal skills
  • Be open-minded, understanding and patient
  • Be trustworthy, supportive, advising and encouraging
  • Recognise and help develop mentees’ strengths
  • Recognise when mentees need guidance and when they need to be independent

What is a mentee?

  • A member of the Ontario Library Association to participate in the program
  • A person who would like professional advice and guidance from an experienced library mentor
  • Someone entering or in the early stages of their career, or someone seeking to change direction within the profession

Role/Expectations of the Mentee

  • Decide on regularity, frequency and method of contact e.g. face-to-face, phone, email, etc.
  • Discuss with the mentor the goals for the mentoring relationship (eg. review resume, interview tips)
  • Respect the confidentiality and advice the mentor offers
  • Be punctual and keep all appointments or communicate in advance in the event of a cancellation

Who can join?

  • Anyone with an active OLA membership
  • When filling out a profile, anyone with three or more years of work experience can choose to be a mentor, a mentee, or both
  • Those with less than three years of experience will only be given the option to be a mentee

How does it work?

Use these instructions (PDF) to sign up for MentorMatch!



For any questions about the program, please contact olamentoring@gmail.com
For all technical issues, please contact support@learnhq.ca.