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.

The OLA Mentoring Committee has decided to deactivate the online mentoring program as of June 2018. The overall mentoring program will continue in another format, with its next intake in Fall 2018. Details will be posted shortly. If you are currently in an active match, please continue to reach out to your mentor/mentee directly via phone or email.

 

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?

The OLA Mentoring Committee has decided to deactivate the online mentoring program as of June 2018. The overall mentoring program will continue in another format, with its next intake in Fall 2018. Details will be posted shortly. If you are currently in an active match, please continue to reach out to your mentor/mentee directly via phone or email.

 

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

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