This blogpost by Bud Bilanich is a somewhat lengthy, yet helpful read for those who are considering either becoming mentors or mentees. Mentorship is an excellent benefit of many professional organizations, including our very own AJL. Applicants for accreditation often request a mentor to both facilitate and expedite the process. However, consulting a mentor is often helpful when making lateral transitions in employment (for example from circulation access to technical services). Some even turn to knowledgeable "mavens" when considering the adoption of new trends, technologies or policies in their institution. It is a known fact that the world is in the throes of a technological revolution. But we are also experiencing an "information" revolution. Many of us feel ill-prepared for the vast changes in the workplace. Traditional mentoring, reverse mentoring, and peer-to-peer mentoring can render great support in navigating these new waters in the library and information arena.
Do read this article and let me know if you have a particular area of expertise which you'd like to share with others. If you are hesitant to request a mentor, why not drop me a line and we can explore your goals and expectations? Mentoring is an excellent vehicle for individual participation in our organization no matter where you and your mentor are located. One of my new mantra's for AJL is: "AJL: Where every member is a mentor".