The page showcases stories and articles written by participants in the Mentoring Program.
The Mentoring Experience by Kayla Shifrin
I’m halfway through the ACRL-NY Mentoring Program and so far I’ve found it very valuable, but not entirely for the reasons I expected. Recently I shadowed my mentor – Monica Berger of CUNY’S New York City College of Technology (City Tech) – as she staffed the reference desk on a busy Saturday afternoon. In the brief lulls between student questions, we spoke a great deal about the topics I expected to cover: the next career steps, what professional organizations to join, what to expect from an academic library career. But Monica also advised me on some more intangible subjects that were especially interesting because they weren’t part of my library school education.
Library school is all about discussing hypothetical situations that are frequently heightened or extreme. A knowledgeable scholar asks you a difficult reference question; you have to catalog a rare book that doesn’t appear in any standard bibliography; there’s a hurricane and you have to rescue the collection with the help of two interns and a bucket. Talking through these scenarios is excellent practice for real librarianship. But what’s left out are the average ‘daily grind’ sorts of experiences, and how real academic libraries may differ from the imaginary – and sometimes idealized – academic libraries used as classroom examples. Read more…
- Alt-Ac: Breathing Life into Libraries or Eroding the Profession? (eduhacker.net)
- Smaller libraries: Desired but perhaps implausible audience (walt.lishost.org)
- Spending on E-Books Booms: Highlights from ACRL’s 2011 Academic Library Trends and Statistics Report (infodocket.com)
- FASTR Aims to Speed Open Access to Government-Funded Research (lj.libraryjournal.com)
- SAGE to address library value in the developing world (bluesyemre.com)
- Information literacy (slideshare.net)
- MOOCs and Librarians panel presentation by ACRL (hastac.org)
- Joint Statement on Faculty Status of College and University Librarians (bluesyemre.com)
- Some thoughts on professional identity (melissafortson.com)
- What Do You Know About First-Gen Students? | From the Bell Tower (lj.libraryjournal.com)
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