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CCL Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force: Pilot Mentoring Initiative

Introduction

The Council of Chief Librarians Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force Mentoring Initiative aims to support CUNY full-time library faculty and professional (HEO line) staff in historically marginalized groups with mentoring toward library leadership roles at and beyond CUNY during a pilot in Spring 2022.

Mentoring is..."a supportive learning relationship between a caring individual who shares knowledge, experience, and wisdom with another individual who is ready and willing to both develop leadership qualities and partnership skills, as well as to realize a vision benefit from this exchange" (LLAMA, n.d.) Ideally mentoring benefits both the mentee and mentor.

 

Overview

Applications will be solicited from 3-5 potential mentees for this initial pilot program (see timeline below). Mentors with expertise in a range of leadership areas will be recruited from CCL and CUNY senior library faculty. Mentees will be paired with up to 3 mentors to facilitate discussion of 3 specific areas of interest, and will have 3 individual meetings with mentors during Spring 2022. Both mentees and mentors will submit a brief evaluation and reflection on their experience by the end of the Spring semester. The CCL DEI Task Force will evaluate this pilot mentoring initiative during Summer 2022, and aim to continue and expand the initiative in the 2022-2023 academic year.


Administration

The CCL DEI Task Force will coordinate this pilot mentoring initiative, to include:

  • Soliciting applications from 3-5 potential mentees
  • Recruiting mentors from CCL and CUNY senior library faculty
  • Creating the mentor-mentee pairings, ensuring that pairs are not from the same library
  • Checking in with mentees and mentors during the initiative to identify and address any concerns
  • Review participant evaluations and reflections to evaluate the pilot mentoring initiative
  • Revise and implement revisions to the mentoring initiative
  • Recognize the participation mentors and mentees with a letter of appreciation

Attributes of Mentees

Mentee applications will be solicited from full-time library faculty and professional (HEO line) staff in historically marginalized groups from all CUNY libraries, who are interested in exploring library leadership at or beyond CUNY.

Mentees commit to:

  • Be available for at least 3 meetings with mentors during March-May 2022 and submit an end of semester evaluation and reflection
  • Commit to confidentiality in the mentee-mentor relationship
  • Attend the required orientation session on Friday 3/18 @ 11am (via Zoom)
  • Bring questions about skills, knowledge, and career paths in library leadership to mentoring meetings
  • Prepare for the mentoring meetings by reading the resources below

Attributes of Mentors

Mentors will be recruited from the Council of Chief Librarians and from CUNY senior library faculty with expertise (and a willingness to share it) in these leadership areas:

  • Advocating for library resources and personnel
  • Handling challenging situations
  • Job shadowing (a mentee will accompany a mentor for part of their workday)
  • Leadership in any position
  • Professional service
  • Research & scholarship
  • Searching for and applying to leadership positions
  • Service in the library, college, university
  • Supervising library faculty and staff

Mentors commit to:

  • Be available for at least 3 meetings with mentees during March-May 2022 and submit an end of semester evaluation and reflection
  • Commit to confidentiality in the mentor-mentee relationship
  • Attend the required orientation session on Friday 3/18 @ 11am (via Zoom)
  • Share skills and knowledge from your professional experience
  • Provide career advice and counseling based on related experience
  • Offer encouragement and inspire self-confidence and excellence
  • Prepare for the mentoring meetings by reading the resources below

Timeline for Spring 2022

  • February 22-March 4: call for applications open, solicit mentees and recruit mentors
  • March 4-15: CCL DEI Task Force reviews applications for mentees and mentors and creates mentorship pairings
  • March 15: mentee and mentor pairs notified
  • Friday March 18 @ 11am: required orientation via Zoom
  • March 18-May 31:
    • hold 3 meetings total for each mentee
    • monthly check-ins from CCL DEI Task Force
  • June 15: mentoring initiative reflection and evaluation due from mentees and mentors
  • June 15-August 15: CCL DEI Task Force reviews evaluations and reflections, and proposes revisions (including timeline) for 2022-2023
  • August 15: CCL DEI Task Force shares review, evaluation, and proposed revisions for 2022-2023 with CCL and the LACUNY Multicultural and Diversity Roundtable

Call for Applications

Apply to be a mentee

Apply to be a mentor


Mentoring Initiative Resources

Mentors and mentees should plan to read these brief articles before their first meeting.

Lee, Y. (2020). Mentorship as a Tool for Growth, Inclusion, and Equity. Idealist.
Bergen, A. (2018). Want to be a Mentor? Here's How | Part 1. Idealist.
Bergen, A. (2018). Want to be a Mentor? Here's How | Part 2. Idealist.
Knokh, I. (2022). Becoming a Mentor: 10 Things to Ponder. EDUCAUSE Review.

Questions?

Please get in touch with the CCL DEI Task Force, Chair, Maura Smale (msmale@citytech.cuny.edu).


Some guidelines adapted from the LLAMA Formal Mentoring Guide and the ACRL/NY Mentoring Program. Many thanks to the Council of Chief Librarians and the LACUNY Multicultural and Diversity Roundtable for their review and feedback.