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