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Librarians: The next generation. Mentorship at the University of Toronto LibrariesMentoring is to librarianship what chocolate syrup is to ice cream sundaes: a delicious anddefining feature. The profession prides itself on initiating its newest members into the fold and avariety of approaches to mentorship for up and coming librarians are underway at the Universityof Toronto. For example, practicums for library and information science (LIS) students, and anew internship program at the University of Toronto Libraries for top incoming LIS students.These programs are facilitated by the fact that the University of Toronto is home to a topInformation school that has been dedicated to training new librarians since 1928. The authorswill present their experience working with student librarians at the engineering library, which onseveral occasions has led to graduate student workers who return for full-time professionalpositions – a testament to the mutual benefits of the relationship.The authors will also discuss the ongoing mentoring of the newest engineering librarians on theirteam. These efforts include invitations to meetings with engineering faculty to facilitatenetworking, involvement in a variety of decision making processes, and careful training for ahost of new responsibilities. The team’s more experienced librarians impart their expertise andact as coach and counsellor, providing critique and encouragement as necessary. Priorities alsoinclude acculturation and socialization to the library environment. More generally, the Universityof Toronto intrinsically mentors its librarians by requiring professional development activities asa condition for achieving permanent (tenured) status. The mentoring relationship has provenbeneficial for the mentors as well. Knowledge transfer and reflecting on career pathways canprovide perspective and motivation for experienced librarians. Additionally, the authors willpresent on areas for improvement and recommendations for future mentoring initiatives. Thediscussion will include a review of the research related to mentoring new employees, includingfindings that show a direct correlation between active mentoring practices and employeeretention rates.
Henshilwood, A., & Sewerin, C., & Spence, M., & Zahradnik, T. (2015, June), Librarians: The next generation. Mentorship at the University of Toronto Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24433
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