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Mentoring Scenarios in a changing information worldThe Mentoring Committee of the Engineering Libraries Division has envisioned a number ofmentoring scenarios in which new librarians would be encouraged to seek guidancefrom experienced librarians. These include: diversity, emerging programs, funding and research,innovation and intellectual property and strategic initiatives on campus.Diversity: International student populations are growing at many institutions and minoritystudent scholarships are encouraging more minority students to conduct research in variousengineering related research areas.Many times new librarians need guidance on cultural issues related to international students. Minoritystudents sometime come from a totally different background and often from places that did not haveinformation resources they needed. If new librarians are not aware of the background of such students, itwill be difficult to provide the type of instructional support they need. Experienced librarians can providementoring in those situations.Emerging programs: Emerging technology areas such as bionanotechnology require newlibrarians to become familiar with their collection, research and instructional needs.New librarians often are coming from a different discipline. When new program areas emerge, they oftenneed a lot of mentoring in terms of collections, research and information needs.Funding and research: As more students are encouraged to apply for funding for research, newlibrarians will need to become familiar with providing instruction to students on how to findfunding opportunities.Innovation and Intellectual property: More than ever before, university mandates areencouraging students and faculty to engage in creative activities which result in intellectualproperties such as patents that can be licensed to create viable commercial products. Newlibrarians need more guidance and mentoring in this area to meet the growing needs of studentsand faculty engaged in these activities in the years to come.Strategic initiatives: Most universities and institutions now have well defined strategic goals intheir mission statements. Libraries and individual librarians need to be able to match their owngoals and objectives to those of the University. New librarians will need support fromexperienced librarians to do this effectively. It is likely that all librarians will benefit from thisinteraction and dialog to keep current with new developments in the field. In the process, theywill be able to engage in mutually beneficial learning environments.Many Universities face situations where their administration has changed. This may result in futurechanging of strategic plans and directions. If a new librarian happens to join a university at this time, heor she will need guidance and assistance on how to match his/her annual goals with the University’s andthe Library’s strategic directions. Experienced librarians will be able to guide the new librarians in thistype of situation. Normally, support for such a situation comes from someone within the organization buthaving a conversation with experts can shade some light on some areas.In this paper, these scenarios are discussed and some directions are highlighted that will provideguidance and tips for new librarians. It is envisioned that engaging conversations, dialog andinteractions after the presentation will generate ideas that will help the Mentoring Committeedevelop new strategies for future activities.
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