WLA Mentorship Program 

Questions about being a mentor or finding a mentor to guide you? Please email the WLA Office.

The goal of the WLA Mentoring Program is to provide encouragement, support and guidance to library staff to promote their professional development and growth.

Benefits of mentoring programs

  • Library staff have the opportunity to develop professional skills and a sense of direction.
  • Experienced library staff can contribute to the profession by helping to develop future leaders.
  • Both mentors and mentees can learn from each other’s perspectives and experiences.
  • Both mentors and mentees can develop enhanced listening skills and the ability to communicate with respect.
  • The profession as a whole can benefit from the opportunity to capture knowledge from our library leaders.

Information for Mentors - Mentor Application

Information for Mentees - Mentee Application

To apply for the program, please fill out the online application linked about best fit for your involvement in the program.
If you have any questions, email the WLA Mentor Committee
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Frequently Asked Questions

What does the time commitment look like for a mentor?

Mentors and mentees each commit to one (1) year in the program and have contact 5-6 times during that period. Contact can be in-person but primarily occurs virtually through phone/email/chat. After being matched with his or her mentor, the mentees will contact the mentor and determine when and how they will communicate. The mentoring relationship can last beyond one year if the mentor and mentee choose.

Is there a deadline to become a mentor or a mentee?

No. WLA matches people up throughout the year, so you can apply at any time for either role.

How are mentors and mentees matched up?

WLA uses the information provided in the application where the mentor describes his or her experience and areas in which they feel comfortable mentoring and the mentee describes his or her goals and experience. We also use information about library type, experience and goals.

What if my mentor and I aren’t a good fit?

Occasionally, the mentoring relationship doesn’t work out. This can be a result of bad fit, a mentor or mentee who doesn’t actively participate in the relationship, or communication issues. If this happens, the best way to approach it is to first address the issue with the mentor/mentee. If this does not resolve the problem, contact the WLA Office for assistance.