WLA Mentorship Program 

WLA has a launched a new mentoring program, with the goal of creating a valuable experience for members and building professional relationships and strengthening the profession within Washington. We invite Librarians, Paraprofessionals, Program Managers, Supervisors, Consultants, Retired, other library staff to participate.

Two teal chat bubbles, one with the WLA logo and the other with three horizontal lines indicating conversationBenefits of mentoring:

  • Mentees: Develop your skills, learn from the best, and build professional relationships.
  • Mentors: Helping develop future leaders, grow your leadership skills, and contribute to the profession.
  • Learn from others’ perspectives and experiences.

Mentor Application

If you are interested in becoming a mentor, please fill out the application to be added to the mentor pool. If you are matched with a mentee, we will contact you. Apply here!


Mentor Orientation

 
Documents for Mentors

 Timeline for Mentorship Program

  • June 1 – Call for Mentors via WLA - Apply here! 
  • August 1 – Applications welcomed from Mentees
  • August 11 – Deadline for Mentee and Mentor applications
  • August – Mentees and Mentors are matched up!
  • October-March – Mentorship meetings
  • April – Evaluation and Feedback

FAQs

What is the time commitment?

We ask mentor/mentee matches to work together for six months and to meet monthly during that time. There will be a short, self-guided online orientation for both mentors and mentees. Meetings will be online or over the phone until it is safe to meet in person.

Who can participate?

Any WLA member* can request a mentor during the open application period.

*Teacher-Librarian mentees are not required to be WLA members at the beginning of this program.

When is the open application period?

The mentor pool is open for applications June 1-July 31, 2021. Mentees may apply August 1-30, 2021.

How are mentors and mentees matched up?

WLA will use the information you provide in your application, including your goals and experience, to find a match that will be mutually beneficial.

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

Rarely, the mentoring match doesn’t work out. 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 and we will help to resolve the problem.