On April 22, Langara College hosted its first speed mentoring workshop involving Library and Information Technology students and graduates. The event was organized and sponsored by the Langara Library and Information Technology department.
Eleven mentors were invited by department chair Diane Thompson to share their post-graduate experiences with about 30 Langara students. Jennifer Reid from Langara Co-op Education was also on hand to answer questions about resumes and interviews.
Diane Thompson opened the event, and introduced the MC for the event, Ashley Van Dijk . Several tables were set up with about four chairs around each table. Five minutes were alotted for each session. Two or three students would be at one table at a time and ask questions of the mentors stationed there. When the bell rang to indicate the end of the session, each student would move on to another table of their choosing.
The mentors represented various public, academic, and special libraries, and performed different tasks at their work. Some were more generalist in their duties, while others predominantly performed one task, such as cataloguing or reference work. Students asked questions of the mentors pertaining to their work, their job search leading up to employment, and how their Langara education prepared them to enter the field
Students have provided very positive feedback to the Lib Tech department, and indicated that they appreciated the positive attitude and helpful advice of the mentors. They would be happy to participate in a future speed-mentoring event. It was great to see students at various levels participate, from newly-accepted to almost-graduated. It was the first formal mentoring experience for several of the mentors. They enjoyed it and recommend others participate in future.
Though LTAS provided some of the mentors and the MC, as well as advice regarding room setup, a huge thank you is due to Diane Thompson and Serenia Tam of the Langara Library and Information Technology department for doing most of the organizing for this event. Hopefully, there will be many more such events in the future at Langara College.
With contributions from Heather Duff