I am now one of the Co-Chairs of the BCLA mentorship committee. The BCLA mentorship program matches mentees who are students or who are just starting out in the field, with more experienced library professionals. Library technicians as well, as librarians have participated in our sessions, which run about twice a year and are roughly two months in duration. The program “exists to connect and empower association members by fostering positive relationships in the library community. ” It “encourages sharing, and aims to promote leadership and commitment to the profession.” More information can be found on the Mentorship Program’s web page at BCLA Connect at https://bclaconnect.ca/professional-development/mentorship-program/.
Please keep in mind that the application forms currently available on the site are not current.
Prior to the Fall session last year, I reached out to potential mentors who are library techs, as we had previously had difficulty finding enough mentors to participate.
This time, I am reaching out to both potential mentors and mentees. If you would like a very rewarding learning and teaching experience, and are available to at least exchange a few thoughtful emails with a mentee over a two month period, please consider BCLA Mentorship as an opportunity. If you are interested, please keep an eye out for an announcement of the Spring session that will be shared on the LTAS listserv. Without revealing specifics, I can tell you that applications will become available in April, and the session itself will run from May to early July.