I am one of the co-chairs of the 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. We will have a session in the fall, with dates yet to be determined, though applications will be opening soon.
This past session we had a challenge finding enough library technicians to participate as mentors, given the number of lib tech/student mentees we had had. As the committee co-chair who is a library tech, I would like to encourage more lib tech mentors to participate in the sessions generally. If you are a potential mentee, your participation is also more than welcome. I would love to see this program continue to grow.
What I would ultimately love to see (with the understanding that people also have their own lives outside of work), is the creation of a culture of giving back and seeking help within the larger context of greater association-mindedness in the library tech community.
I am also hoping to have at least a couple of more volunteers join myself and one other tech on the committee.
If you would like an 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 fall session that will be shared on the LTAS listserv.