Cultivating New Leaders: Revitalizing a Library Faculty Mentor Program

Education Librarian
University of Nevada Las Vegas
Erin Rinto
Undergraduate Learning Librarian
University of Nevada, Las Vegas


Beginning in the spring of 2013, members of the UNLV Library Faculty Professional Development Committee undertook the project of evaluating and improving a faculty mentor program, motivated by the recent hiring of eight new faculty librarians. The mentor program would be redesigned to better meet the needs of this large group. Relationship-building with more experienced librarians was one area we could promote in order to cultivate strengths and optimize leadership opportunities for our new faculty. In this discussion session, we will use the process we underwent in planning, implementing, and evaluating our redesigned mentor program as a framework for discussion, incorporating case studies of mentees and mentors throughout. Emphasis will be placed on the potential of a mentor program to nurture different kinds of leaders. Session participants will discuss opportunities and goals for a mentoring program within their own institutions and identify potential challenges they might face. Although our librarians have faculty status, this session is intended to benefit participants interested in mentor programs for librarians with faculty or professional status. Through this discussion session, participants will have identified specific strategies they can use in a formal or informal mentoring program in their own libraries.



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Date and time: 
Sat, 04/05/2014 - 1:00pm - 2:15pm


San Martin [LL]