An Endorsement

Kains Woods 2011Sharing resources is a key part of our work, and one of our greatest resources (if not our greatest resource) is our expertise. Whether it is your thousandth day or your first day, there is always something you can share with someone else.

I am in the midst of my first mentorship program through BCLA. The BCLA Mentorship program runs twice a year, once in the spring and once in the fall. The partnerships run for 8 weeks, and you get to meet up with an awesome person!

As I understand it (and a quick internet search mostly confirms), mentoring isn’t a one time process, or something that you participate in only as a mentee or a mentor. In different places in your life you will need mentoring, and in other places you will be the mentor. Sometimes you might hold both roles at once.

For example, I am acting as a peer mentor for my current BCLA Mentee, and I get mentoring from my supervisor and other more experienced librarians in my organization. I gain knowledge and share knowledge as a part of my daily working life. It is a ton of fun.

To be a library assistant, library technician, or librarian is to be part of a vibrant and welcoming community that is made better with every person that contributes. There is nothing more enjoyable than discussing the profession with someone else who loves it as well.

So, if you have a chance, participate in a mentorship program!