The goal of the SANDALL Buddies Program is to encourage and support library school students and librarians who are interested in law librarianship by providing real world information, advice and access to networks that are sometimes unavailable to those starting out in this field.
Starts in the fall and ends in the summer.
Strong communication is a key ingredient in successful mentor/mentee relationships. Pairs are encouraged to communicate often and set their own expectations based on their availabilities. In person meetings are preferred, but demands of jobs and school work does not always make it easy or possible. Fortunately, electronic communications can be leveraged to connect people who are in different locations with different schedules. Mentors and Mentees can still develop an effective mentoring relationship via phone calls, email, chat, social networking and other mediums in the absence of face to face meetings. The SANDALL Buddies Program ask that mentors and mentees check-in with each other at least twice a month. Suggested meeting discussions and topics: duties of law librarians, career advice, goal setting, etc.
One of the mentor/mentee meetings should include either a job shadowing experience or tour of the mentor’s workplace to help mentees gain a firsthand understanding of the law librarian profession. SANDALL will also provide plenty of activities throughout the year for mentors and mentees to participate together. Some of these activities include:
· Mock interview and resume review
· Writing newsletter articles or blogs together
· Attending SANDALL events such as:
o Brownbags throughout the year
o Community Service opportunities (annual beach clean-up and other events)
o Fall Workshop (usually in October)
o Holiday Party
o Spring Workshop (usually in March/April)
o Summer Picnic
o Other announced events
Tips for Mentors and Mentees
· Know yourself and begin mentoring relationship by discussing mutual goals and expectations
· Practice highest standards of professionalism (trust and respect)
· Learn to accept and give feedback
· Recognize that the success of your mentor/mentee relationship is your responsibility
· Practice good communication
· Consider periodic mentor check-up to reevaluate goals and expectations
For additional information, contact: Grace Chilingirian at firstname.lastname@example.org or Allison Coltin at email@example.com.