MASL’s Mentoring Committee is actively working to pair professionally-certified school librarians with newcomers in the field. Mentorship programs can be incredibly valuable in helping individuals develop their skills and navigate the challenges of their profession. Here are some key benefits of mentorship in this context:
Professional Development: Mentoring allows experienced school librarians to share their knowledge and expertise with newcomers. This can help mentees improve their skills, become more effective in their roles, and stay updated on the latest trends and best practices in school librarianship. It’s a win-win for both parties!
Strengthening the Profession: By providing guidance and support to new school librarians, mentors play a crucial role in building a strong and capable workforce in the field. This, in turn, enhances the reputation and effectiveness of school librarianship in Maine.
Networking: Mentorship programs create connections and foster a sense of community among new and experienced school librarians. This networking can lead to new opportunities, collaborations, and friendships, as well as a deeper sense of professional belonging. When you’re the “lonely-only” in your building or district, and especially when you’re new, it’s essential to have support.
If you're a professionally-certified Maine school librarian who’s interested in serving as a MASL mentor, please fill out this form. If you have questions about what mentorship entails, please contact email@example.com for more information.
If you’re a MASL member who’s new to your position in a school library and would like the support of a mentor, please fill out this form to make your request!
Mentoring can be a powerful way to give back to your profession and help shape the future of school librarianship in Maine. When we support each other as professionals, the students of Maine are the ultimate winners!