REFORMA Mentoring Committee: Protégé Guide
“It has to start somewhere, it has to start sometime, what better place than here? What better time than now?” ~Zack de la Rocha
What is mentoring?
"... a supportive learning realtionship between a caring individual who shares knowledge, experience, and wisdom with another individual who is ready and willing to both develop leadership qualities and partnership skills, as well as to realize a vision benefit from this exchange. The benefits received are professional career path growth and enrichment.” ~Suzanne Faure
What is our mission?
The Mentoring Committee encourages an interdependent community of leaders through a mindful and mutually beneficial network of protégés and mentors with the shared purpose of engaging Latinxs with libraries.
What's in it for me?
This is a chance to gain experience and knowledge by working one-on-one with an enthusiastic colleague who is ready to share lessons from the field and also learn from you.
You will get:
How does it all work?
- Exposure to new ideas and interests
- New opportunities for professional challenges
- Personal satisfaction in sharing your career experience, knowledge and skills
- Opportunity to reflect on your own practices
- Enhanced confidence from positive feedback
- Opportunity to practice developmental behaviors outside own direct line responsibilities
- Development of own self-awareness
- Greater understanding of other library organizations and library roles
- Learning from the shared interactions with your mentor
- Be a member of REFORMA
- Review this page
- Complete the online application
- Get paired with a mentor, you’re now a “duo”
- Commit to approximately six months, or 24 weeks, of duo activity
- Spend at least 20 minutes each week communicating and interacting with your mentor
- Work on a collaborative Latinx book review project for REFORMA
- Your mentor will follow a simple week-by-week outline
- They will maintain confidentiality and work to build a trusting relationship with you
- Contact the Mentoring Committee with feedback, questions, and/or concerns