CAPAL Student Mentorship Program—Call for Participation

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Dear Colleagues,

The CAPAL National Student Committee is thrilled to be accepting applications for its second
Student Mentorship Program. This session will run for the duration of the Winter 2023 semester
(January – April 2023). Applications to participate as a mentor or mentee will close on January 6, 2023.

Interested mentors and mentees can apply at the following form: Call for Applications:
Student Mentorship Program.

Mentee Eligibility
Students and recent graduates who are enrolled in an MLIS or related program and are current
members of CAPAL are invited to apply as mentees. Recent graduates from a library technician
program are encouraged to reach out to the CAPAL Student Committee to discuss the
opportunity further.

Mentor Eligibility
Academic librarians at all stages in their career are invited to serve as mentors in support of a
mentee’s developing career. Retired members are also welcome to participate as mentors. We
welcome mentors from all fields of academic librarianship to provide mentorship and a diversity
of perspective and experience, especially in specialities often neglected by library & information
science programs.

Every effort will be made to match mentees with mentors according to their areas of
interest/expertise in academic librarianship, although final matches will depend upon a suitable
number of applicants.

Program goals
As this mentorship program is intended to focus on career building, it is expected that mentees
will drive the mentorship partnership, with the opportunity to discuss and receive feedback from
mentors on topics such as:
● General career goals and career-building guidance
● CV/resume review
● Interview preparation
● Discussions of hiring, tenure, and promotion processes
● “Day in the life” style discussions about the profession
● Discussions of specific areas of interest in academic librarianship
● Research and scholarly practice
Expanding beyond these topics to discuss other topics of mutual interest and experience is also
encouraged but not required. Please note that mentors are not responsible for finding mentees
a job or providing personal counsel.

Program expectations
Mentees and mentors are expected to:
● Commit to the full term of the session (January – April 2023)
● Keep in touch with their mentorship partner, and meet with them virtually a minimum of
once per month, or more if mutually agreed upon
● Respect confidentiality
● To complete an exit survey (online) at the close of the session.
Please note that personal information collected through our mentorship program will only be
used to facilitate and connect our matches. Aggregated data will be used for assessment and
educational purposes.

Application
To apply for the Student Mentorship Program as a mentor or mentee, please complete the
Google form. If you have any questions, please contact us at capal.students@gmail.com.