School of Information Sciences

MLIS alums building pilot mentoring program


Emily Reed (MLIS ’14), Instruction and Reference Librarian at Central Penn College, and Adam Haigh (BS ’00, MSIS ’02, MLIS ’05), Technology Librarian at the Township of Lower Merion, are collaborating with other colleagues to establish a state-wide mentoring program for librarians through the Pennsylvania Library Association (PaLA). Stemming from an initiative called the Pennsylvania Academy of Leadership Studies (PALS), Reed and her colleagues have been tasked to “create a PaLA mentorship program to facilitate leadership growth and potential in the association and across the state.”

Still in the early stages, they are working to outline the program’s structure such as establishing criteria for mentors and mentees, determining what the mentorship process will look like overall, and gathering information from colleagues about what they would like to see from such a program. They are also working to contact the three ALA-accredited library schools in PA—the University of Pittsburgh, Drexel University, and Clarion University—to determine how this program can be of benefit to them.

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