Your Career & the Library Legacy

I like and especially the article on mentoring and the bit about alternative careers (Sex Toy Shop??!!)


There are countless ways to develop yourself professionally, and you don’t have to do them all at once.  A good place to start is to work with a mentor.  A mentor can help you learn the ropes of librarianship as a whole, can guide you towards deepening your knowledge of your present area of focus, and perhaps most importantly, can help you define and reach career goals you feel passionately about.

Mentoring is very important to me and I think it should be a priority for new librarians to seek out a mentoring relationship. I was very lucky to have a mentor through many years at SJCPL. Linda Broyles, Head of Reference and the Coordinator of Networks, was my direct supervisor for 6 years and I learned so much from her about the job but also about dealing with people. To be a humanist in managing libraries and technology is pretty darn cool. She always encouraged me to see the big picture and to make sure we were doing the right thing for each project we dove into. To be a mentor takes time, commitment and a sense of the big picture. If I ever mentor a young librarian, I hope to be just like Linda.

Also, isn't mentoring like leaving a little bit of a legacy with someone who will hopefully pass it on? My library legacy? Linda's library legacy?

Thanks Beyond the Job!!!

Posted: Thu - December 11, 2003 at 08:10 AM