Mentee Responsibilities and Expectations
- Meets with and communicates with mentor on a regular basis, providing information and updates on his/her progress in classes, projects, internships, etc.
- Maintains engagement with mentor and is responsive to mentor input and suggestions.
- Expects confidentiality, trust, and respect in relationship with mentor.
- Provides constructive feedback on program’s effectiveness.
- Self-motivated and curious
- Good communication and listening skills
- Ability to prioritize projects and deadlines within an intensive learning environment
- Open, receptive, and engaged with process of learning in all of its aspects.
Mentor Qualities and Mentor Responsibilities and Expectations
Responsibilities and Expectations
- Communicates with the student’s academic advisors, the internship supervisor, and other key people in the student’s education
- Communicates with the Library Advisory Committee
- Proactive in building and bridging relationships with mentee and other key contacts
- Provides assistance toward professional involvement on the local and national levels
- Helps mentee integrate coursework, independent study, internship, and other professional development into a coherent, wholistic experience
- Monitors mentee’s formal training, practical experience, and other program-related activities, to ensure well-roundedness, consistent with mentee’s interests
- Evaluates student’s performance
- Spends an average of 6 hours of contact time per month with mentee (includes in-person meetings, email, telephone, etc.)
- Acknowledges the need for trust, respect, and confidentiality in the mentor-mentee relationship
- Appropriately refers issues that are beyond the scope of mentoring
- Willing to commit to the time, responsibilities, and agreed-upon boundaries of the mentoring relationship
- Needs to be professionally engaged
- Serves as a role model by demonstrating professional competence
- Well-connected to local professional community (internship placements, etc.)
- Possesses an understanding of the larger picture
- Demonstrates good communication and listening skills
- Able to facilitate; “ask the right questions,” not necessarily provide the answers
- Able to offer criticism as well as constructive feedback
- Is open, receptive, supportive, and empathetic
- Demonstrates strong teaching abilities
- Matches to some degree mentee’s academic and library interests