Get Involved – Plant a TEER April 22, 2013Posted by Jen Habley in Check this out!.
Posted on behalf of Barbara Stripling, Assistant Professor, School of Information Studies Syracuse University and Melissa Jacobs-Israel, Coordinator of Library Services for the New York City Department of Education
What would happen if every volunteer made it a goal to maintain their continuity of service to the profession by recruiting a new volunteer? This Earth Day think about your responsibility to maintain and “grow” service by nurturing younger participants.
Benjamin Franklin once said, “tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” This describes the mentoring relationship I had with Dr. Barbara Stripling for the eight years we worked side by side in the New York City Department of Education Office of Library Services. Mentoring for Barbara meant involving me at every level of work, sharing the projects she was a part of, inviting me to present at her side and granting me the opportunities to create my own professional knowledge and mark on the library world. She listened, guided and helped me develop my own strengths with support, professionalism and friendship. Not only did she help me grow as a coordinator for library services, but she modeled how a mentor can impact professional growth and development. As such, I have taken those lessons and used them to involve my own mentees and new librarians entering the field of school librarianship.
The other side of any mentoring relationship is the professional growth of the mentor. I am sure that I learned as much from Melissa as she did from me. Mentoring is a partnership, an interaction, with equal parts of sharing and listening. I not only learned how to navigate the world of social tools (at least as much as Melissa could get into me), but I also found that Melissa’s perspective on issues gave me fresh insight into solutions and strategies. We learned together about new ways to design instruction, teach, develop assessments, implement mini-grants, plan and host conferences, and deliver workshops. Mentoring offers powerful professional development for both the mentor and the mentee. More importantly, mentoring leads to friendships that last a lifetime.
Special events this year at the AASL 16th National Conference & Exhibition:
- The “Students to AASL” reception offers a networking opportunity exclusively for Library and Information Science (LIS) students and their mentors.
- Celebrate Conference, the first-timers orientation, will offer opportunities for first-timers to network with members of AASL’s Retiree Special Interest Group (SIG).