Work with a Mentor
Mentoring offers an opportunity for emerging librarians and seasoned veterans to connect, share experiences, and develop their professional network. Assistant Dean for Student and Alumni Affairs Em Claire Knowles leads Simmons SLIS's mentoring program by connecting current students with alumni. The program provides students with professional development and networking support through a collaborative mentoring partnership that offers guidance and fosters leadership. The relationship can be cultivated over email, telephone or in-person.
Mentors are chosen from an extensive alumni database of librarians, archivists, or information science practitioners who possess at least two years of professional experience. Matches are based on the student's career goals, desired geographic work location, and availability of mentors. A mentoring agreement is created to designate meeting times and discussion topics between the student and mentor.
Looking for a Mentor?
Here are examples of two available mentors; please contact a mentor directly with your request. If you have further questions, please contact SLIS Assistant Director.
Micha Broadnax '16MS, Reference and Digital Projects Archivist, Mount Holyoke College.
"For the past four years, I have worked in academic and special libraries and archives in Massachusetts. I have experience in outreach, access services, reference, and digital archiving. I am an African American history enthusiast and I am active in professional associations such as the Society of American Archivists and New England Archivists. I welcome speaking to students looking to become involved in professional organizations, first-time job seekers, and students of color."
Katherine Hand '15MS, Director, Sunderland Public Library (2015 - Present)
"I graduated from SLIS West in January 2015, specializing in public library administration. I have served as the Director of the Sunderland Public Library since September 2015, where my favorite duty is planning diverse programs for people of all ages. Before becoming the Director in Sunderland I served as the Director of Paige Memorial Library in Hardwick, a very small and rural public library, and then as the Night Circulation Supervisor at Smith College's Neilson Library. I have been a board member of the Western Massachusetts Library Advocates since 2015, and I currently serve as the board's Vice President. My professional strengths lie in the administration of small and rural public libraries, community outreach, and library advocacy on the local, state, and national level."
Stacy Katz '09MS, Assistant Professor, Open Resources Librarian-STEM Liaison, Lehman College, CUNY
"Since graduating, I have largely worked in Reference and Instruction in academic libraries as well as a brief stint in an independent school library. I am currently a tenure-track library faculty member at a public university in New York. I am passionate about open education and increasing access to information as well as democratizing knowledge creation. I am publishing research related to these issues in peer-reviewed journals and books. I would be happy to speak with students or alumni interested in open education, research, or academic libraries."
Derek T. Mosley '11MS, Archives Division Manager, Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System
"I have experience working in public and academic archival settings. The bulk of my experience has been in outreach, access services, processing and management. I am an African American history enthusiast and am active in professional associations such as of the Society of American Archivists and the Society of Georgia Archivists. I welcome speaking to students looking to become involved in professional organizations, first time job seekers, and those interested in public library archives and special collections."
Glynys Thomas '89MS, Assistant Director, Knowledge Management, EY-Parthenon, a strategy consultancy of Ernst & Young, LLC.
"For the majority of the past 15 years I have worked in professional services firms as a knowledge manager. KM is a good area of librarianship if you are interested in creating systems and technology platforms for information, data or document management and search. I also provide content support for marketing/global business development and client project execution efforts and oversee the design and implementation of global knowledge strategies. A colleague and I co-founded a local knowledge managers’ group that meets regularly to workshop issues that arise for knowledge practitioners across all types of organizations. I would welcome speaking to any students who are interested in KM or other non-traditional library careers. "
Additional Mentoring Opportunities
- American Library Association New Members Round Table (NMRT) Mentoring Program
Connects new librarians to experienced librarians by offering year-long career mentoring and conference mentoring to prepare emerging librarians for professional meeting participation.
- Association of College & Research Libraries Instruction Section Mentoring Program
Librarians with teaching experience are matched with librarians new to instruction.
- Medical Library Association Mentoring Program
Provides information resources for mentors and mentees to guide the mentoring partnership.
- Young Adult Library Services Association Virtual Mentoring Program
Emerging librarians meet virtually with seasoned librarians to accomplish specific goals and projects.
- Association for Library Science to Children Mentoring Program
Matches individuals with an interest in library service to children together.