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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.

Students: 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 Assistant Dean Em Claire Knowles.

Glynys Thomas  '89LS, 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. 

Micha Broadnax '16LS, 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. 

Additional Mentoring Opportunities

In addition to the professional organization opportunities listed below, check with local state library associations for local networking and learning prospects: