Fall 2019 Mentee Application
The ALSC Mentoring Program is designed to develop the skills and confidence of early career children's librarians by matching them with a mentor who can encourage networking opportunities, share the value of service on ALSC committees and improve on the recommended competencies outlined in the ALSC Competencies for Librarians Serving Children in Public Libraries. Through this partnership, both mentor and mentee will develop leadership skills that will be beneficial in their library careers.

Mentee applicants do not need to be ALSC or ALA members, but are encouraged to be familiar with the ALSC Core Competencies before applying.

To be considered for the ALSC Mentoring Program as a mentee, please fill out the application below.

Applications are due Tuesday, October 8, 2019 and matches will be announced early November.

Contact: Should you have any questions during this application process, please contact Elizabeth Serrano, Membership/Marketing Specialist, eserrano@ala.org.

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  • Gender

    Aligning with our new Strategic Plan, the ALSC Mentoring Program has included this portion of the application to help focus on our objectives in the areas of Diversity and Inclusion, and Learning and Development.

    By collecting this data, we hope to create matches that may align with specific preferences and help strengthen our recruitment efforts.
  • Please Note: with respect to privacy, providing this information is optional and, if provided, will remain confidential. The collection of this data is strictly for the basis of creating a strong match. This information will not be shared with other applicants or applicant matches.
  • Please note: ALSC cannot guarantee a match based on gender identity, but we will do our best to select a match based upon your preferences. This information will remain confidential and will not be shared with other applicants or applicant matches.
  • Race/Ethnicity

    Aligning with our new Strategic Plan, the ALSC Mentoring Program has included this portion of the application to help focus on our objectives in the areas of Diversity and Inclusion, and Learning and Development.

    By collecting this data, we hope to create matches that may align with specific preferences and help strengthen our recruitment efforts.
  • Please Note: with respect to privacy, providing this information is optional and, if provided, will remain confidential. The collection of this data is strictly for the basis of creating a strong match. This information will not be shared with other applicants or applicant matches.
  • Please Note: with respect to privacy, providing this information is optional and, if provided, will remain confidential. The collection of this data is strictly for the basis of creating a strong match. This information will not be shared with other applicants or applicant matches.
  • Geographic Region

    The ALSC Mentoring Program has included region preferences to facilitate communication options between mentors and mentees who might want to meet in person, share state specific issues, or speak by phone. Please note if you would like to be matched with someone in your region, the city, state, and zip code found at the beginning of this application must be filled out.
  • Please note: ALSC cannot guarantee a match based on geographical proximity. This information will remain confidential and will not be shared with other applicants or applicant matches.
  • Skills and ALSC Core Competencies

    ALSC is committed to ensuring children receive the highest quality of library service, and this is best accomplished when all competencies are developed and achieved by all staff.


    The ALSC Mentoring Program suggests that all applicants be familiar with the ALSC Core Competencies. Below is a list of the seven areas of focus. Please rate your level of comfort with each of these seven areas.
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  • Career Situation and Expectations

    These two final questions paint a picture of you as a candidate. Please fill these out to the best of your abilities.