Solution: Benchmarking, Focus Groups, Program Development,
and Training |
Dean of the Libraries Nancy Eaton charged a Libraries
Mentoring Team, the first step was to begin benchmarking.
Team leader and Assistant Dean Bonnie MacEwan conducted
a University-wide survey while serving as Administrative
Fellow to the Provost. The Office of Planning and Institutional
Assessment provided assistance. Surveys went out to each
college; seven responded. The responses showed a wide variety
in the reporting relationships, level of mentors, and formality
of the programs. Associate Dean Sally Kalin also surveyed
her counterparts in CIC institutions and among the top
25 largest research libraries. A perusal of the literature
found Lois Zachary’s book, The Mentor’s Guide.
Office of Planning and Institutional Assessment interviewed
four groups of librarians: untenured librarians who are
protégés; tenured librarians (focusing on
how they were mentored and their ideas after going through
the process); librarians considered to be good mentors;
and the Libraries' administrators. While developing the
program, the team met several times with the Dean to brainstorm,
share ideas, reach a common understanding, and seek her
program that emerged from this process focused on providing
mentors for each untenured faculty member. Each
mentor and protégé received a letter, and
resources were developed to assist him or her. Training
initiatives have included a workshop for mentors, a Web
site with articles and other resources, and a mentoring
checklist to be distributed to all program participants.
program's effectiveness will be assessed during participants'
upcoming two-year reviews, and mentors and protégés
will be asked if they wish to continue to participate in
the program. Also in work is a plan to have the Office
of Planning and Institutional Assessment conduct additional
interviews and focus groups, so the team can compare the "before" and "after" responses.
An open house and a research publishing workshop are among
the related activities planned for the coming year in support
of the program.
“Suggestions for a Successful Mentoring Program,” “Ground
Rules for Mentors,” and other helpful information
about mentoring programs can be found at: