Leadership, Management and Organizational Development
Three public librarians share and reflect on their experiences with formal and informal mentorship at the Oakland Public Library (OPL). In 2016 the Oakland Public Library developed a formal mentoring program for its employees. Since its inception, the program has matched paraprofessionals with librarians to advise them on navigating a LIS career. Through the program, OPL has provided workshops on financing an MLIS and on navigating the mentor-mentee relationship. Additionally, staff members of color have formed connections amongst themselves for offering professional guidance and support. Anyone interested in establishing a formal mentorship program at their library and learning more how they can support up-and-coming librarians in their organizations should attend.