Mentoring Graduate Assistants in the Academic Library

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O'Toole, Erin 2011.

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Abstract: The research and instructional services department of the University of North Texas Libraries is committed to mentoring the library and information sciences graduate students who staff our face-to-face and virtual reference services. Two subject librarians have developed a formal mentoring program to grow the graduate assistants (GAs) from library newbies to entry-level librarians in the course of a year. The mentoring activities occur in the context of weekly meetings with the GA team. The GAs have been successful in securing jobs within six months of graduation, even in a depressed economy. The library also reaps benefits because the appreciative GAs are dedicated employees, and in their new jobs they promote the reputation of the libraries and extend our network. The activities described in this chapter effectively prepare graduate students for professional librarianship.

Copyright 2011 American Library Association.

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  • Library Management Tips that Work, 2011, Chicago: American Library Association, pp. 130-133

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O'Toole, Erin. Mentoring Graduate Assistants in the Academic Library, chapter, 2011; [Chicago, Illinois]. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc505706/: accessed October 18, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .