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Mentoring in the millennium: new views, climate and actions
Article Type: Abstracts From: Human Resource Management International Digest, Volume 16, Issue 4.
Moore A.A., Miller M.J., Pitchford V.J., Jeng L.H. New Library World (UK), 2008, Vol. 109 No. 1-2, Start page: 75, No. of pages: 12Purpose - To provide a general overview of mentoring and its benefits and to discuss informal mentoring, mentoring for librarians of colour, and cross-race mentoring. Design/methodology/approach - Uses a literature review and administered informal focus groups and interviews. Findings - Mentors can help mentees set goals and develop skills to reach these goals over time. Informal mentoring allows a mentees the opportunity to choose his or her own mentor through a personal relationship or social network, and can be a method for success for librarians of colour. Librarians of colour are more likely to be successful in their professional careers if they have a mentor. Cross-race mentoring is most beneficial to all parties when it is undertaken with knowledge of best practices and sensitivity to cultural concerns. Originality/value - Addresses the identification of good mentors, best practices, and what mentors need to know. In addition, the article explores in-depth mentoring for librarians of colour and addresses issues related to cross-race mentoring, as well as keys to success. The benefits of mentoring for librarians of colour is rarely discussed in the professional literature - offers concrete best practices for mentors and mentees to ensure that librarians of colour have successful mentoring relationships. ISSN: 0307-4803 Reference: 37AC653
Keywords: Librarians, Mentoring, Equal opportunities, Best practice, Race relations, United States of America