[Eril-l] ALCTS e-Forum: Mentoring in Technical Services

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ALCTS e-Forum: Mentoring in Technical Services

September 10-11, 2019

Moderated by Jay L. Colbert, Jeannette Ho, Euemduan Osmera, and Nicole

Please join us for an e-forum discussion. It’s free and open to everyone!

Registration information is at the end of the message.

Each day, discussion begins and ends at:

Pacific: 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Mountain: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Central: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Eastern: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

At many libraries, technical services (TS) is a small department, often
with just one librarian or staff member handling all the acquisitions and
cataloging work. Even at larger institutions, the number of technical
services librarians and staff are often much smaller than other units.
Combined with the fact that most of the work is solitary, it’s easy for new
librarians in TS to feel isolated. Also, some TS librarians and staff may
struggle to figure out how to move up in larger organizations. This forum
will provide time for participants to discuss ideas on how to mentor
specific to technical services work. Some topics include, successful (and
not successful!) mentoring at the same institution, mentoring through a
professional organization, formal and informal mentoring opportunities,
mentoring at different points in a career, and more.

In this e-Forum, attendees will:

• Share experiences in mentoring initiatives (both informal and formal)

• Discuss approaches and challenges to mentoring in technical services

• Brainstorm ideas for mentoring beyond traditional new-career mentoring
(librarians from underrepresented groups, mid-career librarians, etc.)


Jay L. Colbert was the 2017-2019 Resident Librarian at the University of
Utah's J. Willard Marriott Library. They are one of the authors of
Developing a Residency Program: A Practical Guide for Librarians, which has
a dedicated chapter on mentorship. As an early-career librarian, they have
benefited from both formal and informal mentorship.

Jeannette Ho is a Cataloging/Metadata Librarian at Texas A&M University
Libraries, where she catalogs monographs and participates in managing
metadata for digital projects in her institution’s repository. She has
served as a mentor for untenured librarians in her library’s mentoring

Euemduan Osmera is a Cataloging and Metadata Librarian at the University of
Nebraska Medical Center. She has worked in both public and academic
libraries. Euemduan has participated in one formal mentorship with two
different mentors: 1. a general one, and 2. a Technical Services one. On
occasions, she informally mentored junior faculty in all aspect of needs.
Euemduan is exploring being coached – a new program on her campus.

Nicole Smeltekop is a Special Materials Catalog Librarian at Michigan State
University. In her role, she is also a member of the metadata team that
works with the digital repository team. Prior to coming to Michigan State,
she was an archivist at a small liberal arts college in the Midwest. She
has participated in two formal mentoring initiatives at Michigan State as a
mentee, and is currently participating in her first role as a mentor.

What Is an e-Forum?

An ALCTS e-forum provides an opportunity for librarians to discuss matters
of interest, led by a moderator, through the e-forum discussion list. The
e-forum discussion list works like an email listserv: register your email
address with the list, and then you will receive messages and communicate
with other participants through an email discussion. Most e-forums last two
to three days. Registration is necessary to participate, but it's free.

For information about upcoming e-forums, please visit

How to Register

You must register your email address to subscribe to or access an
electronic discussion list on ALA's Mailing List Service. Once you have
registered for one e-forum, you do not need to register again, unless you
choose to leave the list. Find instructions for subscribing and
unsubscribing online. (

If you have any problems, please contact alcts-eforum-request at lists.ala.org.

*Posted on behalf of the ALCTS Continuing Education Committee.*
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