In the summer issue of YALS the article “Learning from Each Other: Successful Mentoring/Protege Relationships” provides an overview of the skills and knowledge that successful mentors and protégés bring to mentoring relationships. Ideas include that:

  • Both mentors and protégés have to be self-reflective and understand their own skills and needs as they get ready to mentor someone else and/or seek support from another person.
  • Mentors need to know how to facilitate thinking while protégés need to listen and know how to ask good questions.
  • Mentors need to be open to learning from their protégés and protégés have to be open to failure and learning from that failure.

Readers of YALS most likely have some ideas of their own about successful relationships of this kind with experiences that highlight what works and doesn’t work. Now is the time to let others know – from your perspective what does a successful mentor/protege relationship entail?

Add your thoughts, ideas, questions, and comments on this topic in the comments. (You may also want to respond to the thoughts, ideas, questions, and comments that others post.)

YALSA members and YALS subscribers can read the article (and the full issue) online in the Summer 2017 digital edition (Login required).

About Linda W Braun

Linda W Braun is a YALSA Past President, the YALSA CE Consultant, and a learning consultant/project management coordinator at LEO: Librarians & Educators Online.

2 Thoughts on “YALS Summer 2017 Companion: Mentoring Thoughts

  1. shannon on July 14, 2017 at 1:59 pm said:

    I can’t wait to read this! That reflection thing is so critical, both interns of being ready for youth, but also in being able to adapt with and support their ideas. Which of course, requires time and energy outside of the actual one-on-one time, which can be a harder thing to block out and/or advocate for.

    I’ve also observed the need to lean in to a bit of discomfort. It can take time and creativity to figure out how to set norms with each other, figure out communication styles, build trust and figure out goals and the best way to support those. Clicking isn’t always easy.

  2. Hannah on August 1, 2017 at 3:48 pm said:

    I would love to join this program! I’m a brand new librarian and could really use a mentor to discuss the day to day questions with and bounce ideas off of.

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