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What's Involved in Being a Mentor?

Mentors help applicants develop their Professional Training Plan (PTP) and guide them through their Portfolio of Learning (PTL).

They also support applicants by helping them identify learning opportunities and by providing contacts and resources. 

We're always looking for new mentors, so read on and if you're interested, sign up!

Mentoring is an enriching learning experience for both parties:

For mentees:

  • Provides impartial advice and encouragement
  • Develops a supportive relationship
  • Assists with problem solving
  • Improves self-confidence
  • Offers professional development
  • Encourages reflection on work practice

For mentors:

  • Opportunity to reflect on own practice
  • Enhances job satisfaction
  • Develops professional relationships
  • Enhances peer recognition
  • It uses your experience, making it available to a new person
  • It widens your understanding of the organisation and the way it works
  • It enables you to practice interpersonal skills
  • It provides personal satisfaction through supporting the development of others

The Mentoring Process

If you're interested in the Mentoring Scheme you need to contact a LIANZA mentor from the Mentor Roll.

Once you've contacted a mentor who is able to take you on as a mentee, you can now work together with them to develop your Professional Training Plan.

After the PTP has been approved by the Profession Registration Board, the mentor will work with you to complete the required activities. you'll work together over a 12 month period, meeting either in person or online.

Your mentor is available for questions, feedback and encouragement during the time it takes you to complete your Portfolio of Learning.

What do I get out of it?

Being a LIANZA mentor is a great way to feel good about yourself. Seriously! By mentoring a budding library and information professional you'll be providing someone new to the profession with the guidance and support they need to get their career off to a great start. Don't you feel happy about it already?! In addition to helping someone, you'll also be working on your own professional development at the same time, reviewing everything you know and deepening your knowledge about the profession and the sector. 

Mentors have mentoring guidelines to follow, and a network of peer mentors to bounce ideas around. 

What are my responsibilities?

Being a mentor is big deal, and it comes with some pretty big responsibilities:

  • Responding to contact from applicants promptly - mentors will not mentor more than two people at a time.
  • Establish initial contact with those you agree to mentor, either face to face, via telephone or email.
  • Establish regular communication with your mentee.
  • Work with the mentee to develop their Professional Training Plan and sign it off before it is sent to the Board.
  • Work with the mentee while they complete their Portfolio of Learning, meeting with them and sign it off quarterly.
  • Provide a written assessment of the PTL to the Board.
  • Provide referrals or contacts for your mentee so they can pursue areas of professional interests.

How do I become a mentor?

Easy! You need to have at least five years professional experienceRLIANZA status, and you need to start working on the LIANZA self guided mentoring training.

For additional information, this document lists current mentor training providers.

If you’re interested in becoming a LIANZA mentor or learning more about the scheme, please fill out and send this mentor form through to Jess.

The Profession Registration Board will have a look at your qualifications and experience, and made a decision accordingly.


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