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An Infopeople On-Ground Learning Course

May 19th, 2014 9:00 AM
4:30 PM

Fee:  Free of charge

Course Instructor: Course Instructor: Becky Schreiber and John Shannon, Schreiber Shannon Associates

Workshop Description: Mentoring leadership is one of the most challenging and rewarding endeavors we can pursue. The profession needs leadership at every level to continue the transformation of our libraries through innovative services that meet the needs of 21st century communities.

These workshops will use the Eureka! mentoring model to teach the basic principles of effective mentoring, and will allow ample opportunities for on-site practice. The Eurekan mentor is focused on supporting the profession by sharing insights gained through their own successes and failures. The Eurekan model teaches that one must enter a mentoring relationship with a generous spirit and a willingness to explore attributes that build strong leaders. This personal and interpersonal exploration provides the foundation for unselfish attention to the success of those we wish to mentor.

In this one-day workshop, we will explore the attributes, the process, and the challenges of being a mentor. This work will enable us to approach mentoring with a model and new confidence in our own capabilities to guide others to a more effective leadership role in our libraries and in our communities.

Target Audience:

  • Library directors and assistant directors who are interested in serving as a Mentor at future Eureka! Institutes
  • Eureka! Fellows who wish to be Mentors to new Eurekans
  • Anyone interested in mentoring within their organization

Objectives: At the end of this workshop, we will be able to:

  • Describe the attributes of excellent mentors
  • Explore the attitude, knowledge, and skills critical to mentoring
  • Apply the critical steps of the mentoring process
  • Explain the roles and responsibilities of Eureka! mentors and mentors in general
  • Demonstrate the skills of giving and receiving feedback
  • Examine our concerns and the real challenges of mentoring


  • Introductions and Needs Assessment
  • Describing The Attributes Of Excellent Mentors
    • Activity
      • Best and worst advice we’ve received
      • Create a list of positive attributes
  • Exploring The Mentoring Attitude
  • Applying the Mentoring Process
    • Activity (planning for individual situations)
      • Select each other
      • Groundrules discussion
      • Create a clear contract
      • Implement the contract
      • Evaluate the contract, goals, and relationship
      • Closure – moving beyond the mentoring relationship


  • Explaining The Roles And Responsibilities Of Eureka! Mentors and Mentors in General
  • Demonstrating Individual and Group Feedback Skills
    • Activity
      • Describe the skills
      • Practice the skills
      • Evaluate what we’ve learned
  • Examining Concerns and Challenges of Mentoring
    • Activity
      • Identify our fears
      • Share real situations
      • Brainstorm responses and methods of support
  • Next Steps and Application

Check-in: 8:30 to 9:00 AM Instruction: 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM

Keywords: Mentoring

1212 Merkley Avenue
West Sacramento, CA 95691
United States

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Phone: 916-375-6465

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