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Mentor Program

The goal of the Mentor Program is to provide tenure track librarians in the Indiana University Libraries system with a mentor. One role of the mentor is to assist the librarian in understanding the requirements of promotion and tenure at Indiana University. The Mentor Program is not designed to take the place of the supervisor's mentoring role. The objective of the Mentor Program is to supply the librarian with an additional source of information and guidance in the area of professional development, research, creativity, and/or service and to provide the librarian with assistance in the preparation of annual reviews and/or dossiers. The librarian's primary source of guidance in the area of performance must continue to be the supervisor.

ROLE OF THE MENTOR
The mentor should:

  • be generally available to the librarian to whom he/she has been assigned
  • maintain regular contact with the librarian to whom he/she has been assigned
  • maintain current knowledge of the promotion and tenure process
The mentor may:
  • give advice and guidance in the areas of professional development, research, creativity, and/or service
  • give advice and guidance in the preparation of the annual review and/or the promotion and tenure dossier

RESPONSIBILITY OF THE LIBRARIAN
The implementation of the Mentor Program does not remove from the librarian the responsibility for meeting the criteria for promotion and tenure at Indiana University. The librarian must be accountable for his/her levels of performance, professional development, research and/or creativity, and service as well as for the quality of annual reviews and dossiers.

IMPLEMENTATION
Newly appointed librarians will be contacted by the IULFC Mentor Program Committee regarding participation in the program. Other librarians may participate by contacting the Committee (See Form on the IUB Libraries Intranet).