Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Mentoring & Managing: Students in the Academic Library

Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Mentoring & Managing: Students in the Academic Library

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Mentoring & Managing: Students in the Academic Library. By Michelle Reale. Chicago: ALA, 2013. 106 p. Paper $55 (ISBN: 978-0-8389-1174-7).

Academic libraries cannot function without student assistants who perform a great deal of work. These employees are supervised by librarians, but are they also mentored? This quick read is helpful for new managers who want to start with a good foundation, not only with mentoring but also with hiring and other related personnel practices for student assistants. But the author, Michelle Reale, also provides information suitable for seasoned managers who wish to focus on the needs and expectations of their student assistants.

Reale uses her experience as a supervising librarian to discuss mentoring at its most basic: "providing guidance." Anecdotes scattered throughout the chapters provide humor and real-life glimpses into the work of mentoring and supervising students. On the one hand, the brief chapters allow this book to be read in short intervals, but on the other hand, the redundancy in some of the chapters seems to add unneeded filler in an attempt to make this book seem more than a series of related articles. …

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