Academic journal article Journal of Library Innovation

Mentoring & Managing Students in the Academic Library

Academic journal article Journal of Library Innovation

Mentoring & Managing Students in the Academic Library

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Mentoring & Managing Students in the Academic Library Michelle Reale. Chicago: American Library Association, 2013. 106 pp. ISBN: 978-0-83891-174-7. $55.00.

Often the most prominent public face of the academic library, student workers are unique employees on the cusp of adulthood. They perform essential functions of the library, yet their presence is generally happenstance. Michelle Reale's Mentoring & Managing Students in the Academic Library details the trials, tribulations, and triumphs of effectively managing workers while empathetically mentoring students.

Mentoring & Managing Students in the Academic Library takes the reader on an instructive journey from the successful hiring of a work-study student, the practical and soft skills they learn during their tenure, and eventually, how librarians as mentors must assist students in the disengagement process when their time in the library is at an end. The book itself is a quick read, in part because the narrative is engaging and the strategies and tips provided are extremely relevant. The book is useful and enlightening to any librarian tasked with coaching distinctive individuals of varied cultural backgrounds, communication styles, and raisons d' être. Reale's directive is to "meet students where they are," which suggests that librarians can't simply give students an orientation and a training manual and expect them to magically understand how to function in a professional work environment (p. …

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