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Giving Back to the Library Community

Magazine article Information Outlook

Giving Back to the Library Community

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I've had the pleasure of servi ng as a mentor multiple times during my career and found all of them to be extremely beneficial. Recently, I've mervtored two members of the National Library of Medicine Associate Fellowship program, a competitive program designed to prepare librarians for future leadership roles in health sciences liberies.

The NLM Associate Fellowship program is open to U.S. and Canadian information science professionals and recent graduates and selects between three and five associate fellows each year, A highly competitive application process ensures that only the best, most innovative professionals go through the program. Associate fellows gain a wealth of experience through a year-long residency at the National Library of Medicine; in their second year, they can choose from among the fop health sciences libraries in the United States.

I've also had the honor of working with one of the few librarians in the Presidential Management Fellows program, a two-year leadership program open to recent graduates with an advanced degree. Administered by the U.S. Off ce of Personnel Management, the is a highly competitive program that builds future leaders, problem solvers, and Strategic thinkers through accelerated growth opportunities, including a guaranteed promotion path in two years.

As a supervisor, if I'm doing my job well, I'm getting to know my staff, learning about their goals, and fostering opportunities and challenges for each of them to help them to reach their goals. This could ultimately result in helping them find opportunities at other organtrations, but could also include identifying and modifying existing roles within the current organization.

My philosophy in all cases is to provide my staff with lots of opportunities to grow into their full potential in a semi-structured format, By giving them a chance to succeed in projects that are often a "stretch" given their current experience, and scheduling regular meetings to check in and provide advice, I'm creating a safe space for them to prove their value while also developing new skills. …

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