ACRL publishes “Mentoring in Academic Libraries: Fostering Growth and Renewal”

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of the three volumes “Mentoring in Academic Libraries: Fostering Growth and Renewal“, edited by Leila June Rod-Welch and Barbara E. Weeg. This in-depth book presents a cross-section of the thought and practice of mentoring in college and university libraries, including definitions of mentoring, fundamental principles of practice, models, program development, surveys, analysis, and lived experiences.

Mentorships help mentees understand and meet performance standards, expand their skills, move into new specializations, and discern options for contributing to the institution and the profession. Through mentorship, mentors can be invigorated by contributing to the growth of mentees and encountering ideas and approaches different from their own. In 30 chapters spread across three volumes, “Academic Library Mentoring” addresses the many dimensions of mentorship in contemporary academic libraries and how best to engage in inclusive and effective mentorship.

Volume 1, “Fundamentals and Controversies,” details effective mentoring skills and behaviors, mentoring models, dysfunctional mentoring relationships, conflicts of interest in mentoring, and, through a feminist lens, gender differences. power in mentoring. The chapters on diversity, equity and inclusion ask library staff to understand the exclusion of certain experiences in the profession and to implement more inclusive mentoring practices.

“Mentoring of Library Faculty and Librarians,” Volume 2, explores the skills, models, goals, and issues of mentoring, as well as program development. The goals of mentoring include support for the pursuit of tenure and promotion, other career goals, and psychosocial concerns. Issues include understanding and considering diversity, equity and inclusion in mentoring. Chapter methodologies include surveys, program evaluations, analysis of practices against standards, case studies of lived experiences of mentors and mentees, and case studies of libraries and affiliated entities.

In Volume 3, “Student and Staff Mentoring,” we hear the voices of library students and student library staff as they describe their mentoring experiences in library school and library employment. Also featured are mentorship programs for recruiting individuals into the profession, practices that support all library employees regardless of official employee classification, and methods for improving the skills of consortium members. The volume ends with a glimpse into the future of mentoring and organizational development and with a tool that any library worker at any stage of their career can use to form their own mentorship constellation.

Academic Library Mentoring can help you develop intentional, effective, and engaged mentoring programs and practices that benefit both mentees and mentors at all stages of their careers.

“Mentoring in Academic Libraries: Fostering Growth and Renewal” is available for purchase in to print and as Ebook via the ALA online store, individually and as a set; in print via; and by phone order at (866) 746-7252 in the United States or (770) 442-8633 for international customers.


The Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) is the higher education association for college libraries and librarians. Representing nearly 9,000 people and libraries, ACRL (a division of the American Library Association) develops programs, products and services to help those who work in academic and research libraries learn, innovate and lead within the university community. Founded in 1940, ACRL is committed to advancing learning, transforming scholarship, and building diverse and inclusive communities. Find the ACRL on the the Web, Facebook, Twitter, instagram, and Youtube.

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