MentorNJ: Linking Library Staff Statewide is a result of the MentorNJ Project funded by the New Jersey State Library and LibraryLinkNJ, in order to serve as a gateway to librarians and library paraprofessionals new to the profession or the state. The goal of this service is to promote professional sense of pride and connectedness among the New Jersey Library Community and expand library professional roles in the present and future.
MentorNJ will build a mentor network, both virtual and in-person, available to librarians and paraprofessionals. It will also create an environment that supports and promotes effective resource sharing and successful collaboration in the New Jersey library community.
How can I participate?
MentorNJ is for everyone! Our mission is to strengthen relationships in the New Jersey library community and provide an avenue for collegial collaboration and support.
Explore valuable resources for those new to the profession and the state:
MentorNJ - A virtual guide to NJ Libraries provides information on consortia, local professional organizations and groups, links to New Jersey libraries’ online resources, and a guide to listservs and online forums.
It also provides a directory of people working in the New Jersey library community who have volunteered to share their experience and knowledge with any librarian or library support staff, especially those new to the field, who could benefit from professional advice and guidance. MentorNJ makes it easy to connect to a professional who can provide relevant, useful information to help as you grow in your career.
To search for a mentor in your area of interest, simply peruse the Mentors’ Directory and reach out to one of our many mentors.
Share your experience and knowledge with other colleagues:
Be a mentor! MentorNJ invites our NJ library colleagues --- at all professional levels, and from all types of libraries --- to participate as a mentor. Please find more information on how you can participate as a mentor: http://librarylinknj.org/mentornj/guidelines
Please meet our New Jersey mentors and get inspired! Be a mentor or mentee, and be part of this high-powered network!
Network with other colleagues and celebrate our profession:
The following program/event were offered through MentorNJ in 2015:
- Online Meet-up: Library Bootcamp, Thursday, May 21, 2015
- In-person Networking Event: Friday, October 2, 2015 @ Monroe Township Library
More programs and events will be offered in 2016, and more information will be posted on the Programs/Events page.
Please contact us if you have any questions, and thank you for your consideration!
Launched on 3/23/2015
Special Thanks to the Sponsoring Organizations/Groups:
LibraryLinkNJ, The New Jersey Library Cooperative ￼
New Jersey State Library (NJSL) ￼
New Jersey Library Association (NJLA) Professional Development Committee
& Leadership and Education Subcommittee
MentorNJ - Linking Library Staff Statewide, a new joint initiative funded
by the New Jersey State Library and LibraryLinkNJ.