How MentorLIB Mentors' Directory Works?

The purpose of the Mentors' Directory is to provide a list of library professionals and paraprofessionals who are willing to be a mentor to anyone who is seeking help in their professional development and/or to develop a network of colleagues. Any library staff member in New Jersey or Tennessee can be a mentor, and anyone can contact the mentors listed in the directory. Please note that this directory does not create matches nor does it maintain mentoring relationships.

  • This list shows a summary version of 'About Me' for each mentor. Please click the 'Read More' text link to read the full 'About Me'.
  • If you find a mentor who you think is a good match for you, please contact them using the 'CONTACT' link (Online Contact Form) for that mentor.
  • Please share your experience with your mentor(s) with us, by using the MentorLIB Feedback Form


  • For Mentors Listed in the Directory:
    • Please be aware that if you are logged into your account and click the 'CONTACT' link on your own profile, the contact form will not function, and an error message will be displayed.
    • When a mentee contacts you through the online contact form on your profile in the Mentors' Directory, you will receive an email with '[Mentors' Directory Contact]' in the subject line.
    • If a mentee uses the online contact form without logging into a user account on the LibraryLinkNJ website, you will see 'not verified' next to the mentee's name in the email notification. This simply indicates that the mentee is not logged in.
  • For Mentees:
    • If the 'CONTACT' form for a mentor you wish to contact does not work, please reach out to us through our Website Support Form.
    • Our Mentors' Directory is configured to limit users to contacting up to five mentors per hour.


  • Mentors should be based in New Jersey or Tennessee and must have a user account on the LibraryLinkNJ website.
  • Any library staff member in New Jersey or Tennessee who is interested is welcome to be a mentor.
  • There is no minimum or maximum number of years of experience one must have to be part of the MentorNJ network.
  • Mentors can add their information to the directory by filling out the Mentor Directory Form (log-in required). Mentors will be asked to provide name, library organization, bio (self-introduction), areas of expertise, email address, and phone number.
    • Contact information is used only for administrative purposes and will not be shared on the public directory.
    • We encourage mentors to upload a photo.
    • Please note that MentorNJ profiles are public and do not require a log-in to be viewed.
  • Mentees can only contact mentors via an online contact form, and mentors will receive the mentee’s information (name, contact info, and their needs) via email. Mentors will respond to the mentee directly. We request that mentors respond in a timely manner even if they are unable to help, so that the mentee can contact other mentors.
  • We ask that positive mentoring experiences be shared by using the MentorLIB Feedback Form.
  • We ask mentors for a minimum commitment of one year. Mentors can continue in the program for as long as they like.
  • Mentors are able to take their names off the directory temporarily or permanently, if their availability changes. Please see the instructions for 'How to Update Your Mentor Profile Information' below.

How to Update Your Mentor Profile Information:

  • Please log into your user account.
  • Go to the Mentors' Directory and click the 'Read More' text link under the 'About Me' section of your information card block. It will direct you to your mentor profile information page. 
  • You will see three options in the black menu bar at the bottom of your browser - VIEW, EDIT, and DELETE. Click the “EDIT” tab (as shown in the image below)
    Mentors Information Update Tab
  • Update your information as needed. 
    • Notes: If you want to take your name off the directory temporarily, check the radio button for 'Temporarily Inactive' under the 'Your Mentor Status' field. Your information will be removed the Mentors' Directory after you click the 'Save' button.
    • When you can take on a mentee again, please go to the Inactive Mentors' List --- you have to log into your user account to view this list, as it is not visible to the public. Check the 'Currently Active' radio button under the 'Mentor Status' field. Your information will be listed on the Mentors' Directory again after you click the 'Save' button.
  • Please be sure you click the 'Save' button at the bottom after you are done updating your information.
    • If you want to remove your name from the directory permanently, please click the 'DELETE' tab at the bottom.
  • If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact us through our Website Support Form.

MentorLIB Mentors’ Directory: Instructions for TNLA Mentors
[ Also available in PDF  ]

Are you a library staff member in the State of Tennessee and would like to be a MentorLIB mentor? Please follow the instructions below.

I. Registering For a User Account on LibraryLinkNJ’s Website
First, you have to register for a user account on LibraryLinkNJ’s website to use the Mentors’ Directory Form.

  • Go to the User Account Registration Form for the TNLA Members
    • Note: Though you are signing up for a LibraryLinkNJ user account, your access is limited to the MentorLIB Mentors' Directory Form only. You are not eligible for any of the other services provided by LibraryLinkNJ.
  • Follow the instructions on the form.
    • Keep a record of the username you choose.
    • You must use your work email address, as we use that email address to verify your eligibility. If you use a commercial email address at work, it will be verified by TNLA.
  • Click the ‘SUBMIT’ button when you are done.
  • Please allow us up to 2-3 business days to verify your account eligibility. Once approved, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about how to log in, set your password, and other details.
    • If you do not receive the confirmation email promptly, please check whether the email from LibraryLinkNJ has been placed in your spam folder.

II. Listing yourself on the MentorLIB Mentors’ Directory
Now you can log into your account and add yourself to the MentorLIB Mentors’ Directory.

Contact Information
Do you need any help or have questions? We are here to help!

  • If you have any questions or need help with a user account registration or using the Mentors’ Directory online form, please fill out the LibraryLinkNJ’s Website Support Form  
  • If you have any questions about MentorTN, please contact:
    • Caitlyn Haley, Red River Regional Library - Assistant Director, Email
    • Cecilie B Maynor, Red River Regional Library - Director, Email



  • Mentees can be from any location.
  • Students, librarians, and paraprofessionals new to the profession or to the state who are looking for information about the New Jersey or Tennessee library communities and/or seek a mentor for their professional development can be mentees.
  • Librarians and paraprofessionals who are taking over new job responsibilities and need a mentor to assist them are welcome.
  • Those interested in pursuing a library career in the state of New Jersey or Tennessee, or who want to learn more about New Jersey or Tennessee libraries are also welcome.
  • Interested parties can browse the directory and contact any mentor(s) that may be a good match based on interests and professional goals.
  • Use the contact form link to reach out to a mentor.
  • The mentor you contact will respond in a timely manner.
  • If the 'CONTACT' form for a mentor you wish to contact does not work, please reach out to us through our Website Support Form.
  • We ask that positive mentoring experiences be shared by using the MentorLIB Feedback Form.
  • The MentorNJ Directory is not a job search program. Please refer to NJ library resources for employment listings.

Any questions? Please contact our Task Force Chair, Darby Malvey: Email