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Welcome to the Mentoring Group

In February 2006 a mentoring programme for NHS Library Staff in KSS was launched. The programme has been developed by the KSS libraries staff development group in conjunction with Caroline Doherty an external consultant and now covers library staff in London and the South East.  The scheme is managed by members of the London and South East Library and Knowledge Services Team.

Developmental mentoring is the model used on this programme and the preferred definition is a broad one: ‘Personal support in the context of continuing education and professional development‘ - Freeman (1998).

The mentoring programme is offered to any employee who feels that they may benefit from it, and also to new employees as a matter of course. However, participation in the programme is voluntary. The mentoring programme therefore aims to provide structured support for library staff as they:

  • Initiate change within their library services
  • Take on new roles and responsibilities - such as first management role
  • Develop their professional qualifications
  • Plan their careers and continuing professional development - including the CILIP Framework of Qualifications
  • Return to work following a career break
  • Plan towards retirement

The mentoring programme will:

  • Recruit, train and support a group of library managers, and other library staff, as mentors across the region
  • Recruit and brief potential mentees
  • Match mentors and mentees
  • Provide an ongoing support and problem solving service to matched
  • Monitor and evaluate the programme outcomes
  • Offer mentee and mentors training via a self-directed learning module

Further Information

If you are interested in becoming a mentor, mentee or both please contact Amanda Lackey.

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